Ottawa Convention Centre opening gala

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Silhouette of the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Kids singing to "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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A brass band performs at the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Left to right: Catherine Bélanger, wife of Mauril Bélanger, M. P. Ottawa-Vanier; David Luxton, Chairman, Allen Vanguard Corporation, Michelle Bégin. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Former mayor of Ottawa Larry O'Brien. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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The crowd at the opening gala. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Diane Holmes, City Councillor Somerset Ward Ottawa; Mary Pitt, former mayor of Nepean. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Katherine Hobbs, Coun. of Kitchissippi Ward. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Silhouette at the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Halina and Robert Player, Player Expositions Inc. and founders of the Wine and Food Show; Linda Dicaire, NCC Senior Landscape Architect. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Darlene and David Smith, the owners of Nate's Deli: The Family Kitchen, a new restaurant that will open shortly. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Ritchard and Sheefra Brisbin, Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects. The firm was the architect of the convention centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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From left to right: Claude J. Sauvé, general manager Fairmont Chateau Laurier; Kenneth J. Loeb, Loeb Packaging Ltd.; Deborah Sauvé

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The North West Mounted Police Dixieland Band. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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The North West Mounted Police Dixieland Band. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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David Chernushenko, Coun. of Capital Ward; Marie-Odile Junker. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Left to right: Bob Chiarelli, MPP - Ottawa West-Nepean; Paul D. Akehurst, President, Intertask Conferences Limited and the former chair of Ottawa Tourism. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Left to right: Patrick Kelly, President, Ottawa Convention Centre; Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Pat Kelly, Ottawa Convention Centre president. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Carla Chiarelli, (left) daughter of Rick Chiarelli, (right) Coun. of College Ward. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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A sign marks the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Thibaut Philippe, a bike acrobat, performing at the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Cyril Leeder, president of Senators Sports and Entertainment, and Ottawa Convention Centre board member, with his wife, Lydia. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Jim Durrell, chair of the board of the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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A singer at the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Sam and Jim Durrell, chair of the board of the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Paul G. Douglas, president and chief executive officer of PCL Constructors Inc. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Confetti. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Acrobats at the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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A dancer at the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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The Ottawa Convention Centre lit up during the gala. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Fireworks at the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

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Fireworks at the Ottawa Convention Centre. (Photo by Lois Siegel)

After more than two years of construction, Ottawa Convention Centre officials celebrated its completion April 13 with a gala that attracted the best of Ottawa's business community.

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