Inducted in 2001
Before founding his own company, Rhéal Leroux and Associates Inc., Rhéal worked for six years as director of the Culture and Leisure division at the National Capital Commission. In this role, he initiated and directed Winterlude and the Sound and Light show on Parliament Hill. He was the creative spark behind the creation of the Rideau Canal Skateway, the longest skating rink in world which has brought such fame to Ottawa. He also organized the first International Conference of Winter Activities. In 1984 he was the executive coordinator of the Pope's visit to Ottawa. He was the President of the Festival franco-ontarien for a number of years and currently serves as its Managing Director. Rhéal was the coordinator for the Ottawa-Hull bid for the World Francophone Games and is now responsible for the organizing of the IV Games of the Francophonie in July of 2001 with a budget of $50 million dollars.