Who we are

Scott McLaren founded McLaren Publications in 1977 when he purchased Canadian Stamp News and Canadian Coin News. Over the years, Scott bought and sold a stable of community newspapers, enticed brothers Blair and Drew to become his partners, and launched McLaren Press Graphics, a printing company focused on community papers and specialty publications.

With their eyes wide open to emerging opportunities, the brothers guided McLaren through rough waters to build one of Canada’s fastest growing commercial printing firms with sales ranking it in the top 40. Today, McLaren is a quality and service-focused printer bringing publishers one of Canada’s most technologically advanced and reliable printing services.

McLaren is a family owned and operated company with graphics industry roots,  with an experienced team of professionals dedicated to customer satisfaction. Leadership at McLaren extends beyond the front office deep into our printing operations. From premedia to pressroom, bindery and shipping, our team includes experienced leaders at every level trained and empowered to meet your needs from order right through to delivery and beyond.

McLaren and our staff take our belief in good corporate citizenship seriously.

As a company, we are a contributor to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation and actively promote the arts in Muskoka as sponsors of the Muskoka Music Festival. Together with our staff, we actively volunteer, participate and contribute to a wide range of local charitable activities and organizations.

Blair McLaren

IN MEMORIAM – 1951-2011

Exec_BMIn 1984 Blair joined his brother Scott to form McLaren Press. Blair and Scott were happy to have Drew join them ten years later and for twenty-seven years Blair poured his heart and soul and endless hours into making McLaren Press one of top printers in Canada. Blair used to say ink ran in his veins and without a doubt it did; his drive didn’t ever falter. The success of McLaren Press could not have been accomplished without his dedicated press and production crews. Blair strongly believed in team work and was never afraid to get his hands dirty, helping out where he could no matter what department or time of day or night. Because Blair treated his employees with the utmost respect it was returned because of the man he was. He always was looking for ways to say thank you to his team. Whether Blair was outdoors cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner for them or organizing company functions, he wanted everyone to be acknowledged and appreciated. To extend thanks even further, Blair introduced the employee recognition awards and the company golf tournament. Combined into one event, it was a day that Blair took pride in and looked forward to every year. It gave him a chance to bond with and have fun with all of the employees outside of the work environment.

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Blair’s enthusiasm for McLaren Press took him far and wide outside of the plant as well. Blair travelled seeking out the newest technology. He spent many hours visiting other printing companies, suppliers and customers. He was always brainstorming, finding the best way to satisfy their customers from the print end of things- always staying one step ahead. If a customer was having difficulty with files, Blair would travel to their business to help them produce their files so the customer would be happy with the final print of their product. His dedication was above and beyond. Blair was well respected throughout the print industry and through his many colleagues, he formed friendships that lasted throughout his life.

Blair left his mark not only at McLaren Press but in the print industry itself. He will be missed by all who knew him.


 

why we’re a perfect fit for you

Traditional Values - New Approach

McLaren has become a leader in the printing industry by remaining true to its focus on quality, reliability, integrity and service. While we continue to transform what we do, our commitment to understanding our customers and empowering our people to meet their needs will never change. It is who we are and what we want to be.

Environmentally Responsible

We care about our Environment!

We are taking the steps to minimize our environmental footprint. Our closed-loop registration guidance system and premedia-generated ink presets enable us to get print jobs running quickly and smoothly, reducing paper and ink waste. We use soya-based inks to reduce environmentally destructive volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Our ink-saver computer software prepares your job using under colour removal (UCR) and gray component replacement (GCR) to achieve the optimal total ink coverage for each page using less ink.  We all must do our best to limit our impact on our planet.

Superior Service Level

McLaren’s customer service and sales staff are experienced professionals with theanswers to nearly every printing and publishing question. Our sales team has an extensive background in publishing, enabling us to provide you with a wealth of experience and insight into the challenges you face. This pool of knowledge is available to you as you plan print runs and make printing choices


Blair McLaren
Memorial Golf Tournament 2013

Meet our team

Experience and skill prevail throughout McLaren’s operations, from the shop floor to the executive office.  From sales to premedia, from pressroom to bindery, McLaren’s staff is the best, most knowledgeable team in the printing industry. They are the leaders on whom we are building our future.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Scott McLaren

