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Nmédia's 20th anniversary Our story from the year 2000 until now

In 2020, Nmédia turns 20. Already 20 years have passed since the famous Y2K bug that kept everyone talking at the time 😂. It's crazy how quickly time flies! Over the years, our team has grown, and our expertise has evolved. We celebrated victories, big and small, tripped sometimes and got back up to overcome obstacles that made us grow into who we are today.We had inspiring meetings and established strong partnerships. These are all the events that built our identity and our values making us proud and unique. When we stop to think about it, we have a lot to tell. Discover our history throughout 5 themes that are filled with Nmédian-flavoured anecdotes!

Thématiques
Physical evolution
Enlargements, moves, development of expertise, obstacles we've overcome and more
Human evolution
Parties, activities, arrival of new Nmédians and lots of funny stories
Social involvement
Scholarships, donations, volunteering and supporting causes and events that are dear to our hearts
Recognition
Awards received and important clients whom we would like to thank for their role in our continued evolution
Technology
The technology and evolution that have marked our development
See our timeline
2000

The founding of Nmédia

The founding of Nmédia

Nmédia Solutions, our name at the time proposed by Carl Savoie, was founded by Bernard Robitaille. In the early 2000s, the idea was struck from the shared willingness of Drummond Info Plus (led by Bernard Robitaille) and the agency Tac.Tic Savoie Baril Inc. (founded by Louis‑Philippe Baril and Carl Savoie) to make the most of the web and digital bubble to have a strong presence across the board in marketing and digital printing. Thus it was, that by combining the efforts of this terrific team with allies such as Groupe Signet Plus (founded by Steve Patenaude), Pascal Genest (Tabasko) and the late Pierre Toutant (who already had a few years of web experience under his belt), that Nmédia was born.

Incidentally, our first offices were those of Drummond Info Plus located on Saint-Joseph Boulevard in Drummondville.

Let the action begin

Let the action begin

This is truly where it all began: our first contracts and the official start of our activities. At the time, Flash websites were all the rage. Obviously, our website was no exception. 😉

A few outstanding projects

A few outstanding projects

Our business got rolling quickly! Among our first projects, we worked on the client portal for St‑Hubert Rotisseries (thank you, the late Pierre Toutant!) and the websites of the Centre local de développement Les Maskoutains and Armotec. Can you believe that at the time, a site cost around $1,800 and could be completed in about a month?! 😱

People who are important to us

People who are important to us

To get the Nmédia machine rolling and bring in projects, we had to rely on many allies from the get-go:
  • Bernard Robitaille who founded Nmédia
  • Pascal Genest, owner of Tabasco
  • The late Pierre Toutant
  • Steve Patenaude, founder of Groupe Signet Plus (and former Nmédia shareholder)
  • Louis-Philippe Baril (current CEO of Nmédia), one of the two founders of Tac.Tic Savoie Baril Inc.
2001

Already our first move

Already our first move

After just one year of operations, it was already time for our first move! Our offices moved from Saint-Joseph Boulevard to William Street... just a few steps away.

A few outstanding projects

A few outstanding projects

The business began to expand. In 2001, our clients included Industrie Fabco, Groupe DPI (formerly Sérigraphie Drummond), Les Douceurs de l'Érable Brien, CSMO Textile, Soprema, Multina, MTI Masking, Annexair and Groupe Cloutier.

Innovation is in the air

Innovation is in the air

We had the idea to create our own CMS (Altitude) to design our website projects without using a major CMS of the time, such as Websphere.

Sounds like a big mission, you think? At Nmédia, we thrive on challenges, and you will see that it didn't take long before we got moving!

2002

A few outstanding projects

A few outstanding projects

Our ascension in the web world continued with clients such as Veranda Jardin, Canada Worldbest Group, Serico and Underworld Skateshop.

Altitude 2, a promising innovation

Altitude 2, a promising innovation

As promised, the wheels were rolling, as we say! In 2002, two colleagues began developing our CMS Altitude in Classic ASP. Just to show how promising this was, the Underworld Skateshop boutique in Montreal purchased the creation of an online boutique with Altitude 2 before one line of code was even written!
2003

A change of ownership is in the air

A change of ownership is in the air

Louis‑Philippe already held the title of General Manager on a consultant basis for Nmédia Solutions when he had the idea to buy the business from Bernard Robitaille, who was the owner at the time. He saw Nmédia's true potential and couldn't let it slip by.

Launch of a website dedicated to traumatology specialists

Launch of a website dedicated to traumatology specialists

At Nmédia, we have created websites for many diverse sectors of activity. In the goal of creating a website for traumatology specialists and for the entire medical community within the francophone world, we launched traumaquebec.com (French only).

It is thanks to the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur traumatology foundation and the initiative of Dr. Pierre Garneau at Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur in Montreal and Dr. Daniel Thauvette at Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus in Quebec City that we were able to achieve this project.

Another move

Another move

3 years in business and already a third office! What do you want? When you start to expand, you need more space. We moved from William Street to Janelle Street, mostly because our server room was already located on the building's second floor. It was just more convenient that way.

An important project in Altitude 2

An important project in Altitude 2

Groupe Lambert is one of our first clients to have a website in our CMS Altitude and still remains active with projects in 2020.
2004

New ownership at Nmédia Solutions

New ownership at Nmédia Solutions

In February 2004, Bernard Robitaille accepted Louis‑Philippe's purchase offer. The transaction was completed before the attorney Gilles Lafrenière (today a judge at the Cour du Québec), a long-time Nmédia partner. This was made possible thanks to the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Investissement Québec.

