The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) released a statement from its Co-chairs, Duncan Brown and Jeff Ekstein, that Canada’s Federal government is to begin phasing out core funding and some elements of project funding to sector councils. This phasing-out period, under the government’s Human Resources and Skills Development Canada arm, leads up to a March 31, 2013, deadline.

According to CPISC’s 2010/2011 annual report, the council received $1.8 million in government contributions in its most recent fiscal year, which included $720,842 spent on CPISC salaries; $633,935 spent on professional fees; $257,828 spent on general project costs; $200,189 spent on travel expenses; and a $28,233 deficit. In its 2009/2010 financial year, CPISC received $1.5 million in government contributions.
According to the statement, CPISC was not expecting the government fund-cutting announcement, but is prepared based on its new three-year strategic plan formed in 2010. This plan was to transition from a research-based organization into one that also offers products, services and resources to the printing industry, while also generating revenue for CPISC.

CPISC’s Board of Directors is focusing on ways to sustain the council’s longevity beyond 2013, which is to include building on existing and new partnerships, as well as developing more products and services.

The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) has appointed Gillian Mothersill to its Board of Directors. She replaces retiring board member Willem Sijpheer, former Academic Chair for the Journalism and Digital Graphics Communication Programs at SAIT Polytechnic, who served on CPISC’s Board for four years.

Mothersill is the Associate Dean, Faculty and Student Affairs, for the Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University. She is a graduate of Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management program, in which she currently serves as an Associate Professor. Mothersill also sits on the Program Advisory Committee for the Illustration program at Sheridan College.

Mothersill has been actively involved with CPISC for the past few years, having been a member of the Accreditation Project Working Group and a member of the National Education Committee. She is currently the Chair of the Labour Market Information Project Working Group.
The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council is a Federally funded organization that primarily focuses on human resource issues within printing and related industries.

The Printing Industries of America released its recipients of the 2011 Intertech Technology Awards. The program aims to recognize technological innovation in the printing field.

Entries are submitted by the vendor and reviewed by an independent panel of judges. Technologies must be commercially available in the marketplace and proven in industrial/commercial applications.

The following eight technologies received the award this year:
  • - Enfocus Switch
  • - KBA Flying JobChange
  • - Komori H-UV Drying and Curing System
  • - manroland autoprint APL
  • - Memjet Technologies
  • - PDF/VT (ISO 16612-2) by NPES
  • - Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves by EskoArtwork
  • - TrueJet Digital Coated Papers by NewPage Corporation

A gala to honour these technologies will be held at Graph Expo on September 11, 2011.

Toronto-based C.J. Graphics won three Bennys, the Best of Category award within the 2011 Premier Print Awards program, while Hemlock, Kallen Printing and Metropolitan Printers also win a Benny each.

Printing Industries of America (PIA) reports that more than 2,700 entries were submitted in its awards program, resulting in 103 Best of Category award winners (Benny recipients). The accomplishments will be celebrated during this September’s Graph Expo trade show in Chicago.

C.J. Graphics won its three Benny Awards in the categories Service Catalogs, Magazine Inserts and Digital Printing On-Demand.

Calgary-based Kallen Printing won its Benny in the Booklets category, for a project called Once Upon a Pond.

The Vancouver region’s Metropolitan Fine Printers and Hemlock Printers won their Benny Awards in the categories of Promotional Campaigns (consumer) and Large Brochures and Broadsides, respectively.

Pacific Bindery Services and Anstey Book Binding, have been recognized among the world’s best print finishers, as both Canadian companies win Product of Excellence Awards in the Binding Industries Association's annual competition.

Vancouver-based Pacific Bindery Services took home two Product of Excellence (POE) Awards, which the Binding Industries Association (BIA) only hands out to entries that are technically flawless. The BIA claims the POE awards to be the world’s only competition specifically for graphic finishers and custom loose-leaf companies.

Pacific Bindery won its awards in the Adhesive Binding category, for a TED 2010 Conference program, as well as the Mechanical Binding category for its work on the Brooks Footwear Catalog Spring 2011.

Toronto-based Anstey Book Binding, a division of Specialties Graphic Finishers, won its POE in the Graphic Finisher Self Promotion category, for its piece called The Anstey Portfolio.

The remaining POE winners included: C&C Offset Printing; Rickard Circular Folding; Bridge Publications; Roswell Bookbinding; New Hampshire Bindery; Trends Presentation Products; American Thermoplastic Company; Tamarack Packaging; Holum & Sons; FastKit; Binding Solutions; and Pack Appeal.

The 2011 competition was sponsored by Achilles USA, Bensons, Bielomatik Jagenberg, Challenge Machinery, Colter and Peterson, C.P Bourg, IFS-DuraPro, fixyourownbindery, Gane Brothers, Heidelberg, Holliston, Kolbus, L.D. Davis, The Newark Group, Nor-Cote International, Nordson, Standard Finishing Systems, Spiral Binding, Tech-n-Fold, Update, US Ring, and WCJ Pilgrim.

