The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Foundation has added two new Directors to its Board. Marlene Jennings, a former Canadian parliamentarian, and Deborah Yedlin, Chancellor of the University of Calgary, were recently elected to the Board at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting.
Ms. Jennings and Ms. Yedlin both bring key experience to the LAC Foundation with their extensive work in the political, media and academic realms.
Ms. Jennings was a member of the House of Commons of Canada, representing the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine from 1997 to 2011. She is a former lawyer and senior public servant. Ms. Jennings served in the role of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation and was also the Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada. From 2004 to October 2005 she was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with a special emphasis on Canada-U.S. relations.
Ms. Yedlin has been observing, commenting and writing about business and politics for more than two decades, as a journalist for the Financial Post, Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald newspapers. In addition to her writing, she has been a regular commentator for CBC Radio and Television and CTV. Ms. Yedlin has been very active in the Calgary community. She was co-chair of the highly successful 2016 United Way Campaign, is currently a co-chair for the Calgary Cancer Centre fundraising campaign and has served on the boards of a number of arts and community organizations.
Chaired by Jacques J.M. Shore, the LAC Foundation Board of Directors is also comprised of Michael Adams, Shelley Ambrose, Rory Capern, Ronald Cohen, Robert Ghiz, Blake Goldring, Kevin Hanson, and Roseann O’Reilly Runte.
The LAC Foundation, an independent not-for-profit charitable organization, was created in 2018 by a group of passionate individuals to support LAC in making its vast, invaluable and treasured collection more accessible to Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and in sharing it with those around the world wishing to gain a greater appreciation of our country’s heritage.