Our Story

Our MET team, between our facilities in Calgary and Vancouver, has been crafting compelling visual narratives through print for more than four decades, helping clients tell their stories and elevate their brands.

Recognized for its innovation and print achievements, MET has redefined the role of the conventional commercial printer, becoming a creative partner that is involved with clients’ projects from the get-go. Clients value MET’s collaborative one-on-one approach, relying on the team’s bold ideas, customized solutions and stellar craftsmanship to translate their ideas into fully realized projects.

That a philosophy of passion, innovation and excellence underscores the essence of MET is no surprise. MET was founded in 1977 by George Kallas, who wasn’t afraid to dream big. Inspired by his fascination with emerging technology and love of colour, he built a small shop specializing in stationery into one of North America’s most awarded printers, admired for its high production values, pioneering spirit and superb customer service.

In addition to becoming the printer of choice for many top global companies, MET soon joined the ranks of “go-to” printers to call upon to pilot new technology. The company was among the first printers to embrace new digital and stochastic UV printing that revolutionized the industry, and went on to produce seemingly impossible, complex projects that sealed its reputation as a “what if?” printer.

MET has also won praise for its exceptional corporate culture and sustainability practices. Since day one, MET has strived to nurture and maintain a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace, where each of our employees feels welcome and safe to be their authentic selves, and empowered to contribute. We remain committed to pay equity, equal opportunity, and ensuring that our plant operates at the highest environmental standards.

Giving back to the community where we live and work is also a high priority; each year MET proudly contributes to a variety of charitable initiatives and educational programs.

In the community

At MET, giving back to our community has been an integral part of our culture since we opened our doors 40+ years ago. From providing in-kind printing and raising funds, to channelling our creative talents “for good,” we have been proud to support a wide range of charitable initiatives and non-profit organizations that make Vancouver a better place to live and work.

When COVID-19 turned the world as we know it upside down, MET wanted to help. In partnership with Yaletown Distillery and Letterbox Design, we quickly produced 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer for our community, the Vancouver Police Department, St. Paul’s Hospital, and The Salvation Army Community Services (Calgary). We also partnered with Ocean Kings Manufacturing to make 500 facemasks for the Vancouver Police department.

We were proud to step in when decreasing provisions threatened the vital services -

that our food banks provide. MET founded the local chapter of Canstruction®, an international initiative aimed at reducing hunger in communities. To date, Canstruction® Vancouver has raised more than 1.3 million cans of food for donation to Greater Vancouver food banks.

We continue to support a number of important initiatives that are changing lives for the better, such as Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon’s “Home for Dinner” program. We’re also excited to assist the next generation of graphic designers and print experts through our awards and internship programs with the Graphic Designers of Canada—BC chapter and BCIT.

MET’s efforts to make a difference have not gone unnoticed: the company has been recognized with an Ethics in Action award, the first printer to receive this honour.