CFA’S WINNER FOR 4 CONSECUTIVE YEARS

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This Canadian Franchise has B2B Franchise Opportunities Across Canada!

We are a Canadian-owned company with the Head Office in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Speedpro began franchising in 1991 and quickly became the country’s largest sign producer. Today, we have 48 franchises from Victoria to Newfoundland. We offer two business models in Canada; Speedpro Signs and  Speedpro Imaging. This versatility allows Speedpro’s clients the best solutions available.

 "They say a picture is worth a thousand words..."

 

Meet Our Franchisees

"It's really good to reconnect with all the other stores and trade ideas."
- The Speedpro Experience

"The Training Team did a fantastic job of introducing me to the world of signs and its many facets - going form basics to the complex. Providing hands on practical training, quick reference forms, a variety of files to reference, and Speedpro's website and various manuals which are meant to be reviewed later. The key phrase during training was if after you need an answer to any question, just call - we will be there to help you through it. That phrase became more and more reassuring when we started doing estimates for signs. A solid framework has been set through training and every day forward will be a new learning opportunity. I know that the support will be there as we move forward with developing our business."

- Ann Mercer, Marketing Assistant, St. John's, Newfoundland
"I think the training at Speedpro was awesome. It’s long hours but it’s more than worth it. I enjoyed learning the design and production part of the business even though I’m the Marketing Assistant. The Marketing Training was refreshing my memory of my sales, marketing, and advertising courses from school. I liked the role play because it got me aware of different situations that I could potentially be put in. I really like that everyone is taught the 'Speedpro' way of doing business, and I know that I’ll follow those rules and that my Team will too. Thanks Speedpro, I hope we will make you proud."

- Christina Wharton, Marketing Assistant, Williams Lake, BC
"When I first learned that training would span over three weeks; 7 days/week, my initial reaction was 'OH NO' how will we ever fully grasp all of this in such a condensed, intensive time frame. Soon after the 1st day I quickly realized that the approach and style of Lance and how he delivered his training would be replicated across the other programs delivered by Karen & Jim and we would get through this. And we did! Each module was delivered with a consistent style and approach -> the use of real life examples from other shops in addition to 'tips and tricks' was invaluable!! GREAT TRAINING -> WE ARE READY!!"

- Dean Lawrence, Franchise Partner, Oshawa, Ontario

"Every single day there's different challenges that come up and I really enjoy finding solutions..."
- Speedpro Owner #1

"I was really impressed with the professional and well organized company. The training was 'top notch.' Lance, Karen, and Jim's experience in their respective fields was excellent. I can’t wait to get started..."

- Fred Sheppard, Graphic Designer/Production, St. John's, Newfoundland
"I thought the Marketing Training was great. I learned a lot since I walked into it knowing nothing and calling people and informing. I walked away having more tools to help than I thought. I believe that these tools learned will definitely improve our business and my contribution to Speedpro."

- Larena Massen, Speedpro Signs, Abbotsford, BC
"The trainers that came from Head Office to train us at our new location were knowledgeable, prepared, and fun to work and learn with. What I loved the most were the little tips and tricks that they provided us with based on their experience and expertise. It is those small details and attention to them that have given me the skills that I believe will lead me to success at Speedpro Imaging Durham."

- Leanne Lebel, Marketing Coordinator, Oshawa, Ontario
"I would like to thank you again for your recent Marketing Seminar. At the beginning of the seminar I wasn't sure I was going to get any value from it. I was WRONG! The key to being successful is to have a strong foundation. You have re-focused my foundation and re-energized me. I am great full for the time I spent learning with you and can hardly wait to implement some new ideas in the future. Cheers!"

- Lisa, Speedpro Signs, Kelowna, BC

"I'm very pleased with the decision I made to go with Speedpro."
- Speedpro Owner #2

"The two-day training for marketing assistants was great for everyone in this position, no matter how long you’ve been doing this for! It provides step-by-step breakdowns of the game plan and reminders of key components that may have been neglected. One of the most beneficial parts of this training is to hear + exchange experiences with other stores. Thanks everyone!"

- Liz Chiu, Speedpro Imaging, Richmond, BC
"I found the Speedpro Training extremely detailed and informative. The trainers all had in depth knowledge and well laid out schedules. They had no problems answering questions and were very patient when things needed to be repeated. There was quite a bit of information to take in, in a short amount of time, which could become taxing at times. Overall, I was very impressed with everyone’s personality and attitudes. The training left me feeling knowledgeable and confident to open the store."

- Liz Kennedy, Graphic Design/Production, Williams Lake, BC
"The Speedpro training was incredibly informative and interactive. An excellent balance of hands on and readable material. Each Trainer was very professional in their respective fields and made the entire process a pleasure. They really set you up for success!"

- Luke Anderson, Graphic Design/Production, Oshawa, Ontario
"To go from knowing nothing about the sign business one day to three weeks later giving people advice on products is quite thrilling. The training given by the Speedpro team has been excellent and well thought out. I look forward to applying the things that I have learned and helping to grow the Speedpro brand."

- Mark Crowley, Owner, St. John's, Newfoundland

Meet Our Award Winning Support Staff

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Stuart Burns

President

Stuart brings vast business experience and skill to head the Canadian Speedpro Group. Stuart has 20 years experience in progressive sales and marketing leadership roles in high profile, large, and multinational organizations. He was a "high-energy" manager who has piloted initiatives and streamlined operations to achieve record-breaking sales and profitability. His expertise on the finance side allows Stuart to work with Franchisees to help drive their businesses to new levels. Stuart has attended Wilfred Laurier University, University of Western Ontario, York University and the Detroit Business School.

SBurns@Speedpro.com
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Jim Wernham

Director of Operations

Jim offers 22 years of team and business building success to help and support franchisee's in achieving business and personal objectives. From initial training to growing existing customers, Jim provides planning and implementation expertise. While Jim's extensive experience slants to achieving sales and marketing goals, his expertise in human resources and operational excellence round out his proven skills. Jim is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a former Vice President of Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. In each of the last eight years as General Manager, he led Pro Auto to record sales and profits.

JimW@Speedpro.com
 
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Nagy Thomas

Regional Manager-Vancouver Island

Nagy@SpeedproVictoria.com
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Lance Barnett

Franchisee Support

Lance has a degree in graphic design and worked in the sign industry since 1991. He was Assistant Production Manager at one of Canada's largest sign manufacturers for several years. Lance joined Speedpro in 1996 and has worked in a variety of responsibilities including R&D with new products and vendors. Lance served on the BC Sign Association Board of Directors for 7 years.

Lance@Speedpro.com
 
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Kristin Hoebee

Franchise Support

Kristin provides a diverse array of support to the Canadian Speedpro locations, looking after accounting and franchise administrative duties as well as Franchise and Marketing support. Kristin comes from a background of both retail management and office accounting.

Kristin@Speedpro.com
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Karen Keist

Technical Franchisee Support

For 30 years Karen worked in senior management for large International and national companies. Karen has been based in Edmonton and the Greater Vancouver area for her career. Karen left her corporate position to get more direct contact and hands on involvement with customers. In 2003 she purchased and successfully developed one of the first Speedpro Imaging Studios in North America. Karen sold her business for the benefits of Semi Retirement; however she was equally excited when Speedpro Head Office called to offer some new challenges. Shortly after Karen agreed to begin in a new position called, Franchise Technical Support.