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Jeff Ekstein, President and CEO of Willow Printing Group, has been nominated to serve as Secretary to the Board of Directors for the Printing Industries of America (PIA). His upcoming term is scheduled to begin this November.

He has been the Canadian Printing Industries Association representative to the PIA Board of Directors since 2007, as well as Chairman of the PIA Education Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee since 2009.

Ekstein has played a prominent role in the development of the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC), which is government-funded human resources entity established in 2006. He continues to serve as Co-Chair of CPISC.

Willow Printing is a third-generation, commercial-printing company based in Concord, Ontario, which was founded more than 50 years ago.




This year's winners of the Premier Print Awards have been announced. In all, 101 award winners were named. C.J. Graphics of Toronto led the Canadian wins with three awards and Metropolitan Fine Printers, Rhino Print and Friesens won one each.

(For more details about the Canadian winning pieces, see the August issue of PrintAction.) C.J. Graphics also received 24 Certificates of Merit from the judging panel and Burnaby-based Hemlock Printers received 14.

Awards for this year's Benny winners will be presented on October 3 at Graph Expo.




Below is the complete list of winners:

Company Name Category Name Title
1010 Printing International Limited Cookbooks Thai Street Food
53 Dots Service Catalogs Oakridge Catalog
53 Dots Magazine Series Aishti Magazine
Adams Lithographing Company Booklets With Our Own Hands
Adams Lithographing Company Promotional Campaigns, business-to-business With Our Own Hands
AGI Miscellaneous Specialties-Other Wizard of Oz - Ultimate Collector's Edition
AGS Custom Graphics Presentation Folders/Portfolios Viewbook and Pocket Folder
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited Product/Service Catalogs Une Autce China
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited Service Catalogs CHINA OPEAR SICHUAN
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited Art Books Mausoleum of Emperor Qin ShiHUANG
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited Art Prints PICTURE OF PEACH
Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited Promotional Campaigns, consumer PICTURE OF PEACH
Asia One Printing Limited Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines Brave6 - The Seasonal 'zine Created for Asia by Diesel
Balmar, Inc. Cross-Media Promotion 2010 "Social Networking" Calendar
Bennett Graphics Newsletters Lovett Excellence Newsletter
Bridge Publications, Inc. Labels and Wraps-Rolled products/ pressure-sensitive Western Congress
Buford Lewis Company Envelopes Nashville Community Music School Envelope
C&C Joint Printing Co., (Shanghai) Ltd. Booklets 1000 Islands
C&C Joint Printing Co., (Shanghai) Ltd. Hard Cover Trade Books, Journals, and Other Books Cars
C&C Joint Printing Co., (Shanghai) Ltd. Soft Cover Book Fairie-Ality Style
C&C Joint Printing Co., (Shanghai) Ltd. Diecuts, Pop-ups, Unique Folds, and Involvement Devices Hong Kong PopUp
C&C Joint Printing Co., (Shanghai) Ltd. Other Special Finishing Techniques EYE-Popping 3-D Pets
C&C Joint Printing Co., (Shanghai) Ltd. Stationery Packages Brushed Blossoms Mousepad Memopad/California Poppies Desknotes/File Folders
C.J. Graphic Inc. Brochures and Broadsides, Large Digital Freedom
C.J. Graphic Inc. Magazine Inserts Mercedes Benz SLS
C.J. Graphic Inc. Stochastic Printing Dave Heath
Careerline Tech Center - School/Vocational Center High School Students HDR Christmas Card
Carlson Print Group Point-of-Purchase Materials Playing Cards
Carlson Print Group Specialty Inks or Coatings, Fragrances, or "Invisible" Printing Inks Carlson Folder
Carlson Print Group Business Cards Business Cards
Classic Litho & Design Service Catalogs Bahia De Los Suenos
ColorGraphics, A Cenveo Company Business and Annual Reports Safeway Corporate Responsibility Report
ColorGraphics-A Cenveo Company Printing Guildhouse Leonettil Cellars Mailer
Colornet Press Internal Communication Pieces Acura 2010 Facts Guides
Crown Printers Business and Annual Reports Small World. Big Impact
CRW Graphics Campaign Cheshire Academy Enrollment Package
Digital Hub Digital Printing-On-Demand House of Marley
Dynagraf, Inc. Booklet or Brochure Series Lipman David Yurman
EarthColor Houston Business and Annual Reports Alsea 2009 AR
