Co-Founder, West of Main
Sascha Lafleur’s passion for intelligent, creative design has strong roots in her family. Her father is a highly skilled woodworker, her uncle an esteemed builder of log homes, her aunt an artist, her grandmother a 'fashionista', and the list goes on. Creativity has always been abundant in her life and a love for beautiful, natural spaces was fostered by her mother's deep appreciation for the unmatched beauty and tranquillity of nature.
Through travels around the world, Sascha has gained inspiration that complements her technical knowledge and professional training.
Imaginative, intuitive and adventurous, as West of Main’s co-founder, Sascha curates elements that are both on-trend and functional. Above all, she is committed to designing spaces that are more than a valued addition to her clients’ varied lifestyles, businesses and environments, but spaces that are a true reflection of who they are, where they’ve been and where they are going.
Co-Founder, Director of Business Development
Justin Thomason is the co-founder of West of Main. When he isn't kayaking Ottawa's white waters or making the team gin & tonics on Fridays, Justin is hard at work behind the scenes drawing on his diverse business experience at West of Main. Born and raised in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Justin moved to Ottawa a few years ago after meeting a special someone while traveling Europe. He is a team motivator and is always keeping us on our toes. He has a passion for photography, travel and culture and is always eager to plan his next trip to venture and experience the world.
Senior Interior Designer, NCIDQ, ARIDO
Nicole Veenema, born and raised in Ottawa, graduated with honours and obtained a Bachelor of Interior Design from Algonquin College. Nicole has over 8 years of experience in commercial design, is LEED and NCIDQ certified and also a registered member of ARIDO.
Nicole loves to inspire and be inspired by all that surrounds her. She believes that interior design should always be beautiful and liveable. She designs for people and believes that the foundation of great design is successful communication and involvement with the client. When she’s not hard at work in the office, Nicole can be found sharing drinks with friends on the patio, practicing photography, antiquing or travelling the world.
Josee Sigouin was born and raised in Ottawa and graduated from La Cite Collegiale in Advanced Interior Design. She has been in the interior design field for the last 8 years and loved every minute of it. Her passion for new ideas and innovative solutions to design challenges has contributed to her success as a designer locally and abroad. She prides herself on intelligent designs and being able to adapt to any style. Josee’s favorite part of her job is the great people she meets, and the rewarding feeling of having created a space for its ultimate purpose, while making it beautiful at the same time. When she’s off the clock, Josee can be found entertaining friends and family, relaxing over a glass of wine, or travelling to a new destination.
Alissa Jalbert-Caputo is from Sudbury, Ontario, and decided to move to Ottawa a few years back to pursue her education in interior design at Algonquin College. She has fallen in love with the industry and is eager to gain experience in the field. She enjoys staying up to date with the most current design trends and is infatuated by clean lines, rich textures and thoughtful spaces. Along with interior design, Alissa also helps curate the content for West of Main's blog and social media. In her free time, she is probably out gallivanting the city, or spending time outdoors with her dog.
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