03-05-2013 - It's here and we are so excited to share it! PingStreet is now available in Google Play for Android and the Apple App Store for iPhones 3GS and up. Download it today for FREE Waterloo residents! If you are a city, town, municipality or township, discover how PingStreet can help your residents connect: http://pingstreet.ca/en
01-05-2013 - It’s easy to see why residents, tourists and investors are attracted to Stratford. It’s dramatically different and geographically, economically and technologically in the heart of it all. City staff wanted to enhance the City’s online services and information, and promote its unique advantages, such as being home to the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus, the Stratford Festival, a progressive business park, and a superb a quality of life that nurtures innovation. They also wanted to ensure that a framework was put in place so people who have disabilities or impairments can access the content online.
After collaborating with the City to create an intuitive, comprehensive website sitemap, eSolutions’ writing team conducted interviews with department staff to write engaging, accessible content for several sections of the site. The content adheres to web writing best practices and Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act (AODA) standards. The key advantages of the City come through in the content, vibrant images and easy-to-read graphs and tables. The site makes use of a social media feeds that can be expanded on the homepage, videos and numerous photo galleries. The website is also hosted at eSolutions’ secure Tier 3 Data Fortress. Experience how Stratford is dramatically different by visiting their new website >
29-04-2012 - Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, eHealth Ontario allows health practitioners access to important medical tests and results in a centralized, electronic registry. eHealth Ontario wanted to enhance its online presence with two portals delivering applications, resources and collaborative communities intuitively: a Provider Portal (for physicians, health care practitioners, nurses, dental professionals, ministries/government and health administrators) and a Patient Portal (residents, youth, young families and seniors in Ontario registered with OHIP).
eSolutions facilitated focus groups, online surveys and sitemap workshops to determine the requirements and content organization for both portals. The key findings were that the portals should encourage interactivity and dialogue through enhanced navigation, and easy access to relevant content, training and integrated healthcare applications. eHealth was particularly excited to launch the new patient portal since their offerings were currently a provider-only portal.
The secure Provider Portal offers health practitioners access to eHealth's applications (Panorama, OHIS, lab results viewer, drug profile viewer, etc.); health updates and electronic notices; their personal profile; enterprise reports; collaboration discussions/forums; and more. On the secure Patient Portal, registered patients can access their profile details; lab results; surveys; recommended health care providers and more. In addition to creating designs and information architectures that meets the distinct needs of both audiences, the designs adhere to compatibility requirements for Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9; Firefox; Chrome; Safari; Opera and are W3C Compliant, (AODA WCAG 2.0 AA). The portals’ CSS and HTML are mobile friendly for BlackBerry, Android, iPhone and Windows Phone. Content is available in English and French. As part of the design, eSolutions provided eHealth with the complete design files for implementation into their Oracle WebCenter templates.
19-02-13 - eSolutionsGroup would like to congratulate the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) on their recent Award of Excellence from the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO). PAMA won the award for Marketing Utilizing Technology for their new website. EDCO stated “you can navigate easily…the site is powerful.” The awards acknowledge the hard work and collaboration between eSolutionsGroup and PAMA. Congratulations to all involved!
The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) serves the Region of Peel (Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga), with a population of over one million individuals from diverse backgrounds. To announce their new brand and beautifully expanded facilities, PAMA desired a new online presence – one that would share the excitement of their new programs for all ages, exhibitions, collections and upgraded rental facilities for community events and personal occasions.
Working closely with departmental staff, eSolutionsGroup wrote engaging content for the new site. Two children’s games complete with mascots who later became integral to PAMA’s open house activities were storyboarded and launched: Become a Virtual PAMA Artist and the Label Caper. Visitors to the site can register for workshops, artists’ talks and lectures; request facility rentals using eSolutions’ facility management module; make online donations using eSolutions’ secure Online Donations Module; view several online photo galleries showcasing PAMA’s collections, exhibitions, grounds, facilities and more. Using eSolutions’ Membership Management, PAMA staff can manage their member data, offer secure online membership and event registration and run reports for invoice tracking.
29-01-2013 – eSolutionsGroup is pleased to announce the launch of exactEarth®’s Ship Maps website. exactEarth® is an innovative data services company that delivers global maritime vessel information. Combining data from their satellites with terrestrial sources, exactEarth® collects and delivers the highest quality ship movement information to customers around the world.
exactEarth® enlisted the help of eSolutions to design a website to showcase their Ship Maps™ platform, which explores the exciting world of Satellite AIS, a tool for solving real-world issues across the maritime industry. Combining maps, multimedia, and narrative, website visitors experience an interactive tour of the world’s oceans, ship movement information and important maritime topics. eSolutions designed the Ship Maps™ website with accessible navigation so visitors can easily discover how the maps work and select from different maps using a drop-down menu. The design files and cascading style sheet (CSS) were then provided to exactEarth® for final implementation. eSolutions also provided introductory content for the website’s homepage explaining what Ship Maps™ does. Explore the many Ship Map stories by visiting www.shipmaps.com.
28-01-2013 - Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro delivers electricity to approximately 52,000 customers over a 305 square kilometre territory. Keeping their customers’ needs and expectations in the forefront, they desired an online presence that would assist their residential and business customers with finding the information that they need in an intuitive, informative website. They needed to communicate timely information through news releases and provide ways for clients to request services, report problems, access their online accounts and make payments. They also wanted their website design to be mobile-friendly.
eSolutionsGroup facilitated a sitemap workshop and creative design discussion with staff to determine the content categories and priorities for the new mobile-friendly site. The website navigation is organized around user-centric categories such as My Home, My Business, My Conservation, My Safety, Our Company and “How Can We Help You?” quick links. Staff will update the site using the i:Create web content management system. Several i:Survey forms allow customers to request information or report problems. A Contacts Module with Google Maps ensures current contact and location information is displayed on all pages. News releases are disseminated using eSolutions’ News Module with integrated social media for Twitter, Facebook, Google+. Customers can also request a new account, perform an online move out and make bill payments. The website is hosted at eSolutions’ secure Tier 3 Data Fortress. Visit Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro >
25-01-2013 - The City of Wausau is located in the heart of Wisconsin. When an old landfill site was remediated and a future park planned, the City wanted an easy way to show Wausau residents what the new park would offer. Rather than presenting static engineering drawings of the park’s plans and amenities, they desired an interactive, visual format that would truly showcase the vision and possibilities of the lands surrounding the Holtz Krause Athletic Complex.
Working from engineering plans and drawings, eSolutionsGroup created a storyboard for a short animation. The goal was to show the new park’s parameters, soccer fields, playground equipment, parking areas and its relationship to the existing Holtz Krause Athletic Complex. eSolutions’ animation team created a 3-D model using lighting, a camera and special effects. The model evolved into a full video animation using special effects. The final result is an informative, visual experience showing the park’s future plans that Wausau’s residents can easily understand and see.
The City of Wausau used the animation for information sessions to educate the public on the landfill’s uses before and after the remediation, and to gather feedback. According to the client, “The animation was shown at a press conference and was a big success. We are now using it for marketing.” The City has posted the animation on its website to market the green/repurposing initiatives of the landfill as well as the development of the soccer fields and surrounding areas around the athletic complex. Experience the animation >
25-01-2013 - The Eastern Ontario Regional Broadband Network (EORN) is a new digital network planned for Eastern Ontario, spanning 5500 kilometres that will enable high-speed Internet access across the region. The network will improve information access for eastern Ontario residents and support innovation and economic growth. EORN is a project of the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus and funded through the support of federal, provincial, municipal, and private sectors. The network will be complete by March 2014.
EORN, in collaboration with RedBrick Communications, engaged eSolutionsGroup to create a bilingual (English/French) educational video for the Backbone Network Launch Event attended by the area’s municipal representatives and senior representatives from the mobile/cable/IT and communications sectors. EORN desired a video that would communicate a historical timeline of the Internet and showcase EORN’s technology and geographic coverage. eSolutions created an upbeat, engaging video set to music showing how the Internet has transformed communications, and EORN’s role in promoting economic growth through seamless Internet access, a high speed network and a high capacity backbone that will grow with the region.
6-11-2012 - The Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA) global family includes several organizations working together seamlessly on projects around the world, including 3,000 people working in over 90 offices in Canada, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
CRA turned to eSolutions when it desired a website that would communicate its services, world-wide locations, current news, and career opportunities in a user-friendly design that meets the standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act (AODA). Web content needed to be available in French, Portuguese and Spanish to reach CRA’s diverse audiences.The final result is a website that includes a News Module where visitors can subscribe to receive news updates and search news items by keywords. Visitors can also “like” news items and share on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. CRA staff maintain the content, contacts information, events information, global career opportunities and more using eSolutions’ i:Create web content management system, Contacts Directory, Events Module, Document Manager and Jobs Module. The website design also included a mobile version ensuring all menus, hyperlinks and design elements are fully accessible on mobile handheld devices. CRA also implemented 2Big4Email which allows employees to share large files securely. The website is hosted at eSolutions’ secure Tier 3 Data Fortress.
5-11-2012 - Eyes across Waterloo are focused on the top technology companies this week with the publication of "Technology Spotlight". Published by The Record newspaper, the magazine profiles stories about pioneering companies producing innovative technologies. Shining bright among progressive and growing companies in the Region is eSolutionsGroup. According to Karen Mayfield, President of eSolutionsGroup, "Our growth strategy is simple. If there is a need, fill it and if the customer needs a new service, provide it. Forget about thinking outside the box. Our team handles, manages, examines, interprets, applies and then re-examines client data. We don't have a box."
Read the full "Technology Spotlight" article inserted in The Record to find out more about eSolutionsGroup.
