Jennifer Stewart, president and CEO, Syntax Strategic

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Jennifer Stewart

Age: 32

Birthplace: Renfrew

Company: We specialize in strategic communications, marketing and public affairs.

Education: Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University (2006)

Charitable involvement: Project North

Biggest biz achievement: Being named a finalist for Ottawa's Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Women’s Business Network and also being named one of Ottawa's Top 25 Influencers by Ottawa Life Magazine.

Biggest obstacle: Balancing motherhood with being an entrepreneur. Finding that balance has been critical to my professional and personal happiness and success.

Biggest influence: My husband Kevin. He has continued to unconditionally support me as I grow my business and pursue my passion.

Biggest lesson learned: Success doesn't happen overnight. It takes perseverance and drive, and not giving up when the answer is “no.”

First job: Camp counsellor in Temagami.

Advice I’d give the younger me: To not sweat the small stuff, and to develop thick skin – you're going to need it.

What’s left to do: Personally, I want to raise thoughtful and kind children who understand the value of giving back to their communities. Professionally, I want to grow and foster a team of communications leaders nationwide.

Favourite pastime: Reading

I’m currently reading: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Favourite movie: Gone with the Wind

Favourite song: You'll Know You Were Loved by Lou Reed

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Jazz Festival

Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

Company Twitter handle: @SyntaxStrategic