Jeff Ekstein, President of Willow Printing Group in Concord, Ontario, has been elected as the new Chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF), which was initiated in 1971 and has since provided over a million dollars in funding to students pursuing a career in the graphic communications industry.
Ekstein’s appointment comes following the retirement of CPISTF Chair Don Gain, who served in the position for 11 years, and Treasurer Wayne Burroughs. Ekstein has been heavily involved with the Printing Industries of America, Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA), and Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPSIC).
Mike Collinge, President of Webcom Inc., has been appointed as Vice Chair of CPISTF and Sean Murray, President of Advocate Printing and Publishing, as Treasurer.
The CPISTF provided $56,000 in scholarships to 35 students in 2015. A total of $38,000 was provided to 23 new students enrolled in the first year of an approved course of study and $18,000 in scholarships was given to 12 students continuing in a program.
At a May 2015 CPISTF meeting of trustees, the board approved to increase the scholarship amount received by each student from $1,250 to $1,500 per year, to help offset the increasing cost of tuition.
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