Meet our Literary Circle Committee

Meet the Literary Circle Committee

We are part of a special group of like-minded individuals who share a love of the Library and invest in the well-being of our city. Become a Library champion and support TPL’s highest needs to help ensure all Torontonians have free and equitable access to the vital Library resources they need to succeed.

Florence Narine, Chair

“The Library is an oasis for the imagination.”

Florence Narine is Head of Investment Solutions at IG Wealth Management where she plays a critical role in driving the organization’s growth and success. Her expertise in investment product, sales strategies and client relationships makes her an innovated thinker and differentiated leader. Previously, she held increasingly senior roles at Gluskin Sheff, AGF Investments Inc, CIBC Wood Gundy and Fidelity Canada. Florence earned her MBA from the Rotman School of Management and continues to support her alma mater through her involvement in the UCAA Executive Committee, Principle’s Advisory Committee, and most recently as a GATE Power Circle advocate. She is also a tremendous advocate for HotDocs, is the Canadian Chair of Made for Millions and a willing mentor (for CFA Institute, Women in ETFs, University of Toronto to name just a few).

“TPL is the lifeblood of our community, binding us all together in this project we call Toronto.”

Adrian Ishak is Director, Senior Corporate Counsel, Global Labour and Employment at Salesforce. He is a trusted business partner and strategic global advisor on a wide range of legal and business issues with nearly 20 years of experience representing employers. Adrian is the past Chair of the Roundtable of Legal Diversity Associations (RODA), supports equity initiatives across his professional and personal engagements, and has extensive experience working with vulnerable and at-risk communities through his work on various NFP boards. He has been recognized by Lexpert as a Rising Star. He is a Director at Casey House and previously served as Director at Eva’s Initiatives, the Ontario Bar Association, FrancoQueer and was on the Young Leadership Council at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others.

“The Library offers one of the last places where equity and inclusion is on proud display.”

Luke Connell is a leader in the field of social innovation, climate technology and an experienced nonprofit executive. He is Co-Founder and CEO of CarbonRun, a climate technology company that restores rivers and their ability to safely and permanently remove carbon dioxide and provide social and environmental beneits. Since 2018, he has been the Executive Director of the Omega Foundation, developing and supporting initiatives that promote financial self-sufficiency through microfinance and enhancing the savings capacity and financial literacy of low to modest-income families. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Canada Learning Bond Champions Network and Community Co-Chair of Education Savings Week at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). He is an Energy Affordability Roundtable Member at Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and Strategic Advisor at Wealthsimple Foundation.

“I volunteer because just as TPL was vital resource for me in my youth, its programs and services continue to be essential for many Torontonians.”

Dr. Irene Ying is a palliative care physician at Mount Sinai Hospital. She completed medical school, family medicine residency, as well as a palliative care fellowship at the University of Toronto and went on to obtain her Master of Health Science in Bioethics. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Irene’s academic interests include ‘ethics and end of life care’ and ‘cross-cultural communication’. She is one of the hosts of the About Empathy podcast, a healthcare podcast that focuses on educating and learning through patient, caregiver and healthcare provider stories. When she is not at work, Irene enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband, learning Mandarin, and reading books on the Libby app!