During the transaction, Steve Patenaude also became an Nmédia shareholder. He and Louis‑Philippe have known each other since the age of 4, having played hockey together.

Our first time and project management tool

Our first time and project management tool

To efficiently manage our projects and the time dedicated by Nmédians, we created our own time and project management system that we named Interventions.

Creation of a new website

Creation of a new website

Among our projects underway, we were working actively on the mock-ups for a new website for Coffre-fort Déziel inc.

A first Christmas party

A first Christmas party

In 2004, we were a small team. So little that the first Christmas party was held in Louis‑Philippe's kitchen. A small group, but lots of fun, we promise you!

Major contracts on the horizon

Major contracts on the horizon

One of our first major clients was, without a doubt, RONA. We owe these projects to Isabelle Richard who discovered us in a common way at the time... in the Yellow Pages, paper version! Our first project with them was for the RONA cycling team website. Since beginning our partnership with RONA, we have delivered around 75 projects and continue to work together in 2020.

Important ongoing support

Important ongoing support

Patrick D'Astous of D'Astous Groupe Conseil began helping us with tax credits in 2004. We are lucky to still count on him in 2020.
2005

Nmédia Solutions Inc. on La Toile

Nmédia Solutions Inc. on La Toile

In 2005, La Toile du Québec was THE directory of Quebec websites to check online when looking for something. Our website was just listed in the Website Design category.

A new networking module signed Altitude

A new networking module signed Altitude

During the Business Meetings event as part of the international convention "TransAl 2005, aluminum in transformation", we created a website as well as a new Altitude module to allow online participant registration for this networking activity. The Altitude module automatically created a schedule of targeted meetings for participants based on various criteria of their choice.

Personalized wallpaper

Personalized wallpaper

This is what the computer wallpaper looked like on our screens in 2005!

Creation of a major transactional website

Creation of a major transactional website

In 2005, we began our biggest project in terms of transactional websites for EuropAuto. The mission allowed us to create a novel online car reservation tool that was very user-friendly.
2006

Google and its surprising algorithm

Google and its surprising algorithm

By the end of 2005, we had developed an Altitude website for the CHUM oncological gynecology services.

Google sometimes had various surprises in store for us with its algorithm to classify websites in searches. When we searched for "oncological gynecology services" on Google, Nmédia website came up first in the search results because of our press release that we published concerning the CHUM mandate. And if we searched for "oncological gynecology services CHUM", we came up 3rd in the Google results!

Reduced schedule to enjoy summer

Reduced schedule to enjoy summer

What could be better than getting out of work at noon on Friday to enjoy the beautiful weather? The summer schedule was already a nice tradition. In addition, Louis‑Philippe invited (and still invites) Nmédians to a party at his house with BBQ, pool and activities to celebrate summer as a gang.

A new function in Altitude 2

A new function in Altitude 2

With Altitude 2, it was no longer necessary to have programming experience to add a form on his website. We created an innovative tool that was quick and simple, allowing Altitude 2 users to create personalized forms easily.

Arrival of an Nmédian who is now a director

Arrival of an Nmédian who is now a director

When Stéphane Lépine arrived from Collège Multihexa, diploma in hand, he was the only one who could update our CMS. It took him 1-4 hours every week. In 2020, it takes about 20 seconds and is done automatically with the click of a button. Stéphane is still an Nmédian today and now holds the title of Systems, Network & ALM Director.

Thanks to our accountants and notary

Thanks to our accountants and notary

When we have a business, it is crucial to be guided by trustworthy accountants and notaries. We would like to thank JLB & Associés and our notary Annie Durocher, who has been at our side since 2006.
2007

The culture at the heart of our involvement

The culture at the heart of our involvement

Culture has always been a big part of Nmédia. For as many people as possible to take advantage of the event Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville, in 2007, Louis‑Philippe invited Nmédians to a day on the festival site followed by supper at a restaurant.

Creation of a new department

Creation of a new department

Our team continued to expand. With the addition of several IT experts, we created our application development department. This required a little office reconfiguration!

Three new faithful recruits

Three new faithful recruits

Among the rookies of the year, we find Vincent Beaulieu, Mélanie Gosselin and Patrick Bélanger, who are still members of the Nmédia team in 2020.

For Patrick, his first day at the office took place on the Saint-François River wakeboarding. 🏄‍♂ That's pretty cool when your onboarding day falls right on the activity for closing the summer schedule in a fitting way!

Later, Patrick became one of Nmédia's three shareholders, and today he is Vice President of Development, Technology and Innovation.

Group insurance makes its entrance

Group insurance makes its entrance

As the team grew larger and larger, a group insurance plan was put in place. Nmédia pays 50% of the premium cost for each Nmédian and their family.
2008

From intern to director

From intern to director

At Nmédia, we trust our interns. And Éric Sylvestre learned that firsthand! When he began his internship, we entrusted him with a major project in collaboration with his intern colleague, Miguel Bernard: a web pricing tool VR TARIF for Leclerc Assurances. It was a beautiful project that won an award in 2010. In 2020, Éric is still an Nmédian and holds the title of Director of Application Development (French only).

An even faster website

An even faster website

To make our website more quickly accessible, we migrated our SQL database by switching from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005.

Nmédia soccer team

Nmédia soccer team

We had many soccer fans and also a really nice team jersey!

