The HPX Media Team

Kris Trudeau

Owner | Front-End Developer & Graphic Designer

Awards and Nominations

2017: Named one of Vancouver Island’s 2015 Top 20 Under 40.
2014: Named one of Comox Valley’s Top 40 Under 40.

Affiliations, Associations & Community

Kris is currently involved in several community organizations:

Kris is a also member of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce.

With over seventeen years as a website and graphic designer, Kris Trudeau has established one of the Comox Valley’s premiere website and graphic design studios, HPX Media, which celebrated its seventh anniversary in December 2018.

Kris has been a senior-level front-end developer, print designer and project manager for over fifteen years. Kris first started out briefly in the print industry however succumbed to the allure of the online world. Since then, the breadth of her experience includes seven years of personnel management experience and two years as a creative director, and a whole lot of project management experience.

After eleven years employed by others, Kris had her own ideas about running a business her own way; a desire to implement her own policies, philosophies and style of comprehensive project and workflow management. In 2011, Kris put her theories to the test and started HPX Media with nothing but a laptop, an internet connection, an outdated book of colour swatches from 1991 and some notions about how a business in this industry could be run better. Brand new to the Comox Valley with no connections, no networks to draw from, Kris was undeterred and eager to take on the challenge. Kris learned quickly that not only did her ideas have merit, they created an environment which resonated with customers, resulting in a steady supply of work that continues to grow.

HPX Media has clients across Canada; the majority of which came to her through word of mouth. She attributes her success to the solid processes and project management skills she has honed during her eleven years in the corporate world, prior to Halftone Pixel. Kris’s career successes have not gone unnoticed; she has four articles published by Small Business BC and was named one of the Comox Valley’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, a finalist in Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2013 & 2015.

Kris believes in community and giving back. Kris regularly donates her talents to various Comox Valley nonprofit organizations and currently sits on the Comox Valley Community Foundation board. In the past, Kris has sat on several boards including Young Professionals Comox Valley, the Comox Valley Women in Business, BNI Olympic Gold, 60 Minutes Toastmasters. Through HPX Media, she supports various local charities like Y.A.N.A. and Rotary through event sponsorship, and a portion of each sale goes to a local charity, from which the Comox Valley Transition Society, Dawn to Dawn and the CV Transistion
Society have benefitted.

When Kris isn’t pushing pixels, she is a regular at the Courtenay Badminton Club and enjoys more hobbies than she has time for including: hiking, paddleboarding and mountain biking. She has also written a sci-fi novel called TimeShift. For more information on the book, visit

John Vis

Programmer / Hosting & Domain Management

Affectionately nicknamed “JV” by Kris, John leads the department of “Anything Deemed Too Nerdy for Kris.”

John has many years of experience in the realm of most things nerdy, including database development, programming, hosting, domains, email, etc… and the list goes on an on. You’re most likely to hear from John if you required technical troubleshooting or if your email needs to be set up, but mostly he’s a behind-the-scenes kind of guy, strong and silent… well, silent anyway… well, not even then. But he’s back there working hard to ensure that your site works the way it needs to in a way that is sustainable and safe.

Jen Groundwater

Writer Extraordinaire

This Comox Valley writer has been telling stories about interesting places, people and experiences for over twenty years. She’s the author of several works of non-fiction including photography books (other people took the photos), a guidebook to Western Canada, and a biography of Alexander Graham Bell. She currently does travel and lifestyle writing for a number of companies and publications, both on Vancouver Island and in Alberta, and also works as an editor, helping other people tell their stories.

Jen’s work experience includes sales and marketing, tourism promotion, and the not-for-profit sector, including three years in marketing at The Banff Centre and stints as the general manager of Tourism Canmore and executive director of the Bow Valley Learning Council. As a member of the Halftone Pixel team, she’s expanding her web-writing and SEO skills while getting to work with some really great people.

Jen was born in Montreal and has been migrating steadily westward ever since. After twenty years living in the Canadian Rockies, she now enjoys life and adventures in the Comox Valley with her unruly but wonderful family and dog. She isn’t too sendy on a bike and will probably never take up kiteboarding, but loves all the many other outdoor experiences the island has to offer.

Our Amazing Contractors

We can’t do everything we do here alone, and HPX Media frequently brings in other local contractors to help with projects as required. We’re so happy that the Comox Valley is teeming with talented people—it means that we don’t have to do it all, we can focus on what makes us best, and bring in other people who are the best in their areas. The contractors we work have the same guiding principles of what makes a good project: Putting the client’s needs first.

Some of the amazing contractors we work with are: