Who We Are


A Little About 3B Solutions
the passion of youth tempered by decades of experience
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3B Solutions, located at the Big Blue Box Studios in Barrie, Ontario, is a creative collection of both enthusiastic and highly experienced professionals from all areas of media who together offer more than 40 years of international experience in various aspects of branding and promotion. Their profiles span the globe, and include work in areas ranging from journalism and documentary production, to website design, social media, on-line promotion, graphic arts, photography, animation, and more.

Ours is a fast moving industry that is fuelled by both innovations and technology, so we embrace the enthusiasm of youth, and temper their passion through the guidance of experience and proven professionals. The end result is that our clients are always on the cutting edge, but are never put in a position where the media becomes more important than the message.

We then provide our team members with the latest technology and tools of communications that they use to the fullest to promote our clients through whichever combination of media best serve their needs; thus ensuring that consistency is maintained, as quality control remains within one building – or one Big Blue Box.

Meet Our Awesome Team

Each of our team members brings both original insight and mad skills

Please take a minute to review our testimonials both here; and on Facebook.

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John Ironside, Video Producer / Director, Owner and Founder of 3B Solutions

John Ironside is a 25 year veteran of the international media industry, who in addition to having worked in virtually every form of media has also taught those subjects at Fanshawe College in London, and at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts.

John's primary roll at 3B Solutions is that of video producer, and he has been acknowledged by the independent consumer reporters of Three Best Rated as being the best videographer in Barrie.

John is the father of two special needs children, who inspired him to donate his time and resources to various community and charitable causes and to initiate FACINATE Films; a not-for-profit venture intended to help 'Families Assisting Special Children In Navigating Available Treatment Everywhere'. That passion is also at the core of our local focus.

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In addition to having extensive experience in broadcast and corporate video production, John has worked as a photojournalist and then Deputy Editor of a national European newspaper, and as news camera and photographer in places like Bosnia and the Middle East. John's experience in documentary production ranges from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to Greenpeace in Europe.

John started 3B Solutions in 2012 after being hired to promote a local medical aesthetics clinic. As a direct result of John’s out-of-the-box thinking the clinic saw a 40% increase in real sales in just one year, resulting in a dramatic increase in the stature of the clinic. Since then, our team has worked with doctors of various kinds, both traditional and naturopathic, including several medical aesthetics clinics located in cities across the country.

Dr. Kayte Armstrong, Resources Manager

In addition to handing various management roles, Kayte is also our Medical and Science Projects Manager; a role that she is amply qualified to oversee as Kayte is a certified and practicing veterinarian who is also currently studying Osteopathy while developing extended curriculum for the use of those techniques in the treatment of animals.

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Outside of the medical field, this busy lady has also earned a Masters of Business Administration, and she is also a successful business owner and entrepreneur who in addition to her pet practices has also run a fitness centre and several farms.

Sarah Davis, Senior Graphics Artist

Sarah Davis is a graphic designer who has worked on projects ranging from logo creation to website design and the layout of custom printed materials of every kind. Sarah is extremely flexible in her abilities, and she consistently exceeds the expectations of those who work with her.

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Sarah earned a Graphic Design, Advertising Diploma in 1994, and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communications in 2008. Now she has completed her Masters of Business Administration.

Sarah consistently delivers professional quality graphics design no matter what the media, and she is both creative and intuitive. These characteristics combined with her knowledge and skill make Sarah an excellent choice for any graphic design needs. One of Sarah’s best qualities is her ability to create original logos that are relevant, thought provoking, inventive, and memorable. Sarah does not just create a logo, she strives to create an impressive visual statement. Sarah lives in a world of creativity and uniqueness, and she has always exceeded our expectations and those of our clients.

Ahsan Ahmed, Animation and Visual Effects Artist

Ahsan is a 3D Artist who brings with him more than ten years of professional experience in animation and game creation. He is formally trained as a graduate of the Diploma Program in Digital Animation at Centennial College.

As a generalist, Ahsan is capable of modeling, rigging, texturing, creating UVs, creating multi-layered shaders, character animation, blend shapes, dynamics, lighting, rendering, visual effects, roto-scoping, green screen removal, rig removal, composition, camera tracking and match moving, motion capturing, transferring live skeletal animation and facial expressions, etc.

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Ahsan is also highly experienced in Unity game engine, and is proficient in the use of the following software:

  • Maya, 3DS Max, Zbrush, Mud box, Nuke, After Effects, Mari, Photoshop, illustrator
  • Real flow, Houdini, Fusion, Flash, Keyshot, Auto-Cad, Premiere
  • Kinect Motion Sensor, Faceshift Studio, Reallusion iClone, IPi Motion Capture Studio
  • Game Engines: Unity, Gamebryo, Torque, Game Studio, Dark Basic and Vertools
  • V-ray, Mental-ray, I-ray, Krakatoa, Maxwell renderer

Jen McDonald, Make-Up Artist and Hair Stylist

Jen McDonald is a highly experienced and multiple award winning make-up artist and hair stylist.

After working for over five years as an artist for M.A.C Cosmetics, Jen decided to take her knowledge and share it with up and coming cosmetics professionals by accepting an offer to become their instructor.

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Outside of the classroom, Jen has excelled by utilizing her talents as a makeup and hair styling artist on video and photo shoots, talent shows, and other aspects of the fashion industry.

Jen is also a huge supporter of Sick Kids and Heart and Stroke, and in line with our team philosophy of paying it forward, Jen has donated her talents to fund-raisers such as fashion shows.

Call us today 705-828-5605 or email us at john@3bsolutions.ca

3B Solutions offers over 40 years of combined branding and media experience.

We are each experts in our fields, and we can bring our combined skills as a team to benefit you, our client.