A summer outing among colleagues

A summer outing among colleagues

Work is great, but sometimes, you just have to have fun! So, the entire team got together and attended the show AO La fantastique Légende in a VIP box. At the time, Louis‑Philippe was also president of the Légendes fantastiques corporation.
2009

April Fool's prank of the century

April Fool's prank of the century

We decided to play a good prank on a colleague for April Fool's Day. At the time, we were actively seeking business partners to encourage an internet supplier to invest in our neighbourhood to develop a fibre optic network.

This colleague had made an agreement with Nmédia: if he succeeded in bringing fibre optic to our offices, he would receive a bonus to cover the fine he had received in March.

One of Patrick's friends called our colleague and pretended to be the Technical Director of Tuna Steel, a fictitious company located in Sainte‑Carpes‑des‑Marais. This fake business was going to open an office near us and wanted to be involved in bringing fibre optic to our neighbourhood. After the call, our colleague was jumping for joy and was very impatient to continue his discussion with the invented Technical Director.

Then, Martin Lamontagne, one of our clients at the time, decided to get on board with the April Fool's prank and he too called our colleague as Financial Director of Tuna Steel. They spoke about a budget, and he wanted to learn more about the project. After a good discussion with Martin, he just couldn't believe it. He was even happier and was cheering for joy because he was so glad.

Finally, our Nmedian believed it right to the end. You should have seen the expression on his face when he finally learned it was an April Fool's joke. It was magical!🤣 And yes, he had to pay his own fine!

A major project recognized on the Quebec scene

A major project recognized on the Quebec scene

RONA continued to trust us with significant projects. With the Prêt-à-rénover RONA, we were OCTAS finalists in Affaires électroniques grand public B2C category. It was only a foretaste of what it would be like to win an OCTAS. 😉

Certifications by the ton

Certifications by the ton

Patrick, Stéphane and Cédric were the first three Nmédians to receive the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification on the Microsoft .Net development platform.

Over the following years, many other Nmédians also received their certification as did Nmédia that is certified in Microsoft Silver Cloud Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Silver Windows and devices, Microsoft Gold Development in applications and Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform!

A day for attracting Nmédian recruits

A day for attracting Nmédian recruits

With IT ever-growing and our needs for new talent continually expanding, we participated in the Career Day offered by the Université de Sherbrooke Engineering and Computer Science departments to present what is available in Drummondville in terms of projects and work environment.
2010

2 recipients of the Nmédia scholarship

2 recipients of the Nmédia scholarship

We created the Nmédia Scholarship to highlight the excellence of students in IT at the Cégep de Drummondville who stand out for their general personality, their involvement and the overall quality of their work. In 2010, two people really impressed us:
  • Marie-Pierre Vincent, for the interface quality of her project
  • Maxime Paquette, for the functions integrated into his project

An OCTAS is never too far off

An OCTAS is never too far off

The web pricing project VR TARIF for Leclerc Assurances, coded by Éric and Miguel, 2 interns in 2008, was the winner of an OCTAS in Affaires électroniques interentreprises B2B category! Not a bad calling card for an intern, wouldn't you say?

10 years, let's celebrate!

10 years, let's celebrate!

Nmédia Solutions turned 10 and it was time to celebrate with clients and friends to highlight this important date. We headed to La Cour du Baron in St-Cyrille-de-Wendover for the festivities!

A bigger team = a bigger office

A bigger team = a bigger office

With a growing team and the creation of a UX and design department, we needed more space! So in August 2010, we bought a building offering about 8,000 sq ft located at 1047 Mercure Boulevard in Drummondville. We redid the interior from A to Z. There was only one rule to respect: do not pierce through the exterior walls! For the preparation of our new acquisition, we must thank Construction Bertrand Dionne, Les Constructions Allard, Un à Un architectes, RCL, Pero Maître Électricien and Aménagement Paysager Lambert.

We must say that this building has served a wide variety of purposes in its lifetime before becoming our IT headquarters: automobile garages, government offices and even a funeral home.

We moved in on December 17, 2010, a very cold winter day!

In addition to our new offices in Drummondville, we also had offices in Saint-Hyacinthe.

Coach of the year in our midsts

Coach of the year in our midsts

Patrick received a high honour with the award "Best Business Coach" offered by the Drummondville Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Drummond - CCID) during their annual Gala des Napoléon.

It's starting to look like a family affair

It's starting to look like a family affair

On the recommendation of his cousin Patrick, Louis-David made his entrance at Nmédia for his master's project in UX and interface design on the Underworld Skateshop e-commerce website. At the same time, he joined his twin brother Marc‑Olivier, who had arrived a few months earlier.

Louis-David later became one of Nmédia's three shareholders (with Louis‑Philippe and Patrick), in addition to becoming Vice President of Digital Experience. Marc-Olivier became Director of Web Operations (French only).

A first website online for Altitude 3

A first website online for Altitude 3

RONA has always been there to entrust us with major projects. The RONA website Haussmann was the first to be launched on our CMS Altitude... but Altitude 3, our platform's most recent evolution.
2011

Meeting the future of IT in Trois-Rivières

Meeting the future of IT in Trois-Rivières

We needed more and more recruits to work on our numerous projects. So we presented Nmédia to the future graduates of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières during the "Information and Technology Day", in addition to sponsoring the event.

The French language honoured at Nmédia

The French language honoured at Nmédia

During the Francofête organized by the Office québécois de la langue française, we were named finalists in the category "Information Technology" for having been a beacon for the French language in our work environment.

