An interview with Jennie West-Correia, Leadership Development Coach & Facilitator at Stratford

As managers and executives at Stratford, we’ve led departments, divisions and whole organizations through growth and change. We have the “stars and scars” to offer meaningful, practical guidance or serve hands-on if that’s required.

Beyond our credentials, what sets us apart are the values we share and the ways we work. Every member of our team has a passion for giving back and helping organizations reach their goals. It’s why clients often tell us that when they met our people, they knew they wanted to do business with us.

To help you get to know us a little better, we sat down with some of our team members and interviewed them on everything from professional experience and obstacles to extracurricular activities and playlist recommendations. We thought you may appreciate seeing the personal side of our team through their shared personal insights, recommendations and hobbies.

The next team member we’d like to introduce you to is Jennie West-Correia, Facilitator & Executive Coach at Stratford.


Jennie West-Correia


Jennie West-Correia

Facilitator & Executive Coach

Time with Stratford:
2 years

Area of Expertise:
Leadership Development 

City of Ottawa, Ottawa Construction

Association, Tomlinson, Algonquin College:

Centre for Construction Excellence, Kinaxis,

Optikinetics, Taillefer Plumbing and

Heating,  AECL, Epic Fitness


🎵 What do you like to listen to while working?

My playlist is quite a collection of artists I love! If I throw it on shuffle, I’ll be listening to: 

    • Natalie Merchant
    • Beastie Boys
    • Queen 
    • Violent Femmes
    • PINK
    • Ramones

…….and so many more!

📚What are your favourite business books, podcasts, and blogs?

My favourite books include:

(and numerous books, articles, posts about Facilitation)

🌟Who are you most influenced by?

So many wonderful people!

People come into our lives and constantly influence us in one way or another. Whether it be a mentor we wish to emulate, a colleague we look up to, a parent that shapes us, a friend that supports us, a partner that loves us or an enemy that reminds us. I take great pride in learning and being influenced by those that enter my life. 

What is one piece of advice you find yourself constantly sharing with your clients?

What legacy do you want to leave? 

👍 How do you add value to your clients?

I am extremely passionate about helping others. I bring high energy, creativity, interaction and fun to my clients whether it’s a training session, a facilitated process, one-on-one coaching or HR support.

🦄 What do you think makes Stratford unique?

Stratford is made up of consultants with such vast experience and expertise that each client gains access to not just one consultant, but the entire breadth of Stratford’s resources.

😍 What is your favourite type of client engagement?

Anything that allows me to be a resource to an organization’s people and leaders. Whether it be through training them on new skills, facilitating strategy & effectiveness or coaching them to new insights and growth. 

🤝 Do you sit on any boards or volunteer?

I was a volunteer with United Way for many years and have been volunteering my time with my children’s school, offering drama workshops and prop design for their school play production.

🚴 What are some of your favourite past times?

I love to workout, run, crochet, cook, play with my dogs, hang with my kids, read, craft and thrift shop!

📺Any recommended movies or TV programs?

I love all true crime shows, HGTV and reruns of Friends and Three’s Company!

On Netflix I am a huge fan of:

    • Dexter,
    • Wentworth
    • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    • Lethal Weapon

As for movies, so many to list, but my favourites would have to be:

    • The Green Mile
    • Terms of Endearment
    • Deadpool
    • ….and anything with Ace Ventura! 

🧑‍💻 Any recommendations on people to follow on their LinkedIn or Twitter accounts? 

I would recommend Louise Reid, an amazing leadership coach and podcaster with a focus on elevating women & workplaces. 

⛔️ What’s one of the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome as it relates to your career?

Finding the courage to leave an amazing organization after 18+ years to pursue my passion and focus around training, facilitation and coaching. Facing the unknown and the change that comes with consulting and self-employment. 

📣 Do you have any favourite quotes?

If you want to rise up higher, be ready to stretch higher.

– Karen Salmansohn

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

– Ferris Bueller

What GIF best describes you?

GIF of dog hugging another dog


🧐 If there is one thing you hope your clients gain from working with you, what would you want it to be?

High energy!


We look forward to introducing you to others here at Stratford and we’d love the chance to get to know you better too. If you’d like to connect with Jennie or other members of the Stratford team, please reach out. We’d love to hear from you.