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Type Private
Headquarters 313 - 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver, Canada
Key people Dean Gagnon, President & Co-founder</br> Sunny Hirai, Co-founder
Industry Internet, Software
Products Websites, Website Design, Website Hosting, and eCommerce
Website is an online website builder that includes an ecommerce shopping cart. It was launched in 1999 and is targeted to small business owners with little website design or programming experience.


Technology and Services

The CityMax website builder is web-based software that requires no plug-ins or downloads and is available by monthly, 6-month, or yearly subscription. Customers are able to sign in through an internet connection to build, edit, and manage their websites and web stores.

For payment processing options, the ecommerce shopping cart is integrated with PayPal,, PSIGate, and WorldPay, supporting a number of currencies.

The software operates on a website design template system, which allows users to choose from free, pre-designed templates. However, they also offer professional design services for those that prefer custom design work.

Partnerships and strategic alliances include eBay[1], Google[2],[3], and Global Resource Systems[4].

Company History

In 1999, was founded by two former classmates from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Dean Gagnon and Sunny Hirai, along with Victor Nomura and Emily Hirai. Prior to CityMax, Sunny Hirai also founded The goal of was to provide an all-in-one website and ecommerce solution for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

In September 2008, CityMax moved to an office in the historic Gastown area of downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada. President Dean Gagnon is a vocal supporter of entrepreneurs and in November 2009 he was one of the judges that selected Milun Tesovic as the winner of the 2009 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA).

Recognition & Awards

  • September 2008 - received a WebAward from the Web Marketing Association for Outstanding Achievement in Website Development[5].
  • January 2009 - Dean Gagnon, CityMax’s President, was listed as one of the “2008 BIV Forty Under 40” by Business in Vancouver Magazine[6] for his accomplishments with CityMax and other ventures.
  • May 2009 - was awarded ad:tech's People's Choice Award in the category of Best B2B Marketing Website[7].
  • June 2009 - was listed as one of PROFIT Magazine's NEXT 100 Emerging Businesses in Canada[8].
  • September 2009 - received its second WebAward from the Web Marketing Association for Outstanding Achievement in Website Development[9].
  • November 2009 - President Dean Gagnon selected to judge Global Student Entrepreneur Awards[10].
  • November 2009 - recognized as the #2 Best Company to Work for in BC by BCBusiness Magazine[11].
  • December 2009 - President Dean Gagnon featured in the Wall Street Journal for his team motivation tactics[12].
  • January 2010 - "Homepreneur of the Year" contest referenced in Daily Dose[13].


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