The importance of our Nmédian women

The importance of our Nmédian women

Today in 2020, we are fortunate to have several expert female team members. In 2011, we also had many Nmédian women who proudly represented us at the Affaires au féminin activity organized by the Drummondville Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Drummond - CCID).

From forestry to IT

From forestry to IT

Mélanie, an experienced manager who had studied forest engineering, knocked on Louis‑Philippe's door for a position in digital project management. Louis‑Philippe had known her for a long time and was convinced she had great potential. After attending a conference by Jean‑François‑Éric on her first day, Mélanie was even more enthusiastic about joining the Nmédia adventure. The rest of the story? She later became Vice President of Human Capital & Customer Service, in addition to being Miss Sunshine (French only)!

We can relax at the office, too

We can relax at the office, too

To help Nmédians relax and re-energize during long workdays, we relied on a massage therapist who offered chair massages for periods of 10 or 20 minutes.

November is a sign of success

November is a sign of success

The month of November 2011 started well with an award in the Commerce de service category at the Gala des Napoléon organized by the Drummondville Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Drummond - CCID).

An unexpected award at the end of November

An unexpected award at the end of November

We had submitted our candidature for the prestigious IMPACT Awards competition from Microsoft, a contest that rewards excellence and innovation among Microsoft's Canadian partners.

Cédric, Patrick and Louis‑Philippe were in the hotel bar in Toronto when Cédric and Patrick asked Louis‑Philippe if he had prepared something if Nmédia won. Louis‑Philippe didn't think we really had a chance, but since doubts had begun to creep in, he scratched out a speech quickly before the evening event.

When the category "Web development partner of the year" was announced, the award presenter said: "And with their project Altitude, the winner is... Nmédia!". Let us assure you that Louis‑Philippe was truly surprised that a small company in Drummondville would be the winner of such a prestigious award!

Here's a funny fact: the day of the gala coincided with the last day of Movember. You may not be surprised to learn that Louis-Philippe's moustache had grown to epic proportions! 😂

Continuous education is important to us

Continuous education is important to us

With the IT world evolving at such high speeds, we introduced a continuous education system that allows Nmédians to study or train 4 hours per week at the office while still getting paid.

A tight‑knit team

A tight‑knit team

With the soccer team, a Dek hockey team and a dragon-boat team... we think it's fair to say that our gang was very united!

Signature with 2 major clients

Signature with 2 major clients

First, we signed Armatures Bois-Francs as a client. Their Excalibur software development project was one of our largest. Not to steal the punch, but an OCTAS is never too far off. 😉

That year, we also signed a large contract with Aviva Canada. The future has many surprises still in store...

Silverlight, the promising plug‑in!

Silverlight, the promising plug‑in!

Silverlight, was the plug-in of the future for web search engines to offer a more interactive experience on a website and create more immersive mobile applications. We implanted this plug-in in our CMS Altitude with great pride! We were even one of the first Canadian companies to have more than one person certified "Silverlight 4" within the same business!

Unfortunately, Silverlight is nothing but a distant memory, and it was quite an adventure to remove this technology from Altitude!

2012

At Nmédia, we move!

At Nmédia, we move!

Because health was and still is at the heart of our concerns at Nmédia, we decided to participate in the Défi Santé 5/30 Équilibre. We guarantee that we did a lot of exercises and ate all our fruits and veggies during the 6-week challenge!

OCTAS at our fingertips

OCTAS at our fingertips

We couldn't always win an OCTAS! In 2012, we were named finalists in the Gestion de projet TI category for the project Lac-T by LacToLogic as well as being finalists in the Réussite commerciale category.

A sponsorship that transformed into a digital platform

A sponsorship that transformed into a digital platform

The Fondation Gervais-Talbot, which raises funds to help various organizations, approached us for sponsorship. Rather than simply giving a donation, we decided to do a bit more. We wanted to allow the foundation to raise more money and improve the experience during fundraisings or silent auctions for Omnium Gervais-Talbot.

The online auction platform Followmybid was born! We designed the entire thing and developed it to be user-friendly and accessible to all. Also, the platform has been used by various organizations over the years.

Supporting the creative potential of local artists

Supporting the creative potential of local artists

Art has always been very important at Nmédia. That is why we were a platinum-level partner with the Symposium des arts l'Union-Vie in Drummondville to highlight visual artists in Quebec.

Altitude and Azure, now made possible

Altitude and Azure, now made possible

We were now able to launch an Altitude website in Azure, the Microsoft cloud. It was perfect to support high periods of use while conserving a consistent response speed. This was excellent news for our Altitude users! This project could never have been completed without the support of Randy Urquhart, Microsoft Business Development Manager for Eastern Canada and Jamie Wakeam, Windows Azure Strategy Advisor.

A free canteen in the cafeteria

A free canteen in the cafeteria

We work better on a full stomach, right? And there's nothing better than a good coffee first thing in the morning! That's why we decided to offer fruit, coffee, milk, peanut butter and lots of other condiments to employees, free of charge.

The official inauguration of our new offices

The official inauguration of our new offices

To officially inaugurate our newly renovated and enlarged offices on Mercure Boulevard, we organized a dinner cocktail with about a hundred clients and friends who joined our Nmédians. The evening was a great success!

Creation of numerous new jobs

Creation of numerous new jobs

Since moving to our new offices on Mercure Boulevard at the end of 2010, we have created nearly 25 new jobs.

Supporting the next generation of business people

Supporting the next generation of business people

The Drummondville Young Chamber of Commerce (Jeune Chambre de commerce de Drummond - JCCD) represents a group of young business people from the Drummondville region, between the ages of 20 and 40. At their Christmas party, we gave them a hand and sponsored shooters personalized with Nmédia's colours!