Krista Nicholds, co-owner and VP of Marketing of Ottawa-based Dollco Integrated Print Solutions, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) – a government-funded organization focused on skills development and HR management practices in the printing industry.

After being involved with CPISC for a number of years, Nicholds replaces retiring board member Abe Giesbrecht, Training Coordinator at Friesens Corp., who served on the board for four years.

Nicholds is a member of CPISC’s Projects Advisory Committee and served as chair of CPISC’s recently launched HR Toolkit project. Printing companies can access the HR Toolkit for $55 per facility.

Last week in Toronto, the local chapter of the IAPHC handed out dozens of Canadian and international awards in its annual Gallery of Superb Printing program, while also recognizing the achievements of five printing students.

The celebration of Greater Toronto printing was highlighted by four best-of awards, received by Colour Innovations (Best Use of Ink), Parker Pad (Best Use of Bindery), and C.J. Graphics (Best Use of Press and Best of Show). 

In the overall IAPHC Gallery of Superb Printing program, C.J. Graphics won 19 Gold, 21 Silver and 16 Bronze in the Canadian portion of the awards program, while the company picked up another 47 Gold, 30 Silver and 9 Bronze awards in the international competition.

Colour Innovations received the second-most Gallery of Superb Printing wins, taking home 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze from the Canadian competition, while also winning 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze on the international side.

The other top Greater Toronto printing companies to take home Gallery of Superb Printing awards included The Lowe-Martin Group, Metro Label, Polytainers, PPP Trade Finishers and The AIIM Group. 

The local IAPHC chapter then recognized five Toronto-area students currently enrolled in printing programs, including: Kristen Kelava from Gordon Graydon Memorial, Karin Lin Thorsley from George Brown, Amber Warren from Humber College, Marianna Kosterina from Ryerson University, and Efraim Siouni from the Phoenix Print Shop Foundations of Print.

Hadi Mahabadi, Vice President and Director of the Mississauga-based Xerox Research Centre of Canada, has been named the recipient of the Robert F. Reed Technology Medal. The award is presented by the Printing Industries of America.

The Reed award recognizes an outstanding inventor, scientist, researcher, or engineer who has worked in the graphic communications industry for 10 or more years.

Mahabadi has had a long history in research for the graphic arts, joining Xerox in 1981. During his time at Xerox, he led development of many printing technologies, especially in the field of digital laser printing and novel marking materials. He also led the development of high-quality reactive extrusion-based toners and Emulsion Aggregation (EA) toners.

Mahabadi has worked with other research-related organizations in Canada, including the National Research Council, Ontario Centre of Excellence and the National Science and Engineering Council, contributing to the growth of Canada's R&D industry.

Mahabadi will be presented with the engraved and die struck bronze medal associated with this award at the annual Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) conference, next week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) last week released its new report, called Bridging the Gaps, which looks at skill shortages within the industry’s existing workforce.

CPISC focused on the following occupational categories: Prepress operators, output and colour specialists, as well as operators in the areas of web and sheetfed offset presses, flexographic presses, digital presses, and bindery and finishing.

Built around what CPISC defines as its National Skills Standards, Bridging the Gaps is the final report to be developed out of CPISC’s Training Needs Assessment Project.

“The most startling finding is that although press operators possess the required operating skills, gaps exist when comparing the current and required core skills,” says CPISC Co-Chair Duncan Brown.

In other news, CPISC announces that it has updated its listing of Education and Training programs for the industry. As well, the organization points out there are openings for its Career Focus Program, which provides funding of up $12,750 for Canadian printing companies to hire new employees.

Free download of Bridging the Gaps report

View CPISC’s updated list of Education and Training programs

After announcing in August that 56 students are to receive $73,750 in combined funding, the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) has released its listing of scholarship providers (presented below, alphabetically by school) for students of post-secondary graphic arts programs in Canada.

BCIT scholarships provided by:

Harmony Printing
Howard Graphics/Youngblood Publishing
In Memory of Gary Baines (BCPIA)
In Memory of Bruce Brydon (BCPIA)
In memory of Dick Blockberger (BCPIA)
In memory of Jack Hazeldine (BCPIA)
In memory of John Kouwenhoven (BCPIA)
In Memory of Peter Purcell (BCPIA)
Transcontinental Printing

Nova Scotia Community College:

Honourary Society of the Wayzgoose
Willow Printing

Ryerson University:

Advocate Printing & Publishing
Agfa Canada
Bowne of Canada
Coast Paper
Ernest Green & Son
Fujifilm Canada
Harmony Printing
Heidelberg Canada
Honourary Society of the Wayzgoose
Kodak Polychrome Graphics
Metroland Printing
PDI Group
PESDA Canada
Schawk Canada
Sun Chemical
The DATA Group
The Lowe-Martin Group
Transcontinental Printing (3)
Unisource Canada
Xerox Canada

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology:

Heidelberg Canada
Xpedx Canada

The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) last week released its Production Support Skill Standards, which includes a new series of occupational profiles about what an employee should know to do their job.

