Skip to content


Guy Laflamme, MBA
Executive Director, Ottawa 2017 - Ottawa, ON, Canada

Guy Laflamme

365 Days of Celebration

Telfer School’s Guy Laflamme is making Ottawa the heart of Canada’s big party.

Guy Laflamme has a message for Telfer School students and alumni who have gone through the rigors of preparing detailed business plans: “I feel your pain.” A professor of marketing and strategic management at the school since 1990, he has asked hundreds of students over the years to map out their entrepreneurial ideas this way. So all Guy could do was smile knowingly when—two months after being appointed by Ottawa’s mayor to lead the city’s efforts to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation—he gave himself the task of crafting a comprehensive business plan to make Canada’s capital the heart of the country’s 2017 celebration. Turnabout is fair play, Guy.

The Telfer MBA grad (class of 1989), and recipient of the school’s Trudeau Medal in 2005, took on his self-assigned challenge with gusto. Guy swiftly produced a 400-page business plan that covered every aspect of the yearlong party—from tiptoeing through political minefields, to assembling a top-flight team, to raising and managing contributions of $40 million, to conceiving, planning and producing some 150 separate events. One of the first recommendations of his proposal was for the city to create a not-for-profit entity, supported by funds from multiple sources, to manage the entire complex effort. Soon after, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau was created and Guy was named as its executive director.

Then came the really hard part. Bringing his blueprint to life forced Guy to call on the range of skills he has nurtured as a student, a professor and an impresario of spectacular celebrations throughout Canada and in countries around the world. He has needed and tested all his talents. In orchestrating the unceasing and innumerable tasks of Ottawa 2017, Guy has been planner, manager, fundraiser, promoter, artistic director and producer.

Now the moment of truth has arrived. Three years of painstaking preparation have given way to 365 exhilarating days of celebration, which is expected to generate more than $320 million for the local economy. Guy’s alma mater is also marking an anniversary of its own in 2017: A decade has passed since Ian Telfer’s generous gift gave our school its distinctive name and a solid financial foundation on which to build an exceptional learning and research institution. In this year of celebration for our school, city and country, all of us at the Telfer School salute Guy for the indispensable role he’s played in making our hometown the place to be throughout 2017, and for showing vividly what it truly means to be connected to what matters most.

Now let’s get this party started!