26-10-2012 - eSolutionsGroup Ltd. would like to congratulate Holcim Canada on its recent award presented at the International Sustainable Development Show in Vienna, Austria.
eSolutions collaborated closely with Holcim on a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) campaign. The idea behind Triple Bottom Line is that day-to-day actions and interactions affect Holcim's 3P's: people, planet and profit. By being aware of people, planet and profit in their decision-making, Holcim can ensure prosperity for the organization. The 3P's must work in harmony as they are inter-related and connected.
eSolutions developed a presentation for key stakeholders and a poster that Holcim uses to promote the Triple Bottom Line internally and externally. People-Planet-Profit has become part of Holcim's overall strategy to improve relationships, recognize opportunities and gain a competitive advantage. They use the principles in both their small and big decisions helping to shape the company and its reputation in positive ways. Holcim Canada won second place at the International Sustainable Development Show in Vienna, Austria for the Triple Bottom Line campaign and poster. They placed second out of 45 entries and lost first place by only two votes. The sustainable model continues to measure and reward performance based on financial, social and environmental factors.
Holcim Canada is part of Holcim Ltd., one of the world's largest building materials companies operating in over 70 countries. The Company has a long-standing commitment to the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability, which include care for their employees, investors, communities, and the environment, all of which is part of their company values.
17-10-2012 - Natural Comforts is an online resource for residents offering helpful tips and information on how to save energy - and money - in the way you manage your utility usage and bills. Brought to you by the City of Kitchener, Kitchener Utilities and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc., along with several community partners, Natural Comforts provides local residents with tools to reduce their utility bills. The site also offers resources to help manage personal budgets while sustaining the environment through energy management, as well as seasonal recipes and community information.
eSolutionsGroup worked efficiently to launch the website under a very tight timeline. The website is translated into 10 languages using Google Translate to meet the needs of Kitchener-Waterloo's diverse populations. The Share feature allows visitors to share web pages on social media sites or pages can be "emailed to a friend". eSolutions also assisted with setting up a website contest. Website visitors complete an online survey to enter a contest to win $300 in "city bucks", which can be used to pay a City of Kitchener bill or be redeemed at City-owned enterprises. The survey helps City of Kitchener, Kitchener Utilities and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. gain insight into how visitors found the site, what they learned and how the site can be improved to meet their needs. The website is hosted at eSolutions' Tier 3 Data Fortress. eSolutions' Creative Services team implemented the simple menus, web page design and complementary graphics. Content and images can be easily updated and maintained using eSolutions' i:Create web content management system. A mobile version of the site is also available presenting the information in an optimal format for handheld devices.
16-10-2012 - Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is a world leader in veterinary health care, learning and research. As a college within the University of Guelph, their mission speaks to research intensity, learner?centeredness and collaboration. Primary Healthcare in veterinary medicine is an emerging concept, similar to human medicine. Primary Healthcare promotes overall animal wellness and the ability to stay healthy, get better, live with disease, and cope with end-of-life.
Hill's Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre includes services such as: the OVC Companion Animal Hospital, where clients can bring in their pets without requiring a referral; rehabilitation services to aid in post-surgical recovery or to relieve pain such as aquatic therapy; endowed care for exceptional medical care; and the PHC Doggie Daycare, for dogs to socialize in small groups while enjoying supervised play in a fenced outdoor area, or indoor play space with natural light and flushable AstroTurf.
eSolutionsGroup conducted discovery and sitemap workshops with Centre staff and faculty to design the website's information architecture. The homepage features a rotating flash banner with five primary calls to action featured clearly: making an appointment, how the Centre can assist pet owners, directions, emergency care inquiries, and booking a meeting room. The site includes pertinent information about the Centre, its services, pet health resources, community links and information on the OVC teaching hospital. Content and images can be updated by staff using eSolutions' i:Create web content management system and i:Survey. The website is hosted at eSolutions' secure Tier 3 Data Fortress.
16-10-2012 - The Growing Great Kids (GGK) network is a group of organizations who provide service to families and children aged birth to six years of age in Guelph and Wellington County. The group works together to support the best possible opportunity for healthy growth and development. GGK does this by creating a community plan that improves services to meet the unique needs of families and children.
Growing Great Kids turned to eSolutionsGroup to create a visually pleasing website that focuses on children's growth and development. The site's design and graphics reinforce Guelph's ethnic diversity. The website offers resources to educate parents and professionals on the stages of child development to improve early detection of developmental issues. The site's menus and content are concise and easy-to-navigate. Future site enhancements may include a secure login for childcare professionals to communicate best practices and access a referral system.
eSolutions conducted several training sessions including the initial sitemapping workshop as well as writing effectively for websites and i:Create training. The website is hosted at eSolutions' secure Tier 3 Data Fortress.
01-08-2012 - The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph (UofG) have collaborated for over 125 years, helping to shape the province's agri-food industry and rural communities. The partnership was formalized in 2008, with UofG receiving over $350 million from the Ministry from 2008 to 2013 for its agri-food and rural research programs, laboratory services, and veterinary clinical education program.
Both UofG and OMAFRA have launched four new websites offering the public, researchers, and graduate students resources and information on how they are working together to create incredible economic benefits and research opportunities.
eSolutionsGroup conducted discovery and sitemap workshops to design the information architecture of the four related websites. They also trained key personnel on how to write effectively for websites and on website accessibility.
The new Partnership website assists researchers with applying for scholarships, learning about research projects, themes and results, discovering work term placements, accessing templates and more. The website also focuses on the opportunities for knowledge transfer within the agriculture, food and rural affairs industries.
The Research website highlights the research priorities and funded projects, and how to apply for research funding. You can learn how research is advancing Ontario's agri-food economy, innovations and partnerships; and the program's research stations and facilities.
The Agri-food & Rural Link and Knowledge Translation & Transfer (KTT) website describes KTT's purpose, the impact research is having, and funding opportunities. A "What Matters to You" section features data for researchers, media, industry, government, and community. The website also focuses on how knowledge can be shared among industries, and how policies can be informed by science.
The Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Scholarship Program website directs undergraduate students on how to apply using a step-by-step navigation. The website explains the program's unique approach and reputable industry partners, and shares student testimonials. The website also assists students with submitting their required documentation for work terms, and encourages employers to submit work term opportunities online. The site is the central place where students, employers and faculty go to complete surveys and reports at the end of semesters and work placements.
OMAFRA/UofG staff update the content, images and forms on the site using the i:Create web content management system and i:Survey. As part of the project, eSolutions also developed a custom project database and researcher gallery.
17/07/2012 - While the Town of Chapleau is geographically remote in central northeastern Ontario, approximately two hours east of Timmins, the Town's 2,500 residents are a determined and engaged group who are looking to debunk the northern town stereotype and embrace all that the town has to offer, as a safe, natural and vibrant place to live and visit. In fact, Chapleau is home to the world's largest wildlife game preserve, and was recognized in 2011 by the World Fishing Network as the ultimate fishing town. With many opportunities for the tourism industry to thrive, eSolutions' designed a modern, clean, easy-to-navigate website, including toolsets to assist with finding information easier. The homepage features a rotating photo gallery with accessible menus to Township Services, Community Events and Things to Do, Economic Development, and Town Hall. A central calendar with search capabilities organizes all of the Town events from Council meetings to festivals and leisure activities. Visitors can search topics from an A-Z Index, or use the Business Directory to locate a business, product or service. A Google Translate options offers information in French, Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish. The website is managed with eSolutions' i:Create web content management software, so staff can update images and content easily. The Town of Chapleau website is hosted at eSolutions' secure Tier 3 Data Fortress.<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O /><?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O />
02/07/2012 - The sound of water is the backdrop to everyday life in the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, Lanark County (including Almonte, Pakenham, Appleton, Blakeney, Clayton, Ramsay), with its location along the gentle shores of the Mississippi and Indian rivers, and three nearby lakes. When the Municipality of Mississippi Mills wanted to refresh its web presence, it enlisted eSolutionsGroup to design a website that reflects the qualities that make it an active, welcoming place and Maple Syrup Capital of Canada: the landscape and history; the good natured spirit; and strong sense of community pride, the wide range of outdoor activities, and a strong arts community.
A central calendar with search capabilities organizes all of the Municipality's events from Council meetings to festivals and recreation activities. Visitors can also search topics from an A-Z Index, I'd Like To ... Module, sign-up for eNews, or use the Business Directory to locate a business, product or service. Interactivity is offered through a Share module allowing effortless postings to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and subscription to RSS feeds.The website takes advantage ofthe Municipality's beautiful photography by integrating a photo gallery witha scroll bar to look through the images.Municipal staff can now effortlessly update the web content using i:Create web content management software and track web statistics using Urchin 7 analytics. Hosted at eSolutions' secure Tier 3 Data Fortress, you can visit the new site at www.mississippimills.ca.
28/06/2012 - Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) provides 24/7 emergency health care services and inpatient care at two acute care sites in Huntsville and Bracebridge. They desired a new website that would present their services through multiple access points for different audiences, and incorporate their current brand. Staff wanted to be able to easily update its content and images, take advantage of social media tools, and ensure the site was compliant with accessibility standards.
eSolutionsGroup conducted a content management needs assessment and sitemap workshop as part of the requirement gathering process. MAHC's primary stakeholders provided input on the design concepts through surveys also facilitated by eSolutions. The final design meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Priority 2.
MAHC's new site features their services in an A-Z listing. The homepage shows the top 3 news releases using eSolutions' News Module, while a rotating image gallery, which can be updated by staff, showcases MAHC's staff, services and facilities. The YouTube Application Programming Interface allows videos to be uploaded to YouTube, and embedded using eSolutions' i:Create CMS for content and images updates on the site. The Donate section links visitors to MAHC's Foundation web sites. Web pages feature "Share" for seamless posting on MAHC's social media sites as well as RSS feeds. Quick links are also visible on all pages to key information such as contacts, visiting hours and emergency services. The website is hosted at eSolutions' secure Tier 3 Data Fortress and incorporates Urchin analytics.You can visit the new site at www.mahc.ca.