CPISC’s new reports, designed to assist with recruitment and training, are specifically geared toward the job functions of estimators, sales representatives, production coordinators, and customer service representatives.

“Employees in production support have a significant impact on workflow, quality control and the bottom line,” said Project Chair Brian Ellis. “These new standards and occupational profiles will ensure that we have a better-trained, more adaptable workforce that will help our industry prosper.”

These latest Skill Standards are part of CPISC’s Skills for the Future project, which has produced standards and profiles for nine other occupations. The non-profit organization states it is currently working on another set of reports for production managers, with a release date scheduled for 2011.

“Standards enable an employer to assess the skills of new and current employees, helping them to identify what training and development is most needed to help employees perform at their best,” said CPISC Co-Chair Jeff Ekstein. “They are also being used for curriculum development in post-secondary and training institutions.”

CPISC’s Executive Director, Marie Eveline, added, “These standards and profiles were developed and validated by the industry, for the industry. We have heard so many success stories surrounding the use of our previously released standards and are anxious to get this new suite into the industry’s hands.”

The Production Support Skill Standards and Occupational Profiles are available for download on CPISC’s Website.

The Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council has published the results from its recent employer survey. The objectives of the 2010 CPISC Employer Survey were to examine the level of awareness of the
Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council and its activities to provide CPISC with a better understanding of how the Council can work collaboratively with employers and to provide them with the necessary tools and data to ensure they have the resources and skilled employees necessary to be competitive. The 2010 survey received responses from 127 industry employers, more than double the numbers of the 2008 survey, according to CPISC.

The aging workforce was identified as the top HR challenge facing the industry (52.3%), closely followed by a shortage of skilled workers (45.4%) and a lack of awareness and interest in printing and graphic communications as a career option among youth (44.2%).

While the majority of respondents were aware that certain skill standards were available, 34.7 percent of respondents reported not being aware of any of the CPISC skill standards. 43 percent of the respondents were unaware of CPISC's development of a National Certification Program, but 68 percent responded by saying they would support their employees in obtaining certification.

The report had this conclusion:

The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council and its research and resources continue to gain awareness and value amongst industry employers. CPISC’s new strategic plan and resources are well positioned to continue to support employers and employees in weathering the negative impacts of the economy and to help them continue to grow the highly skilled workforce they need to thrive in a technologically advancing industry.

The report can be obtained here.

The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) has appointed Normand Richard, André Houde, and Tony Karg as new members of its board.

Normand Richard becomes Employer Director for the CPISC Board of Directors. He currently serves as VP of Human Resources within the Print Sector of Transcontinental in Vaughan, Ontario. Prior to joining Transcontinental in 2002, he was Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Domtar.
André Houde joins the CPISC Board as an ex‐officio member, representing a provincial sector council. He is a Market Developer at Marquis Imprimeur in Montreal and has also been a member of the Comité sectoriel de main‐d’oeuvre des communications graphiques du Québec (CSMO) since 2003, receiving the CSMO Award of Excellence in 2010.
Tony Karg also joins the CPISC Board as an ex‐officio member, representing an industry supplier. He currently works with Fujifilm Canada as Senior Director of Business Development & Marketing, Graphics. Karg has 22 years of printing-industry experience.

“The addition of these new members complements our Board’s diverse skill sets and specializations, ensuring we have the best available resources as we move forward with our new strategic plan,” said Duncan Brown, Co‐Chair of CPISC and National Director of CEP Graphical Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
“We are fortunate to have such an engaged Board of Directors,” said Jeff Ekstein, Co‐Chair of CPISC and President and CEO of Willow Printing Group Ltd. “Our sincerest appreciation is extended to our retiring board members, Michel Cliche, Brian Ellis and Nicole Desloges.”

Marilynn Knoch, Executive Director of the BCPIA, released a scathing 2-page statement in response to the CPIA's intentions to alter its membership affiliation with provincial printing associations.

BCPIA's statement is specifically in response to a September 28 letter produced by the CPIA explaining why the national association feels it is no longer viable to require its members to first join a provincial association like the BCPIA or the OPIA in Ontario. The CPIA instead hopes to allow members to join directly, which would alter the funding for all associations.

The CPIA would not provide PrintAction with the letter sent out to its members, however, they are scheduled to vote on the issue this Thursday, October 14.

