JANUARY 23, 2019

BILL PTACEK - CEO, Calgary Public Library

Bill joined the Calgary Public Library as its CEO in early 2014. Previously, Bill was the Director of the King County Library System in western Washington state, where he led King County to become the Library Journal's "Library of the Year" in 2011.

In his time at the Calgary Public Library, Bill has been busy. He is working hard on developing relationships for the Library with government and community groups and partnerships with the school boards. Among his other initiatives are a full rebranding, a new catalogue and website, a focus on safety at the Central Library, free library cards for all, the growth of the Library’s Foundation, and a refresh in the design and collections at all libraries in the system.


FEBRUARY 13, 2019

DAVID DOCHERTY, PhD - President, Mount Royal University


Dr. David Docherty became the ninth president of Mount Royal University in 2011 and is currently serving his second term. He considers this the best job in the country and particularly enjoys playing the bagpipes for graduating students at each convocation.


David comes to Mount Royal from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where in addition to teaching from 1994 to 2011, he was senior advisor for campus initiatives and governance in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic, dean of the Faculty of Arts and chair of the Department of Political Science.


As an expert in parliamentary government in Canada, David is the author of two books, including Mr. Smith Goes to Ottawa: Life in the House of Commons and Legislatures. He has written many articles and chapters on Canadian legislatures and is a media commentator on provincial and national politics. David spoke to the Senate Chamber as part of a symposium celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.


With a deep commitment to embracing Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, he was humbled to receive a Blackfoot name and headdress in 2018. He is also a strong advocate for the importance of mental health well-being, including reducing stigma and providing the necessary supports.


He holds a Bachelor of Arts — Political Science (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University (1984), a Master of Arts — Political Science from McMaster University (1990) and a Doctorate — Political Science from the University of Toronto (1995).