Canadian Franchise


SpeedPro Awards Gala Event

Calgary franchise named National Franchise of the Year, brings home National Sales award
Speedpro Signs Calgary North East four-time winner of top award

Calgary Alberta: Stuart Burns, president of Speedpro Signs of Canada, is pleased to announce that Joanne Ruston, owner of Speedpro Signs Calgary North East has earned the company’s coveted Speedpro Signs Franchise of the Year award for 2014. This marks the fourth time Ruston has earned the company’s top award. Ruston also received the Al Crow Memorial Sales Award for achieving the top sales in the country.

Burns noted that Speedpro Sign’s highest award of achievement requires the franchisee to demonstrate leadership in a number of categories. Some of these include sales volume & growth, ethics, innovation, employee satisfaction and community involvement.

“Under the management of Joanne Ruston and Joe Yee, Speedpro Signs Calgary North East has exceeded expectations in every category and is a worthy recipient of our Franchise of the Year award,” adds Burns.

“It is with great pride and pleasure that Speedpro Canada announces record sales figures for 2014. Plus, Speedpro Signs Calgary NE has also set new record sales for an individual location. Our franchisee, Joanne Ruston, has won the Al Crow Memorial Award in recognition of this momentous achievement,” he announces. “This sales record is confirmation that Joanne and her team have delivered on Speedpro’s brand promise of exceptional service. By creating fantastic client experiences, Speedpro Calgary North East has developed “rock solid” loyalty. This is a real team effort in which everyone in this location has played a part in earning. Congratulations Joanne and Joe and team!”

Ruston enjoyed a 20-year career in the service industry before transferring her expertise in customer service and operations to the sign industry in 2001. Ruston’s service and marketing background combine with her attention to detail to set new standards for every customer’s “Speedpro experience.”

Named one of Business in Calgary Magazine’s Leaders of Tomorrow in 2009, Ruston attributes the franchise’s success to a quality product coupled with the perfect mix of our quality staff and wonderful customers.  “We move beyond order taking into a consultative role with our customers,” Ruston notes, “ensuring they end up with the type of signage that will satisfy their needs & objectives.”

From interior and exterior office signage to window graphics, vehicle graphics, banners and LCD digital signage, Speedpro Signs provide visual solutions that create corporate identities and communicate that image with cost-effective products to maximize reach and awareness.

About Speedpro Signs
Speedpro is the largest sign franchise in Canada and the industry leader in sign design innovation. Canadian-owned, Speedpro’s head office is in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Speedpro began franchising in 1991 and quickly become the country’s largest sign producer. Today it has 49 franchises from Victoria to Newfoundland.