List of people from Ottawa

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This is a list of notable people that are associated with Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:


Name Birth year Death year Description Image
Thomas Ahearn 1855 1938 Inventor and businessperson - Holder of several patents, businessman, driving force behind Ottawa's streetcar system ThomasAhearn23.jpg
Sulekha Ali Singer
Frank Amyot 1904 1962 Sportsperson - Canada's only Gold medal winner from the 1936 Summer Olympics
Paul Anka 1941 Singer PaulAnka07.jpg
George Arnold 1814 1891 Settler - Early settler and postmaster
Dawn Askin 1980 Sportsperson - Curler, now lives in Winnipeg
Margaret Atwood 1939 Writer Margaret Atwood Eden Mills Writers Festival 2006.jpg
Eva Avila 1987 Singer - 4th season Canadian Idol champion Eva Avila April 2007.JPG
Dan Aykroyd 1952 Actor - comedian, singer, actor and screenwriter Dan Aykroyd crop.jpg
Peter Aylen 1799 1868 Businessperson - Timber producer
Janis Babson 1950 1961 Organ Donation, subject of two books
Jamie Baker 1966 Sportsperson - NHL hockey player
Brendan Bell 1983 Sportsperson - NHL hockey player Bell Brendan-2010-11-20 EHCB vs Davos.jpg
Louis-Théodore Besserer 1785 1861 Businessperson and politician - Lieutenant during War of 1812, notary, political figure, land use developer in neighbourhood now known as Sandy Hill
Hugh Bell 1797 1872 Politician and civil servant - Early settler, councillor, assessor, and tax collector
Braddish Billings 1783 1864 Settler - Early settler for whom the community of Billings Bridge was named
Elkanah Billings 1820 1876 Scientist - Paleontologist, sometimes referred to as Canada's first Elkanah Billings.jpg
Thomas Birkett 1844 1920 Politician - Mayor of Ottawa and a member of the House of Commons of Canada ThomasBirkett23.jpg
Robert Blackburn 1828 1894 Businessperson and politician - Lumber merchant and a member of the House of Commons of Canada Robert Blackburn.png
Erin Blaskie 1982 entrepreneur and media personality
Fedir Bohatyrchuk 1892 1984 Game player - Chess master and politician
John Rudolphus Booth 1827 1925 Businessperson - Lumber and railway baron John Rudolphus Booth.jpg
Billy Boucher 1899 1958 Sportsperson - NHL hockey player
Matt Bradley 1978 Sportsperson - NHL hockey player MattBradley.jpg
Fred Brathwaite 1972 Sportsperson - NHL hockey player Fredy Brathwaite 4.jpg
Rod Brind'Amour 1970 Sportsperson - NHL hockey player BrindAmour 2009-01-06 1562v1 wiki.jpg
Dave Brockie, known as Oderus Urungus 1963 Musician - frontman for metal band GWAR Oderus-urungus-04.jpg
Erskine Henry Bronson 1844 1920 Businessperson and politician ErskineHenryBronson23.jpg
Henry Franklin Bronson 1817 1889 Businessperson - lumber baron HenryFranklinBronson23.jpg
Élisabeth Bruyère 1818 1876 Nun - founder of the Sisters of Charity of Bytown, the city's first hospital, and the first bilingual school in Ontario
Thomas Burrowes 1796 1866 Artist - Noted for the artworks he created while serving as a surveyor and overseer during the construction of the Rideau Canal
Tom Butler 1951 Actor
John By 1779 1836 Military personnel - Lieutenant-Colonel, overseer of the construction of the Canal and founder of the city John By.jpg
Claudette Cain Politician - former mayor of Gloucester
Noah Cantor Canadian Football League player
John Carling founder of the Ontario Agricultural College and the Central Experimental Farm
Bruce Cassidy NHL hockey player
Tom Cavanagh actor
Kristina Maria Chalhoub singer known by the stage name Kristina Maria
Sarah Chalke actress
Keshia Chante singer
Bob Chiarelli politician
King Clancy hockey player, coach and referee
Catherine Clark daughter of former PM Joe Clark
Bruce Cockburn singer
Bryan Cochrane curler
Eldon Coombe curler
Alex Cullen politician
Barry and Brian Cullen brothers and former NHLers from Ottawa
Sévère D'Aoust established a village in the region of Bear Brook in 1854
Jack Darragh professional ice hockey forward
Bruce Delaney curler
Paul Dewar Member of Parliament
Clive Doucet author
Kathleen Edwards singer/songwriter
Ben Eager NHL hockey player
John Fauquier RCAF bomber pilot
John Egan businessman and politician
Chris Evans outlaw in California, born in Ottawa in 1847
Jeremy Gara drummer for Arcade Fire
Chris Gardner curler
Travis Gordon webseries creator
Igor Gouzenko Cold War Soviet defector
Tom Green comedian
Lorne Greene actor
William Hamilton lumber baron
George Hamilton lumber baron
Jenn Hanna curler
David Hartin tavern owner
Elisabeth Harvor novelist
Robert Hervey lawyer and third mayor of Bytown (see also: Stony Monday Riot)
David Hoilett association football player
Edward James Gibson Holland winner of the Victoria Cross
Diane Holmes city councillor
