Level Extreme is a Canadian-based corporation located in New Brunswick. Its owner Michel Fournier is a professional, visionary, perfectionist, mostly known for his renowned realizations over the years and precursor to social networking. As a designer, architect, product manager, he is an out of the box thinker applying the Tenth Man Rule. As a business entrepreneur, he practiced Lean Startup techniques long before they were known. Owner of the LEVEL EXTREME PLATFORM, formerly known as the UNIVERSAL THREAD, known as one of the longest running websites on the planet, he provides high-end IT consulting worldwide. He specializes in building entire IAAS virtual data center solutions. He has delivered e-commerce websites, designed and architected two development frameworks, wrote over 100 IT articles for various sources, presented at user groups, conventions and corporations nationwide as well as in the US, has provided his contribution in political and legal issues to provide a better world, Senior IT Consultant at Level Extreme, Architect Software/Application & Project Manager (2009-2017), 7 times MICROSOFT MOST VALUED PROFESSIONAL for VB.NET, 7 times MICROSOFT MOST VALUED PROFESSIONAL for Visual FoxPro, DEVELOPERS CHOICE AWARD for best site at VFP DEVCON 2000 CONNECTIONS in New Orleans, interviewed and published in ACADIE NOUVELLE (2003, 2014, 2018), ÉTOILE CHALEUR (2017, 2018), CKLE (2018), author of A WAKE-UP CALL FOR HUMANITY (2017), DOOMSDAY CLOCK OF THE DIGITAL ERA (2018), THE FOURTH WAVE (2019), SHADOW (2019), journalist contributor and speaker.
Also known for turning large scale projects into weeks and months instead of months and years, Level Extreme makes the impossible possible. It provides high end professional consulting nationwide and internationally. A renowned speciality has been built over the years in Information Technology solutions in the .NET world as well as for the SQL Server platform. The level of expertise includes architecture, data modeling, feasibility study, prototyping, analysis, development, training, mentoring, standardization, testing phases, framework, RAD, OOP, OOD, Internet, e-commerce.
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Our expertise is applicable at various levels with the focus to architect and deliver complete IT infrastructures. Large projects and renowned companies are part of the portfolio. Among several other locations, the consulting services have been offered for clients in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, United States and United Kingdom. The involvement has been used in various areas such as Automobile insurance industry, Quality control, Operation management, Investigation systems, Technical Internet Web sites, Social Internet Web sites, Accounting applications, Monitoring applications, Robot applications, Web Service applications, as well as the Vertical market products.
Renowned corporations such as National Bank of Canada, Bell Sygma, Dynacom Technologies, Lanzen Corporation, la confédération des Caisses Populaires Desjardins, Microtec, Tal Investments, Pandrol Canada, the CGI Group, Technologies SoftDesign, ADN Medical and DevTeach are part of the portfolio.
The expertise has been shared with presentations on related topics for user groups, corporations as well as in convention centers across North America. A significant amount of technical articles have also been published for various sources such as magazines and newsletters.
The involvement has been used in various areas such as:
- Quality control
- Operation management
- Investigation systems
- Technical Internet websites
- Social Internet websites
- Accounting applications
- Monitoring applications
- Robot applications
- Web Service applications
- Automobile insurance industry
- Vertical market products
- Website auditing
- Risk assesment
The involvement in various roles applies such as:
- Information technology consultant
- Solution architect
- Internet website integrator
- Technical & administrative manager
- System engineer
- Project management
- Product manager
- Functional analyst
- IT business analyst
- System analyst
- IT manager
Among significant achievements, we note the following:
As part of a solution architect role, in less than a few months, acted as a lead role to manage the virtualization project of the production environment of two products, negotiated the entire quoting process with suppliers, implemented the migration strategy, leveraged the new data center VM environment, orchestrated the security as well as its ongoing evolution.
Occupied a senior role, for the re-designed of Canadian nation wide Web site for car insurance industry for the repair shops. This site is used on a daily basis by thousands of persons and concentrates mostly on the transactional aspect of the data as well as the new social context of the Internet.
Designer, architect and owner of the previously known Universal Thread, a 25-year renowned recognized technical support site for the worldwide developer’s community. Released in 1993, upscale to commercial level in 1995, the site is a pioneer in Internet.
As part of a Universal Thread Product Manager role, managed and used the core foundation of the Universal Thread technology to release Chatter4u in just 10 days!
Designer, architect of the Level Extreme Web Site Platform, a product which brought new methodologies in regards to the development, hosting and support of small businesses point of presence on the Internet. Released at the beginning of 2010, this product has already seen the delivery of Web sites within 24 hours. The product included all the major components such as the public exposure of the site, the administrative options, statistics as well as social networking integration.
Designer, architect and owner of the Level Extreme Nightlife, a social site similar to Facebook for the Maritimes region. This site, of prototyping nature, was offering a dating platform as well as an impressive portal in regards to nightlife activities in the region.
Designer, architect and co-owner of the Direct Martial Arts, an international site which was promoting the martial arts industry. On this site, of commercial nature, the involvement consisted in various tasks such as product marketing, business plan, funding and pro format
Designer of the Leave Canada Now, a Web site which was created during the nationwide legal case "Level Extreme Inc. VS Revenue Canada Agency". This site was among a set of tools used for the contribution of a new e-commerce tax law which was released in 2008, with the focus to allow a better free trade on the international market. Interviews on the Téléjournal de Radio-Canada, at the Radio de Radio-Canada as well as multiple articles in the Telegraph Journal were related.
Among the greatest realizations, we note the Level Extreme .NET Framework, a framework which allows RAD development for any .NET related projects. Also known as among some very rare people to have succeeded to developed two major frameworks in their career.
Owner of the online magazine Universal Thread Magazine, a magazine which was related to the topics covered on the Universal Thread, thus containing technical articles in the Microsoft technology area.
From the Universal Thread, established the necessary architecture to provide a coverage portal for international conferences in regards to Microsoft technologies. The portal has provided coverage of more than 60 international events having been presented in Canada, United States, Germany and Czech Republic.
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Among significant recognitions and awards, we note the following:
From an active involvement in the developers community, in regards to Microsoft technologies, obtained the Microsoft Most Valued Professional recognition for Visual FoxPro in 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
From an active involvement in the developers community, in regards to Microsoft technologies, obtained the Microsoft Most Valued Professional recognition for VB.NET in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
From the Universal Thread, won Developer's Choice Award for best Web site at VFP DevCon 2000 Connections in New Orleans
In recognition to the advanced research in the Web Service technology with Visual FoxPro, invited to present at the Bonus Session of the DevCon 2001 conference which was held in San Diego
Featured in l’Acadie Nouvelle newspaper in regards to the international achievement of a career. The article « Connected to the World » was published October 18th, 2003