Editora Graficos Burti Ltda. Product Catalogs Cat. Matia Bonita
Editora Graficos Burti Ltda. 4 or more colors, uncoated paper Jornal Triton
Facform Impressos Ltda. Printers with 21-50 employees Promotion Kit FacForm
Freedom Graphic Systems, Inc. Direct Mail Campaigns, consumer PlayStation Portable Mailer
Friesens Corporation Printers with more than 250 employees Friesens Sales Kit
Geographics, Inc. Service Catalogs SCAD Works Spring 2009 Catalog
Graphic Litho Posters Butterfly
Grupo Gráfico Romo, S.A. de C.V. Product Catalogs Catálogo de Arte Andrea
Harding Poorman Group Single Promotional Self-Mailer Maker's Mark Ambassador's Barrel Plate Mailer
HGI Company - Hi-Liter Graphics Book Jackets Write Stuff A Winning Heritage
Highline Community College Post-Secondary Students LSR 2009
HM Graphics Direct Mail Campaigns, business-to-business Prometrium care packages
Hoechstetter Printing Hi-Fidelity Printing Porch and Floor Card
Hopkins Printing Printers with 51-100 employees Hopkins Sustainability Brochure
Hoppmann Group Printers with 20 employees or less Hoppmann Specialties Guide
Imprenta Mariscal Cia Ltda School Textbooks El Cuerpo Humano
Impresora y Editora Infagón, S.A. de C.V. Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines Amura
Independent Printing Co., Inc. Invitations A Celebration of Imagination
J.S. McCarthy Printers Media Kits Proudly Cincinnati
Jostens Printing and Publishing School Yearbooks Aegis 2009, Dartmouth College
Kirkwood Printing Product/Service Catalogs Sterling 365-2010
Lauderdale Graphics Booklets Bangkok Downtown Vero Menu
Lauderdale Graphics Customized/Personalized/Variable-Data Digital Printing Bentrani 2010 Catalog
Leo Paper Products Limited Juvenile Books Peter Pan
Leo Paper Products Limited Newsletters Leo Express vol. 28
Leo Paper Products Limited Foil Stamping and Embossing/Debossing Hello, Little Lion!
Litografía Gil, S.A. Flyers Portadas Scribe Iron Man 2
Litoprocess, S.A. de C.V. Booklets Catálogo Foley's Otoño / Invierno 2009
Lori-Der, S.A. de C.V. Other 65 Aniversario Papel, S.A.
MARCOA Quality Publishing Directories and Source Books Bay Area Meetings (Fall/Winter 2009)
McQuiddy Classic Printing Booklets Hilton Prestige Portfolio
Metropolitan Fine Printers Environmentally Sound  Montecristo Magazine
Midas Printing International Limited Art Books Unleashed 3
Multi-Color Corporation Labels and Wraps-Cut and stack, sheetfed Leinenkugel's Red Lager
Newman Printing Company, Inc. Letterhead Forest Service Letterhead
Offset Multicolor S.A. de C.V. Product/Service Catalogs Anuario Año 2009
Offset Multicolor S.A. de C.V. Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines Amura No. 72
Offset Multicolor S.A. de C.V. Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines Amura No. 72
Offset Multicolor S.A. de C.V. They Said It Couldn't Be Done Calendario Sanchez 2010
Offset Multicolor S.A. de C.V. 4 or more colors, coated paper Anuario Año 2009
Offset Santiago, S.A. de C.V. Binders (Looseleaf) Royal Dream Vacations
P&J Graphics Programs UT Commencement Booklet
Paragon Press Cards Ladies in Winter
Platinum Converting Prepress companies, finishing, advertising, and other graphic arts firms Platinum Marketing Kit
Pragati Offset PVT. LTD. Calendars Pragati 2010 Wall Calendar
Pragati Offset PVT. LTD. Cartons and Containers Black Dog Reserve - 18 Yrs.
Quality Printing Company Internal Communication Pieces Exact Target Handbook
Quantum Group Printers with 101-250 employees Brand Building Print
Rapid Press, Inc. Business and Annual Reports Savannah Economic Development Authority, Annual Report
Rhino Print Solutions Business and Annual Reports Nexen 2009 Annual Report
RR Donnelley - Moran Plant Programs Take Their Breath Away - Recognition Program
Scott Lithographing Company Product Catalogs Joby Spring 2010 Catalog
Self Realization Fellowship Chruch Diaries and Desk Calendars Inner Reflections 2011
Southeastern Printing Brochures and Broadsides, Large Clyde Butcher Brochure
Starlite Holdings Limited Novelty Books Amazging Shanghai
The Dot Printer, Inc. Presentation Folders/Portfolios UCI Presentation Portfolio
The John Roberts Company Invitations GE Vancouver 2010 Invitaion and Program of Events
The National Print Group Large-Format Printing Talbots Green Jacket
Trend Offset Printing Magazines Flaunt
Trinity Press/LOOK Design Stationery Packages Cahata Stationery
Trisoft Graphics, Inc. Flexographic Printing Cal Tape Self Promo Label
Woods Lithographics Product Catalogs Build to Order

Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund, organized by the CPIA and a scholarship board, announced 56 students enrolled in graphic arts programs will receive $73,750.

A total of $41,250 was awarded to 30 new students, while $32,500 was provided to 26 students continuing in the scholarship program. Each student is to receive a $1,250 scholarship, while Sarah Flynn of Nanaimo, BC, is to receive $5,000 as the winner of the Warren Wilkins Prestige Scholarship, which was established in 2009. Flynn will be attending the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) beginning in September, as part of the school's Graphic Communications Program.

“There was an exceptional group of applicants once again this year and we are very pleased to be able to support 56 dedicated students in their pursuit of a career in the graphic communications industry," stated Don Gain, Chairman of the Fund, which began in 1971.

The scholarship board includes: Don Gain (Chairman), Harmony Printing Limited, Warren Wilkins (Past Chairman); Wayne Burroughs; Richard Armstrong, Heidelberg Canada; Jeff Taylor, Hemlock Printers; Michael Hill; Violet Storto, Algonquin College; Mary Black, Mary Black Recruiting; Bruce Bond, Unisource Canada; Bob Cockerill, Schawk Canada; Tom Blockberger; and Sean Murray, Advocate Printing.



The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) has released a set of surveys aimed at Estimators, Sales Representatives and CSRs in the industry. The aim of the surveys is to establish a set of skill standards for people working in production support.

The group asks that all surveys be completed by August 13.

Estimators' survey

Sales Representatives' survey
CSR/Production Coordinators' survey

CPISC is also conducting a more general survey for the industry's thoughts on certification programs. This survey is divided into employer and employees and has a deadline of September 10, 2010.

Employees' survey
Employers' survey


The Printing Industries of America has named its picks for printing technologies of the year, which range from software to press consumables and printing systems.

Six technologies were selected for this year's award:

ZAC Automated Controller Technology Module, Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division
Plate processing technology which minimizes chemistry used

HIFLEX Webshop, HIFLEX
A complete web-to-print MIS system built on an open source content management system

KODAK DIGICAP NX Screening, Eastman Kodak Company
A screening technology that applies a user definable texture pattern to the surface of a flexographic printing plate.

KODAK PROSPER S10 Imprinting System
, Eastman Kodak Company
A variable data imprinting solution for high volume direct mail applications producing at 1,000 feet-per-minute

Prinect Inspection Control, Heidelberg USA
Seamless inline sheet inspection system for Heidelberg Speedmaster presses

SUPER BLUE 3, Printing Research, Inc.
A wash-free, maintnence-free transfer cylinder blanket

There technologies will be presented with an award at the 2010 Printing Industries of America Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Gala on October 3 in Chicago.


More than 70 delegates attended the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council’s 4th-annual forum, held last week in Halifax, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Canadian printing industry.

The event specifically focused on the impact of technology and the influence of demographics on printing, as well as the need for companies to build their brand during a time of transition in the industry. Keynote speaker Howie Fenton, a senior consultant with the NAPL, also discussed the prospects for emerging from the economic downturn.

