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  • YOU WANT A DESIGN THAT MAXIMIZES EFFICIENCY.  

    We demand it. You want a space that has longevity. We insist on it. 
    So we don’t respond to trends; we respond to needs. Needs – from comfort to vigour – will always outlast trends.

  • YOU CAN EASILY SPEND 35% OF THE TIME YOU'RE AWAKE AT WORK. 

    The workplace better feel good. And it shouldn’t feel like work. Our design works hard so you won’t feel like that’s what you’re doing.

  • PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE AWARDS WE'VE WON.

    But what you should know is that it isn’t awards that excite us. It’s that our design changes clients lives. It’s about changing their relationship with their surroundings. You’ll see. 

Through the alchemy and good fortune of any perfect partnership, and with the hard work of our talented and diverse team, we meet in an inspired balance that drives each design.

Our staff harness wildly different approaches in one single outcome - great work that continues to seek out the best results in ways that challenge the expectations of the past. It’s contagious. And, we hope, incurable.

  • Marc Letellier

    Principal  |  Interior Designer
    DID ARIDO IDC

    In a design career spanning four decades, Marc has masterfully accrued experience in practically every sector of the design industry. World trade and exhibit design, hospitality and retail design, medical and dental office design, manufacturing and specialty lab design are but a smattering of the successes he has amassed. His knowledge of building and furniture systems, building code, construction, millwork and manufacturing techniques, cost estimating and contract documentation provides clients with an indispensable tool in an understanding of the design and implementation industry. Perhaps, then, it’s no shock that he enjoys the diversity of the work. But in the back of his mind, on every project, is the knowledge that his work will contribute in some small part to the success of his clients. Creating environments that our clients’ staff will appreciate, value and benefit from every day is a great feeling. And that’s what he says is most rewarding.

    Establishing a design firm that has flourished while holding itself to unwavering principles of sustainability in building is something for which Marc holds a large amount of responsibility. Being nurturing of every individual at the firm is equally important. The pairing is something that perhaps only a perfectionist with stocks of loyalty and fairness could accomplish successfully. But he places the credit for it with the incredible LWG team. Developing our company’s Requirements Program – getting to know people well enough to provide them with innovative solutions that work excellently – is core to all that Marc represents. That understanding leads to detail that can be seen in any space he’s had a hand in without even looking at the walls or the flooring; he’ll tell you that lighting is not just essential to see where you’re going, it’s central to how you feel while you work.

  • Bryan Wiens

    Principal | Interior Designer
    BID, ARIDO, APIDQ, IDC, NCIDQ

    What started out as a passion for architecture and design – and the desire to hold a creative job – became a life’s work. Just under 30 years as a designer, to be exact. And 22 at LWG. A Principal, and the “W” in LWG for over 15 years, Bryan possesses the pride of someone who’s helped build the best of its kind. But those years have also brought a maturation that has permitted him a realization that he derives so much of his motivation from being able to help lead an excellent team.

    His excellent communication and project management skills have been called upon to deliver a wide variety of full scope public and private sector assignments. He’s been able to draw on seven years experience before LWG delivering projects of various sizes for PWGSC. Presently, Bryan serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee and guest lectures for Algonquin College’s Interior Design Bachelor program where, as is suiting to his character, he puts particular focus on Professional Practice and Ethics. It’s no surprise that Bryan is especially proud of the Algonquin College Co-op Employer of the Year. A common trait of LWG staff is compassion. As an excellent mentor, Bryan exemplifies this quality as well as any.

    A passion for travel, music, art and the history of architecture ignites and underscores his curiosity for the vocabulary of design – where we come from and where we’re going.

  • David Gibbons

    Principal | Interior Designer
    DID, ARIDO, APIDQ, IDC, NCIDQ

    Over thirty five years of professional experience has honed David’s innumerable skills. At the turn of this century, he joined LWG as an associate and quickly grew into an ownership role. He faces design concept development, strategic planning, project management and coordination, budgeting, cost reporting, drawing review and certification with the same intelligence he lends to his second stint as President of ARIDO.

    David has brought both his talented eye and caring nature to a veritable phalanx of projects that include but certainly aren’t limited to multi-storey office projects, control centres and call centres. It can’t be overstated that David’s dedication has led to the continued successes and growth of an incredible group of professionals at LWG. Perhaps it’s partly due to the inspiration he draws from other greats like Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. But it’s definitely due to his incredible tenacity, too.

  • Colette St-Denis Jolicoeur

    Associate | Director of Design
    Interior Designer
    DID, ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ

    Colette is a graduate of La Cité Collégiale with a Diploma in the Advanced Interior Design program. Her design expertise is charged by her intuitive conceptual skills and has an uncanny technical sensibility for drawings and detailing.

