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MET People and Community

We believe that the more you give, the more you get back.

MET is proudly in Vancouver East Side, our neighborhood is vibrant, creative and quite literally the cultural center of Vancouver.

We support our local artisans and businesses, and live the the life of true crafts people who surround us.

Since our earliest days, weʼve been proud to support a number of charitable initiatives and non-profit organizations throughout the Vancouver area.

We continue to lend more helping hands than we have fingers to count with. We take our community commitment seriously and very personally. We gladly give our time, money and all of our strength in communication to advance the cause of a tremendous number of very worthy groups who need a helping hand.

 

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In 2002 MET founded Canstruction® Vancouver, an innovative worldwide anti-hunger project that aims to feed hungry people in local communities, now established in over 165 Cities worldwide. Since we began MET has brought together corporate teams, graphic designers, architects, engineers, and volunteers to design and build hugely creative and massive (10ʼ x 10ʼ x 8ʼ tall!) sculptures from canned food.

This event is the largest single injection of protein to their shelves each year by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, with 1,225,000 cans worth over $3,000,000 donated so far and counting.

Over the years MET has provided committee members, teams, fundraising, marketing strategy, (including creation and execution ofs websites, newspaper, TV and radio campaign, elevator and large outdoor video screens) all crafted by our MET Resource team. Makes you think weʼve got a lot more to offer than just print, doesnʼt it?

 

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As a longtime participant of the BC Lions Society 24 Hour Relay for the Kids, our employees have raised more than $225,000 to send disabled kids to summer camps. This is a chance for MET folks and their families to have an energy filled weekend, some fun and raise some serious money for the kids who need our help.

 

Non-Profit support

MET supports Non-Profit organizations through in-kind and at-cost print programs, donations of overstock paper and other innovative support mechanisms. Organizations we help support Social Value, Environmental Innovation and Design Excellence.

 

MET Business Community

We provide ongoing skill enhancement and training, regular seminars with industry leading specialist, and host workshops and webinars to showcase the latest technologies.
We understand the importance of our communications business, we see the bigger picture, and look beyond solely the print process. This is why we support the graphic design and business communities, because ultimately, we owe our success to theirs.

 

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Weʼre the longest running print sponsor with the Graphic Designers of Canada, BC Chapter (GDC/BC); in fact, GDC/BC actually created a Platinum Sponsor Level because of us. We understand that we would not be here if it were not for Graphic Designers and Marketing Communicators. The GDC provides an excellent professional service for their members, advocacy and education. We will continue to support those who have supported us.

We proudly support the GDC/BC Vancouver Island Chapter through sponsorship and print services.

MET co-founded the Salazar Award Scholarship Fund with GDC/BC in 1985 honoring Enrique Salazar, a founding member of the GDC/ BC.The Scholarship is awarded annually to 3 outstanding graphic design students. The event has also been host to numerous amazing speakers including Kevin Carroll, Ian Grais, Mark Busse, Michael Osborne, and Robert L. PetersAIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists – National)
MET has been a long term supporter of the AIGA, most recently MET was honored to be the Official Print Sponsor for the AIGA:GAIN Design for Social Value Conference in San Francisco California. MET contributed to the success of this ground breaking event attended by 400 of North Americaʼs most noted marketers and socially savy intellectuals. MET was able to share their own Social Value story of Canstruction Vancouver with key members promoting local involvement and support at the community level.

 

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We at MET are huge followers of TED Talks – Technology, Entertainment and Design, we are very fortunate to work for the fabulous organization at TED and are proud to support TEDx events, independently organized local TED events that share amazing stories of creativity, socially relevant change and inspiration.

MET is a proud sponsor of TEDx Portland since inception in 2011 along side Weiden + Kennedy and Nike. MET also sponsored the TEDx Vancouver conference 2009/2010/2011. MET operates in much the same way as TED, learn, share, create and give.

 

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We were the only Official Friend of the Games Print Partner for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the 2010 Games (VANOC). We actually started out in 1997 by printing the first PR kit for the original bid committee due to our passion for the games, and have been an integral part of the team ever since.

 

Vancouver Sun Run

Weʼre long time participant in the Vancouver Sun Run, benefitting amateur athletics in B.C.

Canuck Place

Our generous donations have resulted in the purchase of more than 300 books and videos for Canuck Place Childrenʼs Hospice.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind

MET was the first corporate site in Canada to host a guide dog in training through the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

 

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