The History of Miller McConnell Signs

The history of Miller McConnell Signs is one of hard work, determination, and success. It all began in the early ’90s when Jim Miller approached Craig McConnell with the idea of opening a sign company. Craig jumped at the opportunity, and in 1992 they opened their own sign shop under the name Vinylgraphics Custom Signs (an Ontario-wide franchise chain).

Equipped with a simple 15″ vinyl plotter, two computers, and a month’s worth of training, Jim and Craig set off to take the sign industry by storm. They hired their first employee in 1993 and by 1994 had grown to a team of six. Their studio quickly became recognized for its exceptional service and outstanding sign quality, winning several Franchise of the Year honours. They also shot to #1 in sales—a tradition of excellence they would continue for a number of years.

In 2002, their relationship with the Toronto-based franchisor was coming to an end; they moved their business to a larger facility, allowing them to take on more and larger projects. Around this same time, Craig, who had been working with Jim since the company’s inception, became a full partner in the company.

With a bigger facility and a new ownership structure in place, it was time to create a new identity for the company. Following the advice of many of their long-time customers, they went with the natural choice: Miller McConnell Signs.The company has grown into Ottawa’s premier full-service sign company, offering seamless service that includes planning and design, production, on-time delivery, and installation. Miller McConnell creates bright, vivid signs that get noticed. Our team members are experts in creating trade show graphics, convention display signs, vinyl banners, billboardsvehicle wrapscustom window signsproperty management signs, and everything in between.

After 22 years in the sign industry, and countless valuable relationships formed, Jim Miller retired on May 27, 2014. With Jim’s retirement, Craig took over full ownership of Miller McConnell Signs to continue the company’s long tradition of excellence.

Miller McConnell Signs has solidified a strong reputation as a leading custom sign company in Ottawa,  Eastern Ontario, and the Greater Toronto Area. Craig attributes this success to the incredible relationships they have developed throughout the years and their drive to always go the extra mile to make clients happy.

“The thrill of taking the client’s vision and delivering the product in a way that exceeds expectations is what keeps me motivated.”

— Craig McConnell, Co-Founder

Our Business Philosophy

More than merely a sign shop, Miller McConnell is a fully integrated state-of-the-art sign and wide format printing facility. Our rigorous process, attention to detail throughout every sign project, and experience are what sets us apart from the competition.
Most customers will say the best part about working with Miller McConnell Signs is the superior service—our capability to handle quick turnaround times and last-minute requests for both big and small projects.We go the extra mile and work collaboratively with our customers to create a truly customized sign solution that fits your needs and your budgets.

Management & Business Development Team

Craig McConnell, Co-Founder of Miller McConnell Signs

Craig McConnell


Management & Business Development Team Member

Geneviève McConnell

Finance & Administration

Management & Business Development Team Member

Linda Lawlor

Director of Finance & Administration

Management & Business Development Team Member

Erin McArter

Managing Director

Management & Business Development Team Member

Richard Monette

Senior Director of Business Development

Management & Business Development Team Member

Lucas McGreal

Senior Production Manager

Management & Business Development Team Member

Nicole Wannamaker

Senior Project Manager

Management & Business Development Team Member

Bruce Roberts

Project Manager

Production & Installation Team Member

Noah Robinson

Sales Representative

Production & Installation Team

Ron Mills

Senior Production Technician

Dylan Flamond

Print Supervisor

Stacey Scolli

Production Coordinator

Zach McConnell

Production Technician

Patrick McConnell

Production Technician

Bryson Reynolds

Senior Production Technician

Scott Bowers

Installation Technician

Sam Rochon

Senior Production Technician

Akash Singh

Graphics Technician