Gala Gutenberg Celebrates Print in Montreal

PrintAction Staff
May 16, 2016
By PrintAction Staff

More than 310 people came to the Centre des sciences de Montréal on the evening of May 12 to celebrate printing-industry achievement at the 34th annual Gala Gutenberg. Divided into two distinct sections for Innovation Printing and Technical Printing, 19 trophies – adorned with a metallic g – were awarded to Quebec printing companies, who were often joined on stage by their equally proud designers and production partners.

“The participants were welcomed in a spectacular way. A flight of paper butterflies was created for this event. We wanted to showcase all the areas of the industry: Large scale, ennoblement, cutting, lamination, display, labels, packaging, fine paper, cardboard, etcetera,” said Hélène Pageau of the Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (ICI), member of the organizing committee. “I want to take the time to thank once more the 22 companies that participated in making the products that embellished this night.”

Supremex won the award program’s inaugural Gutenberg Coup de Coeur – for its project Osez l’effet lifting for Yves Rocher – as voted on by attendees at the gala, where the submitted print projects were on full display. “The votes were counted by the students of the future, which are the graduates in graphic communications at Ahuntsic College who were at the Gala," said Robert Legal, teacher of printing techniques at Ahuntsic College and head of the judging panel.

Louise Kralka, Vice President of PDI, served as Présidente du Gutenberg 2016, which, in addition to Pageau and Legal, also included committee members: André Goyette, Imprimerie Contact; Bruno Laplante, Agfa; Chantal Vallée, Spicers; Frédéric Perrier, Les Encres Ultra; Lucie Benoit, Dieco Finition; Mala Dupont, ATFFEQ; Marilène Fournier, Imprimerie Ste-Julie; Martin Gagnon, Multi-Flex; Michel Beaulieu, Heidelberg; and Zara-Emmanuelle Villani, Enveloppe Concept.

“The Gutenberg [awards program] pushes everyone’s limits and meets the challenges presented by the talent and creativity of companies, communication agencies and print buyers in Quebec, no matter the size of the companies,” said Kralka. “This year our industry has once more shown that this event is important.”

2016 Gala Gutenberg Innovation Awards:

Category: Display Graphics
Winner: PDI Integrated Printing Solutions

Category: Marketing, Customer
Winner: L’Empreinte

Category: Marketing, Self-promotion
Winner: Graphiscan Montreal

Category: Publishing
Winner: TC Transcontinental Transmag

Category: Labels
Winner: Imprimerie Ste-Julie

Category: Packaging
Winner: TC Transcontinental Ross Ellis

Category: Flexible Packaging
Winner: Propals Industry

Category: Finishing
Winner: Stylex 3D

2016 Gala Gutenberg Technical Awards:

Category: Technique Challenge Display
Winner: MP Repro

Category: Marketing Self-promotion
Winner: Paragraph

Category: Marketing Client
Winner: L’Empreinte

Category: Newspapers
Winner: TC Transcontinental Transmag

Category: Books
Winner: PDI Integrated Printing Solutions

Category: Magazines
Winner: Marquis Imprimeur

Category: Finishing
Winner: Gravure Choquet

Category: Labels
Winner: MCC Collotype Montreal

Category: Packaging
Winner: WestRock

Category: Flexible Packaging
Winner: Imprimerie Ste-Julie

More pictures from the 2016 Gala Gutenberg and information can be found at

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