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One of the head negotiators for the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, Blair Patacairk helped to convince global systems and services company Dell to locate in Ottawa, before the joining the company himself. Two years later, Patacairk was the company spokesperson when Dell announced nation-wide cuts and the closure of the Ottawa call centre. Such is the world of PR.
“The status quo is out. Just when you think you know everything about your occupation, you always learn something new,” says Patacairk.
He was named one of 2008’s Top Forty Under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal.