Owner & Sales Manager
In 1969, TR Trades Reproduction established itself as the preferred printer of Vancouver’s top architectural and engineering firms. Since then, we have expanded to become a leading print provider for professionals of every industry, including education, hospitality, and interior design. Combining dedicated customer service and industry-leading technology, we are committed to producing the highest quality products as quickly as our clients need them.
Teamwork is the foundation of our success. Our thriving work environment is the result of communication, encouragement, and ongoing education, and we believe that this positivity elevates everything we do. Located in the heart of Kitsilano, TR Trades is eager to give back to the community that supported us for nearly 50 years. In addition to advocating for local charities, providing material for children’s arts programs, and our own sustainability initiatives, we are always looking for new ways to improve the world around us.
Our ever-growing line of services includes CAD printing, fine art printing, presentation boards, outdoor signage, scanning, digital restoration, a wide range of small format products, and so much more. To put it another way: if it can be printed, we will make it amazing.
TR Trades Reproduction was established in 1969 by Ron Tomilson and Jack Richardson, the ‘T’ and ‘R’ of the company name. Two months after opening, Harold Duncan was hired as a delivery driver, and a year later he bought Jack and Ron out. Now at the head of the company, Harold joined the International Reprographics Association and began traveling extensively, visiting hundreds of reprographics shops across North America. He saw how they were operating and what kind of equipment they were using, and immediately incorporated what he learned into his business.
Over the next several years, business was booming. In 1976, TR Trades moved to its present location at 1744 West 4th Avenue, and then continued to expand into the adjacent lots surrounding it. Within a decade, with a footprint of 17,000 square feet, the company owned nearly half a city block!
As pioneers in Vancouver’s reprographics industry, TR Trades was the first to adopt digital printing and the first to introduce clients to high-speed modems. In the early ‘90s, TR Trades purchased the world’s most advanced copier at the time – the Canon Colour T – making them the first in Vancouver to offer high-speed colour copies. As more architects and engineers moved toward colour line prints, TR Trades purchased one of the first large format colour inkjet printers available in Western Canada, and as soon as large format colour scanning technology was available, it too was incorporated into the company’s already impressive workflow.
Harold Duncan announced his retirement in 2010, and his daughters Danielle and Carla transitioned into ownership. Having already spent their entire lives in the industry, they were able to combine this extensive hands-on experience with education, and the company continued to thrive. In 2014, TR Trades proudly celebrated its 45th anniversary, which means 50 years is right around the corner!
At TR Trades, we recognize that our team is our success. With our focused staff, some of which have been with the company since the beginning, we continue a long tradition of being industry leaders. We are still as active as ever watching for emerging technology and trends, always ready to grow and improve. And now that you know the company’s history, we invite you to contact us today and join us for the future!
Having worked in the family business since before she can remember, Carla has a natural talent for helping clients reach their printing goals. Always an advocate for education, Carla completed the Marketing Management course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and then obtained a degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University with a double major in Management Technology and Human Resources. And all of this is in addition to sales and marketing courses at BCIT!
Combining her extensive education with a lifetime of experience, Carla is a driving force behind the success of TR Trades. On a daily basis, she can be found anywhere in the shop, always striving to enhance client satisfaction. Her familiarity with our systems, equipment, and services make her uniquely capable of ensuring clients benefit from every possible way that TR Trades can help businesses grow.
Also goes by: Chow-Face
Favourite place in Vancouver: Granville Island or the Aquarium
During her free time you can find her: baking, gardening, working out, at the beach, hanging out with family, especially her son
Ideal meal: sushi and ice cream
What gets her motivated in the morning: breakfast
“If you’re looking for an alternative option to your current print supplier, please call my cell at 604.376.7803. I would love to speak with you about how we can help your business.604.736.4571 x 121
“Bruce has always provided excellent customer service.”
InterCAD Services Ltd.
When you speak with Bruce, you can tell he’s got plenty of experience in reprographics. Starting out as a driver with Hughes Owens Printing in 1978, then transitioning to a repro tech at Trimen Blueprinting, Bruce found his home with TR Trades as a CAD Manager in 2000.
Bruce became an invaluable member of the team from his first day. When he’s not overseeing the CAD department, he is a revolving information booth for technical questions. He knows the network inside and out, he knows the equipment outside and in… essentially, if it’s connected to a computer, Bruce can help. And whether it’s troubleshooting files or assisting with education presentations, clients and colleagues rely on Bruce for his extensive knowledge and problem-solving abilities.
Beyond reprographics, you may be surprised to learn that Bruce is an accomplished musician! In his free time, he enjoys creating and recording original music with piano and guitar in his humble studio. Unless there’s a hockey game on, then you might find him relaxing on the couch.
