Kevin Garland, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, Retires June 2013

October 26, 2012

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Kevin Garland, Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, Retires June 2013

October 25, 2012 … David Binet, Board Chair of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that Executive Director Kevin Garland will be retiring in June 2013, after more than 10 years with the company.

“Kevin has led this company with astute business acumen, a passion for the art form and graceful humour through a decade of great growth.  She oversaw the extremely successful move into the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the appointment of Karen Kain as Artistic Director, the 60th anniversary celebrations last year and the rebirth of international touring,” stated Mr. Binet.

Mr. Binet, who will chair the search committee for Ms. Garland’s successor, added “I am pleased that Kevin has given us lead time to find a strong successor, as well as another year of her strong leadership as we undertake our most ambitious touring schedule in a generation.”

Ms. Garland joined The National Ballet of Canada as Executive Director in 2001, working with former Artistic Director James Kudelka. On the appointment of Artistic Director Karen Kain in 2005, she and Ms. Kain developed and implemented a strategic plan that saw the company move from the Hummingbird Theatre (now Sony Centre) into the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and grew the budget from $18 million to $29 million. Ms. Garland has consistently delivered strong financial performances through a decade of some of the most challenging economic times on record. The company announced another year with an operating surplus and has built an endowment of $40 million.

Ms. Garland embarked on many major projects as Executive Director, including the acquisition of the company’s own production workshop, The Gretchen Ross Production Centre for The National Ballet of Canada. She negotiated the first co-production between the National Ballet and The Royal Ballet (UK) with the hugely successful Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In the last five years, Ms. Garland has been instrumental in initiating and finalizing key international touring for the National Ballet to Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London and New York City. Under Ms. Garland’s leadership, for the first time in the company’s history, the National Ballet has been selected as one of the top 100 employers in Canada.

“Kevin has provided this company and me personally, with wise and steady guidance for the last 10 years. Her unflagging support and enthusiasm for big ideas gave me the courage and strength to pursue many of the opportunities that are now coming to fruition. She has been a great pleasure and inspiration to work with and we are extremely grateful for her hard work, strong leadership and passionate loyalty,” said Ms. Kain.

“Having given more than 10 years to this wonderful company I have decided to retire, effective June 30. My time as Executive Director has been challenging, exhilarating and the most fulfilling end to my working career,” said Ms. Garland. “During my first four years, I had the pleasure of working with the hugely gifted James Kudelka; my professional colleagues are among the best in this or any business and I have enjoyed the support of a Board of Directors who exemplify the best in volunteerism. For the past six years I have had the privilege of working side by side with the incomparable Karen Kain as we moved into a brand new theatre and weathered the worst economic downturn in my lifetime. I leave this company with the satisfaction of knowing that it is on a sound financial footing and with the joy of returning our extraordinary artists to touring again to major international centres.”


The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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