Guy Laliberte Essay

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Course:401-100-VA/401-HAS-va,section 00001Instructor.L.I.LiganorGuy LaliberteFinal paperSarah Hammami(1430619)November 28, 2014Born in a middle class, Guy Laliberté was born in Quebec City in 1959.He started his passion as a busker at a very young age when he first saw a show from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey circus where he was left really impressed and inspired. That led him to read the biography of P.T Barnum. While his father worked at the Alcan Aluminum Corporation and his mother worked as a nurse, they wanted their son to be a doctor or a lawyer, but the CEO's dream was to pursue a career in performing art. In addition, Guy Laliberté began to organize and produce events at school when he was in high school .Also, he dropped out of high school when he was eighteen to follow his dreams. He left his native country to travel Europe as a street performer where he met street artists (fire breathers, sword swallowers, acrobats and stilt walkers) from whom he built his skills as an accordionist and fire breather. Also, He spent his first night on a bench in Europe with only 1,000 $ in his pocket. Also, he played music, sang and juggled in order to survive. Furthermore, after this short adventure, he returned to Canada to have a regular life by accepting a job at hydro-electric power plant in Quebec. After three days, the plant workers went on strike. It was this event where he made the decision to never have a normal job again and devote himself to his passion. In 1983, the government offered 1, 5 million dollars arts grant to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Jacques Cartier's discovery of Canada. To impress the government and win the grant, Guy and his future business partner, Gilles Ste-Croix, walked 56 miles on stilts. The won the grant and used it to create and launch "Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil".(see appendix A)In 1984, Le Cirque du soleil was created. The circus started with only 73 employees and grow to 1,300 employees, including 1400 artists. In addition the Cirque Du Soleil brought wonders to more than 150 million spectators in 300 different cities all over the world. In 2007, a non-for-profit organization was created by Guy Laliberté .The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness among people about water-related issues. The organization uses circus arts, folklore, popular theatre, music, dance and visual art .In 2009, Guy Laliberté is the seventh private citizen to travel in space. He went to space in a Soyuz-TMA-16 rocket where he spent 11 days, costing him 35 million $.During his life the CEO of Cirque Du Soleil won a lot of honours and awards. In 1997, Guy Laliberté received the Ordre National Du Québec. In 2001, he was named the Great Montrealer by The Academie Des Grands Montrealais .In 2007,he was recognized by Time Magazine has one of the most influential people in the world .In 2008,Universite de Laval awarded an honorary doctorate to Guy Laliberté.In...

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