Team Nucleus

AI Enhanced Unified Communications for a more unified world

Nucleus Background

John Stix and Jody Schnarr

Nucleus represents a lifelong collaboration between two friends, Jody Schnarr and John Stix, who have built multiple technology companies with successful exits.  Jody and John believe in the power of creating transformational business cultures to create transformational businesses. The company has been rated a top business to work for in Canada, with an impact mission that matters – and more than 50% of its employees in a 2022 survey hoping to stay with the company for life.

Nucleus Sustainability Thesis

Nucleus is a stand-alone, AI enhanced unified communications platform linking a company’s internal team, vendors, and customers together – created with a mission of mobilizing the global remote workforce and unlocking untapped talent.  We do this by offering accessible, best-of-class unified communications services that help create a more unified world.

Our innovative suite of free services – accessible wherever there is mobile or internet access on any phone device – facilitates cross-linguistic communications that minimize inequality of access regardless of geographic isolation, social dysfunction and economic constraints. As part of its technology roadmap Nucleus intends to utilize blockchain infrastructure to validate identity of users, process millions of financial payments, and preserve acceptable use standards.

Nucleus Team

History and Milestones

Nucleus is a subsidiary of Fibernetics, which celebrates its 20th year as a CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) in Canada this year. We generate billions of minutes of voice and data traffic every year on our network infrastructure that covers 90% of the population.

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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.

This isn’t our first time disrupting the Canadian Market.

Nucleus Partnerships

We started out with free long distance calling in Stratford, Ontario, the user would listen to an audio ad prior to their free long distance call being put through. We then partnered with Labatts and created Labatts Blue Line, users listened to an ad and then were able to place long distance calls across Canada. Another partnered again with Labatts and created desktop apps that allowed users to call free across Canada, the apps were called Bud Phone, Bud Light Phone, Bud Light Lime Phone and Kokanee Phone. We created an app called Dell Voice in partnership with Dell Canada, this branded Dell app allowed users to call long distance for free across Canada and went to number one is the Apple App Store. We created Freephoneline.ca which allowed users free calling across Canada. These are only a few of the many partnerships we forged during our history.