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

Mr. Cameron Bryant

Cameron Bryant is a lawyer, working in real estate law at a mid-sized consulting firm providing advice to medical and dental professionals on commercial leasing matters. He holds a BA Honors Specialization in History from the University of Western Ontario, a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and was a visiting student at Trinity College, Dublin. He previously worked for a large international law firm in Toronto. He has been involved in various community initiatives, with a focus on LGBTQ+ groups, including Out on Bay Street and Give A Night for World AIDS, and is a travel writer on Toronto for the Spotted by Locals app. He enjoys the arts, travelling, the Toronto food scene, and genealogy.

Ms. 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.

Ms. Dianne LeBreton

Dianne LeBreton is a facilitator and communications advisor who guides organizational leaders and their stakeholders from challenges to productive changes. Since founding her own business in 1997, she has worked with a range of private, non-profit, and public sector clients. Dianne volunteers with two youth organizations, a sporting club's governance committee, and a women's organization. Born, raised, and now living in the east end, Dianne is a proud Toronto Public Library user.

Mr. Strahan McCarten

Strahan McCarten was elected Vice Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board on January 29, 2018, having joined the Board in February 2015. He is a member of Toronto Public Library's Innovation Council, an advisory group of recognized leading individuals from the academic, creative and technology communities. Mr. McCarten has over 15 years of experience in IT and strategy consulting. He is currently Senior Vice President of Product & Strategy, for eStruxture Data Centers, and previously worked at Scalar Decisions, a national IT integrator; Bell Canada and Mercer Consulting, a global strategy consulting firm. Strahan is a recognized cloud and cyber security expert who frequently writes and speaks on trends in the industry. He has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Mr. Ross Parry

Ross Parry is serving his second term on the Toronto Public Library Board and has worked to improve access to libraries through additional operating hours and branch expansions. Ross is also a TPL appointee to the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries Board of Directors. During his first term, he also served on the Toronto Public Library Foundation Board of Directors. He is an Executive Officer with the Toronto District School Board, former Vice President and Principal of Enterprise Canada Consultants, and has held senior roles in the Ontario government’s Ministry of Infrastructure. He is a graduate of the American School in London, England and the University of Guelph, where he served two terms as the university's alumni president.

Councillor Gord Perks

Gord Perks Biography

Mr. Daniel Rotsztain

Daniel Rotsztain is the Urban Geographer, an artist, writer and cartographer whose work explores our relationship to the places we inhabit. With walking tours, interactive installations, and giant maps, his work seeks to elevate the status of everyday geography. The author and illustrator of All the Libraries Toronto (featuring all 100 branches and 2 bookmobiles of Toronto Public Library) and A Colourful History Toronto, his work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, Spacing Magazine and Now Magazine.

Ms. Archana Shah

Archana Shah is currently serving as the TPL Board Liaison to Youth. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and has more than 7 years of experience working for Ernst & Young LLP and the University of Toronto. Archana is passionate about the importance of literacy and reading, and has been published in the Toronto Public Library's Young Voices. She has worked with clients in both the publishing and not-for-profit sectors. Archana has a long history of community service. She has volunteered with organizations including The Children's Book Bank, The Scarborough Hospital, Ontario Science Centre, community income tax clinics and the United Way of Greater Toronto. Archana completed her Honours BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Ms. Eva Svec

Eva Svec currently works as a publishing consultant specializing in permissions editorial and photo research. She worked in the book publishing industry for over 15 years at Key Porter Books and Kids Can Press. Eva has an Honours degree in English from Western University and completed Centennial College's book and magazine publishing program. She has served as a member of the Association of Canadian Publishers' Export Committee, as Treasurer of International Book on Books for Young People Canada, and as Co-Chair of the Pat Schulz Child Care Centre's Board of Directors.