Owner & Sales Manager
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
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Growing up, Danielle’s first steps were through TR Trades. From sweeping the sidewalk to folding binding strips, she loved being in the shop with her father and helping out however she could. As soon as she was tall enough to feed the whiteprint machines, there she was, running hundreds of posters on the old ammonia equipment with a manual clicker.
As soon as Danielle graduated high school, she started working full time at TR Trades. She moved quickly through many roles, allowing her to see every aspect of the business from production to accounting. Always eager to learn, Danielle has studied management, sales, and graphic design at BCIT, as well as courses at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, giving her a very well-rounded understanding of how to provide top quality service. When a unique request comes in, whether it’s hand-mounted artwork or complex oversized scanning, Danielle is the go-to person that knows how to get it done.
In her free time, Danielle enjoys boating, making annual trips to Alaska and Haida Gwaii. And when she’s not on the water, you can find her at home with her family or indulging in high-quality sushi.
Favourite place in Vancouver: on the boat
During her free time you can find her: boating, fishing, exploring, beach combing, or building things (cars, boats, etc)
Ideal meal: salmon sashimi
What gets her motivated in the morning: enjoying her job… working with the TR team and clients to provide excellent products and services
“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
“Tony Smith has always been great to work with and we have always appreciated his care and service to our needs, big and small.”
To say that Tony knows printing is an understatement. Beginning his long career as an offset press operator over forty years ago, Tony joined the production team at TR Trades in 1985. Immediately recognized for his ability and knowledge, Tony moved into the role he excels at today, which is to consistently provide our clients outstanding service and products.
Tony is passionate about helping people, and it shows. He builds long-lasting relationships with clients by earning their trust over and over again. Whatever the extent of the project, you can always count on having his entire attention from beginning to end.
When not working with clients, Tony can be found studying art and architecture, or out on the fairway, where he boasts “moments of golfing brilliance punctuated with instances of utter failure,” which perfectly captures the humour that makes him so personable.
Also goes by: Smitty
Interests include: golf and travel
Guilty pleasure: Mariah Carey
Favourite TV show: Hockey Night in Canada
What gets him motivated in the morning: a second cup of coffee
Ideal meal: ossobuco with fries and Barolo
“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!
Also goes by: Maegatron
During her free time you can find her: running… or snacking
Favourite place in Vancouver: Charleson Park at dawn
Soundtrack to her life: Yakety Sax
Cannot live without: coffee
Guilty pleasure: Neko Atsume
Best described in three words as: very easily excited
Favourite place in Vancouver: any beach
Guilty pleasure: fine dining
Favourite TV show: Game of Thrones
Ideal meal: anything from Le Cinq… or Paris in general
Cannot live without: peanut butter
Best described in three words as: friendly, happy, and spontaneous
Interests include: cooking and reading
Soundtrack to his life: CCR
Ideal meal: haggis
Cannot live without: money
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: 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
Also goes by: Nick
Secret talent: talking to animals
Interests include: walking, art, photography, hiking, hanging with her pals, being outside, and coffee
Favourite place in Vancouver: all of it!
She cannot live without: pockets
Quote to live by: “The more you know, the less you need” – Yvon Chouinard
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
Guilty pleasure: coffee
Coffee or tea: coffee
Ideal meal: coffee
Cannot live without: coffee
What gets Eric motivated in the morning: coffee
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
Hobbies include: DJing, producing music, eating tons of food
Favourite place in Vancouver: Jericho Beach… maybe
Interests include: music, graphic design, and motion graphics
Favourite TV show: Father Ted
Car or bike? beer?
Ideal meal: Parnell Grill taco chip
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
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!