Kevin HéliasOwner & CEO
A Computer Science & Mathematics graduate from Vanier College, Kevin’s ten-plus years of experience as a tech consultant and QA analyst include being part of the metrics and performance testing efforts for such games as: Life Is Strange, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Just Cause 3 among others. In addition to seeing hundreds of apps and websites through from conception to post-launch as a QA Analyst, he has also directed external play testing efforts for mobile game giants like King.
When not working, he is likely out walking his dog Noob, trying out a new VR game on his Index, or tinkering with a game design concept in Unity.
Natasha MelbrewLead QA Analyst
Natasha’s passion for order, QA standards, and logistical wizardry make her an ideal leader on any project. With over a decade of experience managing teams spanning the retail, market research, and tech industries, she excels at optimizing the output of all those around her through organization and savvy planning.
Natasha plays as hard as she works. She enjoys hiking and camping, building her own furniture, and is among the rare few who have completed the San Camino pilgrimage across Spain. Nothing makes Natasha happier than a job well done, but if you’re looking to get on her good side, some fine whiskey or cheese wouldn’t hurt.
Jedd PribadiLead QA Analyst
One of the three original Hermits, Jedd’s wealth of experience from testing dozens of mobile applications and web platforms is one of the company’s major founding pillars. A credit to his background as an IT professional, Jedd’s detail oriented and analytical approach has helped squash more bugs than we can count.
In his downtime you’re likely to find Jedd watching his favorite eSports event on Twitch, hiking with his girlfriend, and dog Apollo, or experimenting in the kitchen. He’s a big Civ 5 player, having logged over 1000 hours!
Philippe ArseneauLead QA Analyst
A veteran tester with over a decade of testing experience, Phil’s technical expertise is a big piece of the HermitQA puzzle. The swiss army knife of the team, he’s always pushing the pace and adding new skills to his arsenal.
Phil never misses an opportunity to make a Simpsons’ reference, and is one of the biggest live music fans out there. If there’s a band out there worth seeing, Phil’s already seen them twice.
Esther Handy-MalouinSenior QA Analyst
A QA veteran with a strong background in community organizing, Esther’s continuously positive attitude, testing prowess, and communication abilities are a big reason why people love working with us.
In addition to holding things down at HermitQA, Esther is also working towards her Bachelor in Education. Witcher 3 and Civilization 6 have a special place in this gamer’s heart, and she also enjoys drumming (poorly) in her free time.
Jay IsenbergQA Analyst
Having experience working with at-risk and special needs populations, as well as being a professional artist, gives Jay a testing edge few can boast when it comes to sussing out visual, usability and accessibility related issues.
He is proud to be the first and only Hermit to ever log a RuPaul related bug, and is a huge fan of the indie game scene, with a particular affinity for platformers.
Cody MonetteQA Analyst
A fantastic tester in his own right, Cody particularly excels when a manager with strong communication skills is needed. Often one to raise morale with a joke, it’s no wonder he was the social media director for the award winning Great Canadian Cider Company.
Cody is a big hockey nut and prides himself on being one of only three Dallas Stars fans in all of Canada. His happy place is playing Shadow of the Colossus.
Ask to hear his David Bowie impression if you ever get the chance.
Natalie WalczAdministration & Human Resources
A recent transplant from Toronto to Montréal, Natalie lends her wealth of experience in HR and admin to the HermitQA family while she continues to pursue her CHRP certification.
In her free time Natalie enjoys cooking, singing, playing old school video games, and attending amusement parks and festivals. She is also a lifelong Muppets fan.