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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!

Leader Grid

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

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