Board Members

How can I apply to become a Board member?

City Council makes citizen appointments to agencies, boards and commissions, including Toronto Public Library Board. For details, see Citizen appointments to City of Toronto agencies, boards and commissions on the City of Toronto website.

Board Member Biographies

Councillor Paul Ainslie

Paul Ainslie Biography

Tamara Balan

Tamara is the Director of Operations at the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation. A seasoned civic leader and entrepreneur she has harnessed the collective energy of leaders across sectors to address tough urban challenges. Before joining the St. Joe’s Foundation, Tamara was COO of CivicAction and supported the incubation of many city building initiatives. She holds a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto. In 2012, Tamara was named a Vital Person by the Toronto Community Foundation.

Sarwar Choudhury

A CPA, CA by profession, Sarwar currently works as a Manager at Ernst & Young in an advisory capacity. He has experience in a broad range of sectors, including the government and public sector. Sarwar has previously worked as a Constituency Manager for a Member of Parliament, and served as the Vice-President of the Scarborough Business Association. Sarwar is very engaged in the Scarborough community where he has dedicated time to working with community organizations, families, and local businesses.

Andrea Geddes Poole

A life-long and enthusiastic patron of libraries and archives, Andrea Geddes Poole is a retired historian and the author of a number of scholarly works on the connection between philanthropy and citizenship. She practiced law in New York City for a number of years before returning to Canada to work in Toronto's cultural and not-for-profit sector. Andrea serves on the board of the Hardy Geddes Foundation and is a former member of Ontario's Consent and Capacity Board.

Sue Graham-Nutter

Sue Graham-Nutter was elected Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board on January 29, 2018, having joined the Board in February 2015. Sue's interest in the library stems from the support the Morningside Library provided her during her school years. While a student at the University of Toronto, Sue played a key role, through the Students Council, of realizing the dream of building the Vincent Bladen Library.

Sue is the CEO of the Rekai Centres. The Rekai Centres own and operate two long-term care homes in downtown Toronto with plans to build a third home on the Waterfront. She has extensive professional experience gained over 25 years in the public and private sectors, with a particular focus on public affairs, marketing and real estate.

Sue is a recent graduate from Harvard University's Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Financing in addition to having an Hons BA in Public Administration from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Fundraising from Humber College. In addition to her role as Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board, Sue is a member of the Business Board at the University of Toronto and previously chaired the Campus Affairs Committee at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

Jonathan Hoss

Jonathan Hoss is an executive with a background in the arts, technology, and education. Over nine years at McKinsey & Company, he consulted on strategy, learning & development, and digital ventures. He is now Vice-President and Head of Innovation at Great-West Life, and volunteers as an advisor to start-ups, non-profits, and arts organizations. He holds degrees in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and Strategic Foresight & Innovation from OCAD University.

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer is an Associate Partner at E&Y's Financial Services practice and an avid reader. She has over 18 years of experience in innovation, business transformation, global expansion, operational efficiency improvement, merger integration, strategic planning, market and client strategies. Jennifer believes the Library plays a crucial role in our city, promoting literacy, diversity, and community building. By serving on the board, she hopes to support the Library's journey into the new age.

Alison Menary

Alison has been in the IT industry for 20 years leading software implementation projects and teams for both start-ups and large enterprises. She is currently head of software at Embross, a leading passenger self service company. She has lived and worked in North America, Europe, and Asia, and has visited over 40 countries in her travels. She is currently attending library writers groups as she works on her first book. Alison holds an Honours degree in Computer Science and Anthropology from the University of Toronto.

Councillor Amber Morley

Amber Morley Biography

Alim Remtulla

Alim Remtulla is a marketing and strategy professional that has led initiatives across the public, private and non-profit sectors. Alim was born and raised in Toronto, and is interested in advancing the arts in the city. Alim is also on the board of directors for the Revue Film Society and the Theatre Centre.