Website Developer Wanted

Deadline: April 12, 2019

Island is looking for a web developer to join our team. If you’re a self-starter with experience in both front-end and back-end website development, then you’re the perfect fit for this position. We offer a competitive pay, truly flexible hours, and a work environment like you’ve never experienced.

Andrew Scott   |   March 28, 2019

Newest addition to Island, Caitlin.

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Hey, I’m Caitlin, I am the newest addition to team Island! I don’t really have a title, because we sort of do a bit of everything, but I guess you could say, developer, designer, photographer?! Or you know, “Floater”.

I grew up playing Steel Tip Darts, but after years of practice and tournaments, I got 3rd in provincials. It wasn’t a high enough placement to go to Nationals, so I decided I better choose a new career path. I started getting an interest for design and photography in 2008 and was hooked! I went to SBC but decided I needed to learn more. I then moved to San Francisco, California with my Aunt and that’s where my interest in development started! There I spent 4 years studying and working as a designer and developer.

I recently moved back to Saskatoon, just in time for this awful winter! To force myself to socialize and step away from my computer, I spend my spare time playing dodgeball and slo-pitch. I am a huge sports fan which includes Hockey, Baseball, and Football but I haven’t cracked the roster on any of those sports yet.

I am excited to be on the Island team and can’t wait to put my skills to use! Hope to create for you soon!

Caitlin McRae   |   March 1, 2019

ISLAND is on the Move

After five years as a part of Saskatoon’s co-working community we’re going back to where it all started…sort of.

Let us set the scene. It’s 2011, Facebook is still cool and used by more than just your mom and alt-right uncle. The fifth, and far from final, instalment of the Fast and Furious series is packing the house down at the Galaxy, and LMFAO isn’t just a faint memory…but a staple on Wired 96.3. Around the same time a small web design company called Island is getting their start in a live/work unit on the fourth floor of the 2nd Avenue Lofts.

We’ve come a long way, and done our share of moving around since then…but we’re super excited to announce that we’ve come full-circle and will be moving back into the 2nd Avenue Lofts building! This stay is a little different though – and the commute is a little further than one flight of stairs. We’ve found our dream space on the ground floor with plenty of windows to fill with crazy ideas. The best part of this new spot is going to be its ability to help us even better serve our current and prospective clients, and to continue to grow and maintain our working culture.

We can’t say enough great things about our time at the Two Twenty, and have made a ton of close connections and friends in the past few years at Ideas Inc. Both these places allowed us to grow and shift our business on a few occasions and we honestly can’t say enough good things about them if you’re looking for a place to grow your business. Rumour has it our space in Ideas Inc. is already available…just treat it right for us would ya?

Starting March 1st, our new address will officially be 118 23rd Street East. We’ll be spending the next couple months getting it setup, but feel free to stop by to say ‘hello’ or stay tuned for a banger of an office warming party. Thank you so much to everyone from clients, friends, mentors, and everyone in between who’ve helped Island evolve and continue to deliver top notch creative over the past 8 years.

See you soon…

Andrew Scott   |   February 13, 2019

Job Opportunity: Digital Content Producer

Deadline: December 14, 2018

Are you a wizard when it comes to making gifs? Are your tweets so elegantly written they’d make 2Pac blush (he’s still alive and in Malaysia)? If so, you’re perfect for the position of Digital Content Producer with Island. We offer a creative work environment, flexible hours, and a job you’ll never want to leave.

WHAT YOU GET OUT OF THE DEAL

  • Competitive salary
  • Health and Dental benefits
  • Health spending account
  • Flexible work environment
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Access to the beer fridge and cappuccino machine

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create copy for client websites, social media, and other messaging streams
  • Work with clients to provide content strategy, editorial calendars, and other guidance as it relates to their content marketing
  • Take photographs and edit as required for websites, or other media

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience as a copywriter
  • Proven photography skills
  • Photoshop skills
  • Experience with SEO and SEM
  • Fluent in social media
  • Ability to work independently and make this position their own

WHAT WILL REALLY IMPRESS US

  • Demonstrate a good eye for design
  • Experience with Videography, 3D, and VR
  • Good sense of humour
  • A pink dog

To Apply

Please email a resumé and portfolio to careers@weareisland.com. Posting closes December 14, 2018. Apply early, as the position may be filled before the deadline.

Andrew Scott   |   November 20, 2018

E-commerce webinar July 17th

Are you looking to start an online business or create a new revenue stream for an existing business?

Are you wondering which solution you should use, whether or not you should build an app, whether you should go the DIY route or hire a developer?

Then you should definitely join the WESK webinar on e-commerce tomorrow July 17th, from 12pm to 1pm.

During this hour I’ll be covering all of the most common questions first time e-commerce store owners have. We’ll look at which tools you should use based on where you’re at in your business, as well as your business type and much more.

And there will be a Q&A session at the end so we can delve deeper into your particular issues.

See you then!

Jill

Jill Ferron   |   July 16, 2018

Entrepreneur Insights – Blue Moose media – Mar. 7

Join the Saskatoon Chamber for “Chamber on Tap” – outstanding businesspeople in Saskatoon share their stories in a candid, casual event. This time our Ideas Inc neighbours and owners of Blue Moose Media – Ricky Forbes & Travis Low – will be talking about their social media business.

Attendance is free at LB Distillers, from 4:30 to 6:30 tonight!

Jill Ferron   |   March 7, 2018

Entrepreneur Networking – March 2

If it’s a bit of a slow week, why not wrap things up with a networking event. Come meet some fellow entrepreneurs at Sype’s March First Friday event tomorrow from 4:30 to 6:30 at Drift Vista Lounge.

Major perk: there’s a door prize for attendees… You might win a pair of tickets to Michelle Obama’s talk on March 22nd!

See you there!

Jill Ferron   |   March 1, 2018

Win a ticket for tonight’s Prairie Investment Forum!

We’re all going to the 1st Annual Prairie Investment Forum hosted by Co.Labs, and we want you to come!

Just comment on our Instagram post for a chance to win a free ticket, and we’ll message the lucky winner this afternoon.

The Prairie investment forum will showcase startups from each Prairie Province, investors from North America, and Sask expats working in tech.

See you at 7pm at the Delta Bessborough!

 

Jill Ferron   |   February 21, 2018

Smart Manufacturing Workshop & Call for Proposals

Interested in how augmented reality, machine learning, and collaborative virtual factory platforms can be implemented in your processes? Then come to this free afternoon workshop hosted by the ReMAP Network on Thursday, Feb. 22nd at Innovation Place from 12 pm to 4 pm (get tickets here).

You’ll learn about Smart Manufacturing, gain practical knowledge about Industry 4.0 adoption with expert advice, best practices, and resources to assess product and/or manufacturing readiness.

You’ll also meet people from ReMAP, an organization open to the entire Canadian manufacturing community, who will help you leverage funding and develop strategic partnerships, and tell you about the next funding cohort and call for proposals.

Jill Ferron   |  

SYPE Luncheon – Meet a VC investing in SK – Feb. 21

SYPE’s February luncheon will feature Wanda Hunchak from the VC fund Golden Opportunities, managed by Westcap Management. One of the oldest and largest fund managers in the province, Westcap Mgt. Ltd. is currently placing a pool of more than $100 million to help transition ownership of Saskatchewan business to the next generation of Saskatchewan entrepreneurs and will present their most recent success stories.

The luncheon will take place from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21st at the Saskatoon Club. Register for tickets, $20 for members, and $30 for non-members.

Jill Ferron   |   February 20, 2018