HORTICULTURE BUILDING, OTTAWA
I did get to chat with a few people and catch up on the events around the city. Liam Maguire had his foot to the floor with all the Cup events and NHL stars in town. Roger Schmidt, Technical Director of the OLRT, was my wing-man for breakfast. We chatted about some of my images coming across his desk and the great news about Stage2 approvals from city staff.
Former NHLer, Jim Kyte, and I have many mutual friends and sorry I missed the chance to chat. He did not have a lot of down time with picture requests and business conversations. Hydro Ottawa CEO, Bryce Conrad, gave an excellent speech taking many jabs at the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Gary Bettman had a very candid conversation with Ian Mendes about the Olympics, expansion to Quebec City and why the NHL outdoor game on Parliament Hill could not get done. I’m sure more than a few people left breakfast a bit more empathetic towards Mr Bettman today.
OSEG’s Bernie Ashe and Randy Burgess were also on hand for the worst kept secret in hockey, Lansdowne Park will host an NHL outdoor game between Ottawa and Montreal on December 16th, 2017. Mayor Watson noted, “You could say that it’s the icing on the cake.”
Big thanks to Sonia DiNino of LRO Staffing for the invite, it was a great way to start the day.