CRN 2017 Women of the Channel Details

Christina Stewart

Marketing & Communications Manager, Passportal

Location: Calgary, AB


Number of years in current position: 1

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 1

Twitter Handle: @passportalpina

Fun Facts:

Enjoys public speaking
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Loves Spotify
Has a personal mantra
Had a lemonade stand

Biography and Background:
I was raised in small community in Northern BC by my grandparents I graduated high school in the top 30% of my grade with a huge focus in Art and Computers - I peer tutored for extra credits in Art and Info Tech classes. I graduated in the top of my diploma program for Graphic Design at Reeves College in 2011, while simultaneously working as the Marketing Manager for a Non for Profit Art Gallery in Calgary. I continued my career in Marketing and Advertising and slowly started evolving into a sales marketing, development and process role.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
I have been at Passportal for the past year growing and expanding all of my knowledge in Marketing, Communications and Sales process development. I have attended multiple industry events assisting in the recognition and advance Passportals channel exposure.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
I plan to help increase our channel exposure and attend as many industry events as possible. I love working in the channel and feel that although I have been channel facing for the past year I have a strong concept and understanding of the industry. The experience and connections I have made over the past year have connected me to the Channel in a family like way. I am excited to grow and expand that network and knowledge. I am passionate about my work with Passportal and I am excited to be a part of the growth

What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
I attended most of the ASCIIs last year representing Passportal. Over the course of 2016 we were awarded 2 best security solution awards, best technical demo and Best IT workshop along with winning a silver medal at the ASCII Cup in Newport which was a result of total number of votes over the year. Personally, I volunteer occasionally at the AGC in Calgary helping teach art classes to younger generations.

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Brene Brown is an inspirational woman of courage. She says "we need to own a million heartbreaking stories of discrimination and prejudice, and make millions of changes, and hold space for a million tough conversations. But, if each one of us owns one story and makes one change and has one honest conversation where we listen more than defend or offer false comfort - we can do this. " Her stance on being the change you want to see in the world has inspired me to own my story and live bravely in this world.

What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
My advice to all you young women in the channel - network as much as you can, talk to as many people as you can, follow all of the channel blogs and media outlets keep yourself informed and in the loop. Above all, follow your passion, be open to learning and continue to grow and improve on your skills.

If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
That's easy! I would have to pick Hermoine Granger, always super motivated and successful she is an amazing problem solver, constantly learning and growing and never giving up. Showing young girls that being smart is better than being attractive and throughout the years, since Harry Potter started I think she really empowered young girls to go after their dreams and embrace their courage plus who wouldn't want to be a wizard for a day!

If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
I would definitely choose Helsinki. It would be a breath-taking experience to curl up in a cozy glass igloo, while high overhead the northern lights danced in the night sky. Also, all of my favorite bands are from Helsinki so as an added bonus, I would make sure to take in a number of live concerts while I was there.

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