NorQuestFor two days in February 2010 (18th and 19th), Edmonton's NorQuest College is scheduled to hold what it describes as a Variable Data Printing and Cross Media Marketing workshop with Dr. Penny Bennett.

The author of  "The Handbook for Digital Printing and Variable-Data Printing," Bennett will make the trip up north from Cal-Poly’s printing program. She has presented workshops at several printing exhibitions, including the recent PRINT 09 show in Chicago.

According to NorQuest: “This timely workshop will discuss the current state of digital printing, direct marketing and provide a forecast for its impact on the printing and creative industries. Along with marketing trends, this comprehensive workshop will also approach how to deal with day-to-day issues such as data management and finishing processes.”

The workshop, which includes two lunches and a networking dinner, will also provide hands-on experience of working with XMPie’s software for enabling VDP printing. Registration is $625 and the workshop is to be limited to 24 attendees.

More information can be found at the NorQuest website.

In a tightly contested competition, Simon Beauchamp of Quebec was awarded with a bronze medal in the offset printing category at this year's WorldSkills competition, held in Calgary. Two gold and two bronze awards were given out by the organizers.

Ernst Martin of Switzerland had the top score of the competition with 542, followed by Kikuchi Noriaki of Japan with 541. Germany's Groß Stefan also took home a bronze with a score of 533. Beauchamp achieved a score of 531.

Canadian competitors received eight medals in total: gold awards in cabinetmaking, graphic design technology and restaurant service; silver awards in aircraft maintenance, web design and beauty therapy; and bronze medals in fashion technology and offset printing. Korea led the competition with 22 medals, followed by Switzerland and Japan with 14 medals each.

Quebec's Simon Beauchamp has placed within the top five of the offset printing category after one day of competition at this year's Worldskills, being held in Calgary this week.

Beauchamp is joined by Martin Ernst of Switzerland, Stefan Groß of Germany, Tsz-kin Liu of Hong Kong, and Amela Mujkic of the United States. Beauchamp is one of 52 Canadian competitors in this year's WorldSkills Competition, representing a large variety of trades.

The other Canadians with the top five placements after the first day are: Marc-Olivier Bélanger of Quebec for Welding, Scott Blair of Ontario for Carpentry; Matthew Chadder of Alberta for IT PC/Network Support and Brian Everts of British Columbia for Aircraft Maintenance.

The WorldSkills Competition is a "means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy." Competition is held in all 45 categories each day and a panel of 15 report on the top five of each skill.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 4 - Simon Beauchamp fared less well in the second day of competition where he, along with Switzerland competitor Martin Ernst, was replaced by representatives from Belgium and The Netherlands in the top five of the day.



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