Celebrating Canadian Print

Jon Robinson
November 10, 2017
Last night at the Palais Royale in downtown Toronto more than 200 people from across the country, including the program’s largest-ever contingent from Quebec, attended the 12th annual Canadian Printing Awards, organized by PrintAction and its parent company Annex Business Media. More than 80 Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were presented to printers and technology suppliers. (Photos by Matthew Kozovski Photography)

The awards program is organized into four sections based on Printing, Technology and Environmental categories, as well as Industry Achievement to recognize the contributions of four leaders. Sponsors of the 2017 Canadian Printing Awards program include Veritiv (Platinum); Canon, Fujifilm, Huber Group, Kodak, Koenig & Bauer, Manroland Sheetfed and Sun Chemical (Gold); and Domtar, Heidelberg, Komcan and Spicers (Silver).

The 2017 Best of Show Award, chosen from among all printing category entries, went to Friesens Corp. of Altona, Manitoba, for its production of the hardcover book Canada 150th Anniversary, Through Ottawa. The book was produced in a 10,000 piece run on a 4-colour, 50-inch Manroland (text) and 6-colour 40-inch Heidelberg (cover).

As previously reported, this year’s Industry Achievement winners includes Bob Cockerill, who retired in 2015 as Senior Vice President of SGK Inc. and President and COO of Schawk Canada. Cockerill continues to serve as Chairman of PAC - Packaging Consortium, helping to lead many of that organization’s world-class research and certification initiatives around production and environmental sustainability.

Sean Murray, President and CEO, Advocate Group of Companies based in Pictou, Nova Scotia, was named the 2017 Printing Leader of the Year. Founded in 1891, Advocate is the largest independent printer in Atlantic Canada with four facilities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, while controlling 10 newspapers, 21 trade and regional magazines, a flyer distribution organization, among other commercial printing initiatives.

John Hueston, President, Aylmer Express Graphics Group in Aylmer, Ontario, received the Community Leader of the Year Award for a range of programs he has been involved with across Elgin County, including founding of the 3 Port Tour, which has raised more than $70,000 in seven years. Hueston also helps lead Aylmer Express’ Thanksgiving Food Drive and is a Past President of the Aylmer Kinsmen in addition to involvement with the Ontario Community Newspaper Association, St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre and Aylmer Chamber of Commerce, among a range of other programs.

James Rowley, General Manager, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging in Vancouver, British Columbia, received the Emerging Leader of the Year Award for his efforts in establishing Glenmore as a one of Western Canada’s premier printing operations. Founded in 1981, Glenmore now has more than 130 employees and is one of Canada’s most prominent independent custom print and folding carton manufacturers, while also venturing into roll label printing and continuing its high-end offset litho work.

Award winners in the printing, technology and environmental categories include:

2017 Best of Show
Canada 150th Anniversary, Through Ottawa

Self Promotion, printing company
Gold: Fou, Fou, Fou!
Impression Paragraph

Silver: think4D Marketing Kit

Bronze: Hemlock Holiday Wrap
Hemlock Printers

Self Promotion, technology supplier
Gold: Variety
Canon Canada

Brochures & Booklets, offset
Gold: Cirque du Soleil: Luzia
Impression Paragraph

Gold: Watson Soul, Walk on This
C.J. Graphics

Silver: Sun Towers, The Centre
Hemlock Printers

Bronze: 2017 BC Lions Season Pass Package
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging

Brochures & Booklets, digital
Gold: Bradshaw Delicacies From the Sea
C.J. Graphics

Silver: Introducing Biolage R.A.W.
Impression Paragraph

Bronze: Premium Lobster
Advocate Printing & Publishing

Books, hardcover offset
Gold: Canada 150th Anniversary, Through Ottawa (Best of Show)

Gold: Berlin Coffee Table Book (Best of Show Finalist)
Simpson Print & Litho

Silver: Intercom on Starting Up
Hemlock Printers

Silver: Toronto Jazz Treasures
Alymer Express Graphics Group

Bronze: AB Scale Model - Anniversary Book
MET Fine Printers

Books, softcover offset
Gold: Design Thinkers 2017 Program
MET Fine Printers

Silver: Horseshoe Bay Books
MET Fine Printers

Silver: Gaslight District Book
Simpson Print & Litho

Bronze: Brigus Mark Book
The Lowe-Martin Group

Bronze: Une ile d'Arbres
Marquis Book Printing

Books, digital
Gold: Mildred’s Temple
C.J. Graphics

Gold: Keys to Recovery
CBN Commercial Solutions

Silver: The Power to Create Change Book
PDI Inc.

