Kevin Garland

Kevin Garland  2012 13 Photo Credits

Kevin Garland, Executive Director, photo by Sian Richards.


Kevin Garland, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, assumed her present position with the company in 2002. Prior to that, she had forged a successful career that often integrated her varied fields of expertise, including urban planning, commercial property development and architecture. Following studies at the University of Toronto, where she earned degrees in English literature and urban and regional planning, she joined the internationally renowned firm A.J. Diamond Associates, Architects and Planners, first as an Associate and then as Partner. In 1986, she was appointed Vice-President, Planning and Design, Eastern Region, for BCE Development Corporation and from 1989 to 1998 she held the positions of Vice-President, Planning and Design and Senior Vice-President, Corporate Real Estate, with CIBC.

In 1998, Ms. Garland was appointed Executive Director for the Canadian Opera House Corporation, a position that allowed her to combine her longstanding passion for the arts with her business and planning experience. Her responsibilities in that role included selecting and coordinating a design team of architects, engineers and theatre consultants and handling the negotiations among the three levels of government regarding land acquisition and capital funding for the project.

Ms. Garland has sat on numerous boards, including the Boards of Trustees for the United Way of Greater Toronto and Ryerson University. She is currently a provincial appointee to the Board of Waterfront Toronto. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board for Habitat for Humanity.

In 2005, Ms. Garland was awarded a full scholarship to attend Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management.