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Media Relations

#TeamSyntax knows media relations. We know first-hand how newsrooms operate and what they are looking for when developing stories that matter to Canadians. The Syntax team includes experts in strategic communications, media, policy, and advocacy who know how to anticipate the news cycle and help our clients find the right time to insert their voice.

Our team includes former journalists who have worked locally, nationally, on Parliament Hill, and beyond covering domestic and foreign policy, telling stories that matter. We maintain an extensive network of journalists and know how to shape a pitch that connects with those we don’t yet know.


Strategic Communications
Media Outreach
Media Planning
Media Training

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)


The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) required media relations support as they worked to build up their internal team.

Our role

Syntax was engaged to act as an extension of the FCM team, providing media monitoring and analysis, media planning, and outreach.

Innovative Medicines Canada


Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC) engaged Syntax to implement a media relations plan to raise awareness about some of the key challenges facing the sector including time-to-patient challenges and investments.

Our role

Syntax developed a comprehensive media relations strategy for IMC that aligned strategically with advocacy priorities to ensure media efforts also positively impacted advocacy initiatives. Syntax supports the execution of this plan, inclusive of policy monitoring, earned media relations and strategic communications messaging.


Through Syntax, IMC has engaged media for background briefings, created avenues for direct exchanges between the media and IMC, published op-eds, and received timely transcripts from and analyses of ministers, committees and deliberations involving the pharmaceutical industry.

The Canadian Liver Foundation


The Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) is Canadians’ go-to source for liver health. CLF promotes liver health, improves public awareness of liver disease, raises research funds, and supports individuals affected by liver disease. For Liver Health Month 2023, CLF engaged Syntax to promote a media campaign that shared key messaging and educational resources with the Canadian public.

Our role

Syntax’s media and health practice teams joined forces to develop a strategy that shared critical and relevant liver health information during the month of March. We provided media relations support to CLF through impactful writing, attention-grabbing news releases, and targeted media outreach. We also delivered training and support to CLF’s communications staff to share best practices and ensure continuity of knowledge.


CLF’s messaging was shared widely, with nearly a dozen earned local and national broadcast media hits throughout the month of March. This was more coverage than CLF received in the previous 12 months combined.

Meet Our Team

Jennifer Stewart
Founder and CEO

Jennifer is an accomplished leader in Canadian business, government, and public affairs. She is renowned as an expert in this field, often being called upon by national media for commentary. Additionally, Jennifer has twice been named one of the “Top 25 People in the Capital” by Ottawa Life Magazine, one of Ottawa’s “Top Forty Under Forty” by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and was a finalist for Ottawa’s “Established Female Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Jennifer has actively taken on many business and community affairs roles, including President & CEO of the Canadian Energy Marketers Association (CEMA), Chair of the Board of the Canadian Transportation Alliance, Co-Host and Co-Founder of The Honest Talk podcast, Chair of the Village of Carp Business Improvement Association (City of Ottawa), Board Member of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees for The Women in Technology Scholarship of Willis College, and Member of the Leadership Council of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Jennifer Madigan
Chief Operating Officer

A communications and media relations professional with a long history in the TV and online news industry, Jennifer has a Bachelor of Journalism with combined Honours in Sociology from Carleton University. Over nearly 15 years in TV news, Jennifer worked as a reporter, videographer, and producer locally, and later as the Executive Producer of The West Block with Tom Clark on Global News.

During the years, Jennifer has gained a great understanding of the media maze and possesses a keen ability to spot and solve problems during a crisis. She also knows how to tell a story with impact. Jennifer uses these skills to help clients effectively shape and communicate their narratives. Jennifer provides strategic communications advice, crisis communications and media relations support, as well as media training for a list of clients including Crown corporations, national associations, and non-governmental organizations.

Jake Enwright
Executive Vice President

Jake is a public affairs strategist with 13 years of government and public relations experience. Previously working in the fast-paced, highly visible setting of Parliament Hill, Jake has a proven track record of success managing communications for large organizations that earn significant media attention and has held senior roles advising cabinet ministers and corporate leaders. Jake’s areas of specialization include strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications, government relations, and ghostwriting.

Jake continues to be actively involved in federal politics and previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the former Leader of the Official Opposition, Erin O’Toole. Jake also worked as a senior advisor and media spokesperson for former Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose, and the former Minister of Industry James Moore. He has been consistently recognized by the Hill Times as one of the top political staffers in federal politics and is often asked to contribute political commentary for national media outlets.

Jon Dugal
Director of Government Relations

Jon specializes in advancing public policy goals with the federal and Atlantic governments through integrated public affairs campaigns. With several years of experience in public affairs consulting, Jon provides strategic advice to clients in a variety of sectors, including cannabis, health and pharmacy, technology, charitable and not-for-profit, and transport.

Prior to joining Syntax, Jon helped launch Diplomat Consulting, where he led public affairs and government relations for a broad range of clients and oversaw the development of a first-of-its-kind report on the future potential of the cannabis industry, titled What Cannabis Can Be.

Beyond public affairs and government relations, Jon has been heavily involved in politics. He’s worked with the Liberal Party of Canada, served as a campaign advisor to a former premier of New Brunswick, and is active as a Table Officer with the PEI Liberal Party.

Megan Shaw
Director of Brand Marketing and Media Relations

Megan is a marketing and communications specialist with a background in journalism and brand management. For nearly 15 years she worked in newsrooms across the country, most recently as a reporter and TV news anchor in Ottawa. Throughout her career, Megan has covered everything from breaking news to current events and politics.

She specializes in media relations, promotions, content creation, and brand strategies. Megan holds a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University, as well as an honours BA from the University of Windsor in English & Communication, Media, Film Studies (CMF). She also attended the Broadcast Journalism program at Seneca College. Megan speaks English and French.

How We Work

Syntax acts as an extension of our clients’ teams, helping to increase capacity where it is needed most.

Engagements always begin with a kickoff meeting to understand communications objectives and deliverables. We won’t walk in the room and tell you what to do without taking the time to understand your goals, corporate strategies, and the context within which we will be working.

We believe every successful engagement starts with a plan, but that flexibility is important – especially when we are dealing with media relations.

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