Corporate Profile

About OPIN

Passionate digital storytellers, we use the flexible Drupal framework as a backdrop to power the world's most ambitious digital projects.

OPIN is an established Canadian digital agency headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with satellite offices in New York.  We focus on developing complex digital solutions, including websites, intranets, and web applications using Drupal, the leading open-source web content management system.

Inspired by the early momentum of the Drupal community, OPIN was founded by Christopher Smith.  At the time, “OPIN” stood for “Open Innovation”, a business paradigm that states that organizations can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as they look to meet their business objectives.  

Our client list includes major international brands including Medicine San Frontieres, Alimentation Couche-Tard, and Irving Oil.  Within government, we are currently working with the Northern Health Authority in British Columbia, the New Brunswick Health Council in Moncton, and the City of Halifax in Nova Scotia.

Compared to other digital agencies worldwide, OPIN remains ahead of the pack in terms of specialization, strategic partnerships, professional development, industry certifications, project management, and social responsibility.

Specialization

While many agencies are willing to build on numerous platforms and do not specialize, our agency works exclusively with Drupal.  Our mission is to heighten the standard of excellence within the Drupal industry by continuing to refine our quality, expand our capabilities, and increase our efficiency.  With over 200 enterprise projects, and more than 85 government and public sector clients; our Drupal expertise is unmatched.

Strategic Partnerships

With the shared vision of furthering the adoption of Drupal in the Canadian market, OPIN formed a strategic partnership with Acquia, the global leader in Drupal infrastructure and support services. Today, we are Acquia’s largest partner and client in Canada by a number of customers and certifications.  Together, we have successfully delivered more than 40 enterprise projects.

"OPIN is Acquia's biggest partner in Canada by a number of customers. OPIN is also Acquia's most certified team that meets an industry standard for Drupal skills. "

- Mathieu Weber

Director of Canada, Acquia

Professional Development

Together, our team of 40 professionals has built one of the leading Drupal service companies worldwide, with a track record of service excellence, innovative services and solutions, and sustainable growth.  Their work has received international recognition for Best Government and Best Charity Website at the International Creative Summit Awards and technical accomplishments including Partner Site of the Year from Acquia.

Furthermore, we invest in the professional development of our teams and ensure each member achieves the technical certifications within their respective fields.  Our project managers possess the globally recognized and demanded Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Our development teams are equally specialized, maintaining top Drupal certifications from Acquia.

OPIN is a recognized preferred Acquia partner and was awarded Acquia Partner of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, as well as Acquia Partner Site of the Year in 2015.  

"OPIN's team are highly skilled, professional and a pleasure to work with. We felt that we were full partners in the project. OPIN kept us up-to-date with frequent communications, guidance and a transparent process. "

- Terri Harlow

The Digital Platforms Manager, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Project Management

Our project teams specialize in a modern agile project management methodology.  We use this methodology in all our complex digital projects in order to ensure on time and on budget delivery.

OPIN assigns a dedicated project team to each client project.  Our project teams include individuals who are adept at working together to solve complex problems while systematically working alongside enterprise stakeholders, project leaders and budget holders.

The members of our delivery teams obtained certifications through the Scrum Alliance to fulfill the Scrum manifesto in order to create efficiencies on delivery timelines. As a result enterprise clients realize cost-savings through accelerated decision-making processes.


Community

Much like our clients, we too are devoted to supporting our communities. We have recently announced our national sponsorship of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, whose goal is to inspire all Canadians with a disability to get involved in the sport.   This is only one of several national programs which we are currently sponsoring, encouraging healthy and active lifestyles across Canada.


We are also founding partners of Kids and Code, a local program that assists grade school children to learn computer science skills.  Last year, we taught over 300 families on how to program, using Javascript, PHP, and other common languages.


We are also the highest financial contributor to the Drupal community, only second to Acquia.  Our contributions finance the annual conferences held in North America and Europe each year; as well as the online community at Drupal.org.   

"OPIN introduced a phased rapid development process and an in-depth exploration of the personas who depend on the website. The process ensured all our needs were met and the project was developed in a gradual process that ensured our complete satisfaction."

- Michael Curran

Publisher, Ottawa Business Journal