Meetings & Events at the National Arts Centre

Meet the Team

Michael Gauthier

Michael Gauthier

Guest Services & Event Manager Michael.Gauthier@nac-cna.ca​​

Michael Gauthier has worked in the hospitality industry for 26 years, his experiences having taken him from his native Sudbury to Montreal, then to the Okanagan Valley and Ottawa. In 2010, he created Le Plateau Bistro, which in 2011 had the distinction of simultaneously holding the #1 ranking on both Trip Advisor and Urbanspoon for its region. Before that, Michael held the position of Food and Beverage Manager at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club, a championship-level course in Kelowna. Michael began his wine training in 2007 with WSET.

On the artistic side, Michael has written children’s theatre since 1998. He has been published three times in French and once in English. He is thrilled to work in an environment that combines his passion for customer service with his interest in the arts.

Nelson Borges

Nelson Borges

General Manager, Food and Beverage ​nelson.borges@nac-cna.ca​​

Born in Portugal, Nelson immigrated to Canada at the young age of three. His passion for food and entertaining came from his mother who spent all of her free time cooking. His European influence and Canadian culture have been the foundation for his flavourful and regional cooking style. Nelson was raised in Leamington, a small town in southwestern Ontario with a very small population but rich in agriculture. 

Nelson attended the St. Clair College’s hospitality program in Windsor, Ontario, and apprenticed at “The Other Place Restaurant” under master chef Emilio Salamone. He worked as a chef in Atlanta, Toronto, Lisbon and Windsor before making the move to Ottawa and accepting the position of sous-chef at the famous Chateau Laurier Hotel. In 2000, he accepted the position of executive chef at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. He joined the Ottawa Westin Hotel in 2006 and the Sheraton Centre Toronto in 2011. Nelson donates numerous hours to local charities and is past president of the Ottawa-Gatineau chapter of “Les Toques Blanche International”.

Martin Levesque

Martin Levesque

Executive sous chef Martin.Levesque@nac-cna.ca​​

Success started early for Martin capturing the Award of excellence “Buffet Charbonneau” at La Cité Collégiale. Martin continued this success and was part of the opening team at Brookstreet hotel,  where he played a critical role in establishing Perpectives as a four diamond restaurant.  Martin’s love for international flavours allowed him to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, where he discovered the essential skills and techniques of Thai cuisine.  In 2005, Martin landed in British Columbia where he held progressive positions at Aerie Resort & Spa (Relais & Chateau) and at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa. Martin’s creative edge on sourcing local inspired ingredients coupled with his international perspective on cuisine is the perfect match to his current role here at the NAC as Sous chef for our culinary operations. 

Evan de March

Evan de March

Manager, le café Evan.deMarch@nac-cna.ca​​

Born and raised in Ottawa, Evan took off after high school to pursue a career in hospitality. He completed a Culinary Management Diploma from Niagara College which impelled him to cook in hotels such as The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta to intimate bistros in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. He then took his guest service skills to the front of the house after completing a Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree from the University of New Brunswick. With over 12 years’ experience in hotels and restaurants Evan is thrilled to be working at the NAC with such a devoted and dynamic team. 

Catherine Campos

Catherine Campos

Meeting and Events Coordinator ​catherine.campos@nac-cna.ca​​

Catherine Campos started her hospitality career at the prestigious Fairmont Château Laurier and has held various positions in the hospitality and human resources industry. Catherine has a passion for sales and social events, and uses her exceptional people skills to create memorable experiences that last a lifetime for patrons and guests of the National Arts Centre.

Lisa Levia

Lisa Levia

Administration Sales and Promotions Officer | Food & Beverage Lisa.Levia@nac-cna.ca

Lisa started her hospitality career in the restaurant industry, learning the value of customer satisfaction at a hands on level. Rising through the ranks, Lisa has held various positions inclusive of sales, marketing, and event management at some of Ottawa's most premier establishments. Combined with her passion for food and wine, Lisa uses her exceptional people skills, her network of service providers, and an innate understanding of the importance of the moment, to create memorable experiences that will last a lifetime for patrons and guests here at the NAC.

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