Skiing for a good cause

Skiing for a good cause

Since 2012, we've been lucky to count on big-hearted Nmédians who give their time without counting it. To raise funds for Leucan, we have had various ski and snowboard teams that take to the slopes for many Leucan Ski Challenge (French only). We have also attended delicious initiatives to collect donations with Nmédian BBQs and breakfasts that include pancakes/waffles/eggs/potatoes/sausages!

To crown it all, various Nmédians have been volunteers for different Leucan Ski Challange in terms of managing social media and SMS, wearing mascot suits, helping to build or dismantle the site, handing out snacks and more!

The digital experience at its finest

The digital experience at its finest

This was the beginning of the digital marketing department at Nmédia. The department was briefly led by Steve Patenaude before Louis-David took up the torch to bring us to where we are today. In the beginning, the department expanded rapidly with digital marketing, UX, design and editing. In 2020, we now call this the digital experience department.
2013

Encouraging the success of young business people in Drummondville

Encouraging the success of young business people in Drummondville

Being involved in the community is important to us. In the series "Business Meetings" organized by the Drummondville Young Chamber of Commerce (Jeune Chambre de commerce de Drummond - JCCD), we sponsored the business breakfast to encourage networking among members of the JCCD. We were also present to meet these great people!

Music among other passions

Music among other passions

Patrick was an excellent musician. When he was younger, he was a member of the Harmonie de Drummondville (French only), and later sat on the board of directors. To encourage the passion for music that Harmonie members share, we redesigned their website, created their publicity and even created a digital strategy. Our designer, Maxime, was able to stretch his creativity to the max by designing posters for various concerts. Real works of art!

The beginning of virtual auctions for the Fondation René-Verrier

The beginning of virtual auctions for the Fondation René-Verrier

Thanks to our online auction platform Followmybid, we were very proud to help the Fondation René-Verrier (French only) raise funds so the Maison René-Verrier could offer free palliative care for people in the region. This was only the beginning of a beautiful partnership!

A life-changing meeting

A life-changing meeting

Alex Cyr is a guy we must truly thank. He literally opened the doors for us at Microsoft. He helped us better present ourselves to Microsoft and better understand the company and its particularities. We met Alex in a rather unexpected way:

Louis‑Philippe and Patrick were invited to Houston by Microsoft for their WPC event. After a private Lenny Kravitz show, they were looking for something to drink to continue the evening 🍻 when they heard about some Quebeckers in the stairway who were looking for the same thing. It was Alex Cyr with the guys from Solulan, an IT management company in Quebec. From there, Nmédia's access to innumerable Microsoft resources began. It would seem that this coincidence was a stroke of good fortune!

A new, different client

A new, different client

We were really good at digital guidance mandates in the insurance and financial services sectors. We had become quite specialists. We even had the chance to work on projects in completely different fields... such as agriculture with Les Cultures de Chez nous and Complètement poireau! Again in 2020, we continue to work on highly stimulating projects with them, both in digital strategy, blog article editing and even social media management.
2014

Awards and honourable mentions

Awards and honourable mentions

The year 2014 was a good year for our notoriety:

An abrupt ending, but we got back on our feet

An abrupt ending, but we got back on our feet

With Aviva Canada, we had multiple projects underway, others in mind, and many future development plans. In 2014, the Vice President, Elan Satov, was passing through Drummondville to stop by our offices and talk. After the visit, he dropped the bomb: "Guys, it's over with Aviva." They decided to centralize their IT development in India.

The news was still resonating in Louis‑Philippe's office a few hours later, but he decided to roll up his shirt sleeves and get to work calling his contacts. Results: we signed various new projects, including the web portal for Transport Bourret (Thanks, François Bourret!), and we increased resources for the Armatures Bois‑Francs Excalibur project (Thank you, Claude Collin!).

2015

An enormous mobile application project

An enormous mobile application project

Cascades Tissue Group had given us the mandate to create a mobile application allowing distributors and clients to access their product information at all times. By scanning a product's barcode with a smartphone or tablet, the user would then have access to the product specifications in addition to seeing other similar products.

Our biggest feat was to simultaneously launch the application on Windows Phone, Windows 8, iPhone, iPad, Android phone and Android tablet!

A striking new relationship comes on the table

A striking new relationship comes on the table

Some contracts get signed more quickly than others! That's what happened one afternoon in February 2015. Patrick and Louis‑Philippe had planned an exploratory lunch with Martin Paré from SSQ to discuss various potential projects and present Nmédia's expertise. Patrick had already met Martin a few times and had everything in mind to start the discussions. But he got hit by the flu and left Louis-Philippe to go to the meeting by himself, even if he had no idea what he was going to say!

They talked about this and that, and at the end of the meal, Martin said: "So, when do we start? With which project? I see a beautiful opportunity for partnership ahead of us with the business needs we have. We're going to evaluate a few projects and initiatives, and we will be able to evaluate if we have a fit!".

That was also the beginning, with Martin, of our first small mandate to review the presence of the SSQ brand on Wikipedia. This was quickly followed by the beginning of a promising project with Microsoft Dynamics, which a few months later would become the SSQ Travel Insurance website.

Top class tennis comes to town

Top class tennis comes to town

For our social implication, we have 4 sectors on which we concentrate: youth, education, sports and health. We couldn't refuse when the Drummondville National Bank Challenger (French only) approached us to sponsor the 1st edition of this Drummondville-based tournament!

