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Wajam wins Best Video of the Year and Business Development Executive of the Year at Best in Biz 2014

December 11th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Awards and Press Mentions, Company, Montreal, People and Interests, Startups

We’re happy to announce that Wajam won two awards at the Best in Biz Awards 2014, an independent award which honors companies, teams, executives and products for their business success. It is the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

In the marketing team we are particularly proud that Wajam won gold for Best Film or Video of the Year for our 2013 Year in Review video. Kudos to Alain Wong for this great video. We are already working on the 2014 video, and we hope we will be following these great footsteps.

We are also very proud that Amir Mansour, our VP of Business Development & Corporate Partnerships, won silver for Business Development Executive of the Year. This award is a true recognition of the hard work our business development team is doing every day here at Wajam.

Amir Mansour, on accepting the award: “2014 has been a very positive year for the company. I am very happy that such a prestigious award recognizes the hard work of the entire Business Development team. We are all working hard in order to keep the ball rolling.”

Wajam's VP of Business Development won silver for Business Development Executive of the Year at the 2014 Digi Awards.

A few words on Amir Mansour from Elazar Gabay, app producer here at Wajam: “Amir lives and breathes business, his preoccupation with the most minute contract details have landed him very profitable deals with some of the largest players in the industry.  Amir’s success isn’t limited to the external deals he closes, it’s displayed also internally, by the way he rolls up his sleeves to get things done with his staff. Good is never good enough for Amir!”

We are looking forward to more exciting growth, innovation and fun in 2015!

For more media coverage and a complete list of award recognition, visit our Press page.

A spooktacular Halloween day at the office

November 7th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Company, Culture, Team Activities

Last Friday for Halloween, we decided to spice things up by organizing a little shout-out costume contest. The Wajammers played ball and dressed up in some crazy costumes. Miranda’s handmade hommage to Lego’s minifigures drove the crowd wild and won with flying colours.

Miranda won the 2014 Wajam Halloween contest

Check out our video and decide for whom you would have voted. Enjoy!

Wajam’s Last Minute Victory in Epic Hockey Match Against PasswordBox

October 22nd, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Company, Culture, Montreal, Startups, Team Activities

This past Friday, we challenged fellow Montreal startup PasswordBox to a friendly hockey game at Jarry Park.

Picture of the teams before the game

With one of our best players having been shipped back to Newfoundland (shout out to Brockie!) and the addition of several rookies, we really didn’t know what to expect. In the face of adversity, we focused on what we do best :

One of Wajam's many taglines

  • We trained before coming to work… We trained during our breaks… And we trained after work.
  • We read our playbook over and over again… and then we read some more.
  • We listened to the wise words of our team captain Michaël: eating tons carbs for plenty of energy for the game. (No more vegetable lasagnas please!)
  • Our CEO Martin-Luc personally tucked us in every night at 8 PM to make sure we would get a good night’s sleep. ;)

Final score: Wajam 10, PasswordBox 9

Here’s how it all went down.

Both teams played an epic game. To each of our well-constructed goals, PasswordBox replied with a quick counter attack. We dominated the first period! They responded by taking the lead in the second period.

During the third period, a combination of exhaustion and good defense prevented their attackers from scoring on our goalie Pierre-Alain. In the last two minutes, a piece of individual brilliance by their star player gave PasswordBox the lead.

The Wajam team regrouped during a final timeout. The tension was at its peak, but we came through with effort and great teamwork. Wajammers ended up scoring two goals in the last seconds and won the game. Our team and fans exploded with joy!

One of Wajam's team taglines

“This was a very close game. We played as a team up until the end and benefited from that. Thanks to all our cheerers!” offered Kevin Charette, Wajam’s new addition to the midfield.

“We focused on giving our 110%. Our motivation was fed by our defeat at soccer last year; we couldn’t lose this time. We worked hard until the last second and never gave up” concluded Michaël Mimeault.

The players shook hands. And after a quick shower (well… not for everyone!), both teams bonded over well-deserved drinks.


Our team:

Group picture of the Wajam team


Our captain: Michaël “Skipper” Mimeault

Wajam's captain motivating troops

When it comes to Hockey, he’s our beacon. He can probably easily name, by alphabetical order, each Habs player from the past 30 years.


Our goalie: Pierre-Alain “Brick-Wall” Loiseau

Wajam's goalkeeper Pierre-Alain Loiseau

Great reflexes and (almost) perfect splits


Our crazy fans and their geeky cheers…

Wajam's fans cheering the Hockey team

“Disconnect their Wiiiiii-Fiiiiii!”


It was a great way to spend time as a team and also meet talented fellow developers and entrepreneurs in town. Thank you so much to the organizers. With our close victory, no doubt they will ask us for a rematch !

If you’re a fan of Hockey (ping pong, darts, pool, fussball, …) and you think you have what it takes to play us, come have a drink with us at the Startup Open House next week.

Office Renovations – How To Make Your Staircase Awesome, Wajam-Style!

May 12th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Culture, Montreal

Wajam staircase with graffiti artwork by Scaner, Axe and Earth Crusher in Montreal

This past month, we collaborated with architect Geneviève Bégin and graffiti artists Scaner, Axe & Earth Crusher to completely redesign the staircase connecting to our second office. They came up with a snowy mountain concept matched with dangling balls of light, and incorporated drawings that illustrate Wajam values like teamwork, collaboration and determination.

Each travel up and down the stairs now feels like a totally magical experience!

BDW14 MTL – Wajam at Big Data Week in Montreal

May 8th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Big Data, Company, Engineering, Events, Montreal, Startups

We’re happy to be taking part in Big Data Week happening in Montreal this week featuring speakers like Alistair Croll and representatives from Datacratic, Nexalogy, Radialpoint, and more. Great initiative by organizers Built in Montreal and Exitlist.

Wajam was represented by Suhail Shergill, who gave a presentation on “What Makes Big Data Hard”: what hinders a data scientist when working with ‘Big Data’ and how can we hope to overcome these hurdles.