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Canadian Printing Awards 2021 winners

September 24, 2021  By PrintAction Staff

The 15th annual Canadian Printing Awards, organized by PrintAction and its parent company Annex Business Media, was held virtually yesterday due to the pandemic. Nearly 50 trophies were presented to printers and technology suppliers. Congratulations to all award recipients!

You can catch the full show by clicking on the following links:


John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award: Gordon A. Griffiths, president, Connecting for Results

Over his 50+ years in the printing industry, Gordon A. Griffiths has led a number of Canadian and international printing companies to overcome challenges and achieve significant success.

Griffiths is sought after to lead major print industry firms. His strength is to assemble and energize management and staff to understand the business challenges, determine what needs to be done to ‘right the ship’ and be successful.

Community Leader of the Year: Robert Dale, COO, Connecting for Results

Robert, or better known as Bob, Dale has a long history of bringing young people into the graphic arts industry. His first initiative was in the late nineties when he launched the industry insights program, which was designed to show school students potential career opportunities in the graphic arts.

A few years later, Dale helped launch the Eva’s Phoenix print training program for at-risk youth. In addition, Dale was a part-time faculty member in the Graphic Communications Management program at Ryerson University for 15 years. Earlier this year, Dale launched Print Wisdom, a career mentoring initiative for Ryerson University students. Print Wisdom connects seasoned professionals in the graphic arts industry with students in the graphic communications Management program at Ryerson university. The program aims to smoothen the transitions from university to workplace

Emerging Leader of the Year (Under 35): Brett Hueston, vice-president of sales & development, AE Graphics Group.

The Emerging Leader of the Year (Under 35) Award is presented to an inspiring young leader, aged 35 or younger, in Canada’s printing industry. The 2021 Emerging Leader of the Year Award is presented to Brett Hueston, vice-president of sales & development, AE Graphics Group.

Printing Leader of the Year: Len Larose, CEO, PBI, Printing by Innovation

Len Larose’s resiliency and his ability to be agile and pivot during challenging times like the pandemic has guided PBI to new avenues that his employers didn’t even think was possible. Larose also supports many organizations, such as Community Care of West Niagara, Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region, Worldwide Forest Conservation and Hope of Life International.

He is very hands-on and can often be seen working on the production floor or alongside the graphic design team creating ‘outside the box’ marketing materials.


Winner: LULL Magazine
Hemlock Printers

Winner: FIFA21 VIP Box
Hemlock Printers

Honourable Mention: Aquamiel Tequila – Prototype Box
PBI, Printing by Innovation

Marketing Collateral
Winner: Colour Time Calendar
Colour Time Printing +Digital Imaging

Honourable Mention: Village Church
Hemlock Printers

Winner: GCM Student-designed Acrylic Coasters
The School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University

Honourable Mention:Big Ticket Pop-Up – Treasure Tree
Pollard Banknote

Honourable Mention:Face the World Invitation Set
Colour Time Printing+Digital Imaging


Self Promotion, Printing Company
Winner: Wild Things
Hemlock Printers

Honourable Mention: Creative Thinker, Scodix Sell Sheet
PBI, Printing by Innovation

Brochures & Booklets, Offset   
Winner: Landmark Brochure
Hemlock Printers

Honourable Mention: West Third Brochure
Hemlock Printers

Brochures & Booklets, Digital (toner & inkjet)
Winner: Mod Brewing – Look Book
Mitchell Digital

Honourable Mention: Here to be Grant Guide
Hemlock Printers

Books, Hardcover Offset
Winner: Virani Pre-Sale Book
Hemlock Printers

Honourable Mention: Antarctica Casebound Book
Hemlock Printers

Books, Softcover Offset     
Winner: Branthaven Homes 2001 Inc. Upper West Side Main Book
Lowe-Martin Company

Honourable Mention: Balancing Cultures book
Hemlock Printers

Web Offset (all applications)   
Winner: Valley of Mother of God
Multi-Color Corporation

Honourable Mention: Whiskey Smith Salted Caramel
Multi-Color Corporation

Honourable Mention: Audacity of Thomas G. Bright Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon
Multi-Color Corporation

Business & Annual Reports            
Winner: Wheaton Precious Metals Annual Report
Hemlock Printers

Variable Data Printing            
Winner: GM/Cadillac XT6 Crew Ready Hand Raisers Campaign
TI Group

Winner: Triple Zero Magazine
Hemlock Printers

Honourable Mention: 2019 Mountain Life Annual
Hemlock Printers

Winner: One World Calendar
Hemlock Printers

Honourable Mention: 2020 TI Group Self-Promotion Calendar
TI Group

Winner: Bayer Crop Production Guide
Burke Group

Labels, Digital            
Winner: Terroir Mission Hill Rose
Multi-Color Corporation

Honourable Mention: Ron Matusalem Grand Reserva
Multi-Color Corporation

Labels, Flexography/Gravure            
Winner: Enroot Sparkling – Cold Brew Tea – Raspberry Mint-White Peony Tea
Multi-Color Corporation

Rigid Packaging            
Winner: FIFA21 VIP Box
Hemlock Printers

Business Cards            
Winner: Gatsby business cards
Gravure Choquet

Stationery & Invitations            
Winner: Face The World Invitation Set
Colour Time Printing + Digital Imaging

Honourable Mention: Welcome to the #TwitterDome
Mi5 Print & Digital

Finishing (all applications)            
Winner: Le Creuset brochures
Gravure Choquet

Specialty Projects           
Winner: Mandala
Gravure Choquet

Honourable Mention: Inuktitut: Helping a Friend ‘Z’ Fold Pocket Guide
PBI, Printing by Innovation

Specialty Effects            
Winner: Stronger Together Twenty21 Deck Calendar
PBI, Printing by Innovation

Honourable Mention: Gravure Choquet 2021 Calendar
Gravure Choquet

Winner: COVID-19 Field Hospital Rapid Manufacture/Deployment Bed
Mi5 Print & Digital


Most Progressive Printing Process
Winner: HBD Magazine
Mitchell Press


Most Environmentally Progressive Packaging Project
Winner: Wild World
Hemlock Printers

Honourable Mention: Globe Protein Linerless Labels
Impremerie Ste.Julie

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company
Winner: The Lowe-Martin Company Inc.

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