PQM.NET CHANGES HANDS - Complete Announcement
The company PQM.net, PRODUCTIONS QUÉBEC MULTIMÉDIA INC., with 30 years of experience in professional webcasting services for businesses, announces the appointment of a new president.
Indeed, founder Jacques Landry proudly hands over the reins to his 4 sons, with Louis-Philippe taking on the presidency.
"Who would have thought that working with my 3 brothers would be so inspiring," says Louis-Philippe Landry, Associate - President of PQM.net. "We form a strong and complete team, each with complementary expertise."
PQM.net, specializing in webcasting since 1996, has experienced rapid growth in recent years.
"In 2005, we established a Webcasting Control Center (Mission Control Center), on par with NASA's. In the same year, we launched Webcaster Media, our own secure and customizable webcasting platform. We rebranded and renamed it StudioCast in 2016, among other things, to emphasize that our solutions can interconnect with our network of studios deployed in several cities," proudly recalls Frédéric Landry, Associate - Vice President, Technologies of PQM.net.
"Since 2015, we have doubled the size of our offices and studios. We have also significantly increased our number of employees," says Nicolas Landry, Associate - Vice President, Webcasting & Broadcasting at PQM.net.
And the momentum continues! PQM.net is currently working on several major projects, including refining its corporate positioning with the revamp of its website - a task entrusted to the Montreal agency Tink, upcoming hires, and... other exciting announcements!
This growth is possible thanks to the synergy among the 4 new leaders, as well as long-standing partners.
"We are fortunate to have the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Investissement Québec, the accounting firm Mallette, and the legal firm Cain Lamarre supporting us throughout the acquisition process, and they have been with us since the very beginning. Working with these impactful partners means benefiting from solid expertise and essential agility, especially in the current context," says Jean-François Landry, Associate - Vice President, General Manager of PQM.net.
PQM.net has been offering webcasting and hybrid event services to clients since the early 2000s. Its television roots and numerous innovations have set the company apart from its competitors. The pandemic only accelerated the company's growth, as its services were already in high demand.
"At the beginning of the pandemic, we received hundreds of requests from companies and organizations that suddenly needed a proven solution to communicate with their customers and employees," recalls Louis-Philippe Landry. "Our personalized support, expert team, and our StudioCast platform allowed us to manage this rapid growth and add several new clients since March 2020."
The process of transferring the company from Jacques Landry to his sons began around 2016. From then on, each brother found their niche. "We've been leading PQM.net for 5 years already. The acquisition only confirmed and formalized the situation," explains Jean-François Landry.
Not only will the acquisition not result in any job cuts, it will create new positions. There are also no plans for the Rimouski-based company to move its headquarters. On the contrary, PQM.net already has satellite studios and mobile teams in Quebec City and Montreal to ensure a high-level customer experience. Moreover, establishing additional studios elsewhere in the future is not ruled out.
At PQM.net, the entire team genuinely loves webcasting. In addition to being passionate, employees are competent and loyal.
"Our employees are our greatest strength. They are always on board with our ambitious projects. Some have been with PQM.net for 10-15 years. Our turnover rate is extremely low. We believe it's because we genuinely care about them! We provide them with a modern, stimulating work environment and state-of-the-art equipment. We truly listen to their needs and ideas; we truly form a real team," emphasizes Jean-François Landry.
Advising clients, finding solutions, and innovating have always been part of the daily routine at PQM.net. "For example, StudioCast embodies exactly that. We faced challenges with existing solutions, so did our clients, and we wanted to address them. That's why we created the StudioCast platform in response to the issues everyone was facing," says Louis-Philippe Landry.
To ensure the success of its clients' webcasting and webinar events, PQM.net utilizes its StudioCast platform. Developed since 2001, StudioCast offers the flexibility to meet the vast majority of clients' technological needs and challenges, thanks to numerous customizable features.
In addition to its many production units and mobile control rooms, including a 40-foot Prevost vehicle connecting over 16 HD cameras, PQM.net also offers its clients permanent and temporary studios in Montreal, Rimouski, and several other cities in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. These studios, designed for webcasting and hybrid events, are equipped like television studios.
