List of people from Ottawa

This is a list of people who are associated with what is now Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Hugh Acheson 1971 Chef
Thomas Ahearn 1855 1938 Inventor and businessman, holder of several patents, driving force behind Ottawa's streetcar system
Sulekha Ali Singer
Frank Amyot 1904 1962 Sportsperson, Canada's only gold medal winner from the 1936 Summer Olympics
Thomas Victor Anderson 1881 1972 Former Chief of the Army Staff
Paul Anka 1941 Singer
George Arnold 1814 1891 Early settler and postmaster
Margaret Atwood 1939 Writer
Eva Avila 1987 Singer, 4th season Canadian Idol champion
Dan Aykroyd 1952 Comedian, singer, actor and screenwriter
Peter Aylen 1799 1868 Businessperson, timber producer
Bill Adkins circa 1889 1982 Stage manager


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Janis Babson 1950 1961 Organ donor, subject of two books
Jamie Baker 1966 Former NHL player
Jay Baruchel 1983 Actor, screenwriter, comedian
Brendan Bell 1983 NHL and AHL player
Hugh Bell 1797 1872 Early settler, councillor, assessor, and tax collector
Belly 1984 Rapper
Clint Benedict 1892 1976 NHL goaltender and hockey hall of famer. Credited as first goaltender to don a mask in an NHL game and as an early pioneer of the butterfly style
Louis-Théodore Besserer 1785 1861 Lieutenant during War of 1812, notary, political figure, land use developer in neighbourhood now known as Sandy Hill
Braddish Billings 1783 1864 Early settler for whom the community of Billings Bridge was named
Elkanah Billings 1820 1876 Paleontologist
Thomas Birkett 1844 1920 Former mayor of Ottawa and member of the House of Commons of Canada
Robert Blackburn 1828 1894 Lumber merchant and a member of the House of Commons of Canada
Fedir Bohatyrchuk 1892 1984 Chess master and politician
John Rudolphus Booth 1827 1925 Lumber and railway baron
Mark Borowiecki 1989 NHL player
Billy Boucher 1899 1958 Former NHL player
Mark Bourrie 1957 Author, journalist and lawyer
Matt Bradley 1978 Former NHL player
Fred Brathwaite 1972 Former NHL player
Rod Brind'Amour 1970 Former NHL player
Dave Brockie 1963 2014 Frontman for metal band Gwar
Maurice Brodie 1903 1939 polio researcher
Erskine Henry Bronson 1844 1920 Businessperson and politician
Henry Franklin Bronson 1817 1889 Lumber baron
Élisabeth Bruyère 1818 1876 Founder of the Sisters of Charity of Bytown, the city's first hospital, and the first bilingual school in Ontario
Nathan Burgoine Writer
Thomas Burrowes 1796 1866 Artist, noted for 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 Lieutenant-Colonel, overseer of the construction of the Canal and founder of the city
Paul Byron 1989 Forward for Montreal Canadiens


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Claudette Cain Former mayor of Gloucester
Noah Cantor 1971 Former CFL player
John Carling 1828 Founder of the Ontario Agricultural College and the Central Experimental Farm
Bruce Cassidy 1965 Former NHL player
Tom Cavanagh 1963 Actor
Cody Ceci 1993 NHL player
Sarah Chalke 1976 Actress
Keshia Chante 1988 Singer-songwriter, television personality, actress
Bob Chiarelli 1941 Politician, former mayor of Ottawa
King Clancy 1903 1986 Former NHL player, referee, coach, and executive
Catherine Clark 1976 Television broadcaster and daughter of former Prime Minister Joe Clark
Bryan Cochrane 1957 Curler
Bruce Cockburn 1945 Folk/rock guitarist and singer-songwriter
Eldon Coombe 1941 Curler
Bill Cowley 1912 1993 Hall of Fame hockey star, NHL scoring champion 1941, Founder Ottawa 67's. Tom Cruise

1962- Actor

Alex Cullen 1951 Politician, former MPP and member of Ottawa City Council
Barry Cullen 1935 Former NHL player
Brian Cullen 1933 Former NHL player
Elisha Cuthbert 1982 Actress


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Gabriela Dabrowski 1992 Tennis player
Sévère D'Aoust Established a village in the region of Bear Brook in 1854
Jack Darragh 1890 1924 Former NHL player
Bruce Delaney Curler
Paul Dewar 1963 2019 Politician, former MP
Clive Doucet 1946 Writer and politician
James Duthie 1966 Sportscaster on TSN


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Ben Eager 1984 NHL and AHL player
Kathleen Edwards 1978 Singer-songwriter and musician
John Egan 1811 1857 Businessman and politician
Chris Evans 1847 1917 Farmer and teamster turned outlaw


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
John Fauquier 1909 1981 Aviator and Royal Canadian Air Force bomber pilot
Graham Fraser 1946 Journalist and Commissioner of Official Languages


