People

Our People

13 years and thousands of projects under
our belt, our expertise keeps building.

We're Grateful

We couldn’t do what we do without the spirit, skill and commitment of our team. The collective talent of 1dea staff, our web development team and other creative partners empower us to succeed.

Then

In 2005, our Founder and Creative Director, Karen Bonhomme had a vision to create an agency that would make an impact in Kingston. Her goal was to help businesses enhance their marketing effectiveness by developing meaningful brands with a strategic design. But this vision needed a foundation.

Quality
needs to surpass the goal of just looking pretty.
Design
must solve a problem & create engagement.
Relationships matter
as we value reputation as
our core commodity.

And we’ve stayed true to these commitments.

By following this mantra, one client quickly grew to two, which in-turn, quickly grew to many more. 13 years later, we continue to build our client-base through the power of good work and the customers who refer us.

Now

By carrying through those core values and living them everyday, 1dea has grown into a thriving agency it is today. We continue to provide our clients with meaningful, quality and well-planned creative solutions that leverage the best of its brand and goals for growth.

To describe us, we’re simply a close-knit team of individuals who truly care about each other and the work we do. And we work extremely hard to make exceptional work happen. Our synergy and wonderful working relationship is strong because we each bring different skill-sets to the table.

Everyone on our team has dedicated their entire career to crafting their skill, adapting to change and to pushing the limits of their discipline. Every designer, developer, marketer and copywriter on our team employs significant experience in their trade and is very supportive of our philosophy to do meaningful and great work; that helps our clients achieve success.

As a company, we’re continually proud of the work we do, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to be better, to learn more and to discover new tricks. Do we make it easy on ourselves? Not a chance. We’re our biggest critics. But in the end we know we’ve exhausted ourselves to come up with that one great idea that sets the stage for growth. We hope you feel the same.

See our work

Strategy, Leadership & Creative
Karen Bonhomme
Karen Bonhomme
Founder & Creative Director,
16+ years in Multidisciplinary Design
Trevor Trewartha
Trevor Trewartha
Strategic Director,
15+ years in Sales & Marketing
Bonnie Wannamaker
Bonnie Wannamaker
Account Manager & Copywriter,
21+ years in Advertising & Marketing
Barry Doyon
Barry Doyon
Senior Graphic Designer,
15+ years in Web &
Multidisciplinary Design
Melissa Leggett
Melissa Leggett
Senior Graphic Designer
16+ years in Brand, Print
& Digital Design
Emily Buell
Emily Buell
Graphic Designer
3 years in Brand, Print
& Digital Design
Winner of Kivuto Award
for Eastern Ont.
Digital & Development

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Small, yet mighty

Our people are our strongest asset. We recognize the importance of not only recruiting the best talent, but continuing to foster their skills.
77%
of our team are senior
level employees
100%
of team members hang out as friends outside of work
2business partners
1 right-brained &
1 left-brained
Work-life
balance is always
a priority
Office
dogs
are an absolute
must
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1dea is larger than you think

1dea works in partnership with Communo, a collective group of talented creatives, marketers, strategists and consultants in a variety of disciplines including PR, videography, animation, illustration, photography, brand strategy, digital strategy, media planning, copywriting, app development, HR consultancy and you name it...they're all there. It's an excellent synergy for us. Clients benefit in knowing that 1dea’s fulfillment is backed by a larger consortium of creative professionals willing to assist 1dea, should the creative, strategic and technical needs support it.

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