Canadian Print Celebrated in Toronto

Jon Robinson
November 11, 2016
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More than 80 awards were presented at the 2016 Canadian Printing Awards held in Toronto.
More than 80 awards were presented at the 2016 Canadian Printing Awards held in Toronto.
More than 200 people gathered last night to celebrate some of the best printing in the country at the 11th Canadian Printing Awards gala, held at the Palais Royale on Toronto’s waterfront. Dozens of awards were presented to printing companies and technology suppliers from across Canada. The winners are notified beforehand that they are finalists, winning a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award, but were not informed of the award level until last night at the gala.

The printing categories winners were determined by a judging panel of 11 industry leaders, who spent a full day analyzing and ranking the entries through a blind scoring system. The judges consider issues like printing process, run length and repeatability across submitted samples. At the end of the day, they collect their favourite projects and together debate which single entry, across all categories, should be awarded Best of Show. Finalists in the year’s Best of Show discussion included work from Friesens, MET Fine Printers and PDI Group (two submissions), with the award going to Montreal’s PDI Group for its production of the Cartise Autumn 2016 catalogue.

As previously announced, PrintAction’s 2016 Industry Achievement winners included: John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award, Hadi Mahabadi, former Director, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga, ON; Printing Leader of the Year, Jamie Barbieri, President, PDI Group Inc., Montreal, QC; Emerging Leader of the Year, Todd Cober, Vice President, Cober, Kitchener, ON; and Community Leader of the Year, Jeff Ekstein, President, Willow Printing Group Ltd., Concord, ON.

The following sponsors were critical in the success of the 2016 Canadian Printing Awards, including: Platinum sponsor, Veritiv; Gold sponsors, Canon, HP, Huber Group, KBA, Kodak, Manroland Sheetfed and Sun Chemical; and Silver sponsors Domtar, Fujifilm, Heidelberg and Spicers.

The 2016 Canadian Printing Award recipients include:

2016 Best of Show
Cartise Autumn 2016
PDI Group

Self Promotion, printing company
Gold: Hemlock Holiday Wrap
Hemlock Printers

Silver: C.J. Heavy Metal
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Bronze: Greeting Card Box Set
Priority Printing, being accept by Heidelberg’s Don Robinson

Self Promotion, technology supplier
Gold: Supreme Piece Love
Spicers Canada, printed by C.J. Graphics

Silver: The Paper Loop
Rolland Enterprises

Bronze: Innovation in Motion
MGI Digital Technology, printed in-house by MGI technicians

Brochures & Booklets, offset
Gold: Hakai Fishing Club
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging

Silver: Lexus RX 2017
Colour Innovations

Bronze: Cressey Bellevue
Hemlock Printers

Brochures & Booklets, digital
Gold: Seneca Fashion Resource Centre
Colour Innovations

Silver: Blue Dragon, The East Made Easy
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Bronze: barometer
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Books, hardcover offset
Gold: Montreal 375 BEST OF SHOW FINALIST
Friesens

Silver: Making Friends Was My Business
Friesens

Bronze: Audian Art Museum, Mexican Modernists
Hemlock Printers

Books, softcover offset
Gold: Cirque du Soleil, Luzia Souvenir Programme BEST OF SHOW FINALIST
PDI Group

Silver: The Age of Audacity, Calgary University
MET Fine Printers

Bronze: Horseshoe Bay
MET Fine Printers

Books, digital
Gold: J Vair Anniversary
McAra Unicom

Silver: Flowers In Transition
Friesens

Bronze: Silverhorn, Discovered Naturally
McAra Unicom

Web Offset
Gold: Moon Handbooks, Bermuda
Friesens

Business & Annual Reports    
Gold: ATB Financial, Long Story Short
McAra Unicom

Silver: National Gallery of Canada
The Lowe-Martin Group

Bronze: Alberta Central Credit Union
McAra Unicom

Direct Mail    
Gold: Spring Auto Event
The Lowe-Martin Group

Silver: Hudson's Bay Olympic and Paralympic Teams
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Bronze: Mercedes Benz Welcome
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Variable Data Imaging
Gold: USC Season Ticket Package and Magazine
McAra Unicom

