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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!

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

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