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President and Founder

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Background Information

Affiliations

Board Member
BCIT

Founder and President
Metropolitan Fine Printers Inc

Founder
Canstruction Inc

Member
Hellenic Congress of BC

Education

Bachelor degree

Economics

The University of Western

Web References (195 Total References)


Met Management

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George Kallas, President and Founder

There's a reason Print Action magazine named in its Summer 2003 issue President and Founder George Kallas one of the 10 most influential people in the graphic arts industry.Since starting Metropolitan 26 years ago, the innovative entrepreneur has pushed the printing envelope to solidify the company's place among North America's top lithographers.
Not every person would see a future in printing stationery, but George has never lacked the imagination or drive to take a great idea and run with it.Building on a solid sales background in aircraft and telecommunications, George pursued his interest in "working with colours" by founding Metropolitan Fine Printers in 1977.The company initially did specialize in stationery; however, thanks in large part to George's unflagging commitment to quality, innovation and customer service, Metropolitan has over the years become a leading international player in the graphic arts industry.
Throughout the exciting process of building the company, George has never lost sight of his humble beginnings in Greece and Quebec.As a member of the Hellenic Congress of BC, he was instrumental in raising $500,000 to establish the first North American chair for Modern Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University and also initiated the Metropolitan Fine Printers Scholarship Fund for the Young Graphic Designers of Canada.
George continues to support a number of charitable foundations and arts organizations through donations and in-kind services, and has been recognized with a BC Ethics in Action Award as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award at the BC New Canadian Entrepreneur Awards, among other honours.Most recently, he established the local chapter of CANstruction, an international charity event that aims to end hunger in communities (www.canstructionvancouver.com).


Metropolitan Fine Printers make Benjamin Franklin go green with envy - Met Fine Printers

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"This is a particularly amazing award for our team" says George Kallas, Founder of Metropolitan Fine Printers.


Metropolitan Founder Honoured as Printer of the Year - Met Fine Printers

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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.


Sustainability is our Environment AND our Community. - Met Fine Printers

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This is the time of year we focus our collaborative efforts on our Canstruction Vancouver project founded by MET Chairman George Kallas.


MET Pioneers - Met Fine Printers

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Film based workflows would soon be redundant, Founder and now Chairman George Kallas knew that a local company; Creo Products, (Now Kodak Graphic Communications) was making tremendous strides in this new technology, he partnered with Creo, becoming one of the world's first to embrace CTP.

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George Kallas named Printer of the Year Graphic Monthly Magazine
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George Kallas is presented the Lifetime Achievement award by Print Action Magazine for his outstanding contribution to our industry in Canada. Further, MET is awarded Gold for Most Innovative Community Project for their event, chaired by VP Branding Scott Gray.

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