    We talk a lot about a sense of place. It’s central to our perspective in so many ways. But Colette’s words may be the ones we like best. Colette says LWG is a home away from home. It’s not just lip-service. She started her career with us in 2003. We’re proud to say she’s still with us. And prouder that she’s become an associate. In an industry that sees people move from firm to firm with relative regularity, we are very lucky to have her aboard for all these years. We have all benefited from her dedication, drive and positive outlook.

    Like every good designer, Colette is a visualizer. She enjoys the challenge of each unique project, and uses the analogy of a puzzle to describe the process of addressing success. Putting the pieces together successfully leads to the ultimate sight - a happy client.

  • Melanie Tracey

    Associate | Interior Designer
    DID, ARIDO, NCIDQ

    A graduate of the International Academy of Design with a Diploma in Advanced Interior Design, Melanie has spent over half of her extensive career in interior design with us at LWG. She’s consummately organized, which is perhaps what drives her passion for project and construction management. Her meticulous nature not only echos throughout the designs she works on, but paired with her altruism, makes her an excellent mentor. Melanie always seizes the opportunity to see a project through from start to finish.

    When asked why she does what she does everyday, the thing Melanie references is most telling.  “We get to design incredible spaces for our clients and provide a more serene and inviting space for them to work in.” Serenity! It’s a lofty goal – and one she’s helped achieve time and again.

  • Rachel Burdick

    Interior Designer
    DID, ARIDO, NCIDQ, LEED® AP

    People who run the Boston Marathon don’t do anything by halves. Rachel is one of those people. She gets things done. A graduate of Fanshawe College with a Diploma in the Advanced Interior Design program, Rachel brings a wealth of knowledge and international design experience to LWG. She’s amazed clients with her work both in Canada and abroad, in the United Kingdom. LWG has been blessed with her tireless enthusiasm, and proficient communication skills since the mid 2000s.

    It’s a common narrative amongst LWGers, but Rachel loves spending time with her coworkers and creating spaces that people truly enjoy working in.

  • Erica Pelletier

    Interior Designer
    BAA-ID, Intern ARIDO

    With a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design from the Academy of Design in Toronto and just shy of a decade’s worth of experience, Erica credits her success in the industry with her ability to think on her feet. We couldn’t agree more. She’s an excellent listener, and comes to every design having heard clients’ ideas and requirements with a rare perspicacity. It’s this enlightenment that serves her so well on the senior management team.

    You may be aware of the “building envelope”. It defines the conditioned environment from the unconditioned environment, taking into account temperature difference between the inside and the outside, moisture, noise and light transfer. Erica’s particular curiosity and dedication to this aspect of design is a subject of constant inspiration for her. But unlike a well-sealed envelope, Erica’s openness – championed by her superior listening skills – makes her indefatigably approachable and patient. Her calm, yet meticulous demeanour, is a powerful influence for which we’re constantly grateful.

  • Gabrielle Lemaire

    Interior Designer
    DID, ARIDO, NCIDQ

    It’s fitting that Gabrielle’s background includes work on innumerable hospitality projects – she’s as empathetic as they come. Collège La Cité bestowed her with a diploma in Advanced Interior Design before she moved on to half a decades’ worth of work with a well-respected commercial design firm in Montreal where she immersed herself in some brilliant, high-concept commercial work. In a felicitous move, she returned to Ottawa, and we’ve been lucky to have her with us at LWG for even longer. 

    The attention required of the technical nature of detailing is as large a part of the motivation for her continued passion for the job as is the certain knowledge that no two days are ever the same. There’s a pride in her work mirrored in her role as a mother of two young ones and in an ongoing pursuit of learning even more about the industry. 

  • Patricia Wheele

    Interior Designer
    BAA-ID, IDA, IDC, NCIDQ

    Patricia is someone who likes to put things together. She sees elements that might be disconnected to other people. But she recognizes connections. Everywhere. It’s the puzzle that draws her in. And it’s her unmatched ability to see the whole that makes her such a brilliant interior designer. Pat’s been inextricably immersed in the industry for a decade. Her attention to the details of millwork and architectural features bring life to the projects before her. And her keen eye doesn’t end with the tactile things in life. Perhaps it’s her motherhood instincts that allow her to claim herself simultaneously as mentor and mentee. Pat works remotely from Edmonton, where her husband is posted with the military. You could say that’s our Western office – and it’s a powerhouse. No matter how far she may be physically, anyone who’s had the good providence of working with her knows that her positivity knows no limits. We miss her being in Ottawa, but we’re so happy she’s working with us again.

  • Emilie Gauthier

    Interior Designer
    DID, ARIDO, NCIDQ

    When asked why she does what she does every day, Emilie quotes Marc Anthony (and, less famously, Confucius) “If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.” It’s the sort of quote that sums up Emilie’s bold personality. And it’s a mantra that earned her flying colours in her NCIDQ certification. LWG has been enjoying her gregarious company; we’re grateful for her comedic stylings every day.

