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Dig, plant, fill, mulch, repeat!

October 3, 2013

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On September 14, a group from rtraction joined forces with other Reforest London volunteers at Try Recycling to plant 240 trees!

At the crack of dawn (ok, it was 10 a.m.) we all gathered at Try Recycling South and started lining up the trees around the pond. Any trees that required more water were placed lower on the hill and any trees that preferred drier conditions were placed at the top of the hill.

After a thorough demonstration on how to properly plant the trees, we grabbed our shovels, mulch buckets and some compost and spread out. Some of the team participated in the tree panting event last year, so those pros led the way.

The beautiful sunny day and cool weather kept the rtraction team in good spirits, even if we were covered in sweat and dirt. Here Rachel shows us how to dig a hole — did you know it’s easier to dig a hole if you’re smiling? True fact.

While Josh shows us a more unconventional method of hole-digging.

Within about three hours, we had all of the trees in the ground and were excited about our accomplishment.

Then again, our furry team member was ready for a nap!

The amazing team over at Try Recycling finished the day with a barbecue, which was much appreciated by all the volunteers after a long day of hard work.

All in all it was a good day for rtraction. It was an incredibly rewarding experience knowing that we had made a positive impact on the Forest City and our environment, and we all look forward to visiting the site in a few years to see how our trees are growing!

There are still lots of opportunities to volunteer and plant some trees, so check out the Reforest London website for their tree planting schedule, and always remember to log any trees you plant on the Million Tree Challenge website.


Wanted: Digital Strategist

September 24, 2013

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Our team is in need of a fresh dose of awesome in the form of a highly-creative Digital Strategist who loves working with people and understanding their business goals and realities. Special consideration will be given to those with 3 or more years of client management experience. We’re a digital agency, which means you’ll be working on a Mac and should know your way around it. We collaborate and keep projects on track using Google Apps, JIRA, Confluence and Basecamp, so familiarity with them is desirable.

The Opportunity:

Client Management

Sales Support

What You Bring:

Bonus Points for:

About Us

Why would you want to work with us? Several reasons, really. You want to be a part of exciting, dynamic projects, or join one of the best office environments around. Perhaps you’ve been contemplating a life without shoes. Maybe community is your passion, and you want to be part of a company that gives back.

At rtraction, we do creative work that drives positive change for our clients, our community and our craft. We know that a digital marketing project — whether it’s a full rebrand or a website refresh — can be overwhelming. We believe it’s our job to remove the burden for our clients, help them create meaningful connections through digital means, and have a little fun in the process.

We love our clients and are happy when they succeed. We are proud to work with the likes of ReForest London, Harrison Pensa, London Food Bank, Aeolian Hall, Robarts Research, The Grand Theatre (Kingston) and The Panasonic Foundation.

We’ve experienced phenomenal growth over the last 12 years and are looking to add another talented, energetic and hard-working member to our team. If you want to know more about what makes us tick, check us out on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get a flavour for our culture.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter outlining salary expectations to careers@rtraction.com. We thank all applicants for applying but only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.


Wanted: Project Manager

June 19, 2013

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The Position

rtraction is currently looking for a talented and detail oriented Project Manager who is interested in a permanent, full-time position with our team.

You must be a graduate from a college or university computer science program and have 5 years of professional project management experience or project management accreditation from a recognized professional association. You must be familiar with current Mac OSX operating systems. Experience with ZenDesk, Pivotal Tracker, Tick and Google Apps would be considered desirable.

What you will do

You will manage the entire project lifecycle to deliver comprehensive digital solutions to our clients including (but not exclusively):

Pre-Sales Support

Project Management

What you will bring

We’re looking for a rational thinker with a genuine interest in delivering the highest quality solutions to our clients, on time and on budget.

We’re a small, but powerful team looking for a keen and highly ambitious person who wants to work in a highly collaborative environment. This role will suit an intelligent, detail-oriented and self-motivated person who is dedicated, willing to learn and able to see things through to completion.

About Us

At rtraction, we do creative work that drives positive change for our clients, our community and our craft. We know that a digital marketing project — whether it’s a full rebrand or a website refresh — can be overwhelming. But it shouldn’t have to be. Our smart and creative team is here to take away the pain of building solutions, and have a little fun in the process.

We love our clients and are happy when they succeed. We are proud to work with the likes of ReForest London, Harrison Pensa, London Food Bank, Aeolian Hall, Robarts Research, The Grand Theatre (Kingston) and The Panasonic Foundation.

