Contributors

LTOttawa is so grateful for our fast growing list of dedicated contributors, or as we like to call them, Local Tourists.

To read more about Jessey and Amy, the minds behind this growing project, please click here. If you would like to contribute to LTOttawa, please get in touch. All are welcome!

  • Dr. Alan Viau has been performing weddings and other life celebrations in Ottawa since 2004. On his own blog, he compiles useful tips on what’s gone well and what to watch for based on the hundreds of weddings he’s conducted in the National Capital Region.
  • Alayna  is a proud Ottawa native who loves travelling, photography and the wonders of social media. She is a web communications specialist during the day and, in her spare time, she is often found baking, crafting and planning her next trip.
  • Alea Cardarelli is the mastermind behind the allergy-friendly blog My Real Food Life. She also makes a delicious cupcake.
  • Andrea Brasset is a mother of two living in Ottawa’s McKellar Park neighbourhood. She works in public relations.
  • Candice So is a  reporter who loves to read, write and meet people who are doing amazing things. Born and bred in Ottawa, on her off time she likes to pretend to cook, to walk her dog and to go for a run, albeit really slowly. 
  • Carolynn Lacasse is a 24-year-old marketing manager at SWIX. She’s also the founder and director of the Ottawa Foodie Challenge, a coffee addict, fashion enthusiast, rookie foodie and token geek.
  • Christophe Ledent is an amateur photographer and the host of Ottawa 365. He  moved to Ottawa nearly three years ago to work for the Government of Canada.
  • David Kawai is a very talented photographer living and working in the capital.
  • Kimberly Senf  is a displaced Montrealer living in Ottawa, by way of Halifax. She’s a librarian by trade,  currently working for the government as an information manager, organizing and categorizing data and information by day. An avid bookworm, she loves to visit the library and roam the aisles, lugging all-too-many books home each time. Dedicated knitter, coffee lover and garage sale enthusiast, she enjoys wandering around Ottawa neighbourhoods to find previously undiscovered pockets of the city. She’s also one of the co-founders of the retired Montreal blog, The Tragically Unhip.
  • Nicole Belanger is a member of the Startup Weekend Ottawa organizing team. You can find her at @nskbelanger, and Startup Weekend Ottawa at @swottawa.
  • Noémie is a 25-year old woman from France, and a newcomer in Ottawa with a hunger to discover and share everything she learns about the city. When she is not looking for new foodie experiences, she is an online marketing and social media specialist.
  • Pamela Tourigny is the community manager for terra20, a 15,000-square-foot retail store strictly offering eco-friendly products — from cosmetics to clothing to cleaning supplies. Tourigny calls terra20 a “totally different shopping experience” where people are welcome to browse for hours, educating themselves on the topic of sustainable shopping.
  • Paul Couvrette is an Ottawa-born, award-winning photographer whose been practicing his craft for 35 years. Shooting everything from portraits of prime ministers to weddings to advertisements, his downtown Ottawa space, Couvrette Studio, is a hopping place. Named Canadian Photographer of the Year in 1994, Paul has shot more than 300 magazine covers, his work gracing the front of Time, Reader’s Digest and Ottawa Life.
  • Pearl Pirie is a local arts enthusiast who arrived in Ottawa about 20 years ago for university. She blogs about the city’s literary events — in both word and image.  Her second full-length poetry collection is coming out this fall.
  • Ruvini Godakandae is a long-time Ottawa resident with a background in broadcast journalism and e-publishing. She loves to find ways to express herself and stay active, primarily through dance, photography and alternative fitness. You’ll often find her out and about discovering Ottawa’s many hidden gems and meeting some interesting and talented folks along the way. Some of her other passions include food, fashion and community involvement.
  • Sean McConnery is a photographer and outdoors nut. Born and raised in Ottawa, he now lives in Thurso, Quebec.
  • Samantha Everts  is a writer, freelance journalist, event promoter and music lover. She’s also the driving force between the Ottawa Rock Lottery, a music-focused charity event that’s now the subject of a documentary that’s part of the Ottawa International Film Festival‘s ongoing Spotlight Series.
  • Samantha Moonsammy is the Creative Director of STARFISH creative events + inspiration.
  • Sarah McPherson originally hales from the Niagara region and ventured to Ottawa to pursue museum studies. She now works in the education department at the Canadian Museum of Nature and loves every minute of it. Although she loves working with kids, she’s eager to develop programs that are geared towards a bit of an older audience, and hopefully shed the myth that this museum is only for children.
  • Sarah Ormon is crazy for great ideas, meeting new people, and helping others find new and fulfilling experiences. Her passion is in communications and she thrives on finding innovative ways to share, collaborate and explore how individuals, organizations and communities interact. She is a product marketing specialist for InGenius Software by day and the lead organizer for TEDxOttawaby night!
  • Yumi Webster is passionate about Canada’s Capital Region, museums, photography and peanut M&Ms. Sometimes, she tweets. She works at the National Capital Commission as Coordinator of School Programs and Youth Engagement.