Plank is an award-winning digital design studio in downtown Montreal.
We connect artists and audiences, citizens and communities, information and the inquisitive. We’re passionate about using digital to improve our world by bringing people together, online and off.
We work on projects that matter with people who want to make a positive impact.
We believe in building partnerships that last. Tell us more about you.Get in touch
We build customized digital solutions tailored to your unique problems.
We draw from our 20 years of digital experience to advise on strategy, create beautiful and responsive designs, shape effortless user journeys, and build solid code. We keep on top of the latest advances in technology, and we integrate them into the most reliable systems. We stay with you every step of the way, from high-level planning through to post-launch support, testing, and improvement.
We have created high-performing websites and applications for major festivals, event promoters, filmmakers, cultural and community organizations, universities, magazines, and heads of state.
We love working on projects that operate outside of a profit-driven motive. And we understand that those projects often need funding support. That’s why we are happy to collaborate with you on crafting funding applications to secure the budget you need to get the job done well. Get in touch to discuss your project.
There are a lot of agencies that do what we do. We think we do it a little differently.
We approach each project with a collaborative spirit, and work in an open and honest way. We value and nurture long relationships based on trust, quality of work, and personal service.
Our projects begin by establishing clear goals and frameworks for working together as partners. Our Hack Day kickoff process gets deeper than a deep dive, and galvanizes the sense of unity between our team and yours. It helps us internalize the goals of the project and ensure that we are always representing your interests.
Our process follows agile principles while avoiding its pitfalls. We treat our clients as team members, and provide project transparency by inviting them to work directly in our internal tools. Our dedicated, in-house team works in close collaboration to fit all the pieces together into one seamless product.
Plank is made up of engaged and enthusiastic digital craftspeople who aspire to learn something new every day and to unearth the most creative solutions at every turn.
President & Founder
Warren co-founded Plank in 1998 with his personal savings and a dream to make the internet a beautiful place. He seeks out projects that respond to his passion for design and curiosity for culture and history. His high standards and ability to create and maintain strong client relationships are the foundation of the company’s success.
Warren strives to bring interesting, meaningful work to his team, and to set a vision of producing quality work in a supportive, cooperative environment. His non-hierarchical leadership style stems from his summer camp days, and he does his best to make sure Plank is a great place to work.
Warren is at once proud and humbled to have worked with a number of prominent clients, who also happen to be people he admires. He counts Michael Moore, Rush, and Canada’s Governor General as some of the highlights in Plank’s history.
Warren is a passionate baseball fan, and founded the Montreal chapter of Baseball Hack Day. He holds on to the hope that his beloved Expos will someday return to Montreal.
Steve was Plank’s very first employee, and he’s contributed greatly to the successful evolution of the company. With a fine arts background, he joined the team in 1999 as lead designer, and helped establish Plank’s reputation for creating beautiful, high-caliber work.
Steve has a broad understanding of web development, and has worked in nearly every role in the company. This understanding, coupled with his leadership ability and attention to detail, made him the natural choice to serve as Managing Director as Plank grew. His unwavering commitment to the company and the team led him to become a partner in 2016. He uses his experience to support the team in finding elegant solutions to all our technological challenges, while keeping creativity and user experience at the forefront.
Steve loves the internet, and is fascinated by how it continually shapes our world. He is motivated to solve interesting problems and helping to advance the web in small and meaningful ways. He cultivates community as co-founder and former host of CreativeMornings/Montreal, and as a current member of a regular MTL Agency Operations meetup.
Steve loves getting outside with his family as much as possible, runs a mean D&D game, and can proudly say he can still do a kick-flip on his skateboard.
Jennifer began her career as an integrator with Plank in the relatively new field of web design in 2000. With a background in Fine Arts, she took to integration like a moth to a flame and was soon winning awards with her innovative work.
After a stint teaching in Southeast Asia, Jennifer returned to the fold. She caught up on her HTML and CSS and worked as a front-end developer, eventually moving to design. She assumed the role of Creative Director in 2014, and continues to set high standards for our mission of making the online world a more beautiful place. She is always looking deeper and seeking to improve the user experience, creating work that Plank and our clients can feel proud of.
Jennifer loves Montreal, but dreams of the mountains and hot springs of Taiwan and still wonders what those kids are up to. In nice weather, she can be spotted zipping through the streets of Montreal, dodging the ubiquitous construction cones on her 2016 Honda Giorno scooter.
