About Us

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.

Mission Statement

We strive to continually earn the trust of our clients with fast, reliable service and the highest standards for our printed products.



  • Superior Customer Service
    We believe in going the extra mile at every step. From the design of our online systems to the delivery of our products, customer satisfaction is our top priority, and we aren’t happy until you are.
  • Employee Empowerment
    Each and every job we produce is unique, and we rely on our staff to use their own professional discretion when anything seems like it may be inaccurate. With ongoing training and years of industry experience, our team is encouraged to communicate with clients, helping to foster a sense of direct engagement with the people and projects that are important to all of us.
  • Quality
    The appearance of your project is as important as its content, and that’s where we excel. We set the highest standards for our products, and our top-of-the-line equipment helps us achieve the results we expect – and the results you need – over and over again.
  • Innovation
    In a world of constant change, we believe innovation drives success. Through regular initiatives such as industry research, annual trade show conventions, and listening to the needs of our clients, we are able to continue to lead the trade printing industry with new products and strategies.
  • Teamwork
    Our open-concept shop means more than just the layout of the building. We don’t want walls between us, we want to be able to freely discuss our work and ideas together. That’s what teamwork means to us; a group of skilled people collaborating within a shared vision of excellence.
  • Sustainability
    In an industry where our choices have a direct environmental impact, we need to make every effort to remain as sustainable as possible. From our equipment and materials to our operations and values, we are committed to improving how we do business.
  • Technology
    As in most industries, reprographics technology is always improving, and we are proactive with sourcing the latest equipment and software available. For us, this means extensive research and regular communication with vendors; for you, this means we will only ever deliver the best possible products.

Our History

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!

Our Team


Owner & Sales Manager



CAD & eProject Manager



Senior Account Manager



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

Contact Me

“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.


CAD & eProject Manager

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


Senior Account Manager

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



Production Manager

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!


Graphics Manager


Art Scan Technician

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


Graphics Operator

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


Graphics Operator

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


Graphics Operator

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


Xerox Operator

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


CAD Operator

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.”


CAD Operator

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

Michael B

CAD Operator

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


Customer Service

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.”


AR Clerk

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

Michael L

Account Manager

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 TV shows: NCIS, Criminal Minds

Soundtrack to his life: the blues

Coffee or tea? milk and apple juice

Ideal meal: chicken anything


Lead Driver

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.

Current Sponsorships

  • Arts Club Theatre Company
    The Arts Club Theatre has devoted themselves to enhancing the Vancouver theatre community for more than 50 years. As the largest theatre in Western Canada with 3 beautiful venues — Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage — the Arts Club Theatre delivers year-round professional performances on par with New York and London. You are guaranteed to experience a range of emotions while witnessing the talent on their stages!
    The Arts Club strives to maintain their mission through developing educational programs that nurture the creative passion of our local community. The Arts Club also operates student matinees, offering new learners and contributors access to their resources. Community support is integral for the Arts Club Theatre to continue their valuable work. Help us keep all three stages alive by supporting the Arts Club Theatre Company!
  • RainCity Housing
    RainCity Housing’s mission is to advance social equity by building upon the strengths of our community and of each individual. By providing housing and support to people living with mental illness, addiction, and other challenges, they have facilitated hope and opportunity for those that need it. Since 1982, RainCity has offered thousands of individuals within the Lower Mainland independence, improving their quality of life and providing a safe place to call home.
  • Greater Vancouver Food Bank
    TR Trades is a proud sponsor of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, a local non-profit providing relief to over 28,000 individuals every week through 14 meal-based locations and nearly 100 community centres within Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and North Vancouver. Their vision to ensure everyone has access to healthy, sustainable, and nutritious food.
    Each holiday season, we request all gifts under our Christmas tree to be non-perishable food items for the GVFB. Our staff and customers contribute to help end hunger, and if you would like to contribute as well, please feel free to drop off any non-perishable food items under our tree during the holidays! This year, TR Trades has signed up to host a Virtual Food Drive in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank! We will match all customer donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000! Our goal is to raise $20,000 by January 31st!
  • Audain Art Museum
    In March 2016, Michael Audain — philanthropist, art collector, homebuilder, and Chairman of Polygon Homes — partnered with Patkau Architects to build a 56,000 square foot museum to house his extensive BC art collection. The museum exhibits artists who have made major contributions to the visual art history of our region and boasts work from internationally-recognized contemporary artists, including a comprehensive Emily Carr collection. TR Trades is proudly accommodating the Audain Museum’s printing needs. We can hardly wait to witness such a momentous occasion for BC culture!
  • Variety Children’s Charity
    The Variety Children’s Charity is an organization that TR Trades is proud to offer our continued support to. In our front lobby is a candy machine that returns all of its proceeds to VCC, which is part of their ongoing fundraising campaign that provides hope and enhances the lives of special needs children across our province.
  • Aga Khan Foundation
    TR Trades remains an annual supporter of the Aga Khan Foundation. The Aga Khan Foundation is a Canadian charity within the Aga Khan Development Network, a partnership of agencies spanning 30 countries that is dedicated to fostering advancement socially, economically, and culturally. These agencies share a common mission to develop living conditions and opportunities for the impoverished, regardless of their faith, gender, or origin.