Bronze: Close up and Marco Photography by Robert Thompson

Web Offset
Gold: Danica Studio Catalogue
Mitchell Press

Silver: LogiMonde
Impart Litho

Bronze: TASTE Magazine
Mitchell Press

Business & Annual Reports    
Gold: The Heart of the City, St. Michael's Foundation
Alymer Express Graphics Group

Silver: ATB 2017 Annual Report
CBN Commercial Solutions

Bronze: Tricon 2016 Annual Report
Moveable Inc.

Direct Mail    
Gold: IGA Holiday Promotion
PDI Inc.

Silver: Copperleaf Mailer
Hemlock Printers

Bronze: NBCC Alumni Association
Advocate Printing & Publishing

Gold: Audi Magazine
St. Joseph Print

Silver: Pure Luxury, 2017 March/April
The Lowe Martin Group

Silver: Mountain Life
Hemlock Printers

Bronze: Lush Magazine
C.J. Graphics

Gold: Daytimer
Simpson Print & Litho

Silver: Bombardier Business Aircraft 2017 Desk Calendar
PDI Inc.

Bronze: Engagement Calendar

Gold: ROCVALE Catalogue 2017 (Best of Show Finalist)
PDI Inc.

Silver: Bugaboos Eyewear, 2018 Ryders Catalogue
Hemlock Printers

Bronze: Polygon Realty, Seven Peaks Book
MET Fine Printers

Labels, offset
Bronze: Johnnie Walker Black Label
C.J. Graphics

Silver: Crown Royal World's Greatest Dad Label
C.J. Graphics

Gold: Crown Royal Celebrates Canada 150 Label
C.J. Graphics

Labels, flexography or gravure
Gold: Monarch Late Harvest (Best of Show Finalist)
Artcraft Label

Silver: Kacaba Susans Sauvignon Blanc
Artcraft Label

Bronze: Kacaba Pinot Gris
Artcraft Label

Gold: Leap Popcorn Bags

Silver: Big 8 Beverages
Farnell Packaging

Bronze: Beswick

Rigid Packaging
Gold: Laura Secord, Cognac Chocolates
Impression Paragraph

Silver: Norham Beverages Legends
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging

Bronze: Vancouver Candle Co.
MET Fine Printers

Bronze: Canadian Club Premium Original 1858
C.J. Graphics

Business Cards
Gold: Crisp Fine Foods Business Cards
Pronto Reproductions Ltd.

Silver: Toyota Air Freshener Business Cards
C.J. Graphics

Bronze: New Era Cards
New Era Print Solutions

Stationery & Invitations    
Gold: Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Exclusive Invitation
C.J. Graphics

Silver: Maple Lodge Zabiha Halal Kit Folder
Simpson Print & Litho

Silver: C.J. Graphics Open House Invitation
C.J. Graphics

Bronze: Camp Brightworks 2017 Summer Party Invitation
C.J. Graphics

Gold: Doctors of the Game

Silver: GCM Grad Book
Ryerson University

Silver: Onboard Booklet – McMillan
The Lowe-Martin Group

Bronze: Auto House - Private Automotive Galleries & Social Club
C.J. Graphics

Specialty Project
Gold: Alberni by Kengo Kuma
MET Fine Printers

Silver: Getting Started with OFEV, Boehringer Ingleheim
Alymer Express Graphics Group

Silver: USC Football Season Tickets
CBN Commercial Solutions

Bronze: Griffin Poetry Price

Specialty Effects
Gold: Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion (Best of Show Finalist)

Silver: PrintAction September 2017
Boss Logo

Bronze: Cling Promotion
Pronto Reproductions

Technology Category Awards (Only Gold Presented)

Most Progressive Printing Technology, offset
Multi-Cassette Unit Energy Savings and Footprint Reduction Kodak Platesetters

Most Progressive Printing Technology, digital
NexPress White Opaque Dry Ink with Auto White Blend

Most Progressive Printing Technology, inkjet
Impremia IS29

Océ Colorado 1640 with UV Gel Technology

Environmental Category Awards

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project
YVR Sustainability Report
Hemlock Printers

Most Environmentally Progressive Technology Company    
Gold: Canon Canada, HP Canada

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company    
Gold: Hemlock Printers, The Lowe-Martin Group

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