Jason joined the Plank team in 2015, bringing with him over a decade of experience overseeing production in print, publishing, and mobile applications. His work in mobile began before the iPhone existed, and includes products for brands like Adidas, Marvel, NHL, NBA, and NFL.
As a project manager, Jason merges his technical knowledge and problem solving skills to translate client’s needs into quality digital products, and to chart a smooth workflow for Plank’s developers. He prides himself on empowering the team to do the best work they are capable of, while nurturing solid relationships with clients.
Jason hails from Saskatchewan, so the Montreal winters don’t phase him a bit. He holds degrees in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and in History from the University of Calgary. After moving to Montreal in 2004, he also took courses in Internet Business Technology from McGill.
Jason’s latest and greatest challenge has been managing the needs and demands of a very different sort of “client” - his twins, born in 2016. When he does manage to find a spare moment, he tries his best to spend it cycling around the island.
Debbie Rouleau came to Plank in 2015 with over a decade and a half of web design and development experience under her belt. Before joining the Plank team, she worked on different media and automobile industry websites, as a freelance web designer, and as an associate of her own communications and web agency. She specializes in modern HTML/CSS, responsive site optimization and performance.
A self-confessed Geek, she co-founded the Montreal GeekFest and is involved with a number of tech meetups in Montreal. She has spoken internationally on Geek culture and mental health issues in that community, and regularly speaks to high school students about careers in technology, issues of mental health in IT, and information security.
Debbie considers herself a blend of Space Pirate Captain Harlock and My Little Pony’s Rainbow Dash - a modern day pirate out to make the web (and the world) a better place. She is energized by spending time with her daughter and small army of cats.
Lisa has been keeping offices and their books in top shape for the past 18 years. She joined the Plank team in 2015, and has been working wonders ever since. She’s modernized our accounting workflow, moved us closer to a paperless office, and brought increased oversight to our financial health. She’s also ordered approximately 10,000 cans of club soda...and counting.
Through her career, she’s had the chance to work in a wide range of industries, and got her start working for iconic shoe company, Dr. Martens (she still misses the free shoes). Lisa loves to spend time with her family, unless they’re heading for the ski hill… she prefers the beach.
Erin joined Plank in 2016 as a part-time Event Planner, and keeps finding new ways to make herself useful. Her background encompasses a variety of creative and administrative roles, mostly revolving around the performing arts. She loves getting like-minded people together to share their stories and experiences.
Erin has a love/hate relationship with school that has resulted in two diplomas, a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in the varying fields of anthropology, theatre design, dressmaking, textile studies, and folklore. She grew up on a frigid rock in the North Atlantic, surrounded by a warm arts community that taught her how to make things happen. She started running festivals at the tender age of fifteen, and has also worked as a costume designer, venue manager, and theatre artist.
Erin enjoys relaxing on her porch with her cat, reading books, and doing embroidery. She owns six sewing machines.
Jerome joined Plank’s Front-end team in 2016. With a background in photography and graphic design, he approaches integration with a designer’s eye, adeptly interpreting the vision for interaction.
Jerome stokes his creative fire with constant experimentation and learning. He follows every new development in technology, and has most recently been toying with the mechanics of Virtual and Augmented Reality.
In 2013, Jerome took a great leap across the pond to Montreal from Brussels, a journey he’s not regretted. He’s embraced the city’s music scene, which he washes down with a fine craft beer.
Senior Back-end Developer
Courtney joined the Plank team in 2016, bringing her special expertise in secure coding. She holds a Masters degree in Information Systems Security from Concordia University and practices ethical hacking to test security vulnerabilities and find ways to protect the web from bad guys.
A transplant from Texas, Courtney moved to Canada to beat the heat and enjoy real snow. When she’s not making the internet a safer place, she enjoys tabletop gaming and creative fantasy writing. Every year, she runs a large-scale live action role-playing game for people who enjoy pretending to be wizards.
Massimo came to Plank in 2017 as an intern from the Vanier Computer Science Technology program. We were more than pleased to keep him on the back-end team as he continues his studies at Concordia University. Massimo brings a diverse set of creative and technical skills to the team along with an immense willingness to learn.
Massimo is a maker at heart, and has tinkered with electronics and robotics. He spent several years participating and volunteering with the Canada Robotics Competition. He also has a great interest in creating art in a digital medium, working mainly in videography, visual effects, and occasionally photography.
Massimo has been playing guitar for 13 years, and has a Rick and Morty quote for every occasion.