Rotating Sponsorships

  • Canadian Flowers For Food Society
    Canadian Flowers for Food Society is an organization that provides fiscal, social, and confidence-instilling opportunities to the oppressed within Vancouver. Their core belief is that we should celebrate individual imperfections and support those in our community who require assistance, such as Vancouver’s homeless, elderly, and those suffering from mental health.
    Canadian Flowers for Food Society partners with distributors with inexact flowers, otherwise bound for the landfill due to small imperfections, and delivers those flowers to those facing adverse circumstances. Those individuals then offer the flowers to the public for a voluntary donation amount. CFFS’s mission to help those who are easily overlooked by subsidizing flowers that are often overlooked, is an idea that we are proud to support at TR Trades.
  • The Binners’ Project
    Everyday thousands of binners – individuals who collect recyclables and other objects of value from garbage bins – face judgement and difficulty accessing resources. The Binner’s Project works to end the stigma associated with binners and improve their economic opportunities. In combination with their Montreal-based parent organization, Coop Les Valoristes, the project has managed to make significant progress in restoring value, confidence, and self-worth to the binners’ community. TR Trades is proud to be an integral community partner with the Binner’s Project and hopes to continue to contribute to their accomplishments and success.

Prior Charitable Donations

  • Breast Cancer Run for the Cure
    The TR Trades family enjoys participating in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation & CIBC Run for the Cure each October! The CBCF has operated as the national leader in raising awareness and driving progress in breast cancer research since 1986. Through generous donations by supporters just like us, they have been able to improve prevention and diagnosis of breast cancer through research and public education. Together, we can all help CBCF discover a future without breast cancer!
    The Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR) is a leader in promoting the awareness of research into all angles of HIV infection and AIDS. Annually, CANFAR’s Scientific Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing and assessing numerous research proposals to determine the most effective contribution to the international body of HIV and AIDS research.
    CANFAR has relied solely on the support of corporations, groups, and individuals to raise over $18 million since opening their doors in 1987. With this support, key developments have been made that allow the risk of HIV transmission between a mother and her baby to be avoided almost entirely. In addition, a fundamental aspect of drug treatment has been identified and is keeping individuals alive today. We continue to support our community through empowering organizations like CANFAR to do the best work they possibly can, conquering the battle against AIDS one hurdle at a time.
  • Byrne Creek Secondary
    Over many summers at TR Trades, we have been privileged to host students from the Burnaby School District’s Byrne Creek Secondary during their work experience and apprenticeship/industry training placements. Byrne Creek students learn the daily function of the printing industry, honing real life skills by experiencing the responsibilities of a full-time job. Each student graduated from our work placement with trade experience, top tier customer service experience, and diverse knowledge that better prepares them for their future in the work force.
  • Vancouver’s Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter
    TR Trades is devoted to supporting Vancouver’s Rape Relief & Women’s Society in their mission to attain women’s equality. Incorporated in 1979, they are a non-profit and active force instrumental in confronting social attitudes, laws, and institutional procedures that preserve male violence against women and children.


Environmentally Friendly Products for our Customers

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:


  • 100% recycled natural fibres
  • Eco alternative to PVC or plastic display boards
  • Completely biodegradable and repulpable
  • No wax or polyethylene

Cardboard Matboard

  • Completely biodegradable and repulpable

4. A variety of recycled 20lb bond options for your small format specifications
5. Various recycled options for your small format colour proposals

Carefully Selected Vendors

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.

Konica MinoltaOcéXeroxHewlett PackardRicohCanon

YearDiverted WasteCarbon Saved
201615,900 kg57.4 t
201516.974 kg61.3 t
201418,744 kg67.7 t
201317,876 kg64.5 t
201217,510 kg63.2 t
201117,200 kg63 t
2010268 yd³44.3 t
2009842 yd³126 t
2008842 yd³126 t
2007842 yd³139 t
2006842 yd³139 t
2005717 yd³115 t

We want to help you be green too!

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:

  • Soft plastics, including plastic bags from your paper plotters
  • Hard plastics, such as the circular ends of your plotter cores
  • Cardboard tubes and cores
  • Old drawings

Give your recycled waste to our drivers and they will bring it to our recycling facilities!


“Always great quality and great service! You always go the extra mile to make it right or help out.”

Kari Renaud (Lily Design)

“I just wanted to extend a very big thank you for your efforts Tuesday morning on printing and mounting the UDP presentation panels. Your team was courteous, professional, and worked even more quickly than we could have asked them to in light of our pressing deadline. The quality of the prints and panels were exceptional. Many thanks and kudos for a job well done.”

Mike Mammone (Francl Architecture)

“Favourite thing about TR Trades... it feels like family!”

Anya (Wiedemann Architecture)

“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)

“Best service and teamwork imaginable! Thanks for keeping us out of (printing) trouble!”

Loy Leyland (Loy Leyland Architect Inc.)

How Are We Doing?

TR Trades Reproduction Ltd.

1744 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver BC

Monday to Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
After hours printing available!