27/06/2012 - eSolutionsGroup is pleased to have partnered with Greater Sudbury on a number of online and communications projects. The recently redesigned Library website integrates online tools that make accessing research materials, online databases, the Library catalogue, new releases and more easier and more efficient.
The bilingual website (EN/FR) integrates two online forms for visitors using i:Survey: a feedback/contact form and a subscription form to receive notices on the Library's different programs for various age groups. The News module integrates with social media sites so visitors can "like" postings to their Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages and the News page tallies the "likes".
Library patrons can sign-in to their library account from the website, search and reserve materials through the catalogue, and access a comprehensive list of A-Z services. Special sections for kids, tweens and teens have unique graphics, quick links and information. What's Hot features tabs to search fiction, non-fiction, movies, teens and children's materials with colourful covers for the different genres. The website is hosted at eSolutions' secure Tie 3 Data Fortress and available online at www.sudburylibraries.ca.
20/06/2012 - The City of Pickering enlisted eSolutions to develop a website with accessible content for its multicultural community and visitors with varying needs. eSolutions developed an intuitive sitemap, keeping inclusivity at the forefront of its design and content. Web page fonts can be increased/decreased using Text (+)/(-); content can be translated into 10 languages; and the site incorporates BrowseAloud, to assist those with learning difficulties and/or English as a Second Language.
eSolutions facilitated sitemap sessions with City departments to design intuitive navigation menus and with useful information right from the homepage. Special sections are devoted to: A-Z Services, eServices, I want to? a Directory and their Media Centre. An interactive calendar can be searched by keyword, dates or by selecting Business, Council, Events, Programs and Stat Holidays categories. eSolutions' News Module helps organize the Town's latest news. Multiple photo galleries showcase the City, investment opportunities and events. The site includes an Events & eCommerce Module. Visitors can register and pay online for tickets to events, teen dances, Mother's Day events and more, and receive their tickets online (each one uniquely barcoded and ready to go). They can also pay for gift certificates, animal licenses and memberships online.
Staff are empowered to update the content using eSolutions' i:Create as well as the homepage rotating image gallery, which requires no knowledge of Flash or HTML. A contacts module ensures appropriate contact information is displayed on each page. Visitors can "map this location" using Google maps to quickly find city sites. Quick links are customized on each page, while a Share module links pages to the City's social media sites. eSolutions also facilitated Effective Writing for Websites workshops for the Town's primary writers and editors. You can visit Pickering's new website at http://www.cityofpickering.com.
10/02/12 - Partnership and collaboration are keys to success for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy. Using these same principles, eSolutionsGroup worked collaboratively with the coalition to oversee the creation of a new brand identity and website that launched this week.
The journey for the coalition began by gathering valuable input from partners, stakeholders and members of the community using one-on-one interviews and an online public survey. The branding deliverables included the development of a new logo, brand identity guide and the design and implementation of a user-friendly, easy to navigate website to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders.
The Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy is a coalition of 30 partner agencies and members of the community, who are working to implement a 4-Pillars drug strategy in the municipalities of Wellington County and the City of Guelph. The 4-Pillars include Prevention, Treatment, Enforcement and Harm Reduction and the coalition works together to bring the strategies to life in meaningful ways, trying its best to help those who are impacted by substance misuse in the community. For more information, visit www.wgdrugstrategy.ca
06/02/12 - We are proud to recognize our clients on their achievements at this year's Economic Development Council of Ontario's Marketing Awards in Toronto, ON.
These awards acknowledge the hard work and collaboration between our clients and our teams. Congratulations to all involved!
Norfolk County - received the Ontario Marketing Award for Community Branding for its creation and use of 'Ontario's Garden' in local food and agriculture promotions. Visit the website >
eSolutions developed the brand, 'Ontario's Garden' as part of the Wholesale Foods Marketing Strategic Plan. We facilitated consultations with local food producers, processors and buyers, conducted industry research, ran surveys with stakeholders, conducted workshops and developed a wholesale foods marketing plan complete with actionable strategies and a compelling brand. Congratulations Norfolk County!
Milton Centre for the Arts - received Honourable Mention for Website and Technology for their engaging website built for the entire community. Thank you to the team at the Town of Milton as well as the local arts community for their valuable input. Explore the website >
City of Vaughan - received the Ontario Marketing Award for the print piece: Gateway to Tomorrow's Economy. eSolutions' illustrators and designers worked directly with the City to create the compelling graphics and visuals for this 16 page piece that accompanies the 10 year Economic Development Strategy. View Gateway to Tomorrow's Economy (PDF, 3.2 MB) >
City of Elliot Lake - received the Ontario Marketing Award for their Visitor Guide. This wire-bound, comprehensive guide is as practical as it is beautiful. The beauty of Elliot Lake is captured in the graphic design, photography and custom illustrated maps. Take a look at the guide (PDF, 8.22 MB)>
In all, twenty-six awards were won. For additional information on any of these projects, please contact Karen Mayfield or Saj Jamal at eSolutionsGroup.
3/02/12 - Ecotricity Guelph Inc. announced it changed its name to Envida Community Energy Inc. and simultaneously launched a new brand and online presence at www.envida.ca.
Envida Community Energy Inc., owned by Guelph Hydro Inc., is actively developing sustainable energy projects - solar, district energy, combined heat and power, and bioenergy - as a key implementer of the City of Guelph's internationally renowned Community Energy Initiative.
"The fresh-looking new brand, designed by eSolutionsGroup, connects solid reliability with the spirit of innovation evident in the many alternative energy projects we are developing in the community," says Barry Chuddy, CEO of Guelph Hydro Inc. and spokesperson for Envida Community Energy.
eSolutions facilitated internal/external workshops with key stakeholders to bring the Envida name to life. Online surveys were distributed to gather feedback on the brand, colours, logo and tagline. Data was collected from a cross-section of stakeholders to ensure the brand resonated with the corporation. eSolutions created the new logo and tagline which Envida will use to communicate their on brand on all future marketing materials, as well as their brand use guidelines.
Envida Community Energy is an affiliate of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., the local electricity distribution company serving 50,000 customers in Guelph and Rockwood, Ontario. For more information, visit www.envida.ca.
27/01/12 - eSentire launched its new website and brand today. A growing company to watch, this data security company doubled the number of customers that it was protecting from 2010 to 2011. They offer practical security solutions to help guard the intellectual property and infrastructure of enterprises, and specialize in security consulting and monitoring services.
As part of their continued growth and recognition in the community, eSentire desired a strong brand. They turned to eSolutionsGroup to create a new brand, logo, tagline and website that would immediately communicate who they are and their value to new, existing and potential customers.
Working closely with eSentire's marketing team and through in-depth discovery sessions and consultations, eSentire's new brand and position took shape. Their simple and succinct tagline Get protected. Stay safe. speaks to their value proposition while their logo visually represents eSentire's novel approach to the world of data security. Simple lines mimic the basic binary at the root of all data. The arrangement of the lines create a dynamic symbol that conveys multiple images to the viewer: a tower, tunnel, eye, virus, bits, bytes and more - which connote watching, reaching out, collecting, and engaged. The "e" is created out of the negative space entailing the unknowns on the electronic space.
Their new website, at www.esentire.com, includes a rotating image gallery on the homepage that illustrates how data is protected through their technology as well as "your personal security team on guard 24 x 7 watching your back." Additional visuals were added to the site to explain how eSentire protects its clients and keeps them safe. Testimonials are integrated throughout the site to show the real value of their solutions with customers. Visit their website and learn how you can Get protected. Stay safe. with eSentire.
25/01/12 - Managing Director of Marketing and Creative services, Saj Jamal, says "eSolutions is a great place to work because it brings together so many different people. From marketers to programmers, creative people to developers, the company's mentality is not about if, but how. And we always figure out a way to get the message out and connect with people."
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16/01/12 - Waterloo Region launched a new Emergency Management website to increase awareness and educate the public on how to be prepared for emergencies. You can learn how to create a personal safety checklist for all types of emergencies, download their Emergency Survival Guide, learn about the Emergency Response Plans for the Region's seven local municipalities, and access Emergency Services information. Children can play an Emergency Do's & Don'ts Game or take an Emergency Kits quiz. The new Waterloo Region Emergency Management website follows the brand and design of Waterloo Region's other websites, also created and implemented by eSolutions.
13/01/12 - The Township of Perth East launched their new website today. The website began with discovery sessions attended by Township stakeholders and facilitated by eSolutionsGroup, the creation of a creative brief for the Township, and an in-depth sitemapping session to create the new information architecture for the site. The final result is a website that offers many services streamlined with online Bids and Tenders; i:Calendar; eNewsletters; Business Directory; Contacts Management and more. You can visit the new site at http://www.pertheast.ca.
11/01/12 - The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board launched a new, redesigned web site on January 11, 2012, which will give parents, students, staff, and the community better access to information. The image-rich web site marks a dramatic improvement in the appearance, navigability and functionality of the Catholic Board's web site.
The web site address, www.pvnccdsb.on.ca, will remain the same but its appearance will be very different.
The development of the new web site was coordinated by the Computer Services Department, in conjunction with Communications Services. Focus groups with representatives from staff, Trustees, parents, students, and community members provided input on the redesign, a process that began more than a year ago.
"We recognize that the web site is many people's first impression of our Catholic Board, and that an attractive and functional web site is critical to maintaining and spurring interest in the Board," said Dave Bernier, Board Chairperson. "The Board's web site is the centre of current information on the Board and its Catholic schools. Careful research and planning have gone into our new site to ensure that it is easy for parents, staff, and visitors to navigate and find the information they are looking for. We encourage parents and anyone else interested to become part of our Catholic e-community."
New features to note in the redesigned site include: social media integration; uniform look; distinctively Catholic branding; easy editing; Google map integration; interactive calendar; image galleries throughout; related news stories box; call out boxes for feature information; features students and staff; and custom menus for each section.
