Thursday Q&A with marketing guru Catherine Landry

Catherine Landry's proudest moment was being caught on camera by Citizen photographer Julie Oliver when she was giving homeless woman Chantal Richer some gloves and food. (Photo: Julie Oliver)

Catherine Landry is a marketing maven, brand specialist and founder of Cherry Pie, a company that hosts marketing and networking events for women. She also founded Ladies who Lunch, a unique afternoon where business women enjoy a three-course lunch and a chance to meet other like-minded women. She took some time out of her business schedule to answer our many questions.

OCS: Who are your style icons?

CL: Rodarte is my favourite and Alexander McQueen is my all-time favorite.

OCS: What’s on your bedside table?

CL: Wikibrands, LSAT for Dummies, The Life You Were Born to Live, The Audacity of Hope, The Cat in the Hat.

OCS: Best home accessory?

CL: Bodum coffee press and my  KONA mountain bike hanging on the wall, waiting.

OCS: Best recent fashion find?

CL: Went to a fabulous friend’s house where she unloaded her closet of vintage fur hats and scarves.

OCS: Whom would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?

CL: Lenny Kravitz

OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?

CL: Beethoven’s first concerto to start, and then, in the afternoon, Vivaldi.

OCS: What’s your earliest memory?

CL: Me and my monkey Coconut when we lived in Africa.

OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?

CL: Every single day is a fashion faux-pas. I dress like an 18-year-old boy who crashed his sister’s closet. I often wear sweater inside out, by mistake, and tell people it is for luck. I often get dressed inside a wind tunnel.

OCS: Proudest moments?

CL: Front page of the Ottawa Citizen — got caught by a photographer helping someone out on a freezing morning.

OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?

CL: Two captain’s chests that are hand-carved and more than 400 years old. They came with glass photographs of what is now Maine. Very old and extremely awesome.

OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?

CL:  Truth, in any form. Liars are the weakest form of human being.

OCS: Whom would you most like to work with in your professional capacity.

CL: Kevin Roberts, the owner of Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency. He is a huge proponent of love advertising.

OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).

CL: All alone in the great outdoors: Bali on the beach, Canada in the snowy woods, Arizona in the beautiful desert.

OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?

CL: Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Renoir, Caravaggio.

OCS: Favourite local artist (if different from above, and doesn’t have to be a visual artist)?

CL: Diane Woodward, Heidi Conrod

OCS: Best book you read in the past year?

CL: What is Islam?

OCS: Favourite food?

CL: A lightly grilled medium rare steak with salad

OCS: Most-oft-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?

CL: Salt ‘n’ Pepa, TUPAC, Metallica

OCS: Wine, beer or both?

CL: Jack Daniels, two ounces straight up in a wine glass with a Big Rig Gold Beer on the side.

OCS: Mac or PC?

CL: A big box of brand new markers and some perfectly white paper

OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?

CL: I want to go where they remember my name and where the service is performed by staff who really want to be working in that establishment. That is the heart of the establishment — the rest is fluff.

OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?

CL: Hy’s consistent quality service and then Big Rig for portion size and atmosphere and because I work there.

OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?

CL: The fact that the Parliament buildings are not fenced off and restricted. Canada is wonderful and allows us to project images on the Parliament buildings and sit and watch this show of colours and lights. (Parliament) allows demonstrations and celebrations and allows us to have huge yoga classes on the front yard. There is no other country that allows so much freedom on the grounds of their political leaders’ workplace.

Am also very proud that we allow same sex marriages.

OCS: Fave blog or website?

CL: City Bites and Apt 613.

OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?

CL: I work as a social media specialist so obviously both, but there is a shelf-life coming for Facebook. I have a feeling someone out there is amping up and creating something more brilliant.

OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure

CL: Being able to play like a kid and have fun! Straight up 100 per cent guilt-free fun.

OCS: Favourite place to spend time?

CL: My friend has a huge piece of property in Quebec with a 200-year-old log home, ponds, birch trees, lakes and so much quiet pleasure.

OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?

CL: “I came. I saw. I participated.”

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