Our Story

In 1902 Burke Group, then known as Douglas Printing, opened its doors for the first time. We have made a lot of changes since then, but over the last 100 years there has always been one constant, our commitment to our customers. Evolving as a business is a vital key to staying relevant, and at Burke we are proud to say that our evolution has been evident!

Our Start

Burke Group of Companies was originally founded by H.W.B Douglas in 1902 and was operated under the name “Douglas Printing”. The organization was kept in the family until Ian Burke purchased the company in 2005, and drastically expanded its print capabilities. From that point on, our goal as a business was clear. To become a single source solution for our clients. Since then, we have gone on to develop our print division into one of the top print production facilities in Canada and added mail services, large format printing, graphic design, signage production, digital deployment, warehousing, inventory and packaging production to our arsenal of in house capabilities.

Our Journey of Growth

In 2005 when Ian and Shawna Burke purchased Douglas printing, their first task was to turn the print division into a state-of-the-art print production facility. Over the next two years, we became known in the industry as a reliable, quality supplier, committed to customer service. A reputation we still proudly boast today.

Later, in 2007, we developed our direct mail marketing department and in 2008 the organizations name was officially changed to “The Burke Group of Companies Limited”. In 2009 Burke began producing large format printing which included point of purchase displays, wall, floor and vehicle graphics, banners and more. Due to the organization’s rapid expansion, Burke purchased a new building in 2011 that could accommodate all our different departments under one roof. Once we moved into our new location our focus was creating a fully operational design house within Burke, which is now running and producing quality design for many print and digital marketing clients’ alike. Finally, we completed our full line of services in 2014 when we purchased a local commercial signage producer, King Sign. King Sign has allowed us to begin offering commercial, wayfinding and directional signage in addition to our already successful large format print services. Burke moved King Sign into our building in 2015 and now both companies are running together like a well-oiled machine. In May of 2017, Burke further expanded by purchasing our largest and most respected competitor, McCallum Printing. By combining our companies, we have created a unique opportunity to unite years of experience and unparalleled knowledge. This has been another step towards offering our customers the best service, products and variety possible. Finally, we expanded geographically with the purchase of two of Calgary’s largest and most highly regarded printing operations, Topline Printing and Printcor. This purchase offers complete redundancy throughout our operation, ensuring our solid commitment to customer timelines.

Thanks to these purchases and our team’s commitment to evolution, we can confidently say that we now are one of the most knowledgeable and experienced graphic communication organizations in Canada.

Our Promise

Burke is committed, first and foremost, to our customers. We still answer our phones and are excited for the opportunity to meet with you in person. We also take zoom meetings, emails and offer our services online. Whatever makes your life easier is the route we want to take. Our daily ambition is to provide you with products and services to help you seize the opportunities of today, so you can meet your goals for tomorrow.

Concept to Solution

As a vendor, our goal has always been to take the stress of project management off your desk, and to create a seamless transition between you and your finished product. This goal led us to evolve from a commercial print shop to a single source graphic solution. We currently run design, mail, marketing, fund development, print divisions, digital deployment and signage production, all in house. By doing this, we have added a vertical integration model to our solution for our clients. If you choose to partner with us, these simplified solutions to your graphic needs will be available to you as instantaneously as your print production with Burke. Our company can work with the you to complete the entirety of a project, no matter the scope of work. A Taste of our Services