    Complex details propel her interest more than anything else. Architectural features and millwork can offer specific challenges, and it’s what she thrives on.

  • Ashley Lepine

    Designer
    BAA-ID, Intern ARIDO

    Ashley finds herself unwittingly drawn to the finer architectural elements of design aesthetics, whether she’s working or simply peeking at blogs and social media – we’re pretty sure that’s called a passion. A passion and a proficient eye for detail! Before joining us, she began her career as a coordinator for a high-end custom home builder, only to move on to high-end residential and millwork design. She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Arts Interior Design degree program at Algonquin College.

    Her belief that the spaces we work and live in heavily impacts our health and well-being, impels her in somewhat of a constant need to create spaces that are not only functional but pleasing. There’s no doubt Ashley’s previous life in creating millwork and high-end residential work has laid the foundation for a now seemingly effortless aptitude for bringing a homey vibe to her work. Peaceful, but practical. Kind of like Ashley.

  • Olivia Carmichael

    Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO, Fitwel Ambassador, Well AP

    We’ve had a lot of luck in building LWG. Olivia is part of that luck. We snapped her up immediately after her graduation from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Interior Design in 2017, and we’ve had the great fortune of her creativity and charisma for the entirety of her burgeoning career.

    The demands of the job can bring some unlikely couplings – conceptualizing colour in unique ways and budgeting, drafting and construction administration. Amazingly, these are some of the things that draw Olivia in to work every day with her verve and tenacity in tow. Her impeccable analytical skills are matched by her graciousness and warmth. Just ask her irrepressibly cute pup about the latter; as far as the former goes, even the most sensible of dogs seem unimpressed by analytical prowess.

    Olivia is a humorous, enlightening asset to every project.

  • Gabriella Gribbons

    Interior Designer

    BID, ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ

    Gabriella’s a born competitor, which means she brings everything she’s got to everything she encounters. Competitive sports have drawn her across the country and in fact, across the globe. Ontario was triumphantly represented in ringette when she brought home silver and bronze. She’s gone toe-to-toe against fierce competition in Scandinavia and, of course, flew through the Algonquin design program.

    The impact that even the smallest design decision can have in large spaces is always of particular interest to Gabriella. She is detail-oriented. She is an expert listener. And she’s organized. Those skills are crucial with the diversity involved in each new project. For Gabriella, the reward comes when she sees the stages of a project – even a multi-floor project – culminate into the reality of the vision shared between the team and the client. We’re extremely grateful to have her calm, productive, friendly demeanour on board.

  • Kalmn Simmons

    Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO

    A graduate of Algonquin College, Kalmn holds a Bachelor Degree in Interior Design. She joined us right after graduation. Our locals professional association, the EOC ARIDO Board, is also fortunate to have her as an active volunteer. Kalmn has made this city her own in much the same admirable way that she has owned her seat with the teams she’s worked on. In fact, the GC Workplace project team still amasses positive feedback from around the industry.

    Her always-positive personality is a welcome, infectious presence in our workspace; it seems to have a knack of translating itself to the designs she works on. But isn’t that what you’d expect from someone who shares that she loves coming to work every day because she, “enjoys the art of transformation”?

  • Lori Trask

    Interior Designer
    BID, ARIDO, NCIDQ

    Lori is a graduate of Algonquin College with a Bachelor of Interior Design. Before joining LWG, Lori has soaked up knowledge experience in the commercial and the high end residential design sectors. We’re ecstatic that Lori has ensconced herself wholeheartedly in this role since 2016. Lori is someone for whom rewards come directly from meeting challenges and she’s well-attuned to challenges. After having four children, she immersed herself in studying design, switched careers, and propelled herself on a trajectory to mastering this one.

    Space planning and finish selection are her specialties, but as you can imagine from someone with this sort of drive, she thrives on the ever-changing nature of the job.

  • Vladilena Kipriyanova

    Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO, IDC

    The poet Rumi had an interesting thing to say about silence – “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear”. A few minutes of watching Vladilena work would suggest that quiet has the same relationship with vision. While she may be a woman of relatively few words, her work is inspired. She studies a problem, approaches it from every angle and sees where the pieces fit. Vladilena is a graduate of Algonquin College with a Bachelor of Interior Design. It’s the second of two colleges she’s graduated from since arriving in Canada at the age of 17. She’s since found a multitude of good friends, a partner and a job she says she loves. Her steady dedication has paid off in ways that continue to impress us.

