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Experienced. Collaborative. Friendly.

Over the past 14 years, we’ve gathered a group of diversely talented and highly motivated individuals who believe problems are best solved collaboratively. Our experienced team work with you to unleash the power of pixel-driven connectivity.

Principal & Founder

Warren Wilansky

In 1998, just three years out of university, Warren co-founded Plank with his personal savings and a dream to make the internet a beautiful place. With no formal business or entrepreneurial training, he’s graduated from a real world MBA by turning Plank into one of the most highly respected boutique digital agencies in Canada. His high standards and ability to create and maintain strong client relationships are the foundation of the company’s success. But enough about him – Warren truly believes a company is not an entity unto itself but a reflection of the people who make it special.


Managing Director

Steve Bissonnette

As Plank’s longest serving employee (over 15 years!), Steve is the embodiment of the company’s evolution. In 1999, he became our first full time lead designer and was responsible for the quality of much of our early work. As the team grew, Steve’s natural leadership ability and attention to detail made him the best person to serve as Managing Director, using his innate ability to find slick, elegant solutions to all our technological challenges, while keeping creativity and usability at the forefront. As a founder member, he also helps run CreativeMornings/Montréal.


Interactive Director

Jennifer Lamb

Jennifer’s days with us are almost as old and numerous as the agency itself. Her early, award-winning Flash work helped put Plank on the map as an agency pushing the limits of online interactive projects. In 2006 she returned from some time living in East Asia, and we jumped at the chance to have her back on the team. Immersing herself in HTML and CSS development, she quickly became our resident browser-bug-busting expert, and still sets the standard for our pixel-pushing production team. Her experience, efficiency, and desire for results translate into amazing work, on time and within budget.


Senior Developer

Patrick McFern

A self-described “anti-stereotypical” programmer, Patrick is a skilled problem solver with formal training from both Concordia University (BA Computer Science) and Vanier College (DEC, Computer Science). He has a ton of experience, including stints at Motorola, OZ Communications, and Airborne Entertainment, and he blends his dry wit into his ability to work – and deliver – on multiple projects simultaneously. He has a keen interest in making technology approachable to all, for his belief in the importance to bridge the connection between the human and technological components of any project. When he’s not whipping computers into line, he’s off snowboarding lines in the east coast’s finest while rocking to some hyper-specific metal subgenre’s tunes.

  • 6240 px-width Screen Real Estate
  • 24 Ski Resorts Carved
  • 0 Snooze Buttons Pressed, Ever.

Senior Front-End Developer

Jean-Frédéric Fortier

JF is an expert in ... a lot. He compliments his HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills with a strong sensibility for user interface and user experience. When he’s not busy squeezing every last bit of quality from every pixel (in every browser), he’s ensuring sites are perfectly optimized for search engines, or teaching us how to get even more out of Google Analytics. Building web sites is an art and a science, and lucky for us, JF has a gift for both.


Office Manager

Colin MacKenzie

As a former label owner, artist manager, tour coordinator, and festival organizer, Colin came to bookkeeping by way of indie rock. As our ‘numbers guy’ he keeps Plank organized so that our team can focus on delivering killer projects. But we love that beyond the books he’s a true creative at heart. A producer and director of music videos and documentaries with a BFA in Photography (University of Ottawa) — and a wicked taste in music, to boot — it’s all made him right at home here at Plank.


Developer

John Hodges

John originally studied finance, and fell into programming quite by accident. Luckily for us he decided to make it a permanent move. He began dabbling with PHP about 6 years ago, and has been coding professionally for four. John also has the solid backing of years of experience in Linux system administration and Linux-based VoIP systems. He has also been running competitively for a little over three years and has run 12,000+ km since. Some quick math puts that at an average of 10km every single day (and Montréal has some very cold, very snowy days).


Developer

Sean Fraser

Sean is a graduate of the Communications Studies and Computation Arts programs at Concordia University. Sean is our jack-of-all-trades, excelling in both front- and back-end web development, though he has built himself a niche as Plank's WordPress expert. When not programming, Sean fills his time with other geeky activities, such as gaming and tabletop RPGs.

  • 485+ Steam Titles
  • 44 GB of Soundtracks
  • 1 Dog

Project Manager

Cassandra Sera

Cassandra joined the Plank team back in March 2014 and manages the day to day smooth running and client liaison across a number of projects. With 5 years client service experience with Sun Life Financial, a stint doing freelance Community Management, a degree in History & Political Science from Concordia University and a Graduate Diploma from McGill in Communications & PR Management, Cass brings broad digital and communications experience to the team...Oh and she is kicking everyone’s butt when it comes to Foursquare!


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