Leader Grid

Mark Farrell
Russ McLeod
Greg Matthews
Okenge Yuma Morisho
Carol T Culhane
Christopher Wilson
Peter Hollett
Hatem Soltani
Sean Moher
Pedro Carrasco
Jean F. Laurin
Tyler Steeves
Christophe Richon
Dr. Steve Pelletier
Simon Nasr
Tim Ragan
Jonathan Martin
Chris Rotolo
John Kurvink
Michelle Pickett
Mike Groves
Benoit Bazoge
Mike Carson
Geneviève Bonin
Richard Zhang
Khusro Malik
Michel Cadieux
Nadia Scornaienchi
Yves Bastien
Chantal Backman
Dan Hilton
Luc Cardinal
Jean-Pierre Soublière
Andre Bolduc
Robert Hyams
Dinesh Kandanchatha
Mimi Lowi-Young
Daniel Levac
Alain-Michel Sékula
Michel Houle
Steven Drover
Art Slaughter
Stéphane Bisson
Herbert Strongeagle
Ronnie Gavsie
Greg Cayen
Andrew Zadarnowski
Christian Dion
Déric G. Dubien
Charles Chamberlain
Bryan Belanger
Patrick Brizay
Matthew Spoke
Chris Finlay
Jennifer Garrett
Jean L. Laporte
Martin Lalonde
Bilge Balci
Brennan Loh
Gabriel Di Primio
Sherry Noble
Sebastien Dignard
Stacey Metulynsky
Michael Runia
Sarah Newell
Angsuman Rudra
Mary-Ann Massad
Russ Morgan
John Duncan
Chaohui Peng
Bernie Ashe
Lee Fraser
Emily Jones
Vik Chaudhary
Hugh Faloon
Stéphane Ouellet
Anil Dilawri
Jean-Claude Bergeron
Robert White
Paul S. Crampton
Anne-Marie Hubert
Candace Enman
Dobrila Rancic-Moogk
Luc Fortin
Christa Casey
Ricky Chau
James Yersh
Geoff Lebano
Ian Sinclair
Alain Doucet
Janet LeBlanc
Marcela Szucko
Jamil Bhuya
Chetan Baweja
Huw Williams
Christopher Sisto
Rob Hyams
Phil White
Rekha Krishnamurthi
Éric Charette
Patricia McCarron
David Sharpley
Tom Philpott
Dwight Mihalicz
Gabriela Golumbovici
Paul Vallée
Justine Hendricks
Michael Burch
Wooi Seong Cheam
Guy Laflamme
Kathleen Kemp
Dany Gagnon
Christian Coulombe
Amy Karam, IMBA
Dan Hawes
Jay Wong
Michel Lavigne
Alexander Leslie
Jonathan Simon
Majella Morin
Joanne Lefebvre
Harley Finkelstein
François Julien
Serge Casault
Jason Yeung
Mona Fortier
Paul Knudsen
Roger Farley
Richard Bazinet
Pamela Baxter
Chantal Courchesne
Charla O'Connor
Satheesh Gopalan
Kim Ades
Alexandre Lefebvre
Greg Fougère
Frederic Michel
Ian Telfer
Vani Edwardson
Sean Murphy
Francoys Bourgon
Kevin Smiley
Jon Bartlett
Cory Young
Michael McFaul
David Mosley
Michael Chambers
Candace Tierney
Robert D'Aoust
Jean Marc Leclerc
Jean Desgagne
Jennifer Butson
John-Paul Cody-Cox
Alain Villemure
Vincent Douville
Denis Kingsley
Cathy Lewis
Sarah Asad
Nick Quain
Paul Pinkus
Lydia Di Francesco
Linda Eagen
Maxime Lazard
Wanda MacDonald
George Gritziotis
Peter Leuzinger
Christine Kincaid
Billy Triantafilos
Sarwar Qureshi
Dan Moorcroft
Robert Boutin
Dinakar Vaidya
Marc Malouin
Jason Kerr
Fares El Sabbagh
Marc Dupuis-Désormeaux
Saurabh R.  Popat
Angela Vanikiotis
Louise Tardif
Greg Tarasco
Anie Rouleau
Sean Murphy
Kyle Braatz
Drew Huffman
Racha Farah
John Hastings
Dennise Albrecht

Alumni Leaders: Get on the map!

Add your profile to this site

Telfer School Programs

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) provides students a complete business education: academic excellence, a rewarding student life, and distinctive personal and career development opportunities.

Stats: 17478 Alumni

Program site

The Telfer MBA gives students the power to outperform: lead people, take charge of organizations, allocate resources effectively and articulate a strategic vision—all fundamental skills of high-performing business leaders.

Stats: 4860 Alumni

Program site

Our Executive MBA Program provides a uniquely stimulating and rigorous professional development experience that will enhance your general management capabilities. The program opens up global, practical and relevant business experiences for ambitious professionals—experiences these students use to explore international business, experience management through hands-on consulting projects and gain the leadership skills necessary for success in today’s global economy.

Stats: 1017 Alumni

Program site

Our Master of Health Administration (MHA) provides students with the expert knowledge, practical skills and hands-on training they need to translate their passion for health into genuine results for Canadians.

Stats: 961 Alumni

Program site

Our Master of Science in Management (MSc) equips students with the knowledge and skills to examine management challenges from a variety of viewpoints, conduct informed research, and uncover findings that can be used by managers to solve pressing problems.

Program site

Our Master of Science in Health Systems (MSc) prepares students to help healthcare practitioners and managers achieve the most vital outcomes of modern healthcare: lower costs, better patient outcomes and improved healthcare services. This program trains them to “think differently” and become an agent of change.

Program site

The Telfer PhD in Management is unique and focused, designed to create the depth and breadth that makes an impact in business – and the world. Our unique approach surrounds our students with unusual and exceptional opportunities for learning and development – just one of the many reasons we are so proud of our PhD in Management program.

Program site