"The positive comments from delegates reaffirmed the importance of providing regional professional development opportunities on what is happening in the industry,” said Jeff Ekstein, CPISC co-Chair.

Duncan Brown, who also co-Chairs the human-resources entity, stated, "CPISC has spent the last four years developing its building blocks – putting in place the information and resources needed to develop a comprehensive approach to HR issues. As we move forward over the next number of years we will be focusing on providing tools and services to assist employers and employees to use these resources in an effective manner."

CPISC’s 2011 forum is scheduled to take place on June 3 in Toronto. The organization returns to Halifax on June 16 to solicit feedback on its newly developed skill standards for personnel in estimating, production coordination, sales and customer service.















C.J. Graphics won four of six 2010 Excellence in Print Awards presented last week by the Ontario Printing Industries Association, during a dinner at the St. Georges Golf & Country Club, attended by around 50 people.

Toronto-based C.J. Graphics won its Excellence in Print Awards in the categories of Sheetfed, Digital, Packaging, and Environmentally Sound Materials. The remaining two Excellence in Print Awards were captured by Welch & Quest in the Specialty category and Transcontinental Printing RBW in Web.

Winners in various, individual sheetfed categories included: C.J. Graphics (10), Dollco Printing, General Printers, Harmony Printing Twin City Dwyer (2), and Willow Printing. (2). In various web offset categories, winners included: Metroland Media (2), Transcontinental Printing Brampton, and Transcontinental Printing RBW (2).

Individual Specialty category winners included: C.J. Graphics (2), Harmony, Webcom, Welch & Quest and Willow, while C.J. Graphics picked up individual awards in the categories of Digital, Packaging and Environmentally Sound Materials.


All 2010 Excellence in Print Award Winners


SHEETFED


Category: Annual Reports
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Transforce 2009 Annual Report

Category: Brochures & Booklets
Company: General Printers
Title of Piece: Calgary City Centre

Category: Calendars
Company: Dollco Printing Ltd.
Title of Piece: Tapiriit Kanatami

Category: Inserts
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Infiniti – The All New Infiniti M

Category: Books 4+ Colours
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Mercedes Benz

Category: Manuals & Directories
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Supreme Matte – Guide our l'environnement

Category: Magazines – Saddle Stitched
Company: Willow Printing Group Ltd.
Title of Piece: PPG 75th Anniversary Repaint Reporter

Category: Magazines – Saddle Stitched
Company: Willow Printing Group Ltd.
Title of Piece: PPG 75th Anniversary Repaint Reporter

Category: Magazines – Perfect Bound
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Dine Magazine

Category: Programs
Company: General Printers
Title of Piece: The National Ballet of Canada 2009/10

Category: Newsletters
Company: Harmony Printing Limited
Title of Piece: Crescent School – Past and Present

Category: Newsletters
Company: Harmony Printing Limited
Title of Piece: Crescent School – Past and Present

Category: Catalogue 4+ Colours Cover, 1-3 Colour Text  Award of Excellence category winner
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Hunter : Gatherer

Category: Catalogue 4+ Colour throughout
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Marlowe – Made in Italy

Category: Direct Mail
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Four Seasons Private Residences

Category: Posters
Company: Willow Printing Group Ltd.
Title of Piece: PPG Refinish 2010 Calendar Poster

Category: Invitations
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: David H. Koch – Smithsonian 2009

Category: Flyers 4 + Colours
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Gibson Smith Photography

Category: Stationery
Company: Twin City Dwyer Printing Co. Ltd.
Title of Piece: Raza Shah N.D. Stationery

Category: Presentation Folders 1 – 4 Colours
Company: Twin City Dwyer Printing Co. Ltd.
Title of Piece: Advocate Presentation Folders


WEB


Category: Magazines
Company: Transcontinental Printing RBW
Title of Piece: West of the City

Category: Catalogues   Award of Excellence category winner
Company: Transcontinental Printing RBW
Title of Piece: Jon – Don 2009

Category: Brochures and Booklets
Company: Metroland Media Group Inc.
Title of Piece: Coupon Booklet

Category: Flyers
Company: Transcontinental Printing Brampton
Title of Piece: Zellers – March 27th Event

Category: Newspapers
Company: Metroland Media Group
Title of Piece: The Mid-Week Banner Ltd.


