Diversification and consolidation – 2006-2015

The company makes a move into the attractive market of French-language educational publishing in Canada. Transcontinental makes a major investment toward the modernization of its platform and becomes the largest printer in Canada by acquiring Quad/Graphics Canada Inc. The company enters the flexible packaging market, a promising segment in the quest for lasting growth.

  • The company enters a segment offering strong growth potential in the publishing market by acquiring Chenelière Éducation, the leading publisher of French-language educational resources in Canada.
  • The Media Sector pursues the development of its printed products and its digital activities:
    • Licensing agreement with Meredith Corporation for the Canadian version of More magazine (first issue launched in 2007).
    • Launch of CELLIER magazine with la Société des alcools du Québec.
    • Launch of Vos Classées.ca, the French-language portal for free classified listings in Québec.
    • Acquisition of Zoupla Communications inc., publisher of the recettes.qc.ca and trucsmaison.com websites.
  • In printing, Transcontinental signs a 15-year agreement to print the San Francisco Chronicle daily newspaper, owned by Hearst Corporation. Production begins in 2009 in a new plant located in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
  • Transcontinental inaugurates Transcontinental Gagné, its new ultramodern plant in Louiseville.
San Francisco Chronicle 2006 , Cheneliere Education 2006
  • A division dedicated to the development of the newspaper printing outsourcing model in North America is created. 
  • Transcontinental acquires PLM Group Ltd., specializing in direct marketing products and services in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • The company embarks on a period of major investments for the modernization and optimization of its printing network from coast to coast. Transcontinental will have invested $800 million in its platform between 2007 and 2010.
  • Transcontinental acquires new home building and renovation titles and websites in Québec, including Maison D'aujourd'hui, Condo et Loft D'aujourd'hui and MaisonsNeuves.com, and launches Vision durable, a sustainable development magazine.
  • The company launches Transcontinental Custom Communications, a custom publishing joint venture with British agency Seven Squared.
  • Transcontinental establishes its Paper Purchasing Policy promoting ecoresponsible paper procurement practices. 
  • François Olivier, President of the Printing Products and Services Sector, becomes Chief Operating Officer of Transcontinental. In this role, he takes on responsibility for the company’s three operating sectors.
Plm 2007
  • Transcontinental extends its agreement with The Globe and Mail through a $1.7 billion contract to print the newspaper until 2028 in most of its major markets in Canada.
  • Transcontinental signs an exclusive six-year contract for the printing of Rogers' entire magazine portfolio. Transcontinental consequently becomes the largest catalog and magazine printer in Canada.  
  • Transcontinental pursues its digital thrust, notably with:
    • The acquisitions of ThinData, a Canadian leader in permission-based email marketing; Acquizition.biz, Canada's largest Web-based platform for buying and selling businesses; and Rastar Inc., a U.S. direct marketing company specializing in interactive database marketing. 
    • The launch of weblocal.ca, an online search site for finding and reviewing local businesses. 
  • Transcontinental launches Vita magazine, the French-language version of More.
  • Transcontinental implements a new operating structure by creating the Marketing Communications Sector. To this end, Transcontinental acquires Redwood Custom Communications, a North American leader in custom communications.
  • François Olivier is appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcontinental.
Rémi y François
  • Transcontinental acquires Conversys Inc., a company specializing in seamless transformation of print materials (flyers and catalogues) into rich, interactive Web content. 
  • Transcontinental earns triple forest product chain-of-custody certification in all of its facilities in Canada and the United States, namely FSC®, SFI® and PEFC certifications.
  • Printing of the San Francisco Chronicle begins at the new plant in Fremont, California.
Triple Certificaciones 2009
  • Move into mobile: Transcontinental acquires Montréal-based LIPSO, a leader in integrated mobile solutions in Canada, and Toronto-based Vortex Mobile, a provider of mobile marketing solutions. 
  • Transcontinental launches dealstreet.ca, the English-language counterpart of publisac.ca.
  • The Media Sector launches a digital advertising representation agency to enhance its offering for advertisers. 
  • In printing, the company sells all of its direct marketing operations in the United States. 
  • Reaffirming its commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen, Transcontinental issues its first Sustainability Report, following the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) international standard.
 Informe de desarrollo sostenible 2010
  • The Corporation announces its intention to acquire all the shares of Quad/Graphics Canada Inc. in order to strengthen its printing assets. In a separate transaction, Transcontinental also concludes the sale of its Mexican operations to Quad/Graphics. 
  • Transcontinental becomes the main supplier of marketing solutions to Canadian Tire across Canada.
  • Transcontinental acquires the publishing assets of Groupe Le Canada Français, including 11 weekly and monthly titles as well as a series of web portals.
  • Through a new exclusive agreement, namely with About.com, Transcontinental triples its digital network audience in less than a year and reaches 13 million unique visitors per month. 
  • The Interactive and Media Sectors merge in order to jointly pursue the strategic progression of the company’s digital and interactive activities. 
  • Transcontinental becomes TC Transcontinental.
El Canada Francais 2011
  • Isabelle Marcoux is named Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc. The company turns a page in its history with the transfer of power from founder Rémi Marcoux to his daughter. Mr. Marcoux remains a director on the Board.
  • Transcontinental renews and expands six multi-year agreements worth more than $1.5 billion in revenues with major retail customers. 
  • The company extends its contracts to print Rogers’ marketing products and magazines until 2019 and introduces the largest promotional insert developed in Canada. 
  • An important milestone is reached with the conclusion of the transaction to acquire all the shares of Quad/Graphics Canada Inc. That's when TC Transcontinental acquires the plant known today as Transcontinental Aurora plant, which specializes in printing in-store marketing product.
  • Transcontinental becomes the sole owner of Métro Montréal newspaper.
  • The company acquires Les Éditions Caractère, the leader in the supplemental book market in Québec.
  • On the digital front, Transcontinental develops a number of mobile applications, including the remote payment solution for Stationnement de Montréal – P$ Mobile Service – and launches the mobile website versions for more than 160 daily and weekly newspapers and independent partners.
Rémi y Isabelle
  • Transcontinental acquires Groupe Modulo, a key player in the country’s French-language educational publishing market, from preschool to university.
  • The company announces its intention to purchase Sun Media Corporation's 74 weekly newspapers and their related web properties in Québec. This transaction includes a parallel agreement with Quebecor Media to print some of its magazines and direct marketing materials.
  • A five-year agreement is concluded with Postmedia to print the Calgary Herald and Vancouver Sun daily newspapers.
  • Transcontinental launches VÉRO magazine.
  • Founder Rémi Marcoux and Transcontinental donate $2.5 million to HEC Montréal’s fundraising campaign for the creation of the Rémi-Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track.
Sun Media 2013
  • Reflecting transformation, this year marks Transcontinental’s entry into a promising new growth area – packaging.
  • Transcontinental launches its operations in this new segment with the strategic acquisition of the assets of Capri Packaging (now Transcontinental Clinton), a flexible packaging supplier based in Clinton, Missouri. 
  • Transcontinental receives clearance from the Competition Bureau to conclude the transaction to acquire Sun Media Corporation’s weekly newspapers in Québec. 
  • Transcontinental announces the sale of its consumer magazines in Montréal and Toronto to TVA Group. 
  • Signing of another multi-year agreement with Postmedia to print The Gazette newspaper.
TC Capri 2014