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Celebrating the Best of Canadian Print

November 7, 2014
By PrintAction Staff

Last night in Greater Toronto, 245 people attended the sold-out 9th annual Canadian Printing Awards to celebrate world-class printing, as well as environmental leadership and four inspiring print leaders in Peter Cober, Nikos Kallas, Don Gain and Carl Pauptit.

The evening began by recognizing the influence of Carl Pauptit with the John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award. Pauptit founded Etobicoke’s Flash Reproductions 45 years ago and continued to drive commercial-printing excellence into the Toronto market, as the industry made huge transformations from letterpress to offset litho to digital prepress. Pauptit retired in 2009 when his son, Rich Pauptit, became President of the company.

PrintAction’s second Industry Achievement Award was presented to Don Gain as the Printing Community Leader of the Year. Gain, President of Harmony Printing, was primarily recognized for his work with the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF). He has been on the board of CPISTF for 12 years and served as its Chair for the last nine years.


In its most recent year, CPISTF awarded $52,500 in scholarships across Canada to post-secondary printing students. CPISTF was initiated in 1971 and has since generated over a $1 million in funding. Gain was also instrumental in establishing the dedicated downtown Toronto building for Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program, for which he continues to serve on the Advisory Board.

Nikos Kallas, age 34, received PrintAction’s Emerging Leader of the Year Award. He became President of Vancouver’s MET Fine Printers in January 2011, succeeding his father, George, who founded the company in 1977. Nikos Kallas, who previously served as MET’s Business Development Manager, has lead key new initiatives such as MET Resources, to push the company beyond its world-class lithography, as well as MET FX research and development. He sits on an advisory board for the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s graphic communications program and plays a key role in MET’s carbon-neutral production and important community initiatives like CANstruction Vancouver.

The 2014 Printing Industry leader of the Year Award was presented to Peter Cober, President of Cober Evolving Solutions (CES) in Kitchener, Ontario. In late-2013, CES installed Canada’s first HP Indigo 10000 press; and just a few of weeks ago, the country’s first Indigo 7800. Upwards of 90 percent of work reaching the HP Indigos is driven through Web-to-print portals.

In 2012, Cober Evolving Solutions, after a branding transition away from its historic 1916 Cober Printing name, moved into a new 86,000-square-foot facility in Kitchener, home to more than 120 employees. In February 2014, Cober continued its expansion with the purchase of Kempenfelt Graphics and in January 2014 added a five-year-old design agency called CuteGecko primarily because of its expertise in social-media.

The Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company awards, on which the Canadian Printing Awards program was founded, went to: Gold, Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, BC; Silver, The Lowe-Martin Group of Ottawa, ON; and Bronze, Symcor ISS of Mississauga, ON.

The Canadian Printing Awards gala concluded by presenting the Best of Show Award to The Lowe-Martin Group for its production of Canada Post’s Haunted Canada Stamp Booklet (400,000 produced). This project was chosen from more than 230 entries, which vied for Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in the program’s Quality Printing categories. Below are the Gold Award winners (a complete list will be provided in the January 2015 issue of PrintAction magazine):

Canadian Printing Awards Gold Winners

Self Promotion, printing company
Rhino Print Solutions, Discover the Possibilities

MET Fine Printers, RATIO Stationery Package

Business Cards
Somerset Graphics, Y Creative Card

Brochures & Booklets, offset (1 to 3 colours)
C.J. Graphics, Centric Mining Systems Brochure

Brochures & Booklets, offset (4 or more colours)
Hemlock Printers, Citti Brochure
PDI, Love Souvenir Programme

Brochures & Booklets, digital
Hemlock Printers, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Invitation

Books, offset, hardcover
Friesens, UP North

Books, offset, softcover
The Lowe-Martin Group, Dr. Soanes’ Odditorium of Wonders

Finishing, offset
Somerset Graphics, FWD Condominiums brochure

Finishing, digital
MET Fine Printers, Nike Running Journal

Books, digital
Hemlock Printers, Roberta Marks

Business & Annual Reports
Hemlock Printers, Teck Annual Report

Direct Mail
C.J. Graphics, One Windermere, Don’t Be Beige
St. Joseph Communications, Kelsey’s Don’t Worry, Eat Happy

Colour Innovations, NUVO Magazine Autumn 2014

Friesens, Friesens Engagement Calendar

Hemlock Printers, International Viewbook

Web Offset Printing
St. Joseph Communications, Audi Magazine, February 2014

Flexible Packaging
Spectrol, Snow Fox Vodka

Rigid Packaging
The Lowe-Martin Group, Butterflies of Canada #2

Boxboard & Folding Carton
Jones Packaging, Advil Cold & Sinus Convenience Pack

Labels, offset
The Lowe-Martin Group, Haunted Canada Stamp Booklet

Labels, flexography or gravure
Jones Packaging, Forty Creek Copper Pot Face Label
Artcraft Label, Redstone Chardonnay

Labels, digital
Simpson Print, President’s Choice See Through Window Label

Specialty Project
MET Fine Printers, Vancouver House

Cross Media Project
The Lowe-Martin Group, Rock Stars Promotion

Specialty Effects
MET Fine Printers, Concord Premium Estates & Estate Suites Books

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project
C.J. Graphics, Until the Last Child

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