PACKAGING

Category: Cartons & Boxes   Award of Excellence category winner
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Wannado City – Love is in the Air


SPECIALTY

Category: Foil Stamping
Company: Harmony Printing Limited
Title of Piece: Queen's Plate – Sunday June 21st, 2009

Category: Die-Cutting
Company: Willow Printing Group Ltd.
Title of Piece: Imperial Coffee Presentation Folder

Category: Bindery
Company: Webcom Inc.
Title of Piece: Best of Times

Category: Plastic Cards
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Clearview Business Card

Category: Embossing   Award of Excellence category winner
Company: Welch & Quest Ltd.
Title of Piece: The Clinic Business Card

Category: Inks, Coating or Processes
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Print Action


DIGITAL

Category: Digital   Award of Excellence category winner
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Notebox – A Family History


ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MATERIALS


Category: Environmentally Sound Materials   Award of Excellence category winner
Company: CJ Graphics Inc.
Title of Piece: Lightening Our Step









The Toronto Chapter of the International House of Printing House Craftsmen celebrated its winners of this year's International Gallery of Excellence last night with a dinner at The David Duncan House. The night also included the presentation of the annual Chia Tse Memorial Awards and a special donation to Ryerson University's TAGA Chapter.

The Lowe-Martin Group won the Best Use of Ink award with its Cosmetica Powder Presentation Book submission and The Best Use of Paper Award with the Meta Gallery Mapmakers Catalogue. C.J. Graphics won the Best Use of Press award with the Oxford-Fairmont Brochure and the Best of Show award with the Vid Ingelevics Hunter : Gatherer piece.

The night was sponsored by Taniguchi Ink Canada, Heidelberg Canada, J&P Steel Rule Dies, and Lithotel Software Design.

Some of the award winners and presentations are pictured below:

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council (CPISC) is now accepting applications for the second year of its Career Focus Program, designed to provide printing-industry employers with a subsidy representing one third of a new employee’s total wage. The wage-subsidy program has a maximum limit of $12,750 per employee.

Submitted applications will be evaluated – on a first-come, first-serve basis – starting on April 1, 2010. 



Employers must meet a set of criteria to qualify for the program, which includes parameters like guaranteeing a minimum four months of continuous employment for the new employee, who must also work for at least 30 hours per week.

"It is definitely a win-win situation for both the employer and employee. I think other companies should jump aboard if they are looking to hire," stated Scott Milburn of Calgary-based Precision Label Ltd., in a press release. Precision Label is a Career Focus participant from the first round of the program, which was introduced in July 2009.

At the time of the program’s July 2009 introduction, CPISC received a $651,000 government grant to run Career Focus over three years.

CPISC also recently announced a May 7, 2010, date for its annual, one-day symposium, focusing on “opportunities and challenges facing Canada's printing and graphic communications industries.” Taking place in Halifax, the event will include a keynote from Howie Fenton, a senior consultant with the NAPL.



The Packaging Association challenged the packaging industry on environmental innovation in a full-day event in Toronto called the PAC Green Den.

Seventeen packaging companies presented new environmental concepts to a panel of three environmental experts which included: Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, Glena Gies, Executive Director of Waste Diversion Ontario; and Daniel Normandin, Executive Director of Le CIRAIG - LCA Institute.

In the style of TV's Dragon's Den, in which inventors bring their ideas to a panel of potential investors and are then critiqued, each product at PAC's Green Den received a thorough analysis from each panelist, who pointed out the strengths and weaknesses of each offering.

Products presented included a new type of reusable produce bag, improvements on plastic bottle design and even new polymers. At the end of the day, the audience, comprised of packaging companies and brand owners alike, were allowed to vote on innovations they felt were the most interesting.

Norampac was the overall winner of the audience voting with the presentation of a new water-repellent non-wax coating which allows for greater recyclability of boxes. Second place went to Conwed Global Netting Solutions, who presented a reusable, breathable, produce bag. Third place went to Hood Packaging, which presented an economical, bio-friendly, flexible packaging.

The Boards of Directors of IPA and IDEAlliance have announced merger plans for the two prominent U.S.-based communication associations, which collectively focus on sectors like media, print and publishing. According to a statement, the merger is waiting for final approval from a majority of the IPA membership in early March 2010.