Also goes by: Stretch
Best described as: humble
Favourite place in Vancouver: Minnekhada, Coquitlam
Guilty pleasure: audio software
Favourite TV show: hockey
Ideal meal: mac & cheese (with ketchup)
Cannot live without: music
“McKenzie is always eager to respond and help. Great customer service as always!”
Smart Design Group
McKenzie has a solid background in the print industry and a genuine enthusiasm for incredible service. His career began in production, operating a variety of equipment and doing all kinds of finishing. After his broad skill set was quickly recognized, he was promoted to a Production Lead role, which in turn led to Account Management, and then finally to TR Trades where he continues to excel.
Today, clients and colleagues alike rely on McKenzie’s quick thinking and creative solutions. He is unnaturally talented at keeping track of every job coming through the shop, and his vision of the final product always informs every decision along the way. Even the briefest conversation with McKenzie will leave you feeling confident that your project is in the right hands.
On his days off, you can find McKenzie walking in the forest with his family, probably still thinking about work.
Also goes by: Mac
Interesting fact about McKenzie: he can be found on Wikipedia
Best described in three words as: loyal, funny, and stubborn
Cannot live without: his back massager
Quote to live by: “When you look at someone through rose-coloured glasses, all the red flags just look like flags” – Wanda the Owl
With a strong background in the print industry, Tom brings over 20 years of sales success to TR Trades. His focus on establishing relationships through trust and dependability makes him invaluable to clients. Always a team player, Tom leads by example with his enthusiasm to provide consistently excellent products.
After graduating from Business Management at Capilano University, Tom worked for Canon Canada as a Western Regional Sales Manager for over 15 years. This experience provided him with a broad understanding of the material we use today and the possibilities of what we could use tomorrow.
When he’s not preparing quotes or making sales calls, you can find Tom relaxing with his family or coaching minor hockey.
Best described as: meticulous
Interesting fact about Darrell is: I started my own comic book company when I was 13 years old
Soundtrack to his life: 120 BPM+
Cannot live without: challenges, my wife and my dog Brandy, family
Quote to live by: make the best of what you have, no matter what you have!
Interests include: words and flying discs
Favourite place in Vancouver: anywhere with more trees than cars
Ideal meal: falafel and pizza, but not together
Cannot live without: gravity… it’s very grounding
Favourite colour: blue
Interests include: movies, animation, food, vinyl
Favourite place in Vancouver: Guys & Dolls Pool Hall
He cannot live without: coffee
Quote to live by: “Wax on, wax off.” – Jackie Chan
Interests include: reading and video games
Soundtrack to her life: Stella – Kashiwa Daisuke
Ideal meal: double belly tsukemen ramen with egg
Cannot live without: a good story
Interests include: photography, birds, reading, music, and cooking
Favourite place in Vancouver: Iona Beach Regional Park and George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Quote to live by: “What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.” – Sigmund Freud
Ideal meal: Korean spicy tofu soup
Guilty pleasure: used book stores
Also goes by: Bapu
Hobbies include: 3D modelling, digital painting, and cooking
Favourite place in Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge
Interests include: helping the elderly, software, photography, and friends
Guilty pleasure: video compositing
Customer Service Manager
Favourite place in Vancouver: any beach/park
Car or bike? scooter
Ideal meal: homemade red pepper hummus and pita
Coffee or tea? coffee
During his free time you can find him: zipping around on his scooter or cheering on the Canucks
Soundtrack to his life: anything Pink Floyd
Also goes by: Pari
Best described as: a people person
Favourite place in Vancouver: Stanley Park
Guilty pleasure: sweets (ice cream)
Favourite TV show: Dragon’s Den
Ideal meal: chicken wings
What gets her motivated in the morning: her coworkers and customers
Lead CAD Operator
Also goes by: Lee, Celine Leon, or Leon-prechaun
Favourite place in Vancouver: New Brighton Park
Guilty pleasure: snacking at night
Soundtrack to his life: Back to the Future theme song
Cannot live without: food, oxygen… and his Android
What gets him motivated in the morning: coffee… then more coffee
Hobbies include: roller skating, dancing, swimming
Favourite TV show: Dr. Pimple Popper
Car or bike? motorcycle
Ideal meal: avocado and ribs
Words to live by: “A pencil and a dream can take you everywhere.”
Also goes by: Kiwi
Favourite TV show: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ideal meal: Crunchwrap Supreme from Taco Bell
Interests include: photography and concerts… ideally combined!
Interesting fact about Kelli: in grade 9, she placed 10th in the Wellington City spelling bee
Quote to live by: “Just keep swimming” – Dory
Also goes by: Miguel (having lived and worked in Queretaro, Mexico)
Favourite place in Vancouver: Deep Cove, North Vancouver
Best described in three words as: friendly, empathetic, and dependable
Ideal meal: rack of lamb, roasted savory potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding
Interests include: photography, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, teaching English, volunteering with Mexican and Hispanic communities and translating between Spanish and English
Favourite place in Vancouver: The Vancouver Aquarium
Coffee or tea? double-double
Ideal meal: The Old Spaghetti Factory
Guilty pleasure: dancing when nobody’s looking
Cannot live without: family
Digital Incoming Coordinator
Word that best describes me: redhead
Favourite place in Vancouver: the ocean!
