2019 FEO Hall of Fame and Volunteer of the Year Awards Presented

96 2019 FEO Hall of Fame and Volunteer of the Year Awards Presented


Provincial organization recognizes festival industry volunteers and leaders

London, Ontario (February 28, 2019) Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the new inductee to the FEO Hall of Fame, presented by Little Electric as well as the 2019 FEO Volunteer of the Year Awards, presented by Nothers. FEO believes it is important to recognize significant contributions of these individuals to the festival and event industry – without their passion and dedication, this industry could not survive. The Hall of Fame and Volunteer of the Year Awards were handed out on Thursday, February 28th during FEO’s Annual Conference “ENGAGE” in London, Ontario.

Since 2000, FEO has now inducted 42 people into its Hall of Fame representing festivals, municipalities, organizations and events from across the province. Each individual named to the FEO Hall of Fame is someone who has dedicated their career to the festival and event industry and who has made a lasting contribution to their community, festival, event or organization.
FEO would like to congratulate the following 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee presented by Little Electric Inc.:

Guy Laflamme - (Ottawa)

Guy Laflamme was the Director of the Ottawa 2017 year-long calendar of extraordinary events, which served as the centerpiece of Canada’s 150th sesquicentennial year celebration and left over 11 million attendees with memories to last a lifetime and generated over 250 million dollars in economic impact.

2016 Chair of the IFEA World Board, Guy imagined, produced and experienced the intense scope and scale of events that effectively changed how Canada’s capital and other global event cities around the world now think of the power of events.

Guy Laflamme specializes in the creation, production and marketing of cultural, recreational and tourism products.  He has been managing large scale events for over 30 years, including H2K produced for the turn of the Millennium which was broadcast on Today 2000 to over 2 billion people. He was professor of management with the University of Ottawa for 25 years and University of Bucharest for 10 years.
Guy was named person of the 2017 year for Ottawa-Gatineau by Radio-Canada/LeDroit, University of Ottawa Alumni of the year, received the Order of Ottawa and a lifetime achievement award by the Travel Industry Association of Ontario. He also managed, a humanitarian project in West Africa over a 6-year period called Making Niger our Business which generated half a million dollars in support to the world poorest country.

FEO maintains that the importance of volunteers to the festivals and events industry cannot be undervalued. FEO’s commitment to the festivals and events industry is strengthened by recognizing the volunteers who have distinguished themselves by virtue of their service to their community through significant involvement with festivals or events. 
FEO would like to congratulate the following 2019 Volunteer of the Year presented by Nothers Signs & Recognition:

Maduba Ahmad - MuslimFest (Mississauga)

FEO would like to congratulate the following 2019 Family Volunteer of the Year presented by Nothers Signs & Recognition:

The Beattie Family – Winona Peach Festival (Winona)

The “ENGAGE” 2019 Festivals & Events Ontario Conference was held in London, Ontario from February 26-28, 2019.

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Media Contact:
Jay Nijhuis
Marketing & Communications Manager, FEO
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About Festivals & Events Ontario
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) was established in 1987 as an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario. FEO supports a lively, engaged and dedicated festival and events industry by sharing knowledge, enabling networking and providing leadership on education, advocacy and promotion. FEO operates Canada’s largest dedicated festival and event Conference, publishes and distributes an annual consumer guide, promotes its industry festival supplier goods and services and oversees an industry-leading awards recognition program. The festivals and events industry in Ontario is estimated to generate in excess of $2.3 billion annually in contribution to regional GDP, create/sustain approximately 50,000 full-year-equivalent jobs and foster approximately $1 billion dollars in taxes at all levels of government. 



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