Michelle Coates Mather, vice-president, Syntax Strategic

Michelle Coates Mather
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Business: Public relations and public affairs consulting

Born: Ottawa

Biggest business achievement: Supporting a diversity of clients achieve their communications and public affairs objectives while providing trusted advice to overcome brand and perception challenges.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Returning to work following a six-month maternity leave with optimism and a desire to help Syntax grow its business offerings against the backdrop of COVID-19.

Biggest influences: My parents.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Never assume you know how a colleague is feeling or coping. Also, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to employee well-being, especially in times of crisis.

Charitable involvement: 21st Century Workforce Committee

First job: Grocery store cashier

Advice I’d give the younger me: Take advantage of every opportunity you can to learn and grow through experiences that challenge and fulfill you. Worry less about the titles and promotions.

Favourite pastime: Spending quality, undistracted time with my family, including my three wonderful young children.