OCTAS are in sights

OCTAS are in sights

That year, we didn't win any awards, but we can still brag about being finalists in two OCTAS categories:

Year 1 of a success for the social club

Year 1 of a success for the social club

The fun has always been a big part of activities organized by the social club. In 2015, it was the 1st edition of Oktoberfest, an Nmédia classic (French only) still today in 2020. Dressed in Bavarian costumes, members of the social club offered beers and traditional German food at the festive cocktail evening!

Nmédia Solutions changes its name

Nmédia Solutions changes its name

After 15 years of existence, it was time to update a little bit. Out with the old and in with the new: new logo, new website, new brand image and a new name: Nmédia. We have also defined a new slogan that characterizes our DNA: Your digital change agent.
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2016

Era of the digital canteen

Era of the digital canteen

The social club already had a little canteen to supply Nmédians with snacks and coffee. To make it all the easier to use, we developed and coded a digital POS system in a Raspberry Pi (French only) microcomputer. Now, we can scan our coffees and snacks and pay for them without ever using paper money. And it's also much easier to manage inventory!

We almost attract OCTAS with RONA

We almost attract OCTAS with RONA

We had already won a few OCTAS and had been finalists in other categories over the past few years. We were starting to get a taste for it! 🙂 With RONA Workforce Management, we had worked on an optimization project for financial forecasting management - retail sector. The project got us honourable mention at the 2016 OCTAS competition when we were finalists in the Solutions d'affaires - Développement à l'interne ou sur mesure - Grande entreprise category.

Volunteering and BBQing

Volunteering and BBQing

At Nmédia, we find it's important to get involved in our community. We had the help of many volunteer Nmédians to help us during the BBQ event, La Grande grillade to raise funds for the Maison de la Famille Drummond.

When augmented reality meets virtual reality

When augmented reality meets virtual reality

We were among some of the lucky first few hundred to receive a sneak peek of the Microsoft HoloLens headset (French only) that combined both augmented and virtual reality. We even developed a game that our guests were able to try at the Nmédia 15th anniversary party.

Golf and online auction

Golf and online auction

Since 2013, we had been involved with the Fondation René-Verrier (French only) to support their mission of raising donations to offer free palliative care to area residents. During the Soprema annual golf tournament, more than $162,000 was raised for the Fondation. Of that amount, at least $115,000 was collected thanks to our platform Followmybid!

A new service is born

A new service is born

After our first Microsoft Dynamics project with SSQ Voyage in 2015, we saw the potential of the CRM tool to help our clients centralize and optimize their data and processes. So we launched our CRM tool integration service thanks to a team that is entirely dedicated to the platform!

Music makes a balanced quartet

Music makes a balanced quartet

Music is such a great way to transmit emotion and keep one's balance in life. And having a balance in life is so important!

We were involved in sports, education and health. All that was missing were the arts to complete our quartet. By investing in the Drummondville Symphonic Orchestra, we felt that we could make a difference to allow these musicians to do what they love most: make music with pleasure and passion (2 values that are very important at Nmédia!).

Arrival of our largest client

Arrival of our largest client

We had begun projects with Munich RE thanks to a long-time ally, Stéphane Rochon, Vice President of Digital Innovation at Munich RE at this time. It was the start of a long adventure, and they are probably one of Nmédia's largest clients.

Beautiful awards and fine victories

Beautiful awards and fine victories

Louis-David was the winner of two beautiful awards when he was elected "Best Business Coach" at the Gala des Napoléon and as the first recipient of the "Mérite drummondvillois" L'Express, a local newspaper.

On the athletic side, our hockey team won the Thursday Night Hockey League tournament in Saint-Liboire. And in terms of inter-company activities, we won first place at the Défi Classe Affaires in the, "Équipe de rêve Performance" category.

A colossal mission

A colossal mission

To facilitate the online management of microloans, we began developing a tool to centralize all loan information. Kapito was born!
2017

Raspberry Pi and video games

Raspberry Pi and video games

After Raspberry Pi for Nmédia canteen management, we decided to push the machine a bit further... by implanting it in an arcade! Thanks to the talents of Vincent, Antoine, Stéphane and Patrick, we can now play over 30 retro video games dating from 1980-2000 in our arcade terminal 2.0 (French only).

Still using Rasberry Pi, Alex created a giant Nintendo remote (French only) for the game Super Mario Bros at the Défi Classe Affaires. The remote operation was simple: a player controlled Mario's direction, and another player controlled the speed and jumps.

Acquiring a 3D printer

Acquiring a 3D printer

For companies, a 3D printer (French only) allows prototypes, casts and parts to be printed at low cost. In our case, it serves mainly to entertain us and to allow our creativity to take flight. Thanks to our grand 3D printer top dog, Alex Lapointe, we were able to create the Madam Bédard Trophy for our inter-company dart tournament! 🎯

Helping plan for retirement

Helping plan for retirement

All of us will retire eventually. To give Nmédians a little help on their way, Nmédia set up a group REER for which contributions are doubled.

Dartagnan, an idea that would become a not-to-be-missed tournament

Dartagnan, an idea that would become a not-to-be-missed tournament

At Nmédia, sometimes a hairball idea can turn into a classic fundraising activity. Jacques‑Antoine Rioux had suggested to Louis‑Philippe the organization of an inter-company dart tournament to raise funds for the Maison de la famille Drummond. Nobody even played darts at the time, but it has since become a religious activity for Nmédians! And what's more, the tournament allowed us to raise $3,000!

