Our happy campers at GD.CAMP.US!

On September 15, the weather was in our favor as more than 600 employees came to celebrate the end of summer at our annual outdoor BBQ. After painting wood pallets, spray painting more than fifty lanterns and cutting hundreds of branches (yes, we love DYI projects!), it was finally time for employees to go “glamping”! The smell of ribs, chicken wings and, of course, burgers and hot-dogs, filled the air as employees entered the GD.CAMP.US. In continuation of a Groupe Dynamite tradition, our executive team was behind the grills, serving up lunch to the employees. The camp vibe was made complete with a S’mores station, “camp fire” chilling area, awesome music and life sized games.

Relive all the fun (and “yum”) moments with this #tbt photo album. Until next year!

 

The perfect fit – Part III

This year for Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating friendships! We spend so much time together that we’re bound to establish close ties with our colleagues. We identified six pairs that work especially close with one another, and asked them fun questions about their workplace relationship.

Keep reading for a closer look at two of GD’s favourite work duos!

Meet Jean-François and Melissa

Jean-François is Garage’s Director of Creative Services and Melissa is the banner’s Senior Manager of Marketing. They work in synergy to develop, implement and maintain Garage’s brand image through our various channels including photography (marketing campaigns), stores and transactional website.

Describe each other in one word.

JF: Melissa is smart.

Melissa: JF is organized.

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

JF: She has a latte.

Melissa: He likes water.

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

JF: She is always calm and doesn’t get overwhelmed easily. She is very dedicated. She’s an expert in what she does and works very well in collaboration with our teams. She adapts very well to any situation.

Melissa: JF is an amazing leader and colleague. His work experience and ability to adapt allows him to expertly guide his team through periods of change (which is the only constant at GDI!). His organization skills are unparalleled. What I appreciate most about JF is his ability to remain unfailingly positive, collaborative and dedicated even in the most challenging situations.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

JF: She brings candy into the office… but we all love it…

Melissa: He eats the candy!

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

JF: Reworking the Brand Book and developing a process for building campaigns with our respective teams.

Melissa: Our first official “omni-channel” seasonal campaign for Back to School 2016. We established a new way of approaching and developing campaigns. The resulting “Jeans You Love” campaign received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customer.

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Both: Team work, alignment and HAVING FUN!!


Meet Amineh and Yvan

Amineh is Senior Mobile Product Specialist and Yvan is Director of Product Management (PMO). She works on delivering an optimal customer experience through our digital platforms while Yvan’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the IT teams involved in GD’s technology projects are able to collaborate with the business teams to deliver the solutions requested by the organization.

Describe each other in one word.

Amineh: Yvan is collected.

Yvan: Amineh is passionate.

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Amineh: He drinks coffee—always Starbucks. Yvan always comes in the morning with two coffees in a tray, one for him and one for a colleague.

Yvan: Olympico coffee—it’s her favourite!

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Amineh: Yvan is always calm and optimistic. He can assess and isolate action plans in the face of arising issues to keep pushing the team forward. It’s always a pleasure to discuss with him about uncertainties. He keeps us motivated and looking to solutions.

Yvan: Amineh is able to stay sane in the face of what seems like an unending flow of design and user experience change requests. She welcomes change and understands that improving the experience is the key to our success.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Amineh: Yvan has chocolates/donuts at his desk. We are always tempted to grab something when visiting his office. That being said, I don’t know if it’s his bad habit or mine since I can’t resist…

Yvan: Amineh is perfect—no bad habits to report! (She had me sign a non-disclosure agreement so I wouldn’t be able to tell you anyway.)

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Amineh: The Garage and Dynamite loyalty programs as well as our soon-to-be-launched apps are the projects we worked on together. The complexity of them and all their elements really required us to work in sync to make sure we were always aligned. They wouldn’t have been a success without Yvan’s dedication, reliability and insights.

Yvan: I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with her on the launch of our loyalty program. I love her energy and fresh perspective on pushing our customer experience to the next level. She’ll be a good ally in the future to turn inspirational ideas into reality.

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Amineh: I think we make a good team because we both care about the quality of work delivered. We can easily agree on the best experience we want to deliver to customers and find creative ways to make that happen even when we have challenges.

Yvan: I think that, first and foremost, we’re both motivated and enjoy getting s**t done. A problem, a bug, a bad delivery, criticism, or change of strategy, we both see those as bumps along the journey.

The perfect fit – Part II

This year for Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating friendships! We spend so much time together that we’re bound to establish close ties with our colleagues. We identified six pairs that work especially close with one another, and asked them fun questions about their workplace relationship.

