2019 Library Board

The Current Library Board

The North Vancouver District Public Library Board comprises eight community-minded volunteers who are appointed by District Council plus one elected Councillor. 

 

Kristine Mactaggart Wright, Board Chair

Kristine Mactaggart Wright was appointed to the Board in 2019. She is returning to the Board after a previous appointment from 2016-2017.

Kristine is a lawyer by training, and has over 15 years of experience in administrative law with different public service positions at British Columbia Crown or Crown-like agencies. Kristine is passionate about the Library, its programming, and literacy.

Kristine has lived in the District since 2002. She now lives nearest to the Parkgate Branch. On her “off-duty” time, you can find Kristine driving her children to their activities; walking her dog on the North Shore trails; and reading very expensive foreign decor magazines for free from the Library on its digital subscription service.

 

Lara Greguric, Board Vice-Chair

Lara Greguric was appointed to the Board in January 2017. Lara is the Executive Vice President, Learning Development & Outreach with the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB), an institution that inspires and educates tomorrow’s Chartered Professional Accountants. She is responsible for enabling student learning, overseeing educational contractor relations, and leading stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining CPAWSB, Lara held senior roles in the pharmaceutical, financial services, and advisory services sectors. As a CPA, CA since 1998, Lara brings business and financial expertise to her Board role and also serves as the Chair of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee.

Lara lives in Pemberton Heights with her husband. In her personal time, she enjoys cycling, kayaking, and hiking the North Shore. Lara is also pursuing a doctorate of education at UBC.

Being involved in learning professionally and personally, Lara is a strong supporter of library systems and the critical function they fulfill in vibrant communities. 

 

Jordan Back, North Vancouver District Council Representative

Jordan Back was appointed to the Board in January 2019. Currently serving his first term on North Vancouver District Council, Jordan also serves as the District representative on the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce board and is also on Metro Vancouver’s Industrial Lands Task Force. Outside of council, Jordan works as an advertising account manager at Corus Entertainment (parent company to CKNW radio and Global Television) where he works with businesses in a variety of industries on their advertising campaigns. Having studied music at UBC, Jordan continues to have a passion for the arts and sings as a member of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir.

When he’s not reading a council agenda package, Jordan enjoys reading a good biography or listening to an audio book that he can take out on a run! Jordan and his wife live in Lynn Valley and he can regularly be found out on the trails with their yellow lab, Lola.

 

Gerald Baier

Gerald Baier is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the Academic Director for the Institute for Future Legislators also at the University of British Columbia. Originally an Albertan he studied in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Ontario, and taught for several years in New Brunswick before moving to British Columbia in 2003. His family moved to Lynn Valley in 2010 and enjoy everything that comes along with that tremendous privilege, including being a stone’s throw from the main library. 

 

Valerie Dong 

Valerie Dong was appointed to the Board in February 2018. Valerie is a senior leader in Business Advisory Services at WorkSafeBC and brings more than 20 years’ experience developing and delivering high value business improvement solutions. Through her work in the public-sector she brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, program and project management, business analysis, process improvement, change management, and building high performance teams. 

Valerie was raised in North Vancouver, attended Lonsdale Elementary and Carson Graham schools, and currently lives in Lynn Valley with her husband and two sons. She strongly believes in the power of literature to be a catalyst in creating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to learn, imagine, dream, connect and explore. Along with reading, her interests include jogging, Italian food, and being an avid soccer mom. 

 

Ana Lopez 

Ana Lopez was appointed to the Board in 2018.  She is the Vice-President, Human Resources & People Development at BCIT. She oversees a broad HR portfolio which includes recruitment, total rewards, learning and professional development, change leadership, labour relations, employment advisory services, organizational wellness, human resources information systems, privacy, as well as safety, security and emergency management. Prior to joining BCIT, Ana worked in HR roles at TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company after having practiced labour and employment law with two Vancouver firms.  

Ana is proud to be able to serve as a Trustee for the Board, and support such a vital part of our north shore community.  

In her spare time, Ana enjoys running, hiking and snowshoeing on the north shore, as well as actively supporting her teenage kids in pursuit of their various activities.

 

James Mitchell

James Mitchell is currently a Communications Advisor, Public Affairs at Seaspan Shipyards in North Vancouver. Prior to this, James worked as a Project Coordinator for the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma. During his time at Capilano University, he served as Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Governors.

He has also worked with senior elected officials at all levels as a political advisor. His interest in politics stems from a firm commitment to improving life in his community.

James is a 30 year resident of the North Shore and a committed community volunteer currently participating in a number of volunteer organizations, including the Rotary Club of North Vancouver, the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, Ducks Unlimited Canada and several others.

He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in History.

 

Allison Rzen

Allison Rzen was appointed to the board in 2016. Allison is an Associate Partner with PFM Executive Search, working with a wide array of Western Canada’s public and private sector organizations to help build and strengthen their leadership teams. She brings particular skill in facilitating large, diverse Search and Selection Committees to reach objective, consensus-based decisions. Prior to joining PFM in 1999, Allison worked for Tourism Vancouver, where she worked with the domestic and international convention markets to coordinate their events in Vancouver.

A life-long North Shore resident, Allison is thrilled to be able to focus her volunteer efforts on continuing to strengthen our community. She is a Commissioner with the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission and a member of the Commission’s Arts & Culture Grants Review Committee. With two small children, Allison has loved the opportunity to re-live her childhood memories of Saturday morning visits to the local library.

 

Phil Webber

Phil Webber was appointed to the Board in 2016.  Phil is the founder of EnAble Performance Inc, a consulting enterprise whose mission is to help organizations move toward sustainability by working with them to improve environmental, health and safety, and social performance. A Certified Public Accountant and Management Consultant, Phil has over 30 years experience with management systems and measurement frameworks, as well as associated assessment and auditing activities. He brings expertise in financial and risk management, governance and compliance requirements, and business process improvement to the Board. Phil sits on the Governance Committee of the Board.

Born, raised and living in North Vancouver, Phil is committed to engagement in District activities to help build a vibrant, resilient and sustainable community. An avid reader, Phil believes we need to focus on the development and maintenance of individual and collective knowledge levels needed to sustain such a community, and sees the library as a key component in meeting related information needs. He loves the greenness, water and hills of the North Vancouver, and tries to enjoy them with his family and friends any way he can.

 

All Library Board Trustees may be contacted through the North Vancouver District Public Library Director of Library Services, and Board Secretary, Jacqueline van Dyk.