Guy Laflamme

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - LIVING TOURISM -

Vice Pres­i­dent Cap­i­tal Ex­pe­ri­ence NCC Ot­tawa has been called a big city with a home­town feel. Do you agree? I feel I live in a global vil­lage, with vir­tual bor­ders ex­tend­ing to the very lim­its of our coun­try. All the ben­e­fits of a large ur­ban cen­tre are ac­ces­si­ble within a 10-minute bike ride! What land­mark or event do you think re­flects Ot­tawa best? Con­ser­va­tion ar­eas, com­mem­o­ra­tions and na­tional cel­e­bra­tions. With my un­der­grad de­gree in Nat­u­ral Sci­ences, my first job was to be in charge of ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams in amaz­ing con­ser­va­tion ar­eas such as Mer Bleue and Gatineau Park. Re­cently, I have had the chance to con­trib­ute to the cre­ation of com­mem­o­ra­tions and na­tional mon­u­ments as well as or­ches­trat­ing na­tional cel­e­bra­tions such as Canada Day. Where do you take vis­i­tors when they come to town? On a unique jour­ney of out­door sports and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties... As a thrill seeker, I can’t be sat­is­fied with less than pro­vid­ing an in­tense ex­pe­ri­ence on our recre­ational path­ways, an en­rich­ing dis­cov­ery of our na­tional mu­se­ums and an im­mer­sion in our beau­ti­ful, pris­tine na­ture. Forced to choose, what would be your favourite time of year in Ot­tawa? The month of May, hav­ing com­pleted my teach­ing in Uni­ver­sity for the year I am able to spend more time out­doors. Tulips are a strong sym­bol of re­nais­sance for many of us! De­scribe this city in one sen­tence. Live Canada to its fullest!

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