Jessica Holmes actress, comedian
Rachel Homan curler
Edgar Lewis Horwood Chief Dominion Architect
Peter Hume city councillor
William H. Hurdman entrepreneur and community leader
Kira Isabella country music singer-songwriter
Russ Jackson professional football player (CFL), teacher
James Johnston businessman and political figure
Dan Kanter a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, guitarist, performance coach and musical director
Wilbert Keon cardiac surgeon
Firdaus Kharas humans rights activist, founder of Chocolate Moose Media
Brian Kilrea hockey player, coach, general manager
Bruce Kirby (yachts) sailor and yacht designer
Halder Kirby hockey player
Bernie LaBarge musician
Brent Laing curler
Craig Lauzon actor, comedian
Andrew Leamy pioneer industrialist and community leader in Wrightstown
J.E. Stanley Lewis a member of the Britannia Boating Club war canoe team in 1915, when it won the Dominion championship; later mayor of Ottawa, 1936–1948
Rich Little comedian
Steven MacLean astronaut Steve MacLean.jpg
Monkey Majik J-pop band
Robert Malcomson tavern owner
Edward Malloch merchant and political
Elizabeth Manley Olympic silver medalist in figure skating
Peter Mansbridge journalist
Blaine Marchand poet
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands sister of Queen Beatrix Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands in Ottawa-2-2.jpg
K. C. Martel actor
Bruce Matthews Army officer and businessman
Terry Matthews entrepreneur
Trevor Matthews film producer
Derek McCulloch comics writer
Neil MacDonald Journalist
Norm MacDonald Comedian
Frank McGee hockey player
Edward McGillivray involved in the fur trade, an alderman and second mayor of Ottawa
Dalton McGuinty Premier of Ontario
David McGuinty MP
Thomas McKay businessman and politician
Daniel McLachlin businessman and politician
Earl McRae award-winning journalist
Jean-Michel Ménard curler
Anne Merklinger curler
Hugh Millikin Australian curler, trained in Ottawa
Emma Miskew curler
Rich Moffatt curler
Robert Moodie early settler of Bells Corners
Alanis Morissette singer/songwriter, record producer, and actress Alanis Morissette
Earle Morris curler
John Morris curler
Alex Munter city councillor
Yasir Naqvi MPP
Evan Nepean politician and colonial administrator
Larry O'Brien former mayor, Founder Calian Technologies Ltd
William Ogilvie Canadian Dominion land surveyor, explorer and Commissioner of the Yukon Territory
Sandra Oh actress known for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy
Jesse Palmer NFL football player
Richard Parry multi-instrumentalist for Arcade Fire
Frank Patrick hockey player and builder
David Pattee a businessman, judge and political figure
David John Pearson computer scientist, founder of Orcatech Inc
William Goodhue Perley a businessman and member of the Canadian House of Commons
George Halsey Perley politician and diplomat
Matthew Perry actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing on Friends
Jean Pigott politician and businessperson
Denis Potvin NHL hockey player
Jean Potvin NHL hockey player
Harvey Pulford achieved national success as a paddler with the Britannia Boating Club 1905–11
Simon Pulsifer prolific contributor to Wikipedia
Bob Rae former Premier of Ontario
Nancy Greene Raine Olympic skier
George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie Governor General of British North America
Alexander Robillard politician
Melanie Robillard German curler trained in Ottawa
Randy Robitaille NHL Hockey Player
John Rochester businessman and politician
Shelagh Rogers journalist
Kelly Rowan actress
Derek Roy NHL hockey player
Joëlle Sabourin curler
Marc Savard NHL hockey player
Craig Savill curler
Andrew Scott drummer for Sloan
Barbara Ann Scott figure-skating Olympic gold-medalist of the 1940s
John Scott first mayor of Bytown
Richard William Scott lawyer
Melinda Shankar actress
James Sieveright farmer and community leader
James Skead businessman and politician
Shane Smith co-founder and CEO of Vice
Trevor Smith NHL hockey player
Sasha Sokolov Russian writer
Nicholas Sparks businessman and politician
Martin St. Pierre NHL hockey player
William Stewart businessman and politician
Bruce Stuart hockey player
Linda Thom Olympic gold medalist
Christian Tolusso curler
J. B. Turgeon mayor of Bytown
Rick Vaive NHL hockey player
Jeff Waters musician
Ken Watkin Brigadier General and former Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces
Jim Watson politician, Mayor of Ottawa
Ezekiel Stone Wiggins 'Ottawa Prophet' author, educator, civil servant, amateur meteorologist
Philemon Wright lumber baron
Ruggles Wright lumber merchant
Jason Young curler


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