Please check us out on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get a flavour for our culture. We offer one of the best office environments around.

We’ve experienced phenomenal growth over the last 12 years and are looking to add another talented, energetic and hard-working member to our team.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter outlining salary expectations to careers@rtraction.com.  We thank all applicants for applying but only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.


Wanted: Intermediate PHP Developer

June 5, 2013

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About Us

rtraction is Southwestern Ontario’s leading development team. We grow our business by building the best team, exceeding our customers’ expectations and following up with world class customer care.

We make great websites—with great people, for great people.

We are proud members of TechAlliance and the London Chamber of Commerce. We are proud of the work we’ve done for small- to medium-sized local and regional businesses, and the expertise we’ve contributed to causes and charities that are important to our community.

Please browse through our blogs to get a flavour for our culture. We offer one of the best office environments around.

We’ve experienced phenomenal growth over the last 11 years and are looking to add another talented, energetic and hard-working member to our team.

The Position

rtraction is currently looking for a talented and ambitious Intermediate Web Developer who is interested in a 6 month, full-time, contract position with the possibility to extend to full-time permanent.

You must be a graduate from a college or university computer science program and have 3 years of professional experience with PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and XHTML. Experience with WordPress, Drupal and CodeIgniter would be a major assetYou must be familiar with current Windows operating systems. Experience with LAMP/MAMP/WAMP stacks and GIT would be considered desirable.  

What you will do

You will develop, support and enhance websites and web-based applications in a Windows environment, performing rigorous testing through each stage of development.  You will also assist with training, and enhancing user manuals and technical documentation.

What you will bring

•    A well-rounded knowledge of computers and programming technologies;
•    Strong communication, organizational and time management skills;
•    Proven problem-solving and analytical abilities;
•    The ability to learn quickly and continuously;
•    The ability to work both independently and with others;
•    Technical documentation skills;
•    Experience in web design and programming.

We’re looking for a rational thinker with a genuine interest in web and software development. We’re a small, but powerful team of developers looking for a keen and highly ambitious person who wants to work in a highly collaborative environment. This role will suit an intelligent, detail-oriented and self-motivated person who is dedicated, willing to learn and able to see things through to completion.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter outlining salary expectations to careers@rtraction.com.  Please include your Stack Overflow profile. We thank all applicants for applying but only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.


The End and New Beginnings

April 10, 2013

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Canada’s Worst Charity Website 2013 is in the books and we couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out.

12 great charities

Over 40,000 total votes

2 great winners and…

What’s that? Yes, I said two.

First and foremost hats off to the Wild Bird Care Centre (WBCC) in Ottawa. They reached out to their supporters and community at an unprecedented level, garnering over 16,000 votes to claim the top prize of a $20,000 website makeover from rtraction.

How?

Engagement.

Web videos. Memes. Radio. Television. Facebook. Twitter. The Wild Bird Care Centre displayed an uncanny knack for getting their message out in a way that was completely them and fully in tune with CWCW 2013′s spirit of supporter and community engagement and friendly competition.

But we couldn’t award just one prize.

The runner-up in CWCW 2013, the AIDS Committee of Guelph (ACG) , showed too much passion, heart and commitment to let them go away empty-handed. Like the WBCC, they did a great job getting their message out to supporters, their community and like-minded organizations through Twitter and Facebook and other media. They also did an amazing job of face-to-face engagement, with volunteers heading into the community to spread the word about AIDS Guelph and their need for a new website. Because of all that, the ACG is walking away with a $15,000 website makeover—coming in 2014—so if you’re a supporter of this great charity stay tuned for more details!

rtraction would also like to take a minute to thank the 10 other organizations that took part in the exciting final round of voting – Secrets of Radar Museum, Sheena’s Place, syn.ap.tic, Canadian Epilepsy Alliance, Self-Esteem Network of Hamilton, Girls Incorporated of Durham, Ferret Aid Society, Wildlands League, Crochet Club of London and Sleeping Children Around the World. These charities may not have won the grand prize but each and every one of them did a great job getting their message out to communities and supporters.

There’s an old saying that talks about there only being one winner. We here at rtraction beg to differ. As far as we’re concerned 12 great charities worked tirelessly for three weeks to raise awareness in their communities and get out the vote. The fact they all succeeded beyond our wildest expectations says to us that the thousands of people who use these great organizations’ services are winners, too.

Congratulations to everyone and stay tuned for details on Canada’s Worst Charity Website 2014!