A graduate of McGill University, is a seasoned public relations professional based in Ottawa, with more than 15 years experience. A public relations business owner and family travel expert, she enjoys trips with her husband, son and daughter and writes about air travel with babies and children. Her 9 year old son and her 7 year old daughter are always keen for another travel adventure.
A proud Canadian, Kelly was born in Montreal and has lived in Barbados, where she was a national swim team member and in Arizona and for almost 20 years has been happily settled in Ottawa, Ontario.
Committed to volunteering and giving back, Kelly is currently a coach with Girls On Boards, a Girls20 initiative, and is also passionate about dyslexia awareness and advocacy.
After completing her Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University, Jessica started her career working in Quebec City for CBC Radio. She has completed hundreds of media interviews over her time reporting on-air, and producing behind the scenes.
She lives her life straddling the English-French divide; her kids are proud Franco-Ontarians, her husband comes from the heart of Quebec and Jessica thrived in immersion programs while growing up around the world as the daughter of a Canadian Forces family.
Outside of work, Jessica spends a lot of time volunteering at her kids’ school. She’s dedicated to supporting parent engagement in education.
Kelly has extensive private and public sector experience and has worked as a senior advisor to federal cabinet ministers in Ottawa, as a consultant at one of the world’s largest public relations firms, as a government relations advisor at a major national industry association and with not-for-profit and charitable organizations. Today she works with clients from around the world. Kelly is calm under pressure and is an excellent communicator. She is experienced in public policy strategy and development; and strategies designed to raise profile.
Jessica worked at the CBC for 10 years, in Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa. As a reporter and producer, she developed a reputation for accurate and compelling story-telling. From pitching a great idea, to crafting a documentary based on probing and incisive interviews, Jessica’s work was frequently featured on national programs such as As it Happens and The Current.
More recently, Jessica moved into teaching journalism, radio broadcasting and communications courses at Algonquin College. She has trained hundreds of students, and developed curriculum to reflect the evolving media landscape. She continues to feed her love for audio story-telling by working as a free-lance producer on various podcasts.