guy laliberte

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Guy Laliberte

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Sarah Hammami(1430619)

November 28, 2014

Born 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,