Among the improvements, visitors will notice right away a much cleaner, streamlined format that will allow people to find the information they're looking for more quickly. The Home Page also features a more prominent news section including photographs, event announcement banners, alert notification and a new district-wide events calendar.
In addition to its new design and organization of information, the new web site has an e-community section that invites parents, and those interested in receiving current information on activities and events throughout our Catholic Board, to receive e-mail notification. Members of our Board's e-community will receive news as it happens. For example, when there is an event notice, e-community members will be sent an e-mail message as soon as the information is made public.
The Board's new web site will continue to develop over the upcoming months as new features are introduced. The site is a dynamic site that will be evolving and developing to ensure that information is always current and relevant to all communities. Visit the new Board of Education website >
View additional media coverage by the Peterborough Examiner on the launch of the website >
11/01/12 - The Town of Ajax celebrated the launch of several websites. Their new sites include a Town site, Library site, ServicesAjax site, website for Youth, a Tourism site and one focused on Business Development. The Town site features eSolutions' online Bids & Tenders system; a News Module; rotating image banners; RSS feeds; i:Calendar; Google Translate in 9 languages, and more. eSolutions facilitated several site mapping and writing for the web sessions for Town staff so that they were empowered to write engaging, accessible, SEO-friendly content. You can visit the sites here:
Town site: http://www.ajax.ca
Library site: http://www.ajaxlibrary.ca
Youth site: http://www.ajaxyouth.ca
Business Development: http://www.ajaxfirstforbusiness.ca
Tourism site: http://www.visitajax.ca
You can view the presentation from the official launches on uStreamTV.
City of Orillia Launches City and Library Websites
02/12/11 - The City of Orillia has two new websites, designed and implemented by eSolutionsGroup. eSolutions provided workshops to assist with organizing the information architecture on the sites, and trained City staff on effective web writing practices. The websites feature toolsets to assist with finding information easier. On the City site, a central calendar with search capabilities organizes all of the City's events from Council meetings to festivals and leisure activities. Visitors can search topics from an A-Z Index, and a searchable Business Directory helps visitors locate a business, product or service. The website is managed with eSolutions' i:Create web content management software so staff can update images and content on the fly, and set workflows and publish times in accordance with their business practices. BrowseAloud is available for website visitors with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments, and those with English or French Canadian as a second language. eSolutions provided proofing and editing services for all of the website content to ensure accessibility and web writing best practices.
The new Orillia Public Library website invites readers of all ages to check out their new releases and upcoming programs. Visitors can engage in online polls, search their online catalogue, view photo galleries for different programs, and sign-up for their eNewsletter. Children, tween, and teens have their own custom webpages with information relevant to their interests. Both websites are hosted at eSolutions' secure Tier 3 Data Fortress.
Township of North Glengarry Has a New Online Presence
02/12/11 - The Township of North Glengarry invites you to visit their website showcasing their many services and resources. The homepage features a rotating image gallery with accessible menus to Community Information, Things to Do, Economic Development, and Town Hall. Town Council's documents are organized with a searchable Agendas, Meeting & Minutes Module, while current news is displayed using eSolutions' News Module with RSS feeds. The bilingual site uses Google Translate. Staff received sitemapping and writing for the web workshops facilitated by eSolutions. The site is hosted at eSolutions' secure Tier 3 Data Fortress.
Social Media is a Conversation, Not a Campaign
25/11/11 - Social media involves a shift in where we communicate and not necessarily in how we communicate. Where do most social media conversations occur? More than 1.5 million conversation segments are shared on Facebook each day. People continue to power the tools that generate the conversation, but today the tools are online. They are faster, compete for your attention, offer more options and capabilities, and employ multiple senses in the delivery and reception of the message
This month, eSolutions has published a social media article in the Economic Development Journal of Canada. The article, written by Saj Jamal and edited by Tracy Smith, summarizes key highlights from the company's social media presentations at conferences and tradeshows in 2011, including the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities conference.
Read Social Media is a Conversation, Not a Campaign >
For more information on how eSolutionsGroup can help you leverage your social media initiatives, contact Product Support at 1-800-265-6102.
Town of Milton Launches Three Websites for Diverse Audiences
21/11/2011 - Following the successful launch of the Milton Centre for the Arts website designed by eSolutions, the Town of Milton has launched three additional websites to meet the needs of different target audiences: a website featuring all of Town's services for residents, business investors, potential business owners, and visitors; a Milton Fire Department website; and a Downtown Milton Street Festival website.
eSolutions conducted sitemap and writing for the web training session with Town staff. The new Town of Milton website organizes all the Town's services using accessible menus and multiple entry points. Contact information is managed per page behind the scenes so site visitors do not have to search for phone numbers or addresses. The A-Z services list also provides easy access to links to the Town's services. Events are listed with an integrated Google calendar. Rotating image banners on the homepage feature up-to-date news as well as a News Module with the option to subscribe to RSS feeds. The website also offers content translated into eight languages using Google Translate, meeting the language needs of Milton's diverse population. eSolutions' Agendas, Minutes and Meetings module allows visitors to search past documents by subject, date, or keyword. The site is also integrated with eSolutions' online Bids & Tenders system improving procurement's accountability, transparency, and risk management.
In addition to leveraging off of the Town's website capabilities, the Milton Fire Department website features a burns permit module. Visitors to the site select the type of burn site that they require a permit for such as an outdoor fire container, brush fire or agricultural lands. If they are a first-time visitor, they create a new profile to process the request. If a returning visitor, they can login to access their profile and submit their request online immediately.
The Milton Downtown Street Festival website encourages volunteers, vendors and sponsors to become involved in the annual event. The website includes an entertainment schedule, photo gallery, transit/transportation information, updated news and more.
Saj Jamal, Marketing & Creative Director, Featured in OCAD's Sketch Magazine
|20/11/2011 - Saj Jamal, Marketing & Creative Director, eSolutionsGroup Ltd. is a happy graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design. Jamal's alumni profile appears in the Fall edition of Sketch, OCAD's magazine. A graduate of Environmental Design in 1990, Jamal knew OCAD was the school for him: "If I was to follow my heart and pursue the arts, there was only one institution on the radar for me", he says. Read his profile call-out on page 19 of the PDF document/page 34 of the magazine.|
Don't Waste Another Day - Green Bins Visible in Waterloo Region
14/11/2011 - The Region of Waterloo is encouraging you: don't waste another day. A new marketing campaign, seen around the Region on bus shelters, billboards, and in advertisements, is the newest addition to their waste diversion programs: Green Bin Organics.
Although most residents recycle every week using their blue boxes, Regional staff noticed that fewer residents are using their green bins regularly to compost food waste and other organic products. Forty per cent of household waste is organic; therefore, green bins have the largest potential to divert household waste. The Region wanted to boost awareness, and educate the community on the benefits of using their green bins in a stimulating, thought-provoking way.
eSolutions' Marketing & Creative Services team created mock-ups of various scenarios focused around the environmental benefits, and "feel good reasons" of why residents should use their green bin. The tagline, Don't waste another day, is the unifying theme for the entire waste program (hazardous waste, compost, electronic). The landfill and soil is personified to emphasize a positive relationship between residents, and their one and only landfill in the region. Targeted ads for children, youth, post-secondary and home owners are also part of this unique campaign that engages the community, and differentiates itself from other municipal recycling campaigns that focus on solely on the bin and instructions for its use. The marketing campaign is being rolled out throughout the municipality this month, November 2011, with posters and advertisements featured on buses, bus shelters, billboards, newspapers, and more.
Read more information about the Waterloo Region Green Bin Organics program.
Explore the North with Interactive Trip Planner
4/10/2011 - eSolutionsGroup collaborated with the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership and the City of Thunder Bay to develop an easy-to-use, touring route mapping and planning solution to help boost Northern Ontario as a tourism destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
The Explore the North - Interactive Trip Planner is a bilingual, market-ready touring product that includes an Online Virtual Toolkit (a web-based tool that enables users to customize their trip planning). Using a custom mapping/database application combined with Google Maps technology, the application allows users to develop, implement, and maintain their own touring routes, and to access the routes and itineraries from a mobile device, and then share their journey with friends and family on Facebook. Users of the tool experience more of the area's best in class assets (food, accommodation, attractions/activities); the communities, tourism organizations, and other stakeholders benefit economically.
Launched in early October, this trip planning tool has already helped thousands of travelers experience more on their Northern Ontario vacations. Work is currently underway to introduce additional routes in 2012.
eSolutions Builds Website for Insolvency Institute of Canada15/09/2011 - The Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC) is Canada's premiere, private sector insolvency organization dedicated to improving the insolvency process and enhancing the professional quality of, and public respect for, the insolvency and bankruptcy practice in Canada. eSolutionsGroup collaborated with the IIC to create a dynamic, interactive website to help meet the needs of its members, practitioners, law and accounting students, the judiciary, government agencies, as well as the media.
Key features of the bilingual, online resource include:
Milton Centre for the Arts Offers Something for Everyone
15/08/2011 -The Milton Centre for the Arts is a new, multi-dimensional facility that builds on the synergies of the arts in the Milton community, including literary, media, visual and the performing arts. The Town desired a new website that would introduce the Centre's performances, recreation programs, and art exhibitions, as well as encourage volunteering and donor opportunities. eSolutionsGroup conducted sitemap sessions with staff to create clear information architecture for the site. The Creative Services team designed a vibrant website that is welcoming and communicates that the Centre has something for all ages, and is a "new experience every time that you visit."
Google Translate offers the content in nine languages, and Centre staff use a i:Create web content management system to maintain the site's content and imagery. Blog posts are added using i:Blog to keep the community abreast of news. Staff create online forms and surveys easily using i:Survey. The Centre's box office links to TixHub.com within a customized webpage designed by eSolutions, and additional online program registrations integrate with the Town's e-services. The site is mobile-friendly and accessible to meet the needs of its diverse audiences. eSolutionsGroup also designed the Centre's tickets, eNewsletter templates, and a specially branded section on the site for the Centre' Film Forum.