In honour of... ping-pong

In honour of... ping-pong

We were able to count on a few Nmédians to represent us at the 1st edition of Corp-O-Ping, an inter-company ping-pong tournament which is a major fundraiser for the Fédération de tennis de table du Québec. In all, was raised $1,000 for them.
2018

A heartwarming certification

A heartwarming certification

The Remarkable Employer certification is one of the most beautiful signs of confidence that exists. We obtained it in 2018, thanks to our lovely team's efforts and openness during an exhaustive survey.

We wanted to offer them the best possible work environment. The survey allowed us to learn their current level of satisfaction, know what we were doing right and where we needed to improve. It was such an honour to receive this certification at our very first attempt and with such an excellent score! We need to shout out a big THANK YOU to our wonderful team and the incredible environment they have created over the years!

A successful darts tournament

A successful darts tournament

During the 2nd edition of our inter-company dart tournament, we raised $7,450 for the Maison de la famille Drummond!

An outdoor Christmas party... inside

An outdoor Christmas party... inside

Have you ever dreamed of celebrating Christmas in an igloo? At Nmédia, we did it! With the theme of iced enchantment, we celebrated the holiday season among colleagues and their spouses in a heated blow-up igloo. We even had an incredible firework!
2019

Still more expansion

Still more expansion

With more and more Nmédians in our growing family, we needed to redesign our offices. We enlarged the "blue" side and installed new office furniture, including adjustable desks for working standing up. The coolest part? The desks adjust by the simple push of a button. Nothing better to maximize comfort on the job!

The arrival of telemedicine

The arrival of telemedicine

To ensure accessibility to healthcare professionals for our whole gang, we now have free access to the application Dialogue. It is an application that allows Nmédians to contact a healthcare professional virtually and thus have quick access and care for their needs.

4-legged friends during the summer

4-legged friends during the summer

The work environment was already great. But to see if happiness would improve even more in the presence of pets, we tested zootherapy with dogs (French only) on Friday mornings during the summer schedule. We can say that it was definitely a conclusive experiment!

Cyber attack nicknamed The Hackening

Cyber attack nicknamed The Hackening

July 2, 2019, will remain deeply engraved in our memories for a long time. Nmédia was the victim of a cyber attack aiming to destroy everything we had built. Thankfully, as usual, Nmédians responded to the call by doubling down and getting Nmédia back on track and getting back into projects as soon as possible. With a great deal of resilience and many hours of lost sleep, we got back on our feet together in record time after this situation. Internally, we have nicknamed this attack The Hackening.

We will always remember the way our team was able to manage the situation. And we will never again forget Olivier Lussier's birthday, that's a promise.😉

A 3rd successful dart tournament

A 3rd successful dart tournament

We are proud to say that our inter-company dart tournament was very popular once again! After a heated final that was won for the 2nd consecutive year by our team against that of Complètement poireau, we were able to donate $8,100 to the Maison de la famille Drummond.
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Our first American client

Our first American client

It would seem that we really know our stuff when it comes to insurance and financial services. In 2019, we signed our first project with Avantys Health, our first American client, in order to create an online insurance quote tool.

Blitz financing campaign to test Followmybid

Blitz financing campaign to test Followmybid

To create a demo and test the new version of our online auction platform Followmybid, we organized a pizza lunch for Nmédians. To have a little fun at the same time, we took the opportunity to put up real auction lots. During the 15-minute auction, we raised $525 for the Tablée populaire de Drummondville!

A new recruitment website

A new recruitment website

To solidify our employer brand and promote the recruitment, we launched the new site: Job de rêve (French only). In addition to applying for a career in IT on our incredible team, we can also see what our life at Nmédia looks like.
2020

The storm of the century... almost

The storm of the century... almost

On this February day, we got between 40-50 cm of snow. No one could even get out of the office parking lot! Good thing, we're not afraid to play in the snow at Nmédia. A bunch of us headed out armed with shovels to clear the cars.

Breakfast & burpees for Leucan

Breakfast & burpees for Leucan

Because of COVID-19, we couldn't take to the slopes for the Leucan Ski Challenge. But we still raised $2,819 for Leucan thanks to a waffles + eggs + potatoes + sausage breakfast just before confinement and thanks to Pierre-Luc's 657 burpees!

Working from home in the era of COVID-19

Working from home in the era of COVID-19

Impossible to ignore the COVID-19 subject! From one day to the next, we went from having everyone in the office to everyone working from home. Once again, the team showed their strong ability for adapting quickly. We noticed once again that we can count on our soldiers and that we have an extraordinary gang that will never give up and always finds a way to get things done.

Starting a few days after confinement, we were able to continue our work from home while continuing to deliver projects.

The Nmédian family spirit... from a distance

The Nmédian family spirit... from a distance

Since everyone was working from home since the beginning of confinement and we missed seeing each other every day, we decided to thank our Nmédians in various ways. So, we sent everyone:
  • Supper from a local restaurant for their entire family
  • A crate of local fresh fruits and veggies
  • A gourmet box to celebrate our 20th anniversary from a distance
  • Masks so they can all stay safe

We also organized a virtual cafeteria, quizzes, virtual cocktail hours and even had yoga and CrossFit classes online!

Running for a good cause

Running for a good cause

10 Nmédians ran tons of kilometres for the virtual Des chênes-toi race. We donated $5 per kilometre run to the Tablée populaire de Drummond foundation. Thanks to the commitment of our runners, $390 was donated to the foundation!

