about us

About Websites.ca

When we started in 1999, our idea was to build a website directory of every business website in Canada. People would be able to search by word, category, or location, and it would be free to use and free to add a business. We would also create a website building software that would allow people who didn’t know anything about programming to set up and update their own website.

Now, almost 20 years later we’ve built more than 4,000 websites for small businesses in every province and territory in Canada in over 500 cities and towns and in every industry imaginable.

Our directory of Canadian business websites has gone through a lot of changes, is bigger and better than ever, is still free to use, and you can still add your business for free if it isn’t in there yet: https://websites.ca/signup

Our website service has changed a bit too. We found that most businesses are too busy to update their website themselves and would rather have us just take care of the updates for them. Now they just call or email with changes and we take care of their updates for them – usually within a day or two. We also take care of their domain names, email, hosting, and SEO.

In 2011, we switched to the WordPress platform for building and managing websites for our customers. More than 30% of all websites are built with WordPress now so there is a huge development community helping us make our customers’ websites better and better. As of 2018 we’ve built more than 1,000 WordPress websites!

We’ve recently gone a step further and have built our own Managed WordPress Hosting platform and service. Now we can host our own websites and offer WordPress hosting services to other companies, freelancers, developers, and individuals who are looking for hosting that is fine-tuned for WordPress, optimized for lightning fast page-load speed, with 24/7 security monitoring and automatic nightly backups, and enabled for easy WordPress core, theme, and plugin updates.

We’re now located in and around Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Kelowna, and Halifax and ready to continue growing. Not a customer yet? You can switch to Websites.ca for free!

Looking forward to another 20 years,

John Hart
Co-Founder
Websites.ca

Our Team

John Hart

John Hart

Co-Founder

One of our co-founders, John is originally from Winnipeg and now lives in Montreal with his wife and 3 year old daughter. He spends his time figuring out what small businesses need, how to deliver those services, and managing our team. He studies marketing and psychology, he writes for our blog, and he’s planning on starting the Websites.ca Podcast soon!

 

Ryan Desmarais

Ryan Desmarais

Sales

Ryan Desmarais lives in Winnipeg with his wife. Ryan loves that he works with different types of businesses from different industries all across the country. Customers ask for Ryan because he’s been with Websites.ca for over 15 years. Ryan enjoys playing rec hockey, softball, and soccer and fixes/builds computers in his spare time.
Sean Corbett

Sean Corbett

Marketing

Sean Corbett lives in the Okanagan, and handles our sales and marketing. He is an author, filmmaker, and wine enthusiast. He also writes for our blog and email newsletter.
Nara Anderson Munro

Nara Anderson Munro

Design

Nara has been with Websites.ca for 8 years. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband and dog. When she isn’t designing websites for small businesses across Canada, you will find her cooking up a storm, practicing her fiddle, or hiking.

Stephanie Haderer

Stephanie Haderer

Onboarding

Onboarding and Support Specialist, Stephanie is a University of Manitoba graduate living in Winnipeg. Second to Super Meat Boy, nothing satisfies her more than troubleshooting or sorting out a DNS mess.

Jesse Marofke

Jesse Marofke

Design

Jesse works from home in the small, rural community of Langruth, Manitoba where he spends his time building websites for our clients. He has diplomas in Interactive Media Arts and 3D Animation, and is always looking for new things to learn.

Carole Skelhorne

Carole Skelhorne

Directory

Originally from a small French community in Northern New Brunswick, for the last 15 years, Carole has been living in Halifax, NS with her husband, step-daughter and 2 shih tzus. When she is not traveling, she looks after the Websites.ca Directory and helps our customers with their Google Services.

 

Paul Renault

Paul Renault

Design

Paul works in Winnipeg. He is a fine arts graduate and web design expert with 18 years experience. When he’s not building websites he’s out at the dog park or spinning a favorite jazz record.
Mellisa Gribben

Mellisa Gribben

Support

Mellisa lives in Winnipeg and takes care of the support desk, answering calls and helping customers with their website updates. She has an Administrative Assistant diploma and over 10 years experience in customer service. Outside of work she enjoys travelling, anything art related, and playing video games.