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Gillian grew up immersed in creativity, travel and adventure. Her mother is an industrial designer and a PhD, who later co-founded a successful, arts-based alternative school (FACE). And her father’s work moved the family to Jamaica where they lived for 2 years, surrounded by the ocean, luscious nature and reggae, before returning to wintery Canada.
Gillian began her career at 21 as a professional dancer and actor. For 20 years she toured Europe and North America on stage, as well as performing in TV series, movies and hundreds of commercials.
In 2004, she joined Cirque du Soleil as a casting scout and advisor, travelling the world and providing casting for the company’s 22 unique shows, including the renowned The Beatles LOVE. She was promoted in 2012 to Director of The Creative Lab within Cirque du Soleil Media, where she developed and co-produced projects for the international film, TV and new media (VR/AR) markets. Highlights include the video game Child of Light with Ubisoft, the preschool animated series Luna Petunia for Netflix in partnership with Saban Brands and the Emmy-award winning VR short Inside The Box: Kurios with Felix & Paul Studios.
She is also a certified coach of the Hendricks Institute, and a graduate of their 2-year Transformational Leadership program.
Gillian opened a coaching practice for artists, designers and entrepreneurs starting in 2012; clients include Sarah Selecky, Jeff McErlain, Emilie Baltz, Harris III, Melissa Mongiat and Suzy Batiz, amongst others.
In 2018, Gillian founded, Kite Parade, bringing together her years of experiences in storytelling, creative direction and large-scale production, with her knowledge and expertise in business and transformational leadership. Kite Parade provides bespoke training, consulting and leadership services for bold, beautiful and impactful innovative challenges and projects of all kinds.