Americas Regional Council
Chief Executive Officer, Edmonton Public Library
Pilar Martinez is the Chief Executive Officer of the Edmonton Public Library, where she is responsible for strategic leadership, supporting the Board of Trustees, financial and budget management and stakeholder relations. Pilar has a broad base of experience in library leadership including: advocacy, collective bargaining, strategic and business planning, recruitment and change leadership. She holds a MLIS from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English from Acadia University. Pilar was the main champion and leader behind the implementation of EPL’s community-led service framework and the Leading From Any Position staff development initiative. Pilar was honored with the Library Association of Alberta’s President’s Award in 2016 for her province-wide contributions to the library field and the goals of the LAA, and in 2012 with the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.
Pilar has been very active in the library community having served as president of both the Library Association of Alberta and the Canadian Library Association. She was co-chair of both the CLA conference and the Alberta Library Conference (twice). She has served on local community boards and is currently a member of the REACH Edmonton Board, an organization that helps improve safety in the city of Edmonton.
Term end date: 30 June 2020
Edmonton Public Library
MNP Tower, 7th Floor
10235 101 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3G1