Launched in August 2011, the website reminds every individual, what the arts at the MCA can add to their lives, and how the Centre is welcoming, accessible, and offers something for everyone.
15/7/2011 - The Ontario Trillium Foundation supports not-for-profits and charitable organizations with the overall goal of strengthening the capacity of organizations in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services, and sports and recreation sectors.
The Foundation required a website analysis for the first phase of redevelopment of its online presence to ensure that its new website would be user-friendly and accessible. eSolutionsGroup worked closely with key Foundation staff and external stakeholders to design the plan that ultimately led to the design of a new website for this important provincial granting organization. The bilingual website guides grant applicants through the application process and profiles inspiring stories of not-for-profit and charitable organizations that are doing great work in Ontario communities. Furthermore, the new site features an enhanced Knowledge Sharing Centre where OTF highlight its recent reserarch findings.
New Websites Provide Valuable Services to Waterloo Region
26/05/2011 - With the Region of Waterloo steadily growing in population, Regional Council and Senior Management Officials recognized the need for new websites that would help residents and visitors travel to, from, and around the Region and provide easy access to public transit routes and schedules for the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo. After consultation and planning sessions, eSolutionsGroup officially launched two new websites in March for Grand River Transit (GRT) and the Region of Waterloo International Airport.
Gone are the days when GRT riders had to wait at a bus stop and wonder when the next bus will arrive. The new GRT website includes links to an EasyGo Trip Planner where riders can view an interactive map and real-time schedules for specific days and routes. They can also subscribe to receive GRT Rider Alert emails, Twitter notices, or RSS news feeds to stay informed of GRT news and service changes. You can visit the new GRT website at www.grt.ca.
The Waterloo Region International Airport staff also desired a site that would be as easy to navigate as the airport itself. An information banner on the homepage shows urgent updates about the airport, and arrival and departure times are displayed in real-time. The site also includes Google maps and a social media room integrating Facebook and Twitter feeds for effortless interaction between airport staff and customers. You can visit the new airport website at www.waterlooairport.ca.
In addition, a new website for Pandemic Influenza Planning is also available at www.waterlooregionpandemic.ca. The website provides general information on influenza, what individuals and families can do to prepare for a pandemic, and what the Region of Waterloo, in cooperation with its community partners, is doing to prepare for a pandemic.
eSolutions is currently re-designing the Region's main website as well as websites for the Library, Public Health, Social Services all with a consistent look and feel that reflects the Region's branding. By designing the sites altogether, backend functionalities and modules can be shared across the sites to ensure administrative efficiencies and reduce overall costs. The sites share a centralized i:Create web content management system for ease of updating and administration of the sites; i:Calendar for posting and searching events across the sites; i:Survey for developing online surveys and forms; RSS/Share social networking options on all of the web pages; and eSolutions' rotating image module on the homepages to showcase photos of the Region's events, festivals, and attractions. Visitors to the sites can access services across the various sites because of the shared infrastructure and web tools. eSolutions will host these new websites at its Tier 3 Data Fortress located in Waterloo.
eSolutionsGroup Signs Strategic Partnership with eSCRIBE
Combining the rich capabilities of paperless meeting management with access to online documents
8/04/2011 - eSolutionsGroup announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with eSCRIBE Solutions of Markham, Ontario, the makers of eSCRIBE, a family of Paperless Governance and Meeting Management Solutions.
As part of the agreement, eSCRIBE's popular paperless governance and meeting solution for Microsoft SharePoint has been extended to integrate with eSolutionsGroup's Agendas, Meetings and Minutes Module, which will allow website visitors to search all meeting documents by keyword, subject and document date. Administrators can manage the documents available on a website or intranet, and create new documents, update and delete existing documents. Additionally, all content generated can be accessed by screen readers ensuring adherence to current and evolving web-accessibility standards.
"We are pleased to be partnering with eSolutionsGroup, a Canadian company already providing their web, creative and hosting services to numerous public sector organizations," said Robert Treumann, President eSCRIBE Solutions. "This is a further validation of eSCRIBE's ability to streamline meeting management for administrators in the wake of increased transparency and accountability requirements."
According to Karen Mayfield, President, eSolutionsGroup, "Our solution assists website visitors with finding their relevant documents more efficiently, and saves time for meeting administrators who are ultimately responsible for compiling and publishing reports for public access. Collaborating with eSCRIBE brings together the rich capabilities of paperless meeting management behind-the-scenes with online access to these important documents."
As part of the partnership both organizations will be jointly selling and marketing their solutions to public sector markets across Canada and setting new standards of combining paperless meeting management with multi-media web content.
About eSCRIBE Solutions
eSCRIBE Solutions is a leading Canadian independent Microsoft Certified software development and integration firm located in Markham, Ontario Canada. They are the makers of eSCRIBE, a family of Paperless Governance and Meeting Management Solutions built exclusively for Microsoft's industry leading SharePoint collaboration and business integration platform and the Microsoft Office client suite. eSCRIBE can assist public or private sector board, committee or council members and administrators looking to efficiently improve transparency and governance while at the same time promoting environmental sustainability. For more information on eSCRIBE's features and benefits, visit www.escribecorporate.com.
|For eSCRIBE Information:|
Robert Treumann, President, eSCRIBE
|For eSCRIBE Sales: |
Paul Mackin, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, eSCRIBE
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Karen Mayfield,President, eSolutionsGroup Limited
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Tracy Smith,PR, eSolutionsGroup Limited
eSolutions Develops Virtual Tour for Memorial University
02/03/2011 - The Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) is a place where cutting edge technology and flexible programs combine to liberate students' true potential. MUN is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, offering more than 100 degree programs. Campuses are located in St. John's (including the Marine Institute), Corner Brook and Harlow, England.
eSolutionsGroup was procured to design a new look and feel for MUN's homepage and interior pages. The homepage features expandable menus for Explore our Locations and A-Z Services, allowing site visitors easy access to campus information. Three new interactive virtual tours were developed to showcase the campus, university tunnel system, and the city (http://virtual-tour.mun.ca/) giving prospective students an inside glimpse into campus life and the St. John's community. University staff can update the photos and descriptions themselves keeping the content and visuals fresh and interesting.
Since 2006, eSolutions has collaborated with MUN to define their website requirements through focus groups with various stakeholders and the University's departments and partners. In addition, eSolutions provided guidance on implementing CSS templates for MUN's in-house web content management system.
01/03/2011 - The City of Cambridge has a new logo and a new corporate image. The process involved over 600 people giving input into the research, which included surveys, round tables, strategic sessions and internal brainstorming.
"Developing a positioning statement is key in this process as this was not only about creating a new visual identity for the City of Cambridge, but also about repositioning our community for investment and prosperity, and providing a collective statement about who we are," says Linda Fegan, Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing, City of Cambridge.
The branding project, advertised through a request for proposal process, is part of a greater strategy to drive sustainable growth and build a comprehensive communications strategy for the City. eSolutionsGroup conducted interviews and focus groups with the Mayor, councilors, City staff, business owners, residents, and those employed in Cambridge. The cross-section of participants included those living or working in the communities of Preston, Galt, Hespeler, and Blair. A feedback survey was also available online and advertised in the Cambridge newspapers and on the City's website.
A televised council meeting was held on February 14th to unveil the brand, logo, and tagline, It's all right here, to the public. Council approved the branding recommendation, and the new logo and tagline will soon be visible throughout the City.
01/03/2011 - eSolutions is working collaboratively with the City of Whitehorse, Yukon to develop a new brand for the City. The branding process includes surveys, interviews, workshops and focus groups with representatives from the City, council, economic development, tourism, businesses and the public. Face-to-face meetings with the primary stakeholders of the City's brand includes residents and large and small business owners. The meetings allow stakeholders to share their opinions, and focus on the City's unique value propositions, and what makes them choose Whitehorse as their home and/or place of work over other cities. One-on-one interviews and an online public survey also ensures that feedback is being gathered from a diverse group of respondents. This project is on-going with eSolutions and expected to be complete in mid July 2011.
01/03/2011 - Execulink Telecom in Kitchener is partnering with eSolutionsGroup to develop its brand positioning and a new website. Execulink Telecom provides solutions for reliable internet, telephone and related data networking, ensuring clients are well connected to the people, places and opportunities that are important to them. eSolutions is assisting the company with its brand development, as well as providing recommendations for the information architecture of their new website. eSolutions' creative team will also design Execulink's new website, and assist the company in implementing the website on a new content management platform. The project is expected to launch in the summer of 2011.
Town of Huntsville Launches Websites with Consistent Branding and Infrastructure to Promote Town's Attractions and Services
01/03/2011 - Riding on the attention of the G8 Summit, hosted in Huntsville during the summer of 2010 and its growing tourism, Huntsville Town staff recognized the need for an enhanced website that would promote Huntsville as a four season destination; reflect its outdoor beauty and incredible amenities; and provide information about Town Hall services and activities for residents, businesses, potential investors, and tourists through an attractive and accessible design and information structure.
eSolutions developed new websites for the Town, Public Library, Algonquin Theatre, and Muskoka Heritage Place, all with a consistent look and feel so visitors will identity and recognize the Huntsville brand across the sites. Backend functionalities and modules can be shared across the sites to ensure administrative efficiencies and reduce costs. The sites share a centralized i:Create web content management system for ease of updating and administration of the sites; i:Calendar for posting and searching events across the sites; i:Survey for developing online surveys and forms; RSS/Share social networking options on all of the webpages; and eSolutions' rotating image module on the sites' homepages for showcasing photography of the Town's events, festivals and attractions. Visitors to the sites can access services across the various sites because of the shared infrastructure and web tools.
