Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library and Cultural Centre Hires New CEO


Bradford West Gwillimbury, November 22, 2019 – The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library Board is pleased to announce that Matthew Corbett has accepted the position as the Library’s new CEO. Mr. Corbett brings with him progressive management and leadership expertise, a proven track record of success and a passion for providing excellent customer service.

As the current CEO of St. Mary’s Public Library and Adult Learning Centre, Mr. Corbett is responsible for the development and delivery of library services including annual and capital budgets, implementing  strategic priorities, conducting a facility feasibility study and executing significant building renovations.  Mr. Corbett has earned a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University.  He is a certified Teacher in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers and also holds an Advanced Leadership and Management Certificate from Mohawk College.

“The Board is excited to welcome Matthew, who joins us at a critical point in the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library’s development,” says Board Chair, Jennifer Harrison. “As we complete the new strategic plan for the next four years, it will be very helpful to have Matthew, with his experience, clear vision and innovative approach, lead that process.”

Mr. Corbett will join the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library as CEO on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Mr. Corbett will succeed current BWGPL CEO Terri Watman, who is retiring at the end of the year.

“It’s wonderful to have Matthew bring his expertise and passion to this Library and the Town,” says Ms. Watman. “I know the staff and library services will continue to thrive under his leadership.”

During Mr. Corbett’s tenure with St. Mary’s Public Library and Adult Learning Centre, he championed dialogue with stakeholders to propel the organization forward while thinking strategically about the future prospects of library services.

Mr. Corbett comments: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library and Cultural Centre. As the CEO, I want to build on the foundations established by the Board and residents of this great community to continue to serve our customers moving forward.”

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library and Cultural Centre serves the approximately 38,000 residents of BWG.  The Library boasts an extensive collection of books, DVDs and other resources along with children, teen and adult programs and a range of cultural events. To learn more about Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library, or to access our online services, visit our website at or call 905-775-3328. To get the most current updates on what’s happening at BWGPL like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

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Contact: Jennifer Harrison, Chair, BWGPL Board