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Jeremy Gara 1978 Drummer for Arcade Fire
Chris Gardner 1985 Curler
Brendan Gillanders 1990 CFL player
Paul Girodo 1973 CFL player
Wallis Giunta 1985 Opera singer
Travis Gordon Film producer, screenwriter, and director
Igor Gouzenko 1919 1982 Soviet defector
Luba Goy 1945 Humanitarian. Actress. Comedian; The Royal Canadian AirFarce
Tom Green 1971 Actor, comedian, media personality
Lorne Greene 1915 1987 Actor and musician
Nancy Greene 1943 Skier and member of the Senate of Canada


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
George Hamilton 1781 1839 Lumber baron and politician
William Hamilton 1822 Lumber baron and politician
Jenn Hanna 1980 Curler
David Hartin 1824 1893 Businessman
Elisabeth Harvor 1936 Novelist and poet
Anne Heggtveit 1939 Alpine skier, gold medallist in the slalom at the 1960 Winter Olympics
Robert Hervey 1820 1903 Lawyer and third mayor of Bytown
Edward James Gibson Holland 1878 1948 Recipient of the Victoria Cross in 1900
Diane Holmes Former member of Ottawa City Council
Jessica Holmes 1973 Comedian and actress
Rachel Homan 1989 Curler, skip of the 2013 and 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship team
Edgar Lewis Horwood 1868 1957 Architect, served as Chief Dominion Architect from 1915 to 1917
William H. Hurdman 1818 1901 Entrepreneur and community leader


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Kira Isabella 1993 Country music artist


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Donald Jackson 1940 Olympic figure skater
Russ Jackson 1936 Former CFL player
James Johnston 1849 Businessman and politician


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Dan Kanter Musician, songwriter, producer, musical director and lead guitarist for Justin Bieber
Wilbert Keon 1935 2019 Heart surgeon, researcher, and former member of the Senate of Canada
Firdaus Kharas 1955 Social entrepreneur and media producer
Brian Kilrea 1934 Former AHL player and OHL coach and general manager
Bruce Kirby 1929 Yacht designer, dinghy and offshore racer and journalist
Halder Kirby 1863 1924 Former AHAC player, doctor, and druggist
Jason Kralt 1974 Former CFL player
John Kruspe 1943 Former CFL player, Public Administrator, Historian
Zion Kuwonu 1999 Singer, Producer, Boygroup (Prettymuch)


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Bernie LaBarge 1953 Guitarist and singer-songwriter
Brent Laing 1978 Curler
Craig Lauzon Actor, writer, and comedian
Andrew Leamy 1810 1868 Pioneer industrialist and community leader in Wrightstown, Lower Canada (Hull, Quebec)
Jesse Levine 1987 Canadian/US tennis player
J. E. Stanley Lewis 1888 1970 Former mayor of Ottawa
Rich Little 1938 Impressionist and voice actor
Donal Logue 1965 Actor


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Flora MacDonald 1926 2015 Humanitarian, Politician, First Female Foreign Minister in Canada
Neil Macdonald 1957 Journalist
Norm Macdonald 1963 Stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor
Steve MacLean 1954 Former astronaut and President of the Canadian Space Agency
Robert Malcomson 1795 1868 Tavern owner
Edward Malloch 1801 1867 Merchant and politician
Elizabeth Manley 1965 Olympic figure skater
Peter Mansbridge 1948 Broadcaster and news anchor
Blaine Marchand 1949 Writer and poet
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands 1943 Daughter of Queen Juliana and sister of Queen Beatrix
Kristina Maria 1989 Singer-songwriter
K. C. Martel 1967 Actor
Bruce Matthews 1909 1991 Businessman and militia artillery officer
Terry Matthews 1943 Business-magnate and entrepreneur
Trevor Matthews 1982 Film producer and actor
Derek McCulloch 1964 Author of graphic novels, comics, books for children, and plays
Dawn McEwen 1980 Curler, gold medalist at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Frank McGee 1882 1916 Former ice hockey player
Edward McGillivray 1815 1885 Second mayor of Ottawa
Dalton McGuinty 1955 Former politician and Premier of Ontario
David McGuinty 1960 Lawyer and politician
Gavin McInnes 1970 Founder of the far-right neo-facist Proud Boys group.
Thomas McKay 1792 1855 Businessman and one of the founders of Ottawa
Bob McKeown 1950 former CFL player, Correspondent, journalist, investigative reporter, producer; NBC Dateline, CBC The Fifth Estate, Documentary Film Maker
Daniel McLachlin 1810 1872 Businessman and politician
Earl McRae 1942 2011 Journalist
Jean-Michel Ménard 1976 Curler
Anne Merklinger 1958 Curler and CEO of Own the Podium
Marc Methot 1985 NHL player
Hugh Millikin 1957 Curler trained in Ottawa
Stevie Mikayne Writer
Emma Miskew 1989 Curler
Rich Moffatt Curler
Robert Moodie 1818 1911 Early settler of Bells Corners
Alanis Morissette 1974 Singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress
Vanessa Morgan 1992 Actor
John Morris 1978 Curler and 2010 Winter Olympics gold medalist
Hannah Moscovitch 1978 Playwright, author, dramatist
Alex Munter 1968 Former politician and journalist, CEO of CHEO