In addition, the Town website design incorporates eSolutions' By-laws, Meeting Agendas and Minutes module, the Bids & Tenders module, and a demographics and statistics profile generator. eSolutions hosts all four websites at its Tier 3 Data Fortress.
Ontario Veterinary College Will Celebrate 150 Years with New Websites
22/12/2010 - The Ontario Veterinary College has enlisted eSolutionsGroup to design and implement 5 microsites (web browser and mobile-enabled) and one mobile application to coincide with the College's 150th anniversary celebration in 2011. eSolutions will conduct a series of workshops and surveys for all of the College's stakeholders and incorporate the findings in the final design of the sites. The project will include the creation of a 150th anniversary website; enhancing the research component of the site to communicate the breadth of innovation and research at OVC; a microsite for student recruitment; OVC Health Sciences Centre (OVCHSC) microsite; a website for Hill's Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre, which is a teaching facility and online veterinary clinic for the public. The project will also include a mobile application with interactive features so animal owners can share information about their pet with a veterinarian.
Halton Region Museum to Showcase Exhibitions Online
22/12/2010 - Halton Region Museum will launch a newly designed website in the spring of 2011 showcasing their exhibitions. The website will include interactive, virtual tours as well as resources about the Niagara Escarpment in Halton, a discovery hike, pre-visit and post-visit resources for educators, and information about the Museum's programs and events. eSolutions will create the new site which will be hosted at their secure Tier 3 Data Fortress.
OTF Website Will Make Grant Application Process and Access to Resources Easier
22/12/2010 - Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will have a new website in 2011 offering additional resources and tools to make the grant application process easier and improve access to statistical research. eSolutions will design the new website which will include advanced searching and filtering of grants, and e-tools such as: i:Survey so OTF staff can create online surveys and forms; i:Blog to keep website visitors up-to-date on OTF news, application deadlines, and OTF Knowledge Centre resources, publications and Stats Canada reports; Google mapping for location and directions; and a new eNewsletter system. The new website is expected to launch in the spring of 2011.
Traverse Independence: A New Name for a Long Standing Organization
20/12/2010 - There's a new organization called Traverse Independence. Yet it has offered services in Waterloo Region for the past 33 years, empowering and connecting adults on their journey towards living independently.
Beginning today, the not-for-profit organization formerly known as Participation House - Waterloo Wellington will be known as Traverse Independence, which provides services for adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and physical disabilities. Unveiling of the new name and logo, and details of the journey can be found at http://www.traverseindependence.ca/.
"For the past 33 years, we have been on a journey of growth that has seen us develop many new programs and facilities across the Region for our clients," explains Toby Harris, Executive Director, Traverse Independence. "We traverse the distance between where our clients are today and where they dream of being: enjoying a life of independence. For the first time, our organization has a distinct brand identity that makes a clear statement about how we work with our clients to help them to be independent."
A quick Google search reveals that approximately 12 organizations in Ontario have the name Participation House. Traverse Independence was chosen as the new name because it communicates the organization's journey of growth, its mission of empowering adults on their journey towards independence, and differentiates the unique services offered by the organization. This mission is what has helped the organization's employees and volunteers quadruple over the past 33 years, and its services to expand to include high quality supportive housing services and innovative ABI programs.
"We see this as the first step in our next phase of growth," said Ms. Harris. "We wouldn't be where we are today without the dedication and support of our staff and volunteers, and certainly not without our clients. They are the reason we celebrate our success every day."
About Traverse Independence
Traverse Independence empowers and connects clients on their journey towards independence, providing services for adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and physical disabilities. Founded in 1975, the organization has grown to serve the needs of more than 250 individuals annually through eight locations in the Region of Waterloo and the County of Wellington, and 140 dedicated staff and volunteers. For more information, visit www.traverseindependence.ca
Toby Harris, Executive Director
519-741-5845 ext. 2103
New Name Will Reflect Organization's Journey of Growth and Assisting Clients to Succeed
08/11/2010 - There's a new organization in Waterloo Region and Wellington County assisting adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and physical disabilities achieve their very personal goals of independence. It is an organization built on 33 years of service, and a long history as Participation House - Waterloo Wellington.
Participation House - Waterloo Wellington will unveil its new name and logo representing its journey of the past and into the future. The December unveil will include a new website designed by eSolutionsGroup. Several stakeholders were involved in the process including the people whom they serve, staff, volunteers, community members, partner organizations and board members.
The organization has grown from one centre with 15 employees to eight facilities with over 140 staff and volunteers throughout Waterloo and Wellington. Programs and services include supportive housing, ABI day programs, outreach services, transitional living, and an acquired brain injury group home.
"Our services, facilities and relationships with partner organizations in Waterloo Region and the County of Wellington have grown, requiring us to rethink our name and how we are communicating the value that we offer in the community," explains Toby Harris, Executive Director, Participation House - Waterloo Wellington. "Currently, Participation House is a name similar to that of over 12 organizations in Ontario. Our new name will better reflect the journey that we have been on and will continue into the future; one shared with the adults that we assist everyday, with the growth in our staff and volunteers, and through our numerous partnerships. We're excited to unveil our new name which will clearly communicate this journey of shared growth and our strategic vision and mission."
The public is invited to visit www.phwaterloo.ca after December 20th to celebrate the organization's new name and its contributions to assisting individuals on their journey towards independence.
About Participation House - Waterloo Wellington
Participation House - Waterloo Wellington empowers and connects clients on their journey towards independence, providing services for adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and physical disabilities. Founded in 1975, the organization has grown to serve the needs of more than 250 individuals annually through eight locations in the Region of Waterloo and the County of Wellington, and 140 dedicated staff and volunteers. Participation House - Waterloo Wellington's new brand will be unveiled in December 2010. For more information, visit www.phwaterloo.ca.
Royal BC Museum Collections Get an Online Makeover
19/11/2010 - VICTORIA, BC - The Royal BC Museum has recently introduced a new online access to British Columbia's human and natural history collections. This project is the first time the Royal BC Museum's vast museum and archival collections have been integrated and online, and are now available on the web for anyone to access from the comforts of their home.
This significant step forward to achieving the Royal BC Museum's vision for the future includes a new web search which draws information from the Royal BC Museum's integrated Collection Management System (CMS). The CMS manages all museum and archival collections in a single database, while the Museum's collection online search tool, developed by eSolutionsGroup, draws information from the Collections Management system.
"We are very pleased to have collaborated with eSolutionsGroup on this milestone project," says Gary Mitchell, Director of Collections, Research and Access Services. "This online search tool is one of the most significant access initiatives undertaken by the Royal BC Museum, because the archives, artifacts and specimens within the provincial collections are now accessible to the researching and general public, many for the first time since the museum was established in 1886."
City of Kitchener Wins Two 2010 MarCom Awards for Newly Redesigned Website
09/11/2010 - The City of Kitchener's newly redesigned website has been honoured with two prestigious 2010 MarCom Awards: a Platinum award for overall website redesign and Gold for the City's redesigned homepage.
The MarCom Awards are an international competition for marketing and communication professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of marketing and communication programs and print, visual, and audio materials. Over 5,000 entries were submitted for competition in this year's awards from a variety of companies and government organizations.
The City of Kitchener's primary goal in redesigning their website was to provide residents with the information and services they are looking for in an easy-to-find location and an easy-to-read format. Collaborating with eSolutionsGroup, City staff built a well-organized website that shares relevant information that's easy to understand, and enhances public engagement opportunities. The redesigned site includes: an A-Z listing of municipal services and programs; BrowseAloud speech-enabling program; Mobile (text-only) version of the site; eSolutions' online i:Calendar providing the public with the option of submitting events; option to increase and decrease font size; photo galleries with the option of submitting photos for consideration; RSS feeds; Share functionality; subscription-based e-newsletter; and translation into 10 languages.
"Receiving these two MarCom Awards is a reinforcement of the positive feedback we have been receiving from visitors to the new website," explained Michael May, Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing. "The success we have realized in redesigning and relaunching the city's website can be directly attributed to the significant and positive contributions City staff and eSolutionsGroup made to this project."
Town of Milton Wins Two Provincial Awards for Bids & Tenders Management System
08/12/10 - The Town of Milton has been recognized with two provincial awards. The Town's Bids and Tenders management system, designed and implemented by eSolutionsGroup, garnered the Merit Award and was a Diamond Award Finalist in the Green Technology Category for the 2010 Showcase Ontario Awards of Excellence Program.
"Our online bids and tenders provide greater service to our customers, save time for our internal staff and for plan takers bidding on opportunities, and promote green technology," says Linda Leeds, the Town's director of corporate services.
The Town of Milton wanted to develop a system to handle its growing number of requests for proposals, quotations and tenders. Launched in the spring of 2009, the Town's website now provides an easy way to communicate information with companies interested in placing bids for Town projects. The site includes a description of the bid, lists the companies interested in placing a bid, the companies who successfully bid, and their quotation for the work to be done.
"It's a very transparent process: who the plan takers are, what the bid results are, and the results. The opportunities are open for the public to see and bid on," explains Leslie Williamson, the Town's manager of purchasing and risk. "Since adapting to eSolutions' online system, we now receive 50% more bids on projects, and the Town has experienced tremendous cost savings. It's been beneficial all the way around for us."
eSolutions is currently working with the Town of Milton on a new application that will assist the Town in managing legal claims.
For more information on the Town of Milton Award:
- Read Inside Halton
- Read our Client Awards web page
- Watch the Town of Milton Video Testimonial on YouTube:
City of Kawartha Lakes Partnering with eSolutions for New Economic Development Website
08/10/10- The City of Kawartha Lakes is partnering with eSolutions in the design and development of a new website for the City's Economic Development. The new site will be implemented with eSolutions' i:Create web content management software, and include the integration of a searchable Business Directory, and eSolutions' 2big4mail for the secure exchange of large files with vendors, customers and staff. The new site is expected to launch in late fall of 2010. eSolutionsGroup previously partnered with Kawartha Lakes in the design and development of the Explore Kawartha Lakes Tourism site.
Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Selects eSolutionsGroup to Implement New Brand Online and Members Website
07/10/10 - The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce has selected eSolutionsGroup Ltd. to design their new online presence with a member oriented website. The goal of the project is to grow the reputation of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce as the pre-eminent business association in the region; one that delivers value to its members to help them to grow and succeed. The site will assist the Chamber in communicating effectively with its 1700 member companies representing approximately 60 000 employees.
As the voice of business for the greater Kitchener Waterloo area, the Chamber is a strong advocate for continued development of the Kitchener Waterloo community. Members use the services of the Chamber as an important catalyst for their business success and to network and exchange ideas with fellow organizations.
The new website will be designed by eSolutions' Creative Services team and hosted at eSolutions' Tier 3 secure Data Fortress. The website will include integration with a members database and the Chamber's existing management system. The site will launch in January 2011.
You can read more about this upcoming project in the September-October issue of the Chamber's Advocate (PDF) on page four.
City of Kitchener Offers Improved Online Services for Citizens
28/09/2010 - The City of Kitchener has launched a new website with improved access to information and services that are top of mind to City residents and visitors. The homepage helps visitors navigate to: eServices, an "I want to?" list, and Public Notices. An A-Z Services includes both city and region-wide services so information is one click away.
Over 100 City staff members from different departments contribute content to the site, using eSolutions' i:Create and i:Survey ensuring the site's information remains accurate and up-to-date. Quick links and contact details are customized on each interior website page. A Photo Galleries page showcases different aspects of the City and allows residents to submit their own photos, with staff administration approving submissions before they appear on the site. Similarly, residents can submit events on the City's calendar of events for approval. The City has also implemented i:Communicate allowing citizens to subscribe/unsubscribe to a variety of eNewsletters by topics that interest them.
The site's visual aspects include new images in the drop-down menus, on the homepage's rotating Flash banner, in multiple photo galleries, and on each interior web page and the calendar pages. City staff can update many of the rotating image banners using a Rotating Image Manager. The site is also mobile-friendly and is translated into 10 languages using Google Translate.
"From the very beginning eSolutions made it clear they wanted to work with us as an integrated member of our internal website team," noted Michael May, director of corporate communications and marketing. "The ongoing advice and support they provided was absolutely instrumental in creating exactly the kind of website we were hoping for - one that puts the interests of our citizens first."
Experience the site at www.kitchener.ca.
United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Launches Business Development Site
28/09/10 - United Counties of Leeds & Grenville (UCLG), comprised of 13 different communities, has launched a new online presence focused on business development, investing in the area and the counties' superb quality of life.
Following the successful partnership and launch of UCLG's main municipal website, eSolutions was enlisted to create this second website. Online tools profile UCLG's unique advantage: where lifestyle grows good business. Visitors can search an online Business Directory and select the community, sector, and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to display details of surrounding businesses. A Demographics Report Generator provides statistical information using both 2005 Stats Canada Census information with 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2020 projected data from Environics. A Lands and Building Module makes available properties and development information easy to maintain and accessible to website visitors. Eighteen different photo galleries showcase wonderful imagery of the region. In addition, each community has a dedicated page with an overview, logo, contact information with web link and photo. Using Google Translate, the site's content is available in six different languages.
UCLG staff can easily update the site's content using the i:Create web content management tool, i:Calendar for posting events across the communities, and a News Module with RSS feeds for previewing and linking to news. Google maps and category drop-down menus that pull map data from existing GIS applications make finding locations accessible and accurate. Future website enhancements include a tourism directory, integrating MLS into the Lands & Building Module and a Bids & Tenders Module. Visit http://www.leedsgrenville.com/en/.
Township of Woolwich Launches New Website with Enhanced Online Services
28/09/2010 - The Township of Woolwich has launched a new website at http://www.woolwich.ca/. eSolutionsGroup collaborated with Woolwich to update their website design incorporating improved resolution and templates to enhance the visitor experience. eSolutions' News module allows the Township to post various types of news items simultaneously such as Alerts, Engineering Public Notices, Events, News Releases, Public Notices, and Source Water Protection News. The most current news items are then automatically displayed on their homepage in a scrolling feed. The site's new design also features an A to Z Services module. The A-Z list contains links to popular services offered by the Township for easy access to information. Each page of the website also offers contact information relevant to the content on that particular page, so visitors to the site never have to search for appropriate address and phone number details. Township website content authors and administrators will also be able to build online forms and surveys quickly, thanks to eSolutions' iSurvey.
eSolutions collaborated with Woolwich on the previous version of their website and implemented the i:Create web content management system for ease of content authoring and maintenance. eSolutions will continue to host the website through its Tier 3 Data Fortress.
eSolutionsGroup Earns Platinum Award for Best Marketing Firm
27/09/2010 - eSolutionsGroup has been named one of the Best Marketing Firms by the Waterloo Region Record's 2010 Reader's Select Awards.
"We are very honoured to receive this award because our nomination and votes came from our clients," said Karen Mayfield, Managing Principal, eSolutionsGroup Ltd. "We strive to exceed the expectations of all of our clients. Winning this award means a lot to us because it means our clients are happy with our work and they value the services and products we provide." View the Platinum Award certificate (PDF).
eSolutionsGroup's 2big4email File Transfer System Offers Simple Way to Deliver Large Files
27/09/2010 - eSolutionsGroup offers a simple yet secure solution allowing you to exchange large files with your vendors, customers and staff. The 2big4email File Transfer System, which can be branded to your company or organization, means uploading large files of up to 2GB is now faster and more secure than email. With 2big4email, you can zip multiple files as one to save time. Once you have browsed and uploaded your zipped file, you receive an automatically-generated link to the file. The link allows your recipients to go to the 2big4email site and download the file to their computers. For security reasons, the link expires in seven days. As the sender, you receive an automatic notice of delivery and a reminder of your file expiry date.
For more information on 2big4email, visit http://2big4email.esolutionsgroup.ca/.
Taylor & Grant Specialities Limited to Launch New Online Presence
01/09/2010 - Taylor & Grant Specialties Limited will launch a newly designed website in January 2011. Taylor & Grant is a food and drink supplier to the promotional products industry and food service sector. The company opened its doors in June of 1993 and since that time, Taylor & Grant has evolved and grown to become one of the leading suppliers in their category within North America. Taylor and Grant Specialties Limited chose eSolutions to conduct a needs assessment for their online presence. eSolutions will provide the creative design, sitemap, graphics, and programming capabilities to integrate Taylor & Grant's existing inventory system into their new website.
Communitech to Launch Enhanced Online Services for Members
The project will be implemented through a phased approach over the next five months, beginning with rebranded online forms in support of the association's new website launch later this month. Benefits to Communitech will include streamlined membership management and renewal services, a more robust members database and one-on-one collaboration support for more than 27 separate groups supported by Communitech - all while reducing administrative effort and costs.
"This project with Communitech is an important example of eSolutions' commitment to supporting leading associations across the province, and in particular, businesses in our Waterloo Region community," said Tony Niederer, eSolutions' Managing Director, Marketing and Creative Services, and Project Manager for the Communitech project. "Our technologies can enable corporations and start-ups alike to collaborate at a level that simply wasn't possible even a year and a half ago."
Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) Launches HR Forecasts Website Featuring Employment Forecasting Tool
17/08/2010 - - The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) has launched a new HR Forecasts website designed and developed by eSolutionsGroup. The HR Forecasts website is a product of the Mining Industry Workforce Information Network (MIWIN), which offers the most extensive research and analysis available on Canada's mining labour market today. Visitors to the site can generate forecasts on future hiring requirements by sector, occupation and region under various economic scenarios. Custom forecasts can be generated by specifying parameters such as productivity, voluntary turnover rate and retirement age. The data can also be exported to Microsoft Excel. The HR Forecasts website provides labour market information and reports, specific information on the Canadian mining workforce, news, resources and publications for anyone interested in Canada's mining labour market. Both the website and employment forecasting tool are offered in English and French and are available at: http://www.mininghrforecasts.ca/en/forecastingtool/default.aspx
Quality Homes to Launch New Website
17/08/2010 - Quality Homes will launch a newly designed website featuring their new home designs, floor plans and virtual tours. The home construction manufacturer, with its production facility in Kenilworth, Ontario, will unveil a new tag line and a website featuring the unique advantages of their custom built houses and their current events and promotions. The website is expected to launch in the fall of 2010.
Greater Grand Sudbury Police Launches Police Services Website and Crime Prevention and Youth Websites
16/08/2010 - The Greater Grand Sudbury Police has recently enhanced their online presence with three new websites designed by eSolutions, each dedicated to specific audiences and objectives. The Greater Grand Sudbury Police Services site offers information on employment opportunities, specialized services, missing persons, and the myriad of ways the police service engages with citizens in the community. The website also encourages interaction with the police services with online crime reporting, RSS feeds and a share social networking tool. The Crime Prevention website contains information for parents, teachers, businesses and citizens. Using eSolutions' i:Survey Police Services staff can create online request forms for the public to request school presentations from officers. The site offers educational information on cyberproofing, hate crimes, abuse and shoplifting and burglary prevention. The Youth site contains news, events, and educational information pertinent to teens. A new theme and design was developed that would appeal to youth and teens using vibrant colours, images and integration of YouTube videos. The site features a photo blog, the ability to share webpages on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and RSS feeds. Interaction and dialogue with the police service is encouraged through a comments box on numerous pages. The content was written in an appropriate voice for this audience through eSolutions marketing and communications department, and is fully manageable by the police services staff through eSolutions' i:Create and i:Survey web management software. A separate secure online community intranet/extranet for use by Police Services staff to share information was also developed as part of the project with all sites hosted through eSolutions' Tier 3 Data Fortress.