Renewal of a sign of confidence

Renewal of a sign of confidence

After 2 years, Nmédians had to once again answer a survey so we could renew our Remarkable Employer certification. Once again, thanks to their honesty and collective efforts, we got the certification with an excellent score... better than 2 years previous! You see, in spite of working from home, we continue to offer an extraordinary work environment, and our Nmédians are happy. 😀

Rewarded for making our daily life incredible

Rewarded for making our daily life incredible

Our Nmedians are our most important wealth. We have always worked hard to offer them the best: remote working, telemedicine, mental health care, games area, themes days, various activities, Friday afternoons off during the summer, flexible hours, group insurance, group RRSP and much more.

On October 22, 2020, our efforts were rewarded by winning Best HR Practices awards (French only) at the E36 gala organized by the Drummondville Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Drummond - CCID)!

Thanks to this recognition, we can say that we are heading in the right direction to reach our goal: Nmédia becomes a place where work and fun cohabit and where our Nmédians go every morning with a smile on their face 😊.

A first 100% virtual Christmas

A first 100% virtual Christmas

On December 11th, we lived our very first 100% virtual Christmas, brilliantly organized by Caroline Bazinet. Although we all stayed home, we had a whole party under the theme Aloha‑Tiki: Coconut and warm sand.

To set the mood before the festivities, we got a video invitation made by Arianne Dion, advent emails, the delivery of a Piña Colada surprise box from Monsieur Cocktail (French only), a box from Miss Jujube Confiserie (French only), and an envelope with gift certificates for local restaurants. A few days before the party, the caterer Le Carnet Noir (French only) delivered dinner to the Nmédians' families' doors.

During the evening, we were able to talk to each other as if we were in person thanks to virtual tables. Isabelle David animated like a pro: presentation of the management videos and comedy clips directed by Olivier Lussier and Maxime Isabelle, musical performances by Marc‑André Morin, drawing of the 86 gifts, presentation of the 2020 recruits and awarding of prizes to the finalists of the peers' and management's choice. To close the event, Randolph (French only) animated 2 hours of virtual group games. Even at a distance, we had a lot of fun (French only)!

today

Nmédia, a team that is passionate about IT

Since 2000, Nmédia has developed various sectors of expertise, and the team has grown enormously. Nmédia is a tight, strong and devoted leadership team. It is also long-time partnerships such as D'Astous Groupe Conseil, Blanchette et associés, Annie Durocher notary, BDC, Investissement Québec, Microsoft and clients who have relied on us for a long time.

But most important of all, are our Nmédians. They are what make Nmédia truly rich and are the reason for our success. We would also like to mention everyone, from rookies to veterans. Despite the obstacles we have faced, we know that the team will always be there, ready to stand up to the challenge. We are proud of each team member and thank them for being a part of our big family 🙂. Thanks also to our interns, who are also part of the great Nmédia adventure!

2004
Louis-Philippe Baril
2006
Stéphane Lépine
2007
Vincent Beaulieu
Mélanie Gosselin
Patrick Bélanger
2008
Éric Sylvestre
2009
Yves Légaré
2010
Marc-Olivier Noël
Jasmin Hamel
Marc-André Morin
Nicolas Hébert
Louis-David Noël
Pascal Daigle
2011
Jean-François-Éric Isabel
André-Philippe Racine
Samuel Joyal
Antoine Prince
Martin Janelle
Mélanie Chouinard
2012
Patrick Lavoie
Fanny St-Laurent
2013
Marilyne Messier
2014
Alex Lapointe
Olivier Lussier
2015
Joëlle Pepin
Maxime Isabelle
2016
Sébastien Touchette
Caroline Bazinet
Pierre Dionne
Meggie Ouellette
2017
Pierre-Luc Boulanger
Francis Pion
Sylvain Cérat
Nathalie Parent
Yannick Laterreur
Samuel Rochefort
Mathieu Vanasse
Martin Dostie
Denis Ouellette
2018
Benoit Dion
Maripier Levesque
Martin-Karl Mercier
Nayan Perron
Simon Truchon Brouillette
Philippe Guilmette
Loïc Gamache
Bruno Choquette
Marco Lefrançois
Pierre-Luc Turcotte
Julien Brassard
2019
David Samoisette Bibeau
Michel Verrier
Maude Prévost
Étienne Isabelle
2020
Ann-Sophie Gosselin
Angélique Ouellet
Audrey Roy
Jonathan Francoeur
Marc-André Beaucage
Cynthia Massé
Josée Rivest
Sophie Gauthier
Stéphanie Beaudoin
Yannick Sawyer
Meghan Hutchinson
Ghislain Bernier
Mylène Thériault
Alexandre Dupont
Isabelle David
William Lapointe
Louise Desmarais
Anthony Grignon
Arianne Dion
Lydia Santos
2021
Cehindy Zuluaga Pinilla
Nicolas Lapointe
Lamissa Ouattara
Omar Bahoussa
Gabriel Bérard
Jasmine Ethier
Gabrielle Béland
Marco Lauzon
William Andrew Têtu
Yves Lemelin
Maria Jamani
Ugo April
Arianne Thivierge
Jean‑François Beaulieu
Jérémy Miville
Michel Simard
Antoine Chagnon‑Michaud
Karine Dussault
Andréa Gauvin
Philippe Labarre‑Lavigne
Anthony Fontaine
Emilie Nadeau
Annie Gosselin
Nathalie Morneau
Renaud Morin
Gabriel Lussier
Benjamin Allard
Charles Favreau
Félix Vallières
Andronik Karkaselis