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Yasir Naqvi 1973 Politician
Evan Nepean 1752 1822 Politician and colonial administrator


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Larry O'Brien 1949 Businessman and former mayor of Ottawa
William Ogilvie 1846 1912 Dominion land surveyor, explorer, and Commissioner of the Yukon Territory
Sandra Oh 1971 Actress


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Jesse Palmer 1978 Sports commentator and former NFL player
Jean-Gabriel Pageau 1992 Hockey athlete, assistant captain of the Ottawa Senators
Richard Reed Parry 1977 Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and member of Arcade Fire
Frank Patrick 1885 1960 Former NHL player, coach, and general manager
David Pattee 1778 1851 Businessman, judge, and politician
David Pearson 1946 Physicist and computer scientist
George Halsey Perley 1857 1938 Politician and diplomat
William Goodhue Perley 1820 1890 Businessman and politician
Matthew Perry 1969 Actor
Jean Pigott 1924 2012 Politician and businessperson
Denis Potvin 1953 Former NHL player
Jean Potvin 1949 Former NHL player
Harvey Pulford 1875 1940 Athlete and award winner in multiple sports
Simon Pulsifer 1981 English Wikipedia contributor


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Silver Quilty 1891 1976 Early Canadian football player, coach, and referee. Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame indutee. President of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (1924–26)


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Bob Rae 1948 Lawyer and former Premier of Ontario
George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie 1770 1838 Soldier and colonial administrator, former Governor of Nova Scotia, Governor General of British North America, and Commander-in-Chief, India
Alexander Robillard 1843 1907 Politician
Melanie Robillard 1982 Curler
Randy Robitaille 1975 Former NHL player
John Rochester 1822 1894 Businessman, politician, and former mayor of Ottawa
Shelagh Rogers 1956 Radio broadcaster
James Rolfe 1967 Composer
Cristine Rotenberg 1988 YouTube personality
Kelly Rowan 1965 Actress and former fashion model
Roger Rowley 1914 2007 Commanded the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders in 1944-1945
Derek Roy 1983 NHL player
Kelleigh Ryan 1987 Fencer [1]


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Joëlle Sabourin 1972 Curler
Martin St. Pierre 1983 Former NHL player
Marc Savard 1977 Former NHL player
Craig Savill 1978 Curler
Andrew Scott 1967 Drummer for Sloan
Barbara Ann Scott 1928 2012 Figure skater and gold medalist at the 1948 Winter Olympics [2]
John Scott 1822 1857 Politician, first mayor of Bytown
Richard William Scott 1825 1913 Lawyer and politician
Melinda Shankar 1992 Actress
Hamby Shore 1886 1918 Former ice hockey Player
James Sieveright 1812 Farmer and community leader
James Skead 1817 1884 Businessman and politician
Shane Smith 1970 Co-founder and CEO of VICE Media
Trevor Smith 1985 NHL player
Sasha Sokolov 1943 Writer
Nicholas Sparks 1794 1862 Businessman and politician
Vanessa Morgon
Bruce Stuart 1881 1961 Former ice hockey player
Ivonka Survilla 1936 President of the Belarusian People's Republic (BNR), the Belarusian government in exile.


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Linda Thom 1943 Olympic gold medal-winning shooter
Christian Tolusso Curler
Alexandre Trudeau 1973 Philosopher, Documentary Filmmaker, Author, Journalist
Justin Trudeau 1971 Politician, 23rd and current Prime Minister of Canada
Margaret Trudeau 1948 Author, Actress, Advocate, Television Personality, Photographer
Michel Trudeau 1975 1998 Scientist, Environmentalist
J. B. Turgeon 1810 1897 First French-Canadian mayor of Bytown


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Rick Vaive 1959 Former NHL player


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Jeff Waters 1966 Guitarist and founder of Annihilator
Ken Watkin 1954 Former Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces
Jim Watson 1961 Politician, former member of Ottawa City Council, former MPP and current Mayor of Ottawa
Ken Westerfield 1947 Disc sport (Frisbee) pioneer; landed in Ottawa from the U.S. in 1970
Ezekiel Stone Wiggins 1839 1910 Amateur meteorologist
Philemon Wright 1760 1839 Farmer, entrepreneur, and founder of Wrightstown, Lower Canada (Hull, Quebec)
Ruggles Wright 1793 1863 Lumber merchant


Name Birth year Death year Description Image Refs
Jason Young 1979 Curler

See also


  1. "Kelleigh Ryan". Team Canada - Official Olympic Team Website. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. "Barbara Ann Scott". Team Canada - Official Olympic Team Website. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
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