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.

Schawk CanadaBob Cockerill, President of Schawk Canada Inc. presented an undisclosed donation to the Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC). Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Schawk Canada, self-described as a Brand Point Management company, is heavily involved in providing prepress services for flexography-based printing.

Schawk Canada provides an annual donation to CFTC to support that organization’s efforts in flexography-focused educational programs and scholarships. CFTC’s most visible role is with the Flexo Night School program at Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary, based in Mississauga. As well, CFTC is heavily involved in Phoenix Challenge Foundation, which produces an annual high school- and college-based flexographic skills competition.

Every year, Canadian students do very well in the international Phoenix Challenge. In the most recent competition, Canadian high-school students from Gordon Graydon, Hannah Plavnick and Stephanie Hammond, celebrated a first-place showing, as well as a third-place finish from Grant Uzukawa and Abdul Murad.

Ryerson GCMClose to 40 people attended last night’s Technology Forecast Dinner, hosted by the Ontario Printing Industries Association at St. Georges Golf & Country Club, featuring George Ryan from the Printing Association of Florida.

Ryan, who, before taking on his new role with the Florida association, worked with the Rochester Institute of Technology and the now-defunct GATF, walked the crowd through his impressions of PRINT 09 and spent some time discussing the rebounding American economy. He also agreed with the need for more consolidation among North American printing associations and their affiliates.


AymanAyman Yacoub of Dollco Printing has been nominated as President of the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Marketing Association. He has been on the board of this group since 2006, serving as the Director responsible for the database and membership and then as Vice President.

In his new role, Yacoub, the senior volunteer for the Ottawa chapter, is responsible for overseeing the integration of services and event programs. “This nomination means a great deal to me and my mandate is to ensure our members obtain the resources and marketing services to help them grow their business,” said Yacoub.

In 2004 to 2005, Yacoub served on the board of directors for Xplor Canada. He is currently the Technical Sales Support and Manager of Data Processing for Dollco Printing, one of Canada’s largest privately owned printing companies. Headquartered in Ottawa, Dollco operates out of a 120,000-square-foot facility, employing 300 people with offices in Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States.

The Canadian Printing Industries Association has elected Dean McElhinney to be the Chairman of the Board at its annual meeting this week. McElhinney is currently the General Manager of Unicom Graphics in Calgary Alberta. He has served on the CPIA Board of Directors since 2004.

McElhinney has been in the printing industry since 1979, formerly serving with the DATA Group in Edmonton before moving to Unicom in 2000. He has also served on the Board of the Printing and Graphics Industries Association of Alberta since 2001 and as its President for four years. On the education front, he has served on the Advisory Committee of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's Journalism and Graphic Communications School.

Other elected members of the Board were:

Secretary-Treasurer Jamie Barbieri, PDI Inc
Immediate Past Chair Louise Kralka, PDI Inc.
Chairman, Government Affairs Committee Alexander (Sandy) Stephens, Informco
Director at Large Curwin Friesen, Friesens Corporation

Michael Makin, former President of the CPIA and current President and CEO of the PIA, has been voted in as president of the World Print & Communication Forum. He succeeds Chris Sykes, Director of the Printing Industry Federation of South Africa, who has been president since 2003.

The WPCF is the world organization of the printing industry, regrouping federations from North America, Japan, China and Hong Kong, Europe, India and South Korea. Members of the organization unanimously elected Makin for the role in their meeting in Chicago this week.

"I am deeply honoured by the confidence that is placed in me and will do my utmost to continue the work of Chris Sykes," said Makin. He will be in charge of putting a special emphasis on the exchange of economic information and best practices among federation members and to enlarge the scope of activities to focus more on specific topics of importance to the printing industry, at an international level.

Makin served as CPIA president for 10 years prior to taking his post at the Printing Industries of America in 2002. He is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, where he earned a degree in journalism. He also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Mackenzie Printery
Posting a best-ball score of minus nine, Heidelberg Canada’s Ken Freek, Bill Wilson and Daniel Desbois teamed up with Flint Group Canada’s Darrell Mater (absent from picture) to win the 13th annual Mackenzie Printery Museum Golf Tournament.

Located in the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, the Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum holds 500 years of printing technology, including the Louis Roy Press – the oldest in Canada, and one of the world’s few remaining, original wooden presses. The tournament raised over $3,500 in proceeds to help support the Mackenzie Printery.


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