Confederation of Meningitis Organizations Website and Online Collaboration Centre Goes Live
16/08/2010 - The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (COMO) brings together patient groups and child health organizations from all over the world working toward the elimination of meningitis and other infections of the central nervous system. For COMO, it was important that these disparate meningitis organizations had an online collaboration centre to engage in dialogue, and share ideas and important documents. eSolutions designed a COMO website with a password protected Members-only area where members can share their ideas in a blog, stay up-to-date with the latest news, and share documents with their regional constituents. On the public side, website visitors can submit their details to join hands in a virtual community against meningitis on World Meningitis Day or upload a personal story with accompanying images online. All story submissions and images are approved by COMO before being posted on the live site. Visitors can also share web pages directly from the COMO site through Share tools for linking to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social media networks. The site also features member listings from around the world, an eNewsletter sign-up and online polls which can be easily updated by COMO on a regular basis.
Tom Thomson Art Gallery To Launch New eStore
04/08/2010 - The City of Owen Sound's Tom Thomson Art Gallery will launch a new eStore in the fall of 2010. The store will offer a range of items including art prints, books, catalogues and supplies. The eStore will track all inventory, purchases and order histories and be integrated with the City's contact management system.
City of Quinte West Expands Web Site to Include Online Calendars
04/08/2010 - The City of Quinte West is working with eSolutionsGroup to launch a booking application that gives visibility into meeting room availability and integrates with Microsoft Outlook, eSolutionsGroup's i:Calendar functionality and SharePoint. The City will also incorporating a new version of eSolutionsGroup's Association Management Suite to manage their contacts, programs and events. The project is expected to launch in the fall of 2010.
City of Owen Sound To Offer Online Camp Sites Registrations & Facility Bookings
04/08/2010 - The City of Owen Sound will offer a new online facility booking application and online camp site registrations on its website in the fall of 2010. The booking application gives visibility into meeting room availability and integrates with Microsoft Outlook, eSolutionsGroup's i:Calendar functionality and SharePoint. The City will also incorporating a new version of eSolutionsGroup's Association Management Suite to manage their contacts, programs and events. The project is expected to launch in September 2010.
Fort Erie Racetrack to Launch New Web Site
04/07/2010 - Fort Erie Racetrack, a 100 year old thoroughbred horse racing track, will launch a new website in 2010. The racetrack was recently purchased by the Fort Erie Economic Development Corporation. eSolutionsGroup will be providing a new website design with enhanced functionality.
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Launch Employer Engagement and Youth Websites
02/06/2010 - The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) has launched new tools for employers and youth. CAF selected eSolutions to design two bilingual (Eng/Fr) flash websites. The Apprenticeship Works: Build On It website offers tools and information on how to successfully recruit and retain apprentices. Resources for recruiting, mentoring, identifying gaps and tracking progress are featured on the site. The Discover Apprenticeship website for youth includes educational resources on apprenticeships, employer sponsors, links by province, upgrading skills and grant/funding information. You can visit the websites by selecting the links below:
Apprenticeship Works: Build On It (Eng)
Apprenticeship Works: Build On It (Fr)
Discover Apprenticeship (Eng)
Discover Apprenticeship (Fr)
Municipality of Waterloo Region to Launch New Websites with Enhanced Online Services
01/06/2010 - The Municipality of Waterloo Region will launch a newly designed municipal website and several micro websites in January 2011. eSolutions will be providing the creative design for the main municipal site as well as the Region of Waterloo Airport, Public Health Services, Social Services and Grand River Transit websites. The websites will offer enhanced functionality, intuitive navigation and several new online services for visitors to the site. eSolutions will implement the i:Create web content management system for ease of updates; i:Survey allowing administrators to create online forms easily; i:Calendar to maintain a host of events on each site; online ordering of health pamphlets; a food inspection online application; an online photo gallery and a customized application for handling bids and tenders. eSolutions will also host the websites through its Tier 3 Data Fortress.
"We are thrilled to be selected by the Region of Waterloo for this important project, and look forward to building an accessible, intuitive website with a wealth of information for residents," said Karen Mayfield, Managing Principal - eSolutionsGroup/ Lead Project Manager.
Town of Huntsville Selects eSolutionsGroup to Design New Town, Library, Theatre and Heritage Websites
01/06/2010 - The Town of Huntsville has selected eSolutions to design a new website for the town as well as sites for the Huntsville Public Library, the Algonquin Theatre and Muskoka Heritage Place. eSolutions will provide the creative design and implement several tools allowing town employees to maintain the websites on their own after implementation including: the i:Create web content management system; the i:Survey online form building tool; i:Calendar for administering an online calendar of events; and an application for managing bids and tenders. The websites are expected to go-live in January 2011.
Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) to Offer Labour Market Analysis Tool on New Interactive Website
01/06/2010 - The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) has selected eSolutionsGroup to design an interactive website with a labour market analysis tool. Human resources challenges facing the Canadian mining industry include: matching supply and demand for workers; attracting and retaining workers; lack of skills recognition; labour mobility; increased competition for top talent among industrial sectors and countries; and lack of labour market information. MiHR's new labour marketing analysis tool will meet some of these challenges head-on by offering an employment forecasting online tool that projects and forecasts employment statistics in the mining industry. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010.
City of Cambridge Branding Project Awarded to eSolutionsGroup
30/04/2010 - In March 2010, eSolutionsGroup was awarded a contract from over 30 applicants to coordinate the project and work with the City of Cambridge Corporate Communications and Marketing division.
The City of Cambridge is in the process of identifying and developing a brand that captures the essence of the city. As part of the overall Corporation Communications Strategy development, Cambridge City Council gave direction to undertake a branding exercise to better define and position the community for growth. The project objectives include promoting the advantages of Cambridge and instilling pride in Cambridge's distinct communities. The City recently completed a communications preference survey which also aligns with the branding initiative and supports the overall corporate strategy development. The branding process is expected to wrap up in July.
Cambridge - What's Your Take?
As a member of the Tri-City Community, please take the time to fill out the 10-minute survey at www.cambridge.ca or by visiting www.cambridge.esolutionsgroup.ca. The City is also making the questionnaire available in hard copy at public facilities for those citizens who wish to fill out a form and send in their ideas.
"One of the most important elements in any process of this nature is to hear from our citizens, business leaders and overall community," says Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig. "That's why the City is calling on you to give your insights. The people who understand us are those best suited to help build the brand and promote it with a unified voice."
York Region Launches The Duck Knows Campaign
29/03/2010 - The Regional Municipality of York is expanding its Water for Tomorrow water conservation program with the its latest advertising campaign, The Duck Knows. Starting the week of April 26th and continuing throughout the spring and summer, radio ads will air during rush hour on CHUM FM and CHFI FM. Advertisements will appear in local papers, public washrooms, malls, transit shelters, and buses throughout York Region. The primary audience for this campaign is all citizens of York Region, notably women aged 28 to 55 with families. eSolutions is providing all artwork, crafting scripts, and coordinating media buys.
The Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick to Launch New Website and eTools
12/03/2010 - The Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick has selected eSolutionsGroup for the design and development of a new website. The Association will be implementing eSolutions' i:Create web content management software, an online tool to manage and track memberships, an online events calendar, e-newsletter software and an e-tool that makes building online surveys and tracking survey results simple.
Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow PLLC Partners with eSolutions for Brand Development and New Website
09/03/2010 - Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow (QGTB), a prominent law firm in Arkansas, has selected eSolutions to assist with the growth of their brand and online presence. To mark their 10th Anniversary, QGTB initiated the project to analyze their brand and positioning in the market.
"Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow have a unique position in the American legal marketplace," explains Saj Jamal, Creative Director, eSolutionsGroup. "Our branding project aims to profile QGTB's strengths and unique value proposition and the website will communicate "Why QGTB?" to all of its audiences."
Following the branding exercise, eSolutions will design their new web site, complete with animation on the homepage. The project is expected to be complete in late summer 2010.
Renewing Newmarket Campaign Results in Informative, Consistent Messaging
09/03/2010 - Newmarket has continued their partnership with eSolutionsGroup for a campaign around properly positioning the town's rapid infrastructure development. eSolutions conducted a messaging workshop which included the Mayor, Councillors and Town staff with the goal of crafting the framework for the Renewing Newmarket campaign. The workshop, conducted by Saj Jamal, Creative Director of eSolutionsGroup, explored how City officials and signage, placed in predominant development and construction areas throughout the City, could inform the community about the changes they are seeing. The outcome provided the Town of Newmarket with the campaign wordmark "re-Newmarket" and the message, "Making Newmarket even better for you."
Waterloo's Human Resource Group Launches New Website with Resources for Job Seekers and Employers
08/03/2010 - HRGRecruiting in Waterloo offers clients executive search teams that address the human resources requirements of specific industries. They recently partnered with eSolutions to launch a newly designed website at www.hrgrecruiting.com. The website is hosted at eSolutionsGroup's Tier 3 Data Fortress and includes the ability to "share" pages with popular social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
The City of North Bay Launches Immigration Portal
06/01/2010 - To continue to improve its support services to immigrants, the City of North Bay solicited eSolutions to develop a stand-alone immigration website (portal) at www.northbayimmigration.ca. Its purpose is to attract immigrants (potential and current residents of Canada), as well as integrate and retain the immigrants already located in the community. The portal provides information on life in North Bay for newcomers (housing, health care, schools, employment, etc).
eSolutions reviewed the results of focus group sessions conducted by the City, conducted a needs analysis, and provided recommendations for effective page layouts, design and navigation to the portal. The City's Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 was implemented as the content management system along with a SharePoint blog, an immigration-related events calendar, and a feedback form. eSolutions' Share module allows visitors to post pages to social networking sites, such as Facebook. The homepage also features a rotating welcome banner. Future enhancements will include interactive maps and webcams for increased interactivity. The site launched in January 2010.