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The HPX Media Team

Kris Trudeau

Founding Owner | Front-End Developer & Graphic Designer

With over nineteen years as a website and graphic designer, Kris Trudeau has established one of the Comox Valley’s premier website and graphic design studios, HPX Media Inc., which celebrated its eighth anniversary in December 2019.

Awards and Nominations

2019-15: Named Comox Valley’s Best Website Designer.
2017: One of Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40.
2015: Finalist, Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40.
2014: One of Comox Valley’s Top 40 Under 40.
2013: Finalist, Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40.

Associations & Community

Kris is currently involved in several community organizations:

“I help businesses do more, look better, so as to be more effective and serve more customers. This approach allows me to use the skills I possess for long term, cascading success for everybody who is affected by the empowerment I’ve given, or have helped give, be it a client or a local non-profit. To me, it’s just a logical use of my skills.”

Kris’s career has spanned the gamut, holding positions of senior-level front-end developer, print designer, creative director and project manager before adding business owner to that list. Kris first started out briefly in the print industry but after several years, moved into the flashier world of online development. The skills picked up in these industries, the exposure to these different positions all culminated into what turned out to be a spectacular toolbox from which Kris was able to start HPX Media. The experience and knowledge Kris gained in the various industries makes it possible for HPX Media to offer an array or related services, which Kris believes is paramount to the consistency for any business looking to build their brand.

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, Comox Valley Rotary Club, 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 have benefitted.

When Kris isn’t pushing pixels, she is a regular on the badminton court 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 timeshift-novel.com.

 

Jen Groundwater

Copywriter

This Comox Valley writer has been telling stories about interesting places, people and experiences for over twenty years. Jen is 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 steady on a bike and will probably never take up kiteboarding, but loves all the many other outdoor experiences the island has to offer.

John Vis

Programmer

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 and 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.

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