Keep reading for a closer look at two of GD’s favourite work duos!

Meet Jessica and Carolynn

Jessica is Project Manager for Construction. She orchestrates the construction and renovation of stores and Head Office; she orders furniture, runs the schedule with our contractors and ensures everything is delivered on time!

Carolynn is Senior Brand Specialist for Store Design. She creates the general concepts for both banners and Head Office, and designs new fixtures and furniture with her team.

Describe each other in one word.

Both: Bubbly. We feed off each others’ energy, which can get out of control at times! 😉

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Jessica: Carolynn has a McDonald’s coffee with two milks.

Carolynn: Jessica has a latte first and then a black coffee.

Both: Don’t talk to us before that…

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Jessica: We are sooo cool. We just roll with it.

Carolynn: We are always on the same page.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Jessica: Carolynn is a bit of a control freak… <3

Carolynn: We are both last minute. We LOVE pressure, but Jessica is easy-going so we balance each other out.

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Jessica: So many! Cutting plastic in a hotel room in Edmonton to create splinter-free shelves is a good one!

Carolynn: Sharing a “romantic” pizza and spaghetti meal in Freehold, New Jersey, at a store opening!

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Both: We always make it work.


Meet Hossein and Hany

Hossein is Outbound Processing Manager and Hany is Inbound Processing Manager. They literally are the heart of our Distribution Centre, regulating its daily pulse. Hossein manages storage and shipment of outgoing deliveries, sent to stores or directly to customers, while Hany is responsible for coordinating unpacking and storage of incoming merchandise delivered by our manufacturers.

Describe each other in one word.

Hossein: Hany is devoted.

Hany: Hossein is passionate.

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Hossein: He likes tea

Hany: He has coffee.

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Hossein: He’s reliable.

Hany: He gets s**t done.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Hossein: Hany can be impatient at times…

Hany: Hossein never answers his phone!

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Both: We led the DC reorganization together. Big changes swept through the GD campus last year and a lot of restructuring happened in the DC to make it work. We had to give up some of our space to the new Garage design centres and also welcomed a brand new mezzanine where the e-commerce shipping line was moved, supporting the growth and expansion of this branch of our business.

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Hossein: Loyalty.

Hany: Devotion.

The perfect fit – Part I

This year for Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating friendship at work! We spend so much time together that we’re bound to establish close ties with our colleagues. We identified six pairs that work especially close with one another, and asked them fun questions about their one-of-a-kind relationship.

Keep reading for a closer look at two of GD’s successful work duos!

Meet Sophie and Caroline

Sophie is a Senior Designer and Caroline is a Product Manager, both for the Dynamite banner. Together, they develop, design, and manage merchandise to drive a product line that meets the brand’s vision.

Describe each other in one word.

Sophie: Caroline is positive!

Caroline: Sophie is inspiring!

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Both: We drink the same thing!! Long, double espresso in a cup, made by Renée at the Atrium.

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Both: We’ve cultivated a good team spirit; we have the same vision of our client, as well as the same sense of aesthetics. We laugh often, and we are open to comments, criticisms and suggestions from each other.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Sophie: Caroline always forgets something somewhere!! Her calculator, her notes, her water bottle!

Caroline: Sophie gets stressed… easily! Her stress reliever: chips and coke!

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Both: Putting together the new collection with our team was definitely the project that kept us on our toes and was most challenging.

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Sophie: We show the same love and dedication with regard to offering the best product, all while maintaining a vision that merges the idea of who our client is and how we want her to evolve.

Caroline: We re-evaluate ourselves often and we are detail-oriented.


Meet Safae and Natia

Natia is a Knitwear Designer and Safae is a Pre-production Manager, both for the Garage banner. While Natia’s role is to imagine and design Garage’s knitwear collection, Safae creates the patterns for the new silhouettes and coordinates their creation, from establishing the standard measurements to distributing the workload in the sewing room.

Describe each other in one word.

Safae: Natia is respectful.

Natia: Safae is very kind-hearted.

What’s your colleague’s morning drink of choice?

Safae: She likes cappuccinos.

Natia: She has a black coffee with brown sugar.

What makes your colleague such a good partner?

Safae: Natia takes the time to listen and understand.

Natia: She listens to my point of view and helps, with her expertise, to execute ideas to their greatest potential.

What’s your colleague’s bad work habit?

Both: Honestly? We can’t think of any. 😉

What was your favourite project that you worked on together recently?

Both: Reworking and perfecting the swimwear collection!

What’s the secret behind your successful collaboration?

Safae: She understands the added value of acquiring knowledge from all functional departments.

Natia: We have respect for each other’s ideas and suggestions.