Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) has announced the launch of a newly restructured printing industry association in Canada. Proposed by its Board of Directors and ratified by its membership this past March, the CPIA now operates under a new membership structure that aims to unify key industry stakeholders across Canada.
This new framework, CPIA explains, will enable the association to provide a national voice and platform for the graphic arts industry. It also intends to serve as a connection point for Canadian regional associations, the supplier community and graphic arts post-secondary programs. Governance of the CPIA is managed by its 11-member board of directors which includes one or two representatives from each association member.
Members of the CPIA within this new structure consist of six regional print associations and one supplier association: PrintForward Printing and Imaging Association, Printing and Graphics Industries Association of Alberta (PGIA), Saskatchewan Printing Industries Association (SPIA), Manitoba Print Industries Association (MPIA), Ontario Printing Industries Association (OPIA), Quebec Association of the Printing Industry (AQII), and Printing Equipment and Supply Dealers of Canada (PESDA). In addition, the CPIA Board includes an at-large position representing the Atlantic Canada provinces.
“We have received many positive responses from industry stakeholders who support this new initiative and we will be taking careful steps to help build a foundation that enables the CPIA to carry out its mandate well into the future. We look forward to the work ahead and welcome ideas and input from industry stakeholders as we chart a new course for the Association,” says Richard Kouwenhoven, CPIA Board Chair.
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