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TR Trades is dedicated to fostering a community where altruism and philanthropy are at the forefront. Having operated in Kitsilano, Vancouver since 1969, we care greatly about our community and the people we have grown with for over 52 years. We offer our continued support to multiple organizations and non-profits, contributing to the advancement of Vancouver.

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Arts Club

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!

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Rain City 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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

TR Trades’ commitment to enhancing our community through continuous philanthropic support is reflected in our daily activities and partnerships. We are proud to contribute to the following organizations in a variety of capacities.

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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.

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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

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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!

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CANFAR

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.

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Byrne Creek Elementary

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.

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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.

Testimonials

TR Trades Reproduction Ltd.

1744 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver BC
604.736.4571
digital@trtrades.com

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

“McKenzie is always eager to respond and help. Great customer service as always!”
Smart Design Group

McKenzie

Account Manager

McKenzie joined the TR team with a solid foundation of experience in the print industry. His career began in production, where he developed his skills in maintenance, operations and finishing. Quickly recognized for his talent, initiative and charisma, McKenzie was promoted to Production Lead. At the helm of the production team, he proved a natural leader and infected the team with his positivity and work ethic.

After building his knowledge leading the production team, McKenzie progressed into the Sales department, honing his sales skills under the leadership of Carla Duncan and TR’s customer focused approach. His natural penchant for customer service and dedication to quality assurance proved an ideal fit for the TR sales team where McKenzie now functions as Account Manager.

Never one to rest on his laurels, McKenzie enhanced his knowledge with sales courses at BCIT and can regularly be seen applying his skills throughout the shop. Don’t be surprised to find him supporting the finishing department, assisting clients at the front desk, or onsite ensuring installations surpass customer expectations.

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

“Bruce has always provided excellent customer service.”
InterCAD Services Ltd.

Bruce

CAD & eProject Manager

When you meet Bruce you automatically know he is a seasoned professional in the reprographics industry. Starting out as a driver for Hughes Owens Printing in 1978, he eventually transitioned to Trimen Blueprinting where he acted as a reprographics technician for 13 years. With the onset of the digital era in 2000, TR Trades hired Bruce as CAD Manager. Since then he has been an invaluable asset to the company and anyone who has questions regarding CAD plotting. When Bruce is not overseeing others in the CAD department, he spends countless hours troubleshooting client issues, unearthing customer print errors, and providing eProject software support. He is regularly looked to for printing advice by both coworkers and clients.

Bruce is also well versed in troubleshooting onsite issues and participating in client presentations, having assisted Carla and TR sales staff in many client meetings. If you’re looking for a history lesson on the print industry or if you want to optimize your drawings for print, you’ll want to call on Bruce. Many may not know, but Bruce is a musician at heart! He originally studied engineering and math, eventually realizing it was not the career path he wished to pursue. Following this, Bruce went on to complete both a music program and a piano technician program through Douglas College. During his spare time, you’ll find him creating music or acting as a vocalist in several bands. When he is not playing the guitar and recording music, you can find Bruce tinkering around on one of his computers or watching hockey.

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

Carla Duncan

President

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.

Favourite place in Vancouver: None. She would rather be off the grid camping!

During her free time you can find her: riding her atv or dirtbike, camping in the wild, fishing off the West Coast, fishing in a river, or in her garden.

Ideal meal: steak and double stuffed potatoes

What gets her motivated in the morning: coffee and coming to work!

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.

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