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  • 1993

    Onlinetel Logo

    Canada deregulated the telecommunications industry & John Stix & Jody Schnarr founded Online Tel. They designed a system to sell long-distance accounts, and were likely the first to invent free, ad-based calling.

  • 1995

    Mike Brown

    Met Mike Brown. Mike ran The Little Computer shop for a few years & then joined them at Online Tel.

  • 1996

    Ad-Tel Communications logo

    Ad-Tel Communications launches free calling in Essex County sponsored by 15 second ads

  • 1996

    Calls sponsored by

    Free long distance calling in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Welland and Port Colborne with sponsored calls by Re-Max

  • 1996

    Freephoneline logo

    Freephoneline launches offering a desktop phone where users can call across Canada for free.

  • 1998

    Labatt Blue Line Logo

    Labatt Blueline: Online Tel upgraded their ad-based long-distance calling system to support an ad-tree for customers to hear ads geared to their demographic. They sold the idea to Labatt BlueLine (before they developed it) and Quinton Technologies developed & delivered the project within two months.

  • 1999

    Profit 100

    John Stix – Profit 100 Entrepreneur Award Winner

  • 2002

    295.ca logo

    295.ca founded in Jody’s basement. They focused first on dial-up internet which still represented the largest amount of volume in the market (everyone else was looking to DSL).

  • 2005

    SunCall and Record Call logos

    Fibernetics partners with the Toronto Sun and launches SunCall. A revenue sharing venture in return for free ad space in the newspaper. Partnerships with other newspapers followed including KW RecordCall in the Waterloo Region.

  • 2005

    Cancall International logo

    Fibernetics opens Call Center in Dominican Republic (CanCall International) – currently employees over 60 staff.

  • 2005

    Worldline logo

    Bought back Online Tel which ultimately became the parent company (Fibernetics) and 295.ca became Worldline

  • 2008

    NEWT logo

    Launched NEWT, Fibernetics business division offering pbx phone systems and business Internet to business customers.

  • 2009

    CLEC

    Fibernetics gains CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) status in Canada.

  • 2010

    BudPhone Logos

    Fibernetics partners with Labatts and launches Bud Phone, BudLight Phone, Budlight Lime Phone, Kokanee Phone a desktop phone app offering Free long distance across Canada.

  • 2012

    inter.net logo

    Fibernetics purchases ca.inter.net located in Western Canada.

  • 2012

    Dell Voice

    Fibernetics partners with Dell Canada to launch Dell Voice a free VoIP app to provided Canadians with a free number to allow for the receiving and making of voice calls throughout Canada and beyond. The app went to #1 in the Apple App Store. Dell Voice is now Fongo.

  • 2014

    Fibernetics Ventures

    Fibernetics launches Fibernetics Ventures helping fund start-up tech companies in the Region.

  • 2014

    Nucleus

    Fibernetics purchases Nucleus Information Services Inc. located in Calgary, Alberta. Nucleus was the first Internet company in the Province of Alberta.

  • 2014

    Telnet Communications

    Fibernetics purchases Telnet Communications in Oshawa, Ontario.

  • 2015

    Canadian HR Awards

    Fibernetics wins “The Accompass Award for Best Employer Branding. This award recognizes the HR team that has developed and implemented the most compelling Employer Brand, both internally and externally. Others nominated in the category included Keg Restaurants, Molson Coors, Tigris Incorporated and Traction on Demand.

  • 2017

    EY Entrepreneur of the Year - Jody Schnarr

    Jody Schnarr becomes EY Entrepreneur of the Year – Telecom CEO.

  • 2019

    JA of Waterloo Region

    Junior Achievement Waterloo Region Hall of Fame. Junior Achievement Waterloo Region is excited to announce this year’s inductees into the 2019 JA Waterloo Region Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. John Stix and Jody Schnarr, Co-Founders of Fibernetics.

  • 2020

    Gaslight District

    Fibernetics moved it head office to Galt, Cambridge located in the Gaslight District.