Team

Sascha lafleur sitting on a chair- Lead designer & co-founder of west of main

Sascha Lafleur

Co-Founder, West of Main

Sascha has had a passion for design for as long as she can remember. There’s no denying that this is attributed to the number of creative influences she has within her immediate family. Woodworkers, builders, artists, fashionistas; there has been no shortage of creative energy surrounding Sascha since she was a wee tot. She’s a modern day hippie, with a love for beautiful, natural spaces which was fostered by her family’s deep appreciation for the unmatched beauty and tranquility of nature.

Sascha draws inspiration from her travels around the world. Paralleled with her love for design is her passion for travel- hearing the stories and connections behind the artistry is truly what soothes her soul.

Sascha is imaginative, intuitive and adventurous… “I mean how can you know what you haven’t been exposed to yet? As West of Main’s co-founder, she 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.

If you have worked with Sascha you know two things; no matter the style of her design, she’ll add ‘chic’ to the title, and if you could bottle up her laughter, it would be the Shoppe’s best selling item.

 

Justin Thomason

Co-Founder, Director of Business Development

Justin Thomason is the co-founder of West of Main. When he isn't kayaking Ottawa's white-water or making the team gin & tonics on Fridays, Justin is hard at work behind the scenes and the lens being West of Main’s photographer!

Born and raised in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Justin moved to Ottawa a few years ago after meeting a special someone while traveling Europe (hint* it’s Sascha). Though interior design is a new expedition for Justin being creative is not and he is very much at home with new challenges. His aptitude for business & marketing and devotion to customer service stems from managing several businesses and his wide business background with experiences such as construction, oil & gas/mining to outdoor education/tourism (having obtained his undergrad in education) to name a few. Find Justin a problem and he’ll find you a solution. With his outside of the box thinking and one step ahead strategy, Justin is the driving force at West of Main. He challenges the team to reach their full potential, but nobody sets the bar higher for themselves than him. His dedication to achieving the best possible outcome is admirable. He’s the type to wake up at the crack of dawn to capture the perfect sunrise shot; a testament to his commitment to going above and beyond to obtain the perfect outcome, no matter the task.

He has a passion for photography, travel and culture and is always eager to educate himself on anything he can. #KnowledgeIsPower

 

Josée Sigouin

Lead Designer

Josée is our resident Francophone, here at West of Main. Taking after her dad, she has always been creative and interested in interiors and home improvement (as such, her dad bought her a drill for her 17th birthday…wow, right?). This fascination became a passion and led to her completion of studies in Interior Design.

Since then, she has worked in residential design both locally and internationally, having worked on numerous design projects in South America.

Fast forward to over 8 years later, Josée joined the West of Main squad (#WOMSquad) where she feels inspired and proud to be part of the team. Her leadership and decision making skills and well as her honesty (she’ll tell you what you need to hear) has contributed to her success as a designer. Josée prides herself on timeless and well organized designs (unlike her desk…) and her favourite part of the job is the great people she meets.

When she’s off the clock, Josée can be found entertaining friends and family, relaxing over a glass of wine (or two), browsing the web for inspo, or her favorite: traveling to a new destination.

 

Anna Keenleyside - Designer at west of main

Anna Keensleyside

Designer

Anna discovered her obsession for beautiful interiors at an early age while traveling Europe, tagging along with her mom to flea markets in Prince Edward County, and helping with many (at least 4) family home renovations.

Raised in the small town of Brockville, Anna spent the last 5 years in Toronto, and graduated from OCAD University's Environmental Design program which got her foot in the design industry.

Anna worked in various aspects of the design industry from residential renovations in downtown Toronto to retail pop up shops in Los Angeles. Although she loves the hustle of the big city, Anna is excited about calling Ottawa her new home and contributing to Ottawa's growing design community.

Even though she is one of the youngest team members, she is quite the old soul! Her hip fashion attire, and taste in music are some of her finest traits. She is the life of the office, determined, and uses her strong multi tasking skills to strengthen her abilities where possible. She LOVES a good latte, and is currently on the hunt for the best espresso in the city!

 

Nadya Knowlton- Social Media & Marketing Coordinator at west of main

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Nadya is born and raised in the city of Moncton, New-Brunswick! She forever loves the East Coast despite disliking ALL seafood!

Since she was little, she’s had this burning passion for anything and everything design. This led her to pursue her  Bachelor of Interior Design. Spending countless hours scrolling through fashion blogs in her free time, she decided to start a blog and met the love of her life - Instagram! (She’s currently managing 5 Instagram accounts!) This sparked a new world for her and a new career direction. She enrolled in a Digital Marketing Certificate at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management - packed her bags and left for the capital! She was warmly welcomed on to the WOM team as a Social Media & Marketing Coordinator.

Nadya is a social butterfly that loves to chat, and, despite being online almost 24/7, her perfect Sunday morning includes a cute coffee shop, Nutella latte, and her laptop. Other things you can catch her doing are taking pictures, traveling and eating dessert (she claims that's the secret to her sweetness)!