Ottawa to lead the world in festivals and events

Guy LaFlamme

Ottawa – Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, has been elected Chair of the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA) World Board of Directors at their 60th Anniversary Convention and Expo in Tuscon, Arizona. He will officially take the helm of the organization in January 2016.

“Ottawa is fortunate to have Guy leading our celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “His election as IFEA World Chair is a signal – to Canada and the world – that Ottawa is ready to host this major celebration of our milestone anniversary, and that they will want to come be a part of it.”

IFEA World is the premiere association supporting and enabling festival and event professionals worldwide. Their aim is to create “a globally united industry that touches lives in a positive way through celebration.” Their membership includes more than 2,000 leaders in the festival and events sector, responsible for delivering the world’s largest and most prestigious celebrations.

“IFEA has been a tremendous resource for me over the years. I have been proud to serve on the IFEA World Board since 2011, and I look forward to continuing to serve the association in my new role as Chair,” said Mr. Laflamme.

Mr. Laflamme has more than 25 years experience planning and executing successful major celebrations, including 12 years as the Senior Vice President of Capital Experience at the National Capital Commission. For the last two years, he has been planning Ottawa 2017.

“My experience has shown me that the success of a commemoration lies in the development of a personal and emotional connection between the audience and subject,” said Mr. Laflamme. “For Ottawa 2017, we will use innovation and surprise to challenge pre-conception and convention. We will create an atmosphere that will leave Canadians energized, inspired, and open to the world of possibilities before us. This is how you transcend the moment and create a lasting impact.”

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