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
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
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
Perspectives in Non-Profit Management.