Scott McLaren

Founder
PH: (705) 687-6691
scott@mclarenpress.com
Scott's Bio
Drew McLaren

Drew McLaren

President
PH: (705) 687-6691 ext. 226
drew@mclarenpress.com
Drew's Bio
Austin Skippen

Austin Skippen

Operations Manager
PH: (705) 687-6691 ext. 232
skip@mclarenpress.com
Austin's Bio
Julie Anne McLaren

Julie Anne McLaren

Vice President Sales
PH: (705) 644-1729
julie@mclarenpress.com
Julie Anne's Bio
 
Scott Mortimer

Scott Mortimer

Financial Manager
PH: (705) 687-6691 ext. 235
scott@mclarenpress.com
Scotty's Bio

ADMINISTRATION

Lisa Cowan

Lisa Cowan

Estimating & Credit Manager
PH: (705) 687-6691 ext. 243
lisa@mclarenpress.com
Lisa's Bio
Charlene Burk

Charlene Burk

Estimator
PH:: (705) 687-6691 ext. 239
charlene@mclarenpress.com
Charlene's Bio
Kelly Findlay

Kelly Findlay

Planning and Customer Service Manager
Tel: 705-687-6691 ext. 227
kelly@mclarenpress.com
Kelly Findlay's Bio
Carrie Burns

Carrie Burns

Production Planning & Accounting
Tel: 705-687-6691 ext. 225
carrie@mclarenpress.com
Carrie's Bio
Dorothy Coghlin

Dorothy Coghlin

Accounts Payable and Payroll
PH: 705-687-6691 ext. 260
dorothy@mclarenpress.com
Dorothy's Bio

Sales -Customer Service

Julie Anne McLaren

Julie Anne McLaren

Vice President Sales
PH: (705) 644-1729
julie@mclarenpress.com
Julie Anne's Bio
Rick Ribble

Rick Ribble

Sales
TF: 1-800-465-1662 • Cell: 705-645-0804
rick@mclarenpress.com
Rick's Bio
Mark Champagne

Mark Champagne

Sales
PH: 800-465-1662 • Cell: 416-302-9402
mark@mclarenpress.com
Mark's Bio
Brad Marple

Brad Marple

Sales
PH: 705-687-6691 • Cell: 289-880-9530
brad@mclarenpress.com
Brad's Bio
Karen Sutherland

Karen Sutherland

Sales Representative
Cell: 519-532-6151
karen@mclarenpress.com
Karen's Bio

PRODUCTION

Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke

Web Press Supervisor
Started at McLaren 2008
PH: (705) 687-6691 ext 270
tim@mclarenpress.com
Leonard Johnston

Leonard Johnston

Logistics Coordinator
Started at McLaren 2002
PH: (705) 687-6691 ext. 240
shipping@mclarenpress.com
Jamie Labadie

Jamie Labadie

Sheetfed Operator
Started at McLaren 2004
PH: (705) 687-6691
Bob Mann

Bob Mann

Press Operator
Started at McLaren 2003
PH: (705) 687-6691
 
Ron Raynard

Ron Raynard

Premedia Supervisor
Started at McLaren 1975
PH: 705-687-6691
prepress@mclarenpress.com
Shane Hunter

Shane Hunter

Premedia Supervisor
Started at McLaren 1990
PH: 705-687-6691
prepress@mclarenpress.com
Rick Weiler

Rick Weiler

Night Shift Premedia Specialist
Started at McLaren 1991
PH: 705-687-6691 ext. 228
prepress@mclarenpress.com
Doug MacLean

Doug MacLean

Afternoon Shift Supervisor
Started at McLaren 2003
PH: 705-687-6691 ext. 236
prepress@mclarenpress.com
 
Stephen Dawson

Stephen Dawson

Premedia Specialist
Started at McLaren 2006
PH: 705-687-6691
prepress@mclarenpress.com
Adam Barnes

Adam Barnes

Bindery Supervisor
Started at McLaren 2005
PH: (705) 687-6691
Norm Neilson

Norm Neilson

Pressman Supervisor - Days
Started at McLaren 1995
PH: 705-687-6691
Bruce Johnston

Bruce Johnston

Pressman Supervisor - Afternoons
Started at McLaren 1986
PH: 705-687-6691
 
Dave Burgin

Dave Burgin

Pressman Supervisor - Nights
Started at McLaren 2003
PH: 705-687-6691