Below is the complete statement issued by the BCPIA, in response to CPIA's letter:

Members of the British Columbia Printing & Imaging Association Board (BCPIA) take exception to several points included in a September 28th letter sent out by the Canadian Printing Industries Association claiming that a dramatic decline in membership due to the economy and the lack of cooperation from regional associations like BCPIA are the cause of its financial woes.

CPIA alleges that “no alternatives were forthcoming from the FARAS” (Formally Affiliated Regional Associations). This is incorrect.

In a letter dated April 9th, BCPIA submitted several constructive suggestions CPIA could use to assist with its financial crisis. An experienced printing management member of BCPIA also took part on a CPIA Task Force but resigned in frustration when it appeared CPIA would refuse any management strategy that did not support its predetermined outcome. At its June Board meeting, CPIA did not even consider the Task Force report and recommendations of a minority report to its Task Force on an alternative strategy for maintaining a national entity.

“The decline in CPIA revenues cannot be blamed on the economy” says Marilynn Knoch, Executive Director, BCPIA. “Just like our members - all of the printing associations have faced challenges and have had to make adjustments to manage with lower revenues or program participation. The BCPIA Board has worked diligently and prudently to make sure it can operate and if the need ever arises could cover its liabilities - but our main focus is value and service for our members. The BCPIA Board asked CPIA to do the same.

BCPIA’s membership took a dip in 2002 - 2003 and we worked hard to bring it back up. Over the past few years, dues income in BC has been down only slightly due to sales revenue but the actual numbers of members, and our total budget has been relatively constant throughout the past decade.”

The most dramatic decline in membership in CPIA came in 2002 when the AAGQ (Quebec’s FARA) went out of business and closed its doors; owing CPIA a significant amount of money. In the past eight years CPIA appears to have had very little success in signing up direct members in that province. BCPIA asks what management and operational changes did CPIA employ to manage that reversal in the number of memberships in Quebec? The same questions apply to CPIA when it began offering direct membership to the Atlantic Provinces where there is no longer a regional association.

In fact, CPIA has encouraged non-FARA participation in those provinces as it allowed members to join directly (rather than through the nearest FARA) and those members have saved substantially on membership costs.

When you do the analysis - membership in the provinces where there are regional associations feeding members into CPIA show a fairly constant level in membership numbers and revenue over the past years due in great part to the activities, services and marketing initiatives offered locally by the regional associations. Those regions that have the most active Boards and members have been able to replace lost memberships with new members.
To address another point, revenues at trade shows and conferences have been declining steadily over past years as the industry itself had to do some serious belt tightening to survive in a difficult market.

CPIA booked an expensive conference in Banff for September 2010; then put it on hold for a year due to lack-lustre participation. This compounded their difficult financial situation by requiring the CPIA to pay penalties and advances to the hotel for the rescheduling of the event. There is still a likelihood that the delayed conference will not achieve break-even as the cost to attend the rescheduled 2011 conference in Banff is higher than is palatable for most businesses. CPIA continues to forge ahead despite a declining attendance trend at previous conferences.

“Nobody argues that the industry needs national advocacy,” said Knoch, “but maybe it is time to review what the industry is getting compared to what it is paying. We take exception to the way CPIA seems to be claiming sole success for its role in the passage of Bill C-9. In fact CPIA was only part of a group lead by the Canadian International Mail Association (CIMA) which worked tirelessly over a number of years to get this bill passed. BCPIA members worked with CIMA before CPIA really became involved,” added Knoch, “and we were the ones that got CPIA involved with CIMA and its letter writing campaign.”

BCPIA has demonstrated its focus is on delivering value to its members through industry resources, education, programs and services along with special access agreements to organizations such as NAPL, CME and BCPIA continues to look for opportunities to add more value for members.

The British Columbia Printing & Imaging Association (BCPIA) has signed an agreement with the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) to have its members gain an Affiliate Membership to the NAPL. This move means active members of the BCPIA will gain the tools and resources offered by the New Jersey-based NAPL.

Marilynn Knoch, Executive Director of BCPIA, says, “BCPIA is enthusiastic about these new resources. We are always looking for additional industry-specific value-added benefits for our members. This agreement with NAPL provides our Active Members with access to such valuable components of NAPL as the NAPL Information Central™, online Hourly Rate Tools, access to Member-Only Web pages, and discounts on NAPL products, services, programs, and publications.”

“We are very excited to bring the BCPIA members into the NAPL Community,” says Kristen Kitchen, NAPL Director of Membership. “They will benefit from many different perspectives in the form of education; NAPL Management Plus™ Best Practices Assessment tools; NAPL communications, newsletters and webinars; members-only pricing; and the very popular online management tools. Among the programs they will be invited to join are our NAPL Research Center Studies, Performance Indicators, and all other NAPL-specific events. These are just a few of the great benefits of NAPL membership and we look forward to bringing more to the BCPIA members!”

Specific details about this new relationship has been posted on the BCPIA website under Member Benefits.
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