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Highlights from the Canadian Printing Awards

November 11, 2011  By

The first annual Canadian Printing Awards were presented last night in front of over 250 industry members at Graphics Canada.

The evening featured an appearance by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother City Councillor Doug Ford. The duo presented PrintAction, the gala organizers, with a special commendation and gave a short speech about the importance of small business. Doug Ford also encouraged visitors to consider Toronto’s many industrial areas as prime locations to establish new printing ventures.


Earle O’Born of The Printing House received the first John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award and kicked off the evening’s theme of entrepreneurship, with many other award recipients acknowledging humble beginnings. Jay Mandarino, the recipient of the Community Leader of the Year Award, made it a point to highlight the importance of fostering ties with the community, and how it even led him to produce an award-winning annual report piece.

St. Joseph Communications’ Tony Gagliano, upon receiving the Printing Leader of the Year Award, emphasized how Canada and Canadians were central to the growth of his father’s basement printing business. Gagliano envisioned St. Joseph Corporation heading into the international stage as the company heads toward its next milestone.

The evening, presented by Dragons’ Den Canada host, Dianne Buckner, was capped off with the presentation of over 60 awards for printing quality and environmental leadership. The award winning pieces and companies are as follows:

Self Promotion
Bronze: Parker Pad & Printing, Fantasy of Flight
Silver: C.J. Graphics, Lightening our Step
Gold: The Lowe-Martin Group, Zero C Invitation

Bronze: St. Joseph Print, 2012 Fiat 500
Bronze: C.J. Graphics, Ornge brochure
Silver: Colour Innovations, Arcadian Court Booklet
Gold: Kempenfelt Group, Hostmann-Steinberg Product Selector Guide

Business Cards
Bronze: Kempenfelt Group, Brandora
Silver: Flash Reproductions, Scratch Design
Gold: Flash Reproductions, Bucket & Whisk

Stationery packages

Bronze: C.J. Graphics, The White Room
Silver: Hemlock Printers, Level Ground Trading
Gold: C.J. Graphics, Sullivan Owen

Variable Data Printing
Silver: Pazazz Printing, My MNY
Gold: The Lowe-Martin Group, The Co-operators RRSP Mailer

Direct Mail
Bronze: Colour Innovations, Fairmont Hotels President’s Club
Silver: C.J. Graphics, MINI Cooper Pamphlet
Gold: St. Joseph Print, Fiat 500 Welcome Package

Handset Printing

Bronze: Anstey Book Binding, The Anstey Portfolio
Silver: Ambrosi Printers, Handset Self Promotion
Gold: Anstey Book Binding, The Oscar Peterson Folio

Business & Annual Reports
Gold: C.J. Graphics, VF Corporation Annual Report

Magazines & Catalogues
Bronze: Rhino Print Solutions, Montecristo Magazine, Autumn 2011
Bronze: St. Joseph Print, Sharp, The Book for Men
Silver: Hemlock Printers, Finchley Paper Arts Passport
Gold: Hemlock Printers, Inventory Magazine, Issue #04

Bronze: Pazazz Printing, Samfet Corporate Showcase Book
Bronze: Hemlock Printers, Blood, Sweat & 10 Years
Silver: Specialties Graphic Finishers, Alberta College of Art & Design
Gold: C.J. Graphics, Edward Burtynsky, Pentimento
Gold: Flash Reproductions, 0 to 100 Faces

Display Graphics
Silver: Promoflex International, Campbell’s Food Roll Banner
Gold: Promoflex International, Budweiser Pennants

Bronze: Hemlock Printers, Butchart Gardens 2012
Bronze: Colour Innovations, Canadian Army Calendar 2012
Silver: Thunderbird Press, Wall Calendar
Gold: C.J. Graphics, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation

Packaging Printing

Bronze: Goldrich Printpak, Dunlea Farms Tidy Feeder
Silver: Netpak, Snow Box
Gold: Goldrich Printpak, Euoko Cosmetic Box

Bronze: Pazazz Printing, Beaupre Labels
Silver: Pazazz Printing, Base Can Promotion
Gold: The Lowe-Martin Group, Year of the Rabbit, Souvenir Sheet

Bronze: Anstey Book Binding, Colourful Conventions
Silver: Specialties Graphic Finishers, The Secret to Making a Difference
Gold: Anstey Book Binding, Edward Burtynsky Pentimento

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project
Bronze: C.J. Graphics, Toronto Tree Portraits 2012 Calendar
Bronze: MET Fine Printers, Montecristo Magazine Summer 2011
Silver: MET Fine Printers, Connected World Magazine
Gold: MET Fine Printers, TED Conference Guide

Most Environmentally Progressive Packaging Project
Silver: C.J. Graphics, Ikea 2010 Sustainability Carton
Gold: Farnell Packaging, Gorton’s Fish Portions

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology

Bronze: Sun Chemical, GFI MX12 Ink Dispenser
Bronze: manroland, Cold Foil Indexing with InlineFoiler Prindor
Silver: Webcom, BookFWD
Gold: Cascades Fine Papers, Breakey Fibres Deinking

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company, 1 to 249 employees

Bronze: Promoflex International
Silver: Webcom
Gold: Hemlock Printers

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company, 250+ employees
Bronze: St. Joseph Communications
Silver: Symcor ISS
Gold: The Lowe-Martin Group

Best of Show
The Lowe-Martin Group, Year of the Rabbit Souvenir Sheet

PrintAction would like to thank all the participants of the Canadian Printing Awards for making it such a huge success. For full coverage of the evening, please stay tuned to a future issue of PrintAction Magazine.

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