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Cowan Graphics About Us

The History Of Cowan

Since our inception in 1945, Cowan Graphics Inc has become one of the largest digital and screen printing companies in Canada. Our head office in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, boasts a 150,000 sq ft state of the art facility. With an in-house graphics design team, cutting edge digital & screen print equipment, a fabrication shop and an extensive finishing & quality control department, we are well-positioned to lead the Alberta Graphic and Screen Printing industry in both R & D and new product development.

Operating out of Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Toronto, Cowan Graphics delivers the goods to multiple markets; small, medium and large with an extensive offering of corporate branding services such as; Decals, Fleet Graphics, Architectural Signage, Retail Signage, Promotional Products. We work closely with our manufacturer partners to ensure that new development in raw materials comply with our strict quality requirements and expectations prior to introducing them into the marketplace. Meeting and exceeding expectations in quality, service and delivery is our commitment to you, our valued customer.

Cowan Graphics History

A Snapshot in Time

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Executive Team

Blaine MacMillan
CEO

Blaine is the majority stakeholder and started with Cowan as a part time employee in 1971.  From 1979 – 1988 Blaine was very active in the day-to-day workings of the business and worked in virtually every department.  Very hands-on experience was the result.  In 1988 he took over operational control of the business and in 1998 and 2007 respectfully he purchased 100% control of the family business from his siblings and his mother.

During his tenure as President Blaine has been responsible for taking the Cowan Group of Company’s revenue from $2 Million to their current level of $22 million. Blaine has orchestrated the acquisition and growth strategy that saw the purchase of Arco Display and Awesome Images. He has been responsible for the strategic purchase of timely equipment acquisitions and resources to support the significant revenue growth.

Jason Bamford
President

Jason is also a part owner of Cowan Graphics, and founded one of Western Canadas first Digital print companies, Awesome Images when he was 23 years old. Awesome Images was a pioneer in the digital printing market. With all his hard work and growth, Jason eventually sold Awesome Images to Cowan Graphics in 2003. Jason left Cowan a year later to pursue other business interests, but in 2011 decided to make a return to the industry he was so passionate about. With his in-depth knowledge all facets of the business, and passion for quality solutions, sets him in the production center of all Cowan’s projects, and is an invaluable partner in the organization.

Pauline Ouellette
Vice President

With over two decades of Operational and Management experience, Pauline’s expertise encompasses many sectors of the printing industry, most notably; sheet-fed printing, direct mail, specialty commercial printing, and high-volume retail web printing. Pauline joined the Cowan team in 2010 as Vice President – Operations, re-focusing her skills to screen and digital printing. Her specialties include customer service, purchasing, engineering, art, screen-printing, digital printing and shipping & receiving.

Diane Hunter
General Manager – Calgary

Diane joined Cowan Graphics two and a half years ago and has been instrumental in helping to expand our Calgary Operation. With her 30+ years in printing ensures that she is well-equipped to oversee our Calgary facility, leading the team towards success.

While already proficient in offset and digital printing, Diane is currently expanding her job knowledge to include all aspects of large format digital printing. This includes specialized areas such as fleet graphics, decals, architectural signage, retail signage, and promotional products. She understands the importance of keeping up with the ever-evolving trends and technologies in the industry, ensuring that her team stays at the forefront of the market.  Diane is committed to delivering exceptional customer service and products, ensuring that our Calgary Operation thrives under her leadership.

Stephanie Sampson
General Manger – Saskatoon

Jake Buckley
Director of Sales

Jake is a highly experienced key account manager in the signage and graphics industry. With over 10 years of experience, he has become a valuable asset to Cowan Graphics. Jake’s passion for sales and marketing started early on in his career, where he quickly climbed the ranks and became a top performer. His exceptional communication and negotiation skills have allowed him to build strong relationships within the community.

Aside from his professional achievements, Jake is also actively involved in his community, volunteering at local events and supporting various charities. In his free time, he enjoys making music and spending time with his family.

Brennan Ralph
Director of Sales

Brennan is a highly accomplished and results-driven leader with over 15 years of experience in the signage and large format graphics industry.
As the National Sales Director, Brennan is responsible for driving revenue growth, expanding market presence, and building strategic partnerships while leading Cowan’s team of inside sales professionals.

Brennan’s deep knowledge of the signage and graphics industry enables him to guide his team effectively and align their efforts with Cowan Graphics overall objectives. Outside of work, Brennan enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his wife and two children.

Vinh Lam
Production Manager

Vinh has over 30 years of graphic print and process experience. He has worked in all departments of the plant and has participated as a key member in many of the varied projects that Cowan has been involved in.

State of The Art Facility & Diverse Equipment

In 2016 we moved into a 150,000 sq.ft. facility. It was the former home of the Edmonton Journal’s Eastgate press plant. Previously we occupied two nearby buildings containing a total of 70,000 sq.ft.

Take a tour of our home with the video above, the largest graphics manufacturing facility in Western Canada.

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Providing Edmonton, Calgary, and Saskatoon with vehicle wraps/graphics, murals/wall graphics, building signage, indoor/outdoor banners, retail/event signage, decals & specialty items.

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