“The graphic communication industry is looking to its industry associations to partner and create synergies based upon their distinctive competencies and shared objectives,” said Guy Gleysteen, Senior Vice President of Production of Time Inc. and IDEAlliance Chairman. “By integrating IPA and IDEAlliance, we achieve a big win for the industry and will be able to provide a significant increase in our program offerings to our combined membership.”



Chip Harding, President/COO of Harper House and IPA Chairman, said, “Current trends of change are ever accelerating. With like missions and unique competencies, this union will help lead our industry into the future.”



Steve Bonoff, IPA President added, “IPA has a strong history of working closely with IDEAlliance. In 2004, the organizations formed an alliance and launched the joint industry venture, PrintTools.org, a Web portal of tools and publications for the prepress and print community. In 2008, IPA and IDEAlliance announced the coordination of their digital press programs. And in 2009, IDEAlliance co-located its G7 Summit with the IPA Technical Conference.”



Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd., one of Canada’s largest packaging companies, achieved PACsecure certification for its Mississauga plant, which produces corrugated boxes, die-cuts, pre-printed boxes and kraft boxes for the food industry.

Atlantic Packaging joins two other Canadian PACsecure-certified companies: Jones Packaging of London, Ontario, and Farnell Packaging of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The PACsecure standard was developed over the past six years by an 80-member committee of The Packaging Association (recently re-branded from the former Packaging Association of Canada name) in conjunction with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


"Based on our knowledge, the new PACsecure standards are the most comprehensive food safety standards for packaging materials in the world," said James Downham, President and CEO of The Packaging Association (PAC). "They have already been approved by the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging, representing most of the major food producers in North America. In addition, we have requests for them from organizations and government agencies from around the world."

During his tenure, Downham has driven PAC to produce five new food standards covering 24 different packaging manufacturing processes in conjunction with the international Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) protocol.

Atlantic Packaging expects to achieve further PAC-based certification at a number of its other plants later this year. The company has 15 North American locations, primarily in Ontario and Quebec, with four U.S. plants: Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Buffalo.

Founded by Abraham Granovsky and Phil Granovsky in 1945, Atlantic Packaging and its more than 2,500 employees are led by President John Cherry and Chairman Irving Granovsky.




The Toronto Chapter of the IAPHC, commonly referred to as the Craftsmen Club, announced a March 4, 2010, date to celebrate local winners of the International IAPHC Gallery of Superb Printing Awards.

During the same event, at the David Duncan House in North York, the Toronto chapter is also holding its Chia Tse Memorial Awards Dinner. (Reception begins at 5: 30 pm with a 6:30 dinner start time.)

For more information contact 2009 Gallery Chairperson:

Stephanie Benincasa
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The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) has released what it refers to as “skill standards” for “output and colour specialists.” According to CPISC, its documentation defines "what an employee should know and be able to do on the job."

“We are proud to have completed the skill standards for our industry’s key process areas of prepress, press, finishing, and bindery,” stated CPISC co-chair Jeff Ekstein, in a press release. “The standards will help in creating a better trained, more adaptable workforce that is urgently needed at this time.”

According to CPISC, the occupational profiles accompanying what it claims as “skill standards” can be used for recruitment and training purposes. The end goal of this documentation is for CPISC to develop a national recognition/certification program for various HR segments of the industry. CPISC is a not-for-profit organization funded by million-dollar-plus government grants.



View PrintAction’s video of the CPISC press conference.


Mark Menzies last week received the Young Printer Award from the Canadian Printing Industries Association. The program, now in its third year, celebrates the contributions of printers under the age of 35 to the industry.

Menzies, 25, is a fourth-generation printer and started working in the family business, Menzies Printers, in high school as a delivery driver and an AB Dick press operator on weekends. After university, he became a CSR at the company's Edmonton office and has since moved on to the new Calgary office. Today, he holds the role of Vice President of IT and Marketing.

Menzies is active within the Printing and Graphics Industries Association of Alberta, now serving on the board for a second year. He also helped to organize the WorldSkills Competition this September. Chad Friesen was the first-year recipient of the Young Printer Award, while Tod Cober of Kitchener-based Cober Printing won last year.


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