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Posted by Thera on October 9, 2014

BTI Brand Innovations Inc. was born in October 1999 (The 1900’s!?) in the basement of the Dhupar residence. It’s hard to believe that 15 years have passed! Let us take you on a journey back in time, to see where the BTI staff were in 1999.

BTI Brand Innovations Inc.:

In 1999, Parveen Dhupar was ready to start a new chapter in his career, after selling his previous marketing company. Realizing that his previous company was pigeonholed as only doing print and package design Parveen saw that his new company should have a name that reflected the fact that it was edgy and had web capabilities as well, and thus the came up with BYTE THiS inc…Oh! So that’s what BTI stands for!

Parveen Dhupar:

While the rest of the world was stressing about Y2K, I was busy partying like it was 1999. This included constantly listening to the new mastered version of Prince’s 1999, which included 7 remixes of the song.

I had a lot to celebrate that year, with the birth of my new company BYTE THiS inc., and of my second son!

Ritu Dhupar:

In 1999 I was enjoying  my mat leave with my two amazing boys.

We were going to Gymboree, dancing at home and playing in our tent/fort in the basement… the first home of BTI!

Mike Woodgate:

In 1999, I was busy working, studying and partying.

It was great time in my life. I was honing my skills as a graphic designer at Humber College, working as a grocery clerk at Price Chopper to make some cash, and spending said cash at rock clubs and concerts almost every weekend.

This was the year I began playing drums in my first “real” band. 1999 marked the end of my favourite decade! I loved the 90’s!

Shashi Ghai:

1999 was a year filled with Weddings in my family and circle of friends.

Between wedding celebrations, I was working as an office manager at another graphic design firm and had my hands full with an energetic and curious 7 year old boy.

Mike Lao:

In 1999, my family and I were in the process of applying for immigration from the Philippines to Canada.

I was 11 years old and spent my days playing with friends and keeping busy with every possible fad that the Philippines had to offer: Pogs, marbles, and spider fighting.

Pardeep Dhupar:

After 6 years of waiting, God delivered his greatest miracle to us in 1999 in the form of our first born. On a very snowy & stormy night, I witnessed the arrival of our son, Anish, who made us the happiest of people and grateful that God allowed us to raise such a darling little boy.

With such a blessing, 1999 turned into one of the best years of my life.

n 1999 I was designing and litho printing a custom Yahtzee game pad with a Lovely White (Korean Cartoon Character) theme, in my grade 12 Graphic Communications class.

I was working at Hy & Zel’s, still frequenting Hayden shows (local singer, songwriter), and collecting Garfield comic strips to add to my bedroom ‘wallpaper’.

Thera-lee Laurin:

In 1999 I was in grade 8 getting ready to graduate in 2000!

I loved the Spice Girls and playing soccer on my lunches at school.

When I wasn’t doing that I was spending time with my best friends at Wonderland riding my favourite ride, The Great Canadian Minebuster, over and over again.

Marlon Tiongson:

1999 was a very exciting year in my career. This was when I was part of some crazy projects like climbing a mountain for a TV commercial, touring historic cities for a tourism calendar
and doing an aerial photoshoot, which was my first time on a helicopter!

Ahmed El Sherbiny:

In 1999 I was working for the ministry of education in Dubai, as network administrator.

That August I decide to change my career to be a web developer.

At that time, my oldest daughter was only 3 years old, and my younger one wasn’t even born yet!

Stuart Jansen: 

In October 1999 I was into my third year in Canada, sitting in Mrs. Neri’s grade 3 class.

I didn’t have a care in the world, except the stress of not knowing what was going to happen in the next episode of Pokemon.

Amit Chail:

At the time, in 1999, I was playing hockey 3 – 4 times a week. That was the only thing I cared about. You will notice the blonde hair – that was for a hockey tournament in my hometown of Stratford.

Sumeet Vats:

In 1999 I was setting my sites on getting out of OAC and going straight to college for animation – and I was still getting into food fights in the caf.

Between lunchtime brawls in our schoolyard fantasy NWO wresting factions, there was gaming and lunchtime barbecues…


Where were you in 1999, when BTI began? Let us know by tagging us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest: @bticreative)