Lesley Mackay, director of meetings and events, Ottawa Tourism

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Lesley Mackay

Age: 37

Birthplace: Ottawa

Company: Ottawa Tourism leads and grows tourism in the capital region.

Education: Tourism and hospitality program, Algonquin College (2001)

Charitable involvement: Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Biggest biz achievement: Co-chairing the 2016 One Young World Summit.

Biggest influence: My parents were always passionately involved in all they did for both their careers and their interests. They never made it seem like work, but rather their civic duty.

First job: Co-op student at the Delta Ottawa Hotel

Advice I’d give the younger me: Don't take life so seriously!

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa RedBlacks

Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest

Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat

Twitter handle: @ottawalesley