Jenna spent the first twelve years of her career working as an economist in the Federal Government. She left in 2013 to become the founding President and Executive Director of the newly formed Kanata North Business Association. In 2017, Jenna became the Executive Director at the CIO Strategy Council, a national Technology Council where she worked until taking office as Ottawa City Councillor for Kanata North in December 2018. In her role as Councillor, Jenna also serves our city as:
- Deputy Mayor
- Member of the Planning Committee
- Member of the Finance and Economic Development Committee
- Member of the Transit Committee
- Member of the Information Technology Sub-Committee
- Board Director Hydro Ottawa
- Board Director Kanata Central BIA
- Board Director Kanata North Business Association
Jenna has been highly engaged in her community since moving to Kanata in 2002. She grew up in Niagara Falls, attended Brock University in St. Catharines, and moved to the National Capital Region to complete her Masters degree in Economics at Carleton University. Alongside her professional advocacy, Jenna has been a long-time volunteer with the Kanata Food Cupboard and the Ottawa Network for Education. Jenna is a community builder at heart. Her passion for Kanata North, its businesses, and the people who live and work there continues to motivate her to build a community that everyone is proud of.
The Forty Under 40 Award (2015), Kanata North Citizen of the Year (2012-2013) and the 40 Under 40 International Economic Development Professional Award (2016) are just some of the awards Jenna has been presented with these past years.
Jenna is the proud mother of three girls, Riley, Ryan, and Brynn; whom she raises in Kanata North with her husband Tim. Her family is her inspiration and the reason she has and will continue to fight for her community to make Kanata North an even better place to raise families, live and work.
In her spare time, Jenna can be found at the local rinks, cheering on her girls’ hockey and ice skating teams, or on the many Kanata North trails, running.