OPIN’s Director of Technology Earns Forty Under 40 Award
About Steve Lavigne, Director of Technology at OPIN
Steve oversees technical delivery across all projects and teams at OPIN. He has provided guidance and approval on high-profile enterprise projects worth millions of dollars. He assists the sales team with project scoping and works with prospects to architect technical solutions that bring their visions to life. Steve also builds internal technologies and processes that improve efficiency across all teams at OPIN.
OPIN, Canada’s top agency for enterprise Drupal, benefits from Steve’s expertise in Drupal and his thought leadership in the Drupal community. Steve has been featured as a speaker for dozens of Drupal events, sharing his expertise with thousands of attendees. He has also been featured in countless publications, including Computer World Magazine and the Ottawa Business Journal.
One consistent challenge with Drupal development is a smaller talent pool. Developers need to become familiar with Drupal and the associated programming languages. To overcome this problem, Steve designed recruitment processes from scratch that would ensure a healthy pipeline of talent to support the company’s growth. This has provided OPIN with a competitive advantage in Drupal development.
Steve’s technical leadership helped secure OPIN’s earlier recognition in the Canadian Business Growth 500 as the fastest-growing digital agency in Canada, the third fastest-growing company in Ottawa, and the 69th fastest-growing company in Canada. Since Steve started at OPIN, the number of employees has increased by 700% and revenue has grown over 1,100%.
Steve’s business accomplishments are complemented by his remarkable contributions to his community. Four years ago, Steve founded Kids & Code, a non-profit dedicated to teaching children between the ages of six and seventeen the basics of coding. All the classes are free and run monthly, and class sizes are always getting larger. Steve hopes that this initiative will help inspire children and meet future demand for information technology skills in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
Steve Lavigne is the fourth Forty Under 40 winner from OPIN, after Sally Boucher (CFO), Chris Smith (CEO), and Nick Quain (an advisor to OPIN).
OPIN is the fastest-growing digital agency in Canada. Passionate digital storytellers, OPIN uses the flexible Drupal framework as a backdrop to power the world’s most ambitious digital projects. Since 2010, OPIN Software has specialized in planning, deploying, and supporting Drupal for large and mid-market enterprise clients and governmental organizations. OPIN is committed to helping its clients achieve their goals.
About the 2019 Forty Under 40 Awards
A joint initiative of the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal, the Forty Under 40 award is among the most sought after and valued awards for business excellence in the National Capital Region. 2019 recipients will be featured in the June edition of the Ottawa Business Journal and celebrated at a gala in Ottawa.
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Stephen Boucher, Marketing Coordinator
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