Greg Hayton has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Cambridge Libraries and Galleries for over 25 years. Prior to that, he managed the Fort Erie Public Library for four years. Along with a Bachelor of Arts degree (1969), and a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto (1973), he also has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1983).
In addition to his administrative responsibilities in Cambridge, Hayton worked as a library space-planner on a number of projects as an associate for Fox Jones Consultants. He has made presentations at many conference on budgeting, planning and working with politicians and architects. As part of his professional activities, Hayton has been very involved with the Ontario Library Association. In 1996 and 1997 he served as Vice President, then President of the OLA.
Hayton is well-known for his interest in art, architecture and design. He has worked diligently to expand the presence of Cambridge Galleries in the community and has managed many library and gallery building and renovation projects. Over the years, he has worked with a number of well-known architects including Trevor Garwood Jones of Hamilton, Don McIntyre of MMMC Architects in Brantford, Carlos Ventin of Simcoe, and Phillip Carter and Stephen Teeple, both of Toronto.
More recently under Hayton’s direction, the Cambridge Libraries and Galleries completed Design at Riverside, a gallery of architecture and design in the relocated University of Waterloo School of Architecture building in Cambridge. Design at Riverside–managed by Cambridge Libraries and Galleries–is one of only two professionally staffed galleries in Canada with a curatorial program exclusively focused on architecture and design. This facility was designed by Janna Levitt of Levitt Goodman Architects and recently won a 2008 Award of Design Excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects. It’s also to be featured in an upcoming 2009 book on innovative gallery spaces.
Hayton’s most recent building project has been the expansion of the Hespeler Library designed by Alar Kongats of Kongats Architects. Featured in a number of books and magazines, the building also received an Ontario Association of Architects Award of Design Excellence in 2008. Earlier in 2004, the Hespeler Library won a prestigious Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect.
Greg Hayton is an important and significant advocate for architecture through consistent and ongoing support of architects and excellence in architecture. Examples of his contributions include the support of many architecture firms through commissions for libraries and galleries, and the creation of the Design at Riverside Gallery, which is one of only two professionally staffed galleries in Canada dedicated to architecture and design. A number of the projects Hayton has commissioned have received design excellence awards from the Ontario Association of Architects, and have been publicly recognized. Having hosted the Canadian entry to the 2008 Venice Biennale in Architecture, he is currently working on an initiative to bring the Venice Biennale in Architecture event to a permanent site in the city of Cambridge. As a consistent advocate for the public realm and for investment in good architecture, Hayton demonstrates that creative and supportive clients assist the creation of an architectural culture of excellence that extends far beyond his particular geographical region.