VANCOUVER, BC—In the months leading up to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, Metropolitan Fine Printers Founder and President George Kallas is bringing home his own gold medal. The veteran printer was recognized on November 12, 2009 as Graphic Monthly Canada magazine’s Printer of the Year before several hundred cheering colleagues at a gala industry reception in Toronto.
Graphic Monthly Canada’s Printer of the Year Award was created six years ago to celebrate printers who represent the best in the industry. Chosen annually by the magazine’s publishers and editors, the award is given to a printer who, in the course of building his or her business, has changed the industry and contributed to the betterment of the graphic arts as a whole.
“I am truly humbled by this award from the industry where I have dedicated my working life,” said Kallas when he received news of the win. “All of us know that printing is a team sport. Metropolitan has become the company it is today because of our amazing clients, and the talent and dedication of our technical and sales experts. I have the pleasure of working with, and learning from, them every day. I share this honour with them.”
Kallas has been actively involved in the graphic arts industry for more than 30 years. Inspired by his longtime interest in technology and art, in 1977 he founded Metropolitan Fine Printers in Vancouver and began by printing stationery. Three decades later, the company is recognized internationally as one of the world’s leading commercial printers. True to its mandate, Metropolitan continues to introduce revolutionary alternatives to conventional printing that are transforming the craft, both in terms of quality and sustainability. In 2008, Metropolitan was the most awarded printer in Canada and the United States for its technical expertise and also honoured as the most environmentally progressive vendor in Canada.