Our mission

Give people the power to digitally connect and interact on their own terms.

Our principles

We tackle today's digital challenges guided by the beliefs that technologies should be aligned with people's choices and values, favor a prosperous and competitive economy, and a more open and democratic society.

Protect People's Privacy

We have a responsibility to protect privacy in today's hyperconnected world, to keep people safe and to foster free speech.

Connect Online Communities

Our technologies bridge unrelated applications to help their communities seamlessly connect and interact together as one.

Strengthen Democracy

Our tools help media organizations power profitable business models to continue shaping a healthy democracy in our societies.

Promote Fair Competition

We build the foundations to support the development of new competitive tools for more alternatives in the digital marketplace.

Our history

2010. Virtual Artifacts founded after acquiring Shopmedia, Inc. through a reverse takeover.

2011. Beta release of the Hibe platform. Heralded as one of top next-gen privacy technologies.

2012. Showcasing of the Hibe technology at SXSW (Austin, TX), Advertising Week (NYC, NY).

2016. Introduction of Hibe MAN , social network for mobile apps, powered by Hibe.

2018. The Hibe MAN platform is launched in collaboration with Oracle Corporation.

2019. Amazon and IBM support the Hibe Xcloud initiative through dedicated programs.

2020. Google supports the Hibe Xcloud initiative. Hibe Media and Hibe AdAura are launched.

Jean Dobey
Founder, Chairman & CEO

As an entrepreneur and Internet technology innovator with 25 years of experience, Jean always believed that the Internet — if it was used in the right way — would positively impact billions of lives around the globe. Recognizing the potential of this amazing medium in 1995, Jean immersed himself in the world of programming to gain the tools he needed to turn his ideas into reality. With his extensive knowledge of e-commerce, social media, advertising and online privacy, Jean has become a source for thought leadership on these topics and has provided dozens of articles and conducted numerous interviews with major media outlets, including The Guardian, Investors.com, The Huffington Post, Forrester, CEO.com, SocialTimes.com, Business News Daily and Fast Company. Jean is a former member of the Technical Advisory Board for Oracle.

Sylvain Roy

Chief Operating Officer

Richard Desrochers

Chief Technology Officer

Frédérique Fenneteau

Chief Product Officer

Management team bios

Sylvain Roy is chief operating officer at Virtual Artifacts. Sylvain is a business lawyer with 25 years of IP, valuation and transactions experience applied to growing, operating and monetizing tech companies. Distinctive features of Sylvain's practice include mastery of technology and media industries, the ability to assess risk factors associated with product development, go-to-market and scale-up, and the incorporation of risk/benefit analyses into business strategy and operational planning. In total, Sylvain valued or provided due diligence on over hundreds of technology projects. Prior to joining Virtual Artifacts, Sylvain founded and operated several firms in the software and technology, media, and telecom (TMT) spaces where he played a key part as COO, CEO or general counsel roles.

Richard Desrochers is chief technology officer at Virtual Artifacts. Richard is an enterprise architect with 30 years experience in IT, R&D, systems development, design of large-scale distributed data processing architecture, and data warehouses. Prior to joining VA, Richard worked as an IT consultant with multidisciplinary teams over 25 years for different government ministries on innovative technology projects valued over $100 million, some prized by the industry. Richard graduated in software development and artificial intelligence and he holds a security clearance from the government of Canada.

Frédérique Fenneteau is chief product officer at Virtual Artifacts. Frédérique leads its family of products built atop its flagship technology, Hibe. For a decade, she has been actively involved in the conception, management, communication strategies, market validation of the Hibe products, and has acquired a deep knowledge of the Hibe technology. Frédérique participated to key events across North America to showcase and demonstrate the benefits of the Hibe technology in many fields, including advertising, education, and health. Previously to her career in technology, Frédérique has worked as an associate scientist at a pharmaceutical consulting firm. Frédérique graduated in engineering (B. Eng and M.Sc.A), and holds a Ph.D. degree with honors in pharmaceutical sciences.

Our culture

At Virtual Artifacts, as we take on real problems impacting our digital societies, we foster diversity and inclusion to fuel our innovations, make better decisions and build unique technologies.

Contact Us

200-381 Notre-Dame West
Montreal (Quebec)
Canada H2Y 1V2

info AT virtualartifacts DOT com