Magazines
Gold: Mountain Life 2016
Hemlock Printers

Gold: Sharp Book for Men
St. Joseph Communications

Silver: Nuvo Autumn 2016
Colour Innovations

Bronze: DesignEdge Canada
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Calendars
Gold: Inuit Art 2017
Colour Innovations

Silver: Friesens Engagement Diary
Friesens

Bronze: Ultimate Sailing 2016
Friesens

Labels, offset
Gold: Wayward Distillation House, Unruly Gin
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging

Silver: Star Trek Prestige Stamp Booklet
The Lowe-Martin Group

Bronze: Crown Royal Black Label
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Labels, flexography or gravure
Gold: Sparks
Artcraft Label

Silver: Le Boating Club
Artcraft Label

Bronze: Lakeview Cellars Merlot
ASL Print FX

Flexography
Gold: Cavendish Farms Rustic Russets
Farnell Packaging

Silver: Vigoro Organics
Farnell Packaging

Rigid Packaging
Gold: Feel Packaging
Hemlock Printers

Silver: Cadbury Crème Eggs Package Family
Ellis Packaging

Bronze: Forty Creek Founder’s Reserve
Jones Packaging

Catalogues
Gold: Cartise Autumn 2016 BEST OF SHOW FINALIST
PDI Group

Gold: Nike Vision Running BEST OF SHOW FINALIST
MET Fine Printers

Silver: Filson, Smokey the Bear
Hemlock Printers

Bronze: Holt Renfrew Holiday
St. Joseph Communications

Business Cards
Gold: Canadian Food Aficionado
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Silver: Oak 49
Pacific Bindery Services

Bronze: Gryphon & Rock
McAra Unicom

Stationery & Invitations    
Gold: Art Gallery of Ontario, Midnight Massive Invitation
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Silver: TNS Invitation
MET Fine Printers

Bronze: Canadian Opera Company, Centre Stage Gala Invitation
Colour Innovations

Finishing
Gold: Ringling Bros Circus Extreme
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Silver: Flowers In Transition
Friesens

Bronze: Daydreamer Anthropologie Candle Toppers
Pacific Bindery Services

Specialty Project
Gold: Nike Vision Running Easel Stand
MET Fine Printers

Silver: Star Trek Prestige Stamp Booklet
The Lowe-Martin Group

Silver: TNS Invitation
MET Fine Printers

Bronze: Union Leasing Welcome Package
Wellington Printworks

Specialty Effects
Gold: USC Ticket Package
McAra Unicom

Gold: Canadian Food Aficionado Media Kit
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Silver: Granville HOPS + DARK
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging

Bronze: Venice Lift
Ellis Packaging

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project
Gold: Capilano University 2017 View Book
Hemlock Printers

Silver: Atlantic Salmon Vol 65 No 1
The Lowe-Martin Group

Bronze: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Calendar
C.J. Graphics, Printers & Lithographers

Most Environmentally Progressive Technology Company    
Gold: HP Canada

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company
Gold: The Lowe-Martin Group, Ottawa, Ontario

Silver: Hemlock Printers, Burnaby, British Columbia

Bronze: Symcor, Mississauga, Ontario

Most Progressive Printing Technology, software
Gold: PRISMAsync Colour Print Server
Canon Canada

Silver: Dynamic Press Profiler
ColorXTC

Most Progressive Printing Technology, electrophotography/toner
Gold: Canon ImagePRESS C10000VP
Canon Canada

Most Progressive Printing Technology, inkjet
Gold: PageWide Technology for Large Format Production
HP Canada

Silver: Océ VarioPrint i300
Canon Canada

Most Progressive Printing Process, packaging
Gold: AG Hair High Build Gloss
Hemlock Printers

Most Progressive Printing Process, offset
Gold: UV Grit Coating
Hemlock Printers

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