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Jennifer Stewart

President and CEO

As President and Founder of Syntax Strategic, Jennifer Stewart is a leader in the strategic communications sector. She was named one of the ‘Top 25 People in the Capital’ by Ottawa Life Magazine, and was also a finalist for Ottawa’s ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’.

Jennifer has worked with several clients in a number of sectors, including petroleum, automotive, nuclear, pharmaceutical, technology and Aboriginal affairs.

She is also actively involved in the Ottawa community. She currently sits on the board of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, TEDx Kanata, is a committee member of Project North, and an advisor to the Kanata Food Cupboard. She is also the former vice president of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Ottawa, and former co-chair of Women in Communications and Technology, National Capital Region.

Jennifer Madigan

Senior Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs

Jennifer Madigan is a veteran communications and journalism professional who has worked in the Canadian news industry for nearly 15 years. Jennifer has planned and executed major projects, managed teams, executed strategic communication plans to various audiences, and has a comprehensive understanding of how to adhere to a vision and strategy.

The former Executive Producer for The West Block with Tom Clark, Jennifer is also a former national affairs reporter and videographer, with extensive experience working in the digital sphere through online writing, social media strategy and blogging. Jennifer also previously worked as a National Affairs reporter with A-News and as an on-the-ground reporter in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Marise Varanda

Director of Communications

A highly-skilled communicator with a proven ability to develop and implement successful communications strategies, Marise has worked with a wide range of clients, successfully handling their public relations, digital strategy and marketing efforts.

Her demonstrated expertise, initiative, strong attention to detail and ability to meet tough deadlines while managing multiple responsibilities help ensure all projects and day-to-day activities never skip a beat.

Marise is also actively involved in the Ottawa business community, and is one of the founding members of the TEDxKanata team. She is also a former Communications Director for the Women in Communications and Technology Ottawa Chapter and Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa Mentor.

Jill Clark

Communications Strategist

Jill is an experienced bilingual communications strategist who has spent many years working in content creation, marketing, and consulting. After spending five years working for SIRCorp’s Signature division of upscale restaurants as a marketing manager, she moved to France to pursue a love for literature and found herself heading up her own company as a language consultant and strategist, catering to the unique needs of the French and Swiss communications market.

After six years, she returned home to Canada and started working closely with University of Ottawa’s Refugee Hub, providing communications strategy to the organization. She is now thrilled to be a part of the Syntax Strategic team and plans to continue to hone her skills, and strive for the success of her team and its clients.

Rebecca Ford

Communications Strategist

As an experienced communications professional, Rebecca’s impeccable writing and editing skills coupled with her unique ability to tell a story in an impactful and resonating way have ensured her clients’ strategic communications and marketing goals are always met.

Rebecca’s diverse roles have ranged from content writing and editing, to strategic development, social media management, media outreach and project management. For the last five years, Rebecca has been actively contributing to the Ottawa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) as a Communications Marketer. She has been an integral team member, managing both internal and external communications, as well as the chapter’s public website.

Kayla Bryant

Digital Media Strategist, Graphic Designer

Kayla Bryant is an experienced and skilled digital media strategist, who has worked on a variety of multimedia projects ranging from corporate branding and interactive videos, to social media content, print advertisements and more.

Kayla has a wide range of experience working with many different industries, and has done work for hundreds of clients in the petroleum, health, not-for-profit, travel sector, and more.

Sarah Band

Jr. Communications Strategist

Sarah is a highly skilled communicator with a proven ability to meet client expectations for high quality products delivered to deadline. She has worked on a wide range of projects for a number of clients creating content for web sites, blogs, and newsletters.

Alanna Casselman

Client and Event Coordinator

Alanna manages client files and coordination for the Syntax team. An experienced event manager, Alanna brings unparalleled quality assurance and client relationship management to the agency, in addition to high level event management support. Alanna is a graduate of Carleton University, and previously an event lead at the EY Centre and a leading catering company in Ottawa.

The Syntax Strategic Senior Team

is supported by an impressive roster of public relations consultants, communications coordinators and developers who work tirelessly to meet the evolving and diverse needs of our clients.
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