Webnames is 20!

We feel incredibly fortunate to be celebrating 20-years in business this year and we recognize that we couldn’t have reached this milestone without you. It has been an honour to help our customers bring their ideas and businesses to life online, and a joy to watch them flourish and succeed. Thank you for being part of this incredible ride, for letting us be a small part of your own journey and for inspiring us every single day to do our best.

We hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane as we share some of the faces and memories that have made the last two decades so incredible.

Thank you for choosing Webnames,
— Cybele Negris & John Demco

Our Backstory

Webnames started with an idea and an innovator...

John Demco recording statistics

John Demco, Webnames.ca Partner and Co-Founder

Webnames’ story begins with a young hockey statistician's sharp scientific mind and impressive typing skills from Vegreville, Alberta, who was destined to become the Godfather of .CA.

John compiling statistics for University of Alberta’s Golden Bears hockey team in the late 70’s.
Demco 1987

In the days before Webnames, our co-founder John Demco was the Manager of Computer Facilities at UBC. During the late 80’s, John not only got one of Canada’s very first Internet connections up and running, he also pioneered the .CA domain for Canada.

John went on to manage the .CA registry from his UBC computer lab on a volunteer basis beginning in 1987, registering .CA domains for Canadians by fax machine. In .CA’s first year a whopping 60 domain names were registered, mostly for universities and government.

John accepting the Canadian New Media Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Demco the achiever

By 2000, more than 100,000 .CA domains had been registered and John’s volunteer pastime became a second full time job. .CA had outgrown its humble beginnings growing in concert with the WorldWideWeb and John transitioned the registry into CIRA, which manages it to this day.

Cybele portrait

Cybele Negris, Webnames.ca CEO and Co-Founder

In 2000, John joined forces with UBC alumni Cybele Negris, an undauntable doer and incomparable motivator who was still young enough to be capable of pulling an all-nighter.

Together, with a small team, they created Webnames.ca.

Cybele Negris co-founded the company, instilling the core values that remain the heart of Webnames today.
Early days

A UBC spin-off company, Webnames was founded in the fall of 2000, with Cybele Negris helming operations. As COO, she harmonized tech operations with business strategy to grow the company, and built an amazing team of employees, some that are still with the company today.

She also may have slept on the office floor in a sleeping bag more than once to make sure no servers would crash.

Photo of the original management team

Over the years, John and Cybele, with their partners, Steve and Matt grew Webnames into one of Canada’s most trusted domain registrars and hosting companies.

Since taking the reigns as President and CEO in 2011, Cybele has built-upon Webnames’ reputation for exceptional customer service by nurturing a culture of integrity, diversity, collaboration and giving back that transcends the workplace.

Cybele speaking at an event

A trailblazer, advocate and mentor of women entrepreneurs and women in technology since 2000, Cybele has been recognized as one of BC Businesses’ most influential business women multiple times, is a Women's Executive Network Hall of Fame Inductee and a BIV Top 40 under 40 recipient.

Cybele speaking at an event

Now 20-years on, we’re proud to still be 100% Canadian owned and operated, holding our own in a landscape of multi-national giants, and continuing to develop and deliver world-class tools that help our customers achieve their online goals, with an unwavering commitment to exceptional customer support and security.

And we owe our success and longevity to you, our incomparable customers and friends.

...and grew into one of Canada’s most trusted online brands.

2000 - 2020

Proud to be Your Ally on the Web

Webnames team collage

Core Value #1
Amaze every customer with exceptional service.
Core Value #2
Always be improving (striving for excellence).
Core Value #3
Make a positive difference.

Meet (some of) the faces behind Webnames

Even the greatest technology is only as good as the people behind it, and we’re fortunate to have some of the best and brightest on our team.

IT Manager
18 years
Shawn R
Business Development & Customer Experience Manager
6 years
11 years
Product Manager
11 years
Software Development Manager
12 years
Marketing Manager
2 years
Financial Controller
20 years
Corporate Services Manager
13 years
Office Rockstar
8 years
Marketing Manager
10 years
Customer Support
5 years
Pokemon Trainer
< 1 year

Marking 20 Years of You

Meet Some of Our 20-Year Clients

Hockey Canada
Candian Cancer Society
Canadian Blood Services
YVR Airport
Canadian Paralympic Comittee
White Spot
Save on Foods
Ducks Unlimited
Emily Carr
Northwest Territories
Penguin Random House

There’s More to Come in 2021

We’re looking forward to celebrating well into 2021. Stay tuned for some big announcements and opportunities to celebrate together virtually in the new year!

20 circle photo collage

Shout it out: Webnames is 20!

Congrats to the team at @webnames on your 20th anniversary. Here’s to many more great years to come!
🙌 🍁

Did you hear? @webnames, Canada’s original domain name registrar, is twenty! Hip, hip, hooray

Still #Hereforyou

We welcome your feedback, and stories, about working with Webnames over the years.

Email us your story, anecdote, well wishes or concerns to twenty@webnames.ca. We’re look forward to another year — or better yet, another twenty — as not only your service provider, but your ally on the web.

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