Junior Back-end Developer
Christina joined Plank in 2017, making the switch from design to coding, after working as a designer and illustrator for ten years. Her BFA in Design pairs nicely with her diploma in Pure and Applied Science, giving her a broad base to draw on, as she enthusiastically expands her skill set.
As a graphic and web designer, Christina worked with various companies to create apparel graphics, logos, and websites. She has worked closely with the Montreal theatre community, designing show posters for various production companies. Her designs have even won a few Montreal Fringe Festival Frankie Awards.
Christina is also a talented cosplayer, and has designed and constructed numerous costumes based on her favourite characters, including Mantis, Princess Mononoké, and Mallory Archer.
Chloé joined Plank in 2017, bringing with her a decade of experience in marketing and project management. Having grown up in Africa and South-East Asia, she has always been concerned by the social inequalities she has witnessed. Her discovery of the internet in 1999 triggered her interest in technology’s potential to address social issues.
After years in the industry, Chloé’s attention turned to gender disparity in the tech world. Making it her mission to champion change, she created URelles in 2016, the first blog dedicated to women in technology in Québec. Chloé wants to encourage young girls to get involved in STEM fields, to shine a light on female role models, and to help companies adopt diversified and inclusive recruitment strategies. She hopes Montréal will come to be recognized as the startup city that has found concrete solutions to fix the gender gap in tech.
Chloé can be spotted at tech events around Montréal, and getting outside as much as possible. If you’re “lucky” you might catch her singing karaoke, which she admits she does very badly, but enthusiastically.
Véronique joined Plank in 2017, after freelancing in Web and Graphic design for almost a decade. She started as a print designer, with a strong interest in typography and layout design. Her passion for design quickly grew to include web, with its endless possibility and potential to reach millions.
Véronique lives by the mantra of “less is more,” embracing a minimalist approach to communicate a message clearly and cleanly. She brings a positive attitude to every assignment. It’s because she loves what she does and relishes the challenges that push her further.
Véronique loves Star Wars and Doctor Who, anything and everything British, and reading and collecting books - she’s especially fond of the Penguin English Library covers. She confesses she’s secretly 93 years old at heart, and enjoys knitting, baking, and relaxing at home.
Megan joined the team in 2018 and combines a critical eye with a creative drive. Her education and experience as a Biologist in British Columbia gave her a love for research while her work in fashion sharpened her design sensibilities and deepened her appreciation for quality.
She cut her teeth in development as the co-founder of a start-up, embracing the process of creating something from nothing and learning a lot about tenacity and grit along the way. Now as a developer she is merging her love of design and creation with her problem-solving scientific background. She lives for the details and appreciates that sometimes it’s the littlest things that bring it all together.
When not in the city, Megan can be found climbing mountains or diving into remote lakes at midnight.
Dave joined Plank in 2018, bringing his WordPress expertise to the backend team. He studied computer science and education at Queen’s University, and book design at — appropriately — the University of Reading. As a freelancer, he’s built sites for friends, businesses large and small, media and higher education.
An eternally curious soul, Dave loves learning new things, especially when it comes to technology, design, and typography. He blogs about food, coffee, music, programming and books, and enjoys running, hiking, travelling, and listening to records to relax.
We believe in building long term relationships and our client list is testament to that, with some partnerships lasting over 10 years. We care about digital and we care about our clients.
“I’ve worked with other developers before, but you guys are by far the best team I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with and the end result is so much better than I could have imagined.”
— Tif Flowers, Digital Graphic Designer, Zoom Media
“I appreciate that great to you doesn’t just mean throwing in whatever cool tricks everyone comes up with – great means design and usability and appropriateness together – and the discipline to have everything right and consistent and as beautifully simple as possible before moving into production. I’ve never felt in better hands.”
— Bennett Killmer, Creative Director, Ultrabland
“What a great group of folks you are. I always think fondly of my time working with you and everyone there — a real top-notch, enjoyable collaboration.”
— Angela Winter, Former Associate Publisher, The Sun Magazine
Our work has been recognized and celebrated by respected organizations who know excellence when they see it.
Join our team and help make the internet a better place.
Marketing and Business Development Coordinator
We are looking for someone who is passionate about digital and has a background or interest in our core clients and projects. You will be working directly with the leadership team to share and execute ongoing marketing campaigns and events to help us to acquire new clients. Marketing for us is also about raising awareness about our company and driving interested new employees in our direction.
Website Quality Assurance Tester (Part-time)
We want someone who cares about digital and strives to make the internet a better place. You will be part of a close-knit team that works very closely with our clients to deliver great solutions.