"We jokingly call the concept 'Studio Gérald Fillion' or 'Studio Anderson Cooper.' Depending on the desired setup, our studios can resemble those of continuous news channels like RDI, LCN, or CNN," Louis-Philippe Landry explains with a smile.
This television touch brought to webcasting allows for superior quality and an enhanced experience for the viewer compared to what other platforms offer. "All our studios are connected to our Master Control Center. So, our clients can offer their audience an experience as polished as that of talk shows or news broadcasts," adds Jean-François Landry.
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements; you haven't seen anything yet!
1991: Establishment of PQM.net (launched by Jacques Landry under the name "Les Productions vidéo PDG")
1998: First live webcast using RealNetwork technology (Real Player)
2000: Move to new offices at the Carrefour de la nouvelle économie (CNE) in Rimouski, QC
2001: Setting up the first webcasting studio
2005: Inauguration of the Webcasting Control Center (Mission Control Center)
2005: Deployment of a webcasting studio for Branchez-vous.TV, Montreal, QC
2007: Surpassing the milestone of 1,000 webcasts per year
2007: Start of webcasting QMJHL games (+700 webcasts/year)
2008: Start of live TV and webcasting on TelusTV (30 events/year)
2008: Webcasting IIHF Women's U18 World Championship, Calgary, AB
2008: Webcasting Telus Cup (Hockey Canada) – Arnprior, ON
2008: Webcasting CCAA MEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – Montreal, QC
2008: Webcasting World Sledge Hockey Challenge (Hockey Canada) – Charlottetown, PEI
2008: Webcasting Montreal International Jazz Festival on MSN.ca
2009: Webcasting CCAA Canadian Men's Volleyball Championship, Fort McMurray, AB
2009: Webcasting 1st hybrid congress of the Chambre des notaires du Québec - QC
2009: International Education in Cooperation and Mutualism Conference broadcast in 3 languages – Levis, QC
2010: TV and webcasting of the Bastarache Commission (+250 broadcasts) - Quebec City, QC
2010: Webcasting FINA Open Water Swimming World Championships, Roberval, QC
2012: Webcasting World Forum of the French Language - Quebec City, QC
2012: Deployment of linear television solution for TELUS' MaCommunauté channel
2015: Passing the mark of 20 employees
2015: Expansion of offices and studios
2016: Official launch (rebranding) of the webcasting platform StudioCast, 100% created and developed by PQM.net
2017: International webcasting for Cirque du Soleil – Las Vegas, USA
2020: Office expansion
2021: Office expansion
2022: Surpassing +50,000 hours of live webcasting
2022: PQM.net changes hands (4 new shareholders)
Louis-Philippe Landry, P.Eng., Associate - President
Louis-Philippe has been creating, producing, and managing numerous large-scale television and webcasting projects for PQM.net since 1998. He assists multiple national and international clients who trust him with projects taking place sometimes simultaneously on different continents, in multiple languages, and targeted at worldwide audiences. An avid cyclist, he has participated in the Défi Vélo Plein Air for 20 years, raising over $30,000 for the Eastern Quebec Cancer Association, an organization fighting against cancer and its devastating effects.
Jean-François Landry, Associate - Vice President, General Manager
Jean-François has been working at PQM.net since the early 2000s. Every day, he guides clients towards using the best technological solutions to effectively communicate their messages. A believer in the saying "the impossible is always possible," he approaches each day with a solution-oriented mindset and attentive approach. A father of 2, he spends a lot of time with his family and enjoys moments when he practices running, his way to energize and gather new ideas.
Frédéric Landry, Associate - Vice President, Technologies
With PQM.net since 2001, Frédéric specializes in information technology, DevOps, and programming. His Microsoft certifications have led him to design numerous processes and systems that enable different teams to deploy, manage, configure, and monitor applications in data centers. Drawing from his aviation passion, he's provided clients with secure and cutting-edge streaming video solutions.
Nicolas Landry, Associate - Vice President, Webcasting & Broadcasting
Nicolas has been in charge of the quality of video web and television productions at PQM.net since 2000. With a background in film, he approaches each project as a grand spectacle to be highlighted. With a strong commitment to providing the best customer experience, he is always on the lookout for new technologies in the field of video. He is undoubtedly a role model for his 4 children who often visit him at the office, drawn by the cameras, studios, and the world of television.
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