Conveniently located in beautiful Nanaimo, British Columbia, Mindspan delivers technology solutions designed to empower west-coast businesses with tools to reach their clients and prospects with effective messaging and creative content.



Founded in 1998, Mindspan has undergone significant changes over the years - morphing from a public sector consultancy on matters pertaining to enterprise IT, to serving private sector concerns predominately in the software development and marketing arenas.


At its inception, Mindspan's founder, Ray Richards, rallied a pool of independent consultants and single-discipline consultancy firms to respond to requests for proposals from federal governmental departments - with the notion that smaller, more nimble groups of specialists would provide superior results to those typical of our larger competitors. Our strategy proved successful, garnering contracts with departments including the National Research Council, Statistics Canada, and DND's Vice Chief of Defence Staff.


In subsequent years, as government budgets were slashed, Mindspan shifted its attention to the private sector and its burgeoning interest in Internet-based technologies. Working with firms such as California's, a constituent of the top 100 sites on the planet at the time, Mindspan provided analysis and management of electronic marketing campaigns which accounted for over 80% of the company's revenues -  reliably delivering and tracking over 13 million user-specific impressions every week.


As Mindspan continued to serve the corporate sector, the emerging mobile market began to show promise, and in light of this fact, the company gained additional core competencies in app development on the dominant platform: Apple's iOS.


With the implosion of tech giant Nortel, and the subsequent financial downturn in 2008, the environment  in Ottawa became significantly less attractive than in previous years - leading to a decision to relocate the consultancy westward to British Columbia. Now situated on the harbour in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, (literally 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, and under an hour to Seattle), Mindspan is poised to capitalize on opportunities presented within this bustling region.


Mindspan founder and consultant Ray Richards, has worked in the technology field for over 25 years, leading an extraordinary variety of projects - from enterprise scale planning and implementation, to coordinating small business marketing efforts. Primarily contracted in product management and marketing roles of late, Ray brings a wealth of experience and a variety of skills whose breadth proves a great asset to the organizations with whom he works.


Additionally a tech columnist for over 15 years, Ray has written for a wide variety of national, international, and regional publications including Government Computer Magazine, The Computer Paper, PhotoLife Magazine, Monitor Magazine, TechKnow Mag, Hub, and many others. As a result of his journalistic endeavours in print, Ray was also invited to host a two hour weekly broadcast on Ottawa's top talk radio station, CFRA. This show aired for two years in advance of his relocation to British Columbia.


As an avid photographer, iOS, and Objective-C developer, Ray recently launched DarkroomPro Magazine for the iPad platform. Now distributed in 155 countries, this publication has consistently received excellent reviews and recently celebrated its 10th consecutive week on the 'What's Hot' list on Apple's iTunes.


While maintaining relationships with many consultants whose expertise Mindspan may bring to bear on any endeavour, Ray is both the lead, and primary resource on the majority of projects the company now undertakes.


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Mindspan is dedicated to providing technology solutions designed to connect your business with its customers in an engaging manner. Focused on converting prospective clients to paying customers, Mindspan works with vendors to ensure their commercial success.


Phone Number: 1-877-MNDSPAN