Interests include: traveling, camping, baking and cooking, art, canoeing
Interesting fact: I am an identical twin
Cannot live without: my lipchap
Quote to live by: you live and you learn
Favourite TV show: X-Files
Interesting fact about Jeff: he has a brown belt in sport kick boxing
Cannot live without: Peanut Butter Cups
Words to live by: “I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.”
Also goes by: Mags
Guilty pleasures: dark chocolate, red wine, and sushi
Soundtrack to her life: “I can see clearly now” by Johnny Nash
Coffee or tea: tea
Best described in three words as: calm, loyal, trustworthy
Favourite TV shows: NCIS, Criminal Minds
Soundtrack to his life: the blues
Coffee or tea? milk and apple juice
Ideal meal: chicken anything
Best described as: dependable
Favourite place in Vancouver: Rocky Point, Port Moody
Interesting fact: represented Tanzania in cricket
Ideal meal: large veggie pizza, extra jalapenos
Favourite TV show: Survivor (which he’s watched since season 1)
What gets him motivated in the morning: knowing he will spend the day working with his second family
Also goes by: Luke
Interests include: badminton, ping pong, video games and movies
Favourite place in Vancouver: Metrotown
Ideal meal: anything with ham, sausage, and egg
Favourite TV show: The Flash
Hobbies include: collecting records
Favourite place in Vancouver: record store
Interests include: selling records
Interesting fact: he has lots of records… record hoarder!
Having operated in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver since 1969, TR Trades is committed to giving back to the community that has supported us for nearly 50 years. We have a variety of regular and rotating sponsorships that we are proud to work with in order to improve this city we all call home.
1. Our standard large format engineering 20lb bonds are 30% recycled at no additional cost to our clients
2. Our main small format colour machine uses a vegetable-based ink system
3. We offer sustainable mounting material alternatives to Foamcore:
4. A variety of recycled 20lb bond options for your small format specifications
5. Various recycled options for your small format colour proposals
A key part of TR Trades’ environmental initiatives is knowing that our suppliers have the same values as us. Through years of careful cultivation, we have obtained a secure balance of high quality machines and services while preserving our environmental initiatives.
|Year||Diverted Waste||Carbon Saved|
|2016||15,900 kg||57.4 t|
|2015||16.974 kg||61.3 t|
|2014||18,744 kg||67.7 t|
|2013||17,876 kg||64.5 t|
|2012||17,510 kg||63.2 t|
|2011||17,200 kg||63 t|
|2010||268 yd³||44.3 t|
|2009||842 yd³||126 t|
|2008||842 yd³||126 t|
|2007||842 yd³||139 t|
|2006||842 yd³||139 t|
|2005||717 yd³||115 t|
As a major producer of recyclables, TR Trades has partnered with multiple recycling depots in order to minimize potential waste contribution. We extend our recycling services to our loyal clients who may not have enough waste to justify recycling services of their own.
We will pick up and recycle a variety of our clients’ printing waste, such as:
Give your recycled waste to our drivers and they will bring it to our recycling facilities!
“For decades now, the ownership, management, and staff have been so good and are still in our neighbourhood. They all mean a lot to me and have always been a big help.”
June Katz (June Katz Music + Design)
“I cannot say enough about TR Trades. Their entire team is efficient and professional. We often need a quick turnaround for both our large and small scale printing projects and we have never once been disappointed. TR Trades continually provides us with creative and affordable solutions that meet our brand standards each and every time. We also know that when a delivery is dropped off at our office from TR Trades, the quality is going to be exceptional. Without hesitation, I'd recommend TR Trades.”
Jim Perkins (FairTradeWorks)
“To all the great people of TR: Day in and day out you have delivered above and beyond the call of duty with the end result making myself and the firm look good. For that, I thank you guys deeply.”
Rafael Santa Ana (Acton Ostry Architects Inc.)
“McKenzie has improved our customer service experience. Robert is the best! We love Gus! Thank you! Deliveries always on time which is much appreciated.”
Perry + Associates
“We are constantly amazed by your consistently friendly and efficient service under pressure. We also appreciate all of the times you’ve gone out of your way to provide extra services—for instance; providing kraft paper and plastic bags for rolled drawings, printing photographs for John’s birthday and especially, producing our Christmas cards. Ours this year was particularly labour intensive and yet it came back beautiful, and on time, at the busiest time of year. We don’t know how you do it! Thanks for your years of excellent service.”
Nigel Baldwin Architects