Profile: Kalitec

When Jean Lapointe founded Kalitec in 1989 in his apartment in Laval, Que., he had a very Canadian goal in mind: to develop a street sign post that could endure harsh, snowy winters, particularly given the threat of damage by snowplows and other vehicles.

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Profile: Mappedin

Many companies in the digital signage sector have been launched by salespeople who hired engineers to work behind the scenes. Mappedin has gone about its business the other way around, as it was started up by engineers who developed an initial concept non-commercially before they had to figure out how to market it to paying customers.

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Sign Shop Profile: Comsign

Comsign is a small shop in Edmonton with roots dating back to the 1940s and which has passed through many owners’ hands over the years. Originally known as Commercial Signs, its name was shortened in 2001 after a change in direction to focus on the architectural signage market.

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Sign Shop Profile: Adhere Graphics

Phil Aquin’s career in the sign industry spans almost his entire lifetime, as he began helping his father weed, mask and install vinyl graphics at the tender age of 13. Today, he runs Adhere Graphics, a small and well-regarded vehicle wrap shop in Elie, Man., a 20-minute drive from Winnipeg.

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Sign Shop Profile: AIP Media

AIP Media has found a foothold in the market as a trade-only supplier of printed graphic installations, specializing in large-format pieces. Based in Mississauga, Ont., the company works with a variety of business-to-business (B2B) clients across North America to implement installations for a broad variety of projects, big and small.

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Sign Shop Profile: Montreal Neon

In the 23 years since Montreal Neon was founded by Linda Dupré and Carlo Paolucci, the company has grown substantially from a 464.5-m2 (5,000-sf) sign shop to, today, a newly built 5,760-m2 (62,000-sf) facility, with plenty of room for further expansion on a 16,723-m2 (180,000-sf) lot.

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Sign Shop Profile: GTA Car Wrap

Hadi Nouri, founder and CEO of GTA Car Wrap, did not enter the sign industry through a traditional route. After earning a bachelor degree in software engineering in Iran, he moved to Canada in 2006. He studied English as a Second Language (ESL) at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, followed by Seneca’s Digital Media Arts (DMA) course at York University.

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