The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) and the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) have announced further details of its planned merger. The new organization will be known as Printing Industries of Canada and will launch officially in April 2013, when the funding from the Government of Canada's Sector Council program lapses for CPISC.
“The boards of CPISC and CPIA have worked diligently to create this new body. We have reached out to the industry, listened to its input, and I’m pleased with this effective model for a national association that will deliver the services and value printers have told us they want,” said Jeff Ekstein, Co-Chair of CPISC.
PIC’s mandate will cover four areas: promotion of print, advocacy to government and media, collaboration with key industry bodies, and education. The mandate of PIC was established after organizers held focus groups across the countries and obtained feedback and suggestions. “The association truly reflects what the industry wants,” said Sandy Stephens, Chair of CPIA.
Membership is open to printing companies, suppliers to the industry and education/training organizations. The new organization is soliciting founding memberships via a three-year commitment to PIC.
“We feel confident the industry will support PIC and its mandate,” added Ekstein. “And we look forward to launching a truly effective national association that delivers a focused value to our industry in promotion, advocacy, collaboration and education in a cost-effective manner.”