National Ballet of Canada | Kevin Garland Awarded Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award

December 4, 2012

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National Ballet of Canada | Kevin Garland Awarded Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award 

December 4, 2012… The National Ballet of Canada congratulates Kevin Garland, Executive Director, for receiving a prestigious 2012 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Arts and Communications category.

Marking a decade of celebrating female leaders, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) revealed the recipients of the 10th annual Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. Each year, these awards celebrate the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Ms. Garland joined The National Ballet of Canada as Executive Director in 2002. Ms. Garland has consistently delivered strong financial results and has helped to grow an endowment of $40 million. Under her leadership, the National Ballet moved from the Hummingbird Centre (now Sony Centre) into the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and increased the budget from $18 million to $29 million. She embarked on many major projects, including the acquisition of the company’s own production workshop, The Gretchen Ross Production Centre, negotiated the first co-production between the National Ballet and The Royal Ballet (UK) with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and secured key international touring engagements. Ms. Garland recently announced that she will be retiring in June 2013.

Ms. Garland joins a community of 653 women who have received the Top 100™ Award over the last decade, recognizing the highest achieving female leaders (in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors) in Canada. Winners are selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, their organization’s financial performance, and their commitment to their communities.

“On behalf of the WXN community of 18,000 women, we congratulate each of this year’s Winners who we honour as part of the 10th year of the Top 100 Awards,” said Pamela Jeffery, Founder, Women’s Executive Network. “This is an extraordinary group of female leaders who join our community, and they truly embody the qualities WXN strives to recognize; they are dynamic, inspiring and engaging leaders blazing new trails for the next generation.”

Co-presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, WXN has awarded an outstanding group of women this year from a variety of industries ranging from corporate executives and entrepreneurs to trailblazers and trendsetters changing the world with their professional contributions. This year, WXN celebrates a decade of the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, paying tribute to the 653 incredible women who have received this honour to date, including 88 of whom have joined the Top 100 Hall of Fame.

Ms. Garland will be celebrated on December 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, where the Top 100 Award Winners will lead WXN’s afternoon leadership Summit, appropriately themed “An Afternoon of Inspired Leadership,” offering insight into the more than 400 women in attendance. Award Winners will then be celebrated at the Top 100 Awards’ 10th annual Gala Dinner that evening. Gala attendees will hear from Laureen Harper, who will present the Public Sector Leaders Award category, as well as from keynote speakers Jeanne Beker, entrepreneur and TV personality, and Bonnie Brooks, Hudson’s Bay Company President and CEO.

About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

WXN inspires smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire connect and recognize the community of 18,000 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables their partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a Founding Member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada’s corporate boards. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of female leaders.

In June 2012, WXN Founder Pamela Jeffery was named the only Canadian resident to Fast Company’s 2012 League of Extraordinary Women, in the leadership category. In its inaugural year, the League of Extraordinary Women recognizes 60 women from the world’s largest companies, innovative start-ups, philanthropic organizations, government and arts for their dedication to changing the lives of women and girls everywhere. WXN is the only Canadian-based organization on the list. Other Charter members include Hilary Clinton and Melinda Gates.

As individuals, we can inspire and be inspired. To WXN’s community of members and partners, thank you for the inspiration to lead.

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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