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    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.


    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.


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    Fitwel Ambassador

    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.

  • Patricia Wheele

    Interior Designer

    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

    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.

  • Gabriella Gribbons

    Interior Designer

    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.

  • Olivia Carmicheal

    Interior Designer
    Fitwel Ambassador, Well AP

    The pandemic created a lot of change. It moved Olivia away from us, but the miracle of technology has brought her back. She worked with us at LWG until the spring of 2021 when she joined a small phalanx of savvy Upper Canadians and officially became a maritimer. Nova Scotia is Olivia’s home now, but we’re ecstatic that she’s rejoined the firm as a remote employee. Now she just wakes up an hour ahead of all of us, with the intoxication of sea salt in the air.

    Growing up in a creative family has been the impetus that has launched a passion and eventually a career for so many of our staff. For Olivia, it was no different. A creative calling was always in the cards. For her, the notion that people can actually inhabit and enjoy the results of her imaginative visions is a reward that surpasses any other pursuit.

    That creativity is nested within a mind that is honed for detail. Olivia’s work begins with a design concept that is carried fluidly throughout the entirety of each project. The years she has spent immersed in interior design have entrenched a belief in structuring a cohesive space that it is conceived from concrete conceptualization. Everything else follows. It’s a theory she’s proven time and again.

    We’re glad she’s back with us – even if she is technically fifteen-hundred kilometres away.

  • Kalmn Simmons

    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


    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.

  • Vladelina Kipriyanova

    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.

  • Xinrui Zhang

    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

    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.

  • Eilaf Abdelrasoul

    Junior Interior Designer

    Eilaf has an eye adept at mastering tasteful interiors with a seemingly innate sense of what makes a functional environment. And that would be more than enough to make her excel in her position. But for Eilaf, interior design reaches past the idea of creating visually pleasing spaces. She carries a deep-seated believe that good design is something that can promote better health – we know having her on board is definitely an asset to our well-being.

    There is unmatched passion in her advocacy of ensuring that living and working environments evolve nimbly as our world changes. Having young talent is the currency that drives us. Being fortunate also to have minds that guard the future with equal fervour is an asset we never take for granted. We are constantly enlivened by her energy and alacrity in assembling eclectic concepts gathered from a life focused on the art of design. You can tell when someone is having fun brining creative solutions to a clients’ challenges. It shows on her face. And it shows in her work.

  • Renée Carriere

    BID, Intern ARIDO

    Renee’s thirst for skills is paced only by her ability to acquire them. It’s a gift we’d be envious of if she weren't working for us. Don’t let her ambitious focus fool you though; she’s also approachable, friendly and charmingly effusive.

    Renee was born into the world of design. Renee’s father is a general contractor who built and renovated houses for a living. From a young age, Renee was familiar with construction drawings having overseen her father review and implement designs. On the weekends, she relished the opportunity to visit sites with her dad, internalizing the relationship of the two-dimensional plans she’d seen with the three- dimensional world coming to life under her dad’s watchful eye. Renee’s mother also influenced her design interest early on as a bakery owner and self-taught custom cake decorator.

    Her experience encompasses government workplaces, kitchen, and corporate design and even forays into the demanding genre of medical spaces.

    The strength of character she possesses is evident beyond her craft. Renee is a dedicated competitive powerlifter. She demonstrates all the personal fortitude you’d expect in someone whose hobby demands competition not just with others but in besting herself on a continual basis. Not one to limit herself, she kayaks, runs, cycles and is an avid hiker, too. We know every project that she works on will have an attentive diligence that is not easily discouraged, despite whatever twists and turns life may present.

  • Madeline Quinn

    BID, Intern ARIDO IDC

    There’s a passion that some truly promising talent can kindle in those who have been doing this for a long time. Madeline’s got that. Her drive to innovate and create more versatile and accessible spaces is inspiring. Whether it’s a commercial or residential project, she brings equal parts of excitement and honed determination. Since 2020, we’ve enjoyed the positivity and open-minded approach that accompanies Madeline’s keen skills and thoughtfulness. A love of the outdoors is an interesting duality that seems to serve so many of our interior design staff well, and Madeline is yet another fervent appreciator of the beauty around us. She often finds herself snapping photos or sketching from skiing adventures in winter or hiking in summer. It could be that making connections between seemingly disparate entities is just one of those things that come easily to her. Branding and marketing can feel quite removed from the rooted tangibility of interior design. But it’s a facet of our work that is a healthy fixation for Madeline. We’re looking forward to many more years of her contributions to creating environments that promote well-being and productivity.

  • Eric Pepin

    Senior Project Manager

    How do you get a nickname like the Spreadsheet King? Well, you certainly don't get there without an incomparable discipline to detail and organization. Eric has that in spades. He’s one of those rare people built with a real aptitude for resolving issues and planning everyday tasks with an ease bordering on organizational alchemy. You don’t find that often. But we did. Or perhaps he found us. Twice!! Eric worked for us in 1996. His skills magnified as a designer and then summersaulted into construction management. When he left us in 2011, he went to work for the City of Ottawa as a Senior Project Manager.

    Then, the summer of ’22 brought him back to us, even better armed to assist LWG projects. Now he has the added perspective of a client which, as he says himself, helps him to better understand the challenges that face clients – which means a reaffirmed knowledge of how to address those same hurdles.

    Beyond his dedication to the experience of assuring impeccable results, Eric is a committed volunteer. There's a cadre of exotic animals that benefit from his energies, too. He finds that volunteering at the Granby Zoo gives him a lot back. He serves on the executive committee for the Granby’s Association for People with Aphasia, as well, which is a perfect mechanism to allow him to contribute his leadership skills.

    Eric is many, many things. And we’re very happy to have them all back!

  • 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 Scratch

    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.