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Date: Aug 09, 2019
General Session, Opening Keynote

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Guy has been producing major events and commemorations for over 30 years. Guy is now invited as guest speaker in Asia, Europe and across North America including presentations as part of the TEDx conference series. From 2014 to 2018 he was the Executive Director and Producer of Ottawa 2017, leading the production of 12 full months and over 200 events and experiences to celebrate Canada 150th Anniversary. Ottawa 2017 was the biggest celebration in Ottawa's history, with an economic impact of over 250 million dollars and 11 million participants.

Mr. Laflamme has produced some of the most impressive large-scale events that Ottawa has ever seen, including the Red Bull Crashed Ice, La Machine- a monumental ambulatory theater production attended by close to one million people, Ottawa Welcomes the World, Mìwàte a sound and light show to pay tribute to Indigenous people, Kontinuum the world first underground multimedia production, the Red Bull Global Rallycross, Stanley cup 125th celebration, Ignite 150 a series of artistic stunts, Canada’s Table, Agri 150 and Sky Lounge. Those events have animated the city of Ottawa with a new energy and changed the way people perceive Ottawa, both throughout the country, and around the world.

In addition to his role of head of celebrations for Ottawa 2017, he was also the Chair of the International Festival and Events Association in 2016, and served as Chair of the 2017, 2012 and 2002 JUNO Awards Host Committee for Canada’s music industry celebration. As Senior Vice-President of the National Capital Commission he was head of major commemorations and monuments, was responsible for official residences (residences of the Prime Minister of Canada and the Governor General), while managing communications and visitor services for Canada’s Capital. Mr. Laflamme has been guest speaker in South Korea, Dubai, Romania, Brazil and in the United-States, he experienced and assessed major events in over 25 countries.

His previous successes have included Canada Day Celebrations, Winterlude, Mosaika (a spectacular Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill) as the Senior Vice President of Capital Experience with the National Capital Commission. He conceived and produced the spectacular H2K millennium show for Casino Lac Leamy, and seen by over one billion people on the international TV broadcast Today 2000. He also acted as Chair of the Genie Awards Host Committee in 2009, Canada’s film industry annual gala.

He has been a professor with the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management and with the Executive MBA program for 25 years and has also been teaching for over eight years with the University of Bucharest Business School. With his university students, Mr. Laflamme lead a humanitarian project "Making Niger Our Business" to deliver half a million dollars in humanitarian benefits to Niger. Over 75 local charity groups were also provided with business plans created with his EMBA students. Guy Laflamme was Chair of the United Way campaign for the Outaouais in 2011.

Guy Laflamme was named Tourism person of the year by Tourism Ottawa and Tourism Outaouais, was recognized as the marketing person of the year by the Montreal Marketing Association. In 2017, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Travel Industry Association of Ontario, was named by Radio-Canada- Le Droit as the 2017 Ottawa person of the year. The University of Ottawa recognized him as the 2017 Alumni of the year and was awarded the Order of Ottawa. Guy Laflamme and Ottawa 2017 received 15 awards from the International Festivals and Events Associations in 2016-2017.

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