  • Yara Kiri

    Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO

    It doesn’t seem possible that Yara’s incredible intensity for the industry could have been fostered in the three years she’s been working in it. Of course, like many of us, the love of planning spaces down to their finest detail was nurtured as a child. That idea of transforming a blank slate into one bursting with creative energy and a mastery of function is the very thing that pushes her from bed to the drawing board everyday. Yara’s passion is clear. She obtained her Bachelor of Interior Design degree and is working towards acquiring her National Council for Interior Design Qualification license. That flame within her is evident each time she sets her mind to a new project, from its very onset. She thinks of the planning stage to be the foundation of the project. It’s an apt way to consider it; we’re certainly delighted she’s part of our foundation.

  • Xinrui Zhang

    Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO, IDC

    Ask Xinrui about what interior design represents in her life and you’ll get a direct and beautifully simplistic answer: Enrichment. It’s perfect, really.  Xinrui is a graduate of Algonquin College, with a Bachelor Degree in Interior Design. She started her career as an interior design co-op student at the Ottawa Hospital; we hired her right after her graduation. Since then, she’s delved into design with every fibre, treating seemingly every moment as an opportunity to absorb more knowledge and gain even more skills.

    Positively brimming with optimism, Xinrui actually employs it as a tool to confront any difficulties she faces. If there’s a greater tool than what she’s discovered, we’ve certainly never heard of it. As Xinrui states, “a good attitude decides everything...I am full of optimism which is the driving force of my life.”

  • Christine Belanger

    Designer
    BID, Intern ARIDO

    Interior design is about making places look better. It’s also about making things more functional.

    But on a deeper level, at its core, it is about engagement. The way people relate to their surroundings is critical to comfort, concentration, inspiration, ease, and development. That concept is so innately hardwired into Christine, it extends well beyond the realm of design. Seeing the need for fostering a greater depth of experience in Long Term Care homes, she undertook a program to introduce undergraduate students to seniors living with various levels of dementia. This is far from the world of intelligently considered furnishings that absorbs her in her daily life. The spirit behind it, though, is consistent with not just Christine’s vision of engagement but also her caring nature. It’s her enthusiasm, joviality that carries the passion for all the work she does. An early understanding that she could positively influence clients lives through the interaction within a space and the interaction with people themselves. LWG is extremely grateful to have her on board.

  • Grace Bergstome

    Designer

    BID, Intern ARIDO, LEED GA

    You might think Grace is a walking contradiction. She’s enthralled with being an outdoorsy person. But she works in an industry obsessed with the challenges of perfecting the great indoors. We’ve learned that the woods, rivers and trails are Grace’s release valve. They refresh her mind and spirit, and cleanse her palate before she explodes with creative force. The outside influences her mindset a little further, too. Grace is concerned not only with the functionality and aesthetics of a space but with improving the well-being of those that experience it. We’re certainly fortunate to have her on the inside with us; her enthusiasm improves the well-being of every space she’s in, too.

  • Veasena Eav

    ARCH. Technologist

    Veasena’s incredible knowledge and understanding of design and construction seems innate. But it’s been well-earned. He’s been working steadily in the industry since graduating in 2008 from Algonquin College’s Architectural Technology program. Veasena has brought with him his trademark good humour every step of the way. Office and retail space plans are amongst the litany of projects to which he’s lent his studied talent. 2D drawings and 3D renderings flow from him with a calm reliability.

    If you ask him what his favourite projects are – what brings him the most pride – you’ll get little more than a look of incredulity. The thing he enjoys most is the atmosphere and working with the people around him. He is as in-the-moment as anyone can imagine being. It means the present project is his favourite. Is it too much of an understatement to say it’s an admiral trait?

  • Twyla Mac Ewen

    Office Manager

    For 19 years, Twyla has kept this ship level. She is LWG’s Office Manager. To say she’s organized and efficient isn’t giving her enough credit. If her efficiency had an R-value, we’d be the best insulated business in the country. We can’t say enough about how critical her role is to the success of our firm. While the kind of thoroughness required to keep this dynamic, growing firm on course for so long would match with a persona to be feared, nothing could be further from the truth. How she manages to combine efficiency and an easy-going attitude is the greatest mystery we’ve faced. It’s one we’d never want to solve for fear it would break the magic.

  • Kathleen Radke

    Finance and Administration

    Kathleen is one of those rare and intriguing people for whom life seamlessly bridges the practical and creative. She’s a consummate professional whose role is to “make sure that people get paid”. Music to most people’s ears, right? While her role at LWG is financial accounting, she’s also a JUNO nominated artist, singing soprano with the Ottawa Bach Choir. How she marries a life of numbers mastery and travelling the globe as a choir soloist is a mystery to us.

    Her directness and outgoing humour are a welcome part of the LWG family. The combination leads her to define her role as “having the right numbers in the right place”. A beautifully simple explanation.