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Meet the Man behind Ottawa 2017

Guy Laflamme presents next year's objectives and proposed agenda to a sold-out group of the Telfer Executive MBA community.

Next year marks a monumental year for Canadians as we celebrate 150 years as a Nation. Many events are expected to take place in 2017 within the Nation’s Capital, and the man responsible for the planning is Guy Laflamme. As Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, a community-led, not-for-profit corporation, he and his team are planning for a full year of festivities that will supplement the established annual activities held within the City.

Members of the TPP with Guy Laflamme Guy, who is also a Strategic Marketing Professor at the Telfer Executive MBA, was a special guest at the Telfer Executive MBA Alumni Association and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) joint event on January 25th. He provided a confidential, NDA based, sneak peek to attendees of the sold-out event, of the proposed agenda and the magnitude of planning and execution behind the scenes to make next year spectacular, beginning January 1, 2017.

Selected events of the multitude that Guy discussed with the attendees during the evening have been driving headlines in recent weeks as they are officially announced to the public. These include:

  • Red Bull Crashed ICE
  • 2017 Juno Awards and Juno Week
  • Canadian Videogame Awards
  • Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge
  • Inspirational Village

Additional information can be found on the Ottawa 2017 website as more events become public. Consider adding the page to your favorites menu as you may be visiting it often given the size of the proposed agenda that was presented on January 25th – there are many events that are still to be released: http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/

In addition, the official announcement was released a week after the event that a partnership with Roots Canada has been established for official merchandise of the Ottawa 2017.

About Guy Laflamme:

Guy LaflammeGuy Laflamme has extensive experience producing major events and commemorations. His previous successes have included Canada Day Celebrations, the Winterlude Festival, Mosaika (the incredible Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill) as the Senior Vice President of Capital Experience at the NCC and the spectacular H2K, Millennium show produced at the Casino Lac Leamy. He also acted as Chair of the JUNO Awards Host Committee in 2003 and 2012 and the Genie Awards Host Committee in 2009. For the last 16 years he has been a professor with the Telfer School of Management in the Executive MBA program and has also been teaching for the last 8 years with the University of Bucharest Business School. In addition to his role of Executive Director of Ottawa 2017, he is also the Chair of International Festival and Events Association.


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