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Frank Romano will provide a keynote address at the upcoming holiday luncheon for the Digital Imaging Association, taking place at The Boulevard Club on Wednesday, December 7. His keynote address is entitled Digital Printing: From Good Enough to Nanography.

Romano plans to take the crowd from the beginnings of digital printing to today’s landscape of toner, inkjet and nanographic printing technologies. He will trace the evolution to B2 and B1 sheetfed printers, as well as wide format and flatbed systems.

With a career spanning more than 40 years in the printing and publishing industries, Romano is regarded as the editor of the International Paper Pocket Pal and from the hundreds of articles he has written for publications from North America and Europe to the Middle East to Asia and Australia.

Romano is the author of more than 44 books, including the 10,000-term Encyclopedia of Graphic Communications (with Richard Romano). His earlier books on QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, and PDF workflow were among the first in their fields. His latest book is an 800-page textbook for Moscow State University.

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Electronics For Imaging announced the addition of a fireside chat keynote session with Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO of Sussex, Wis.-based Quad/Graphics at EFI Connect 2017. The company previously announced that EFI Connect’s opening day fireside chat will be with Xerox Technology Group President Jeff Jacobson.

EFI’s users group conference is taking place from January 17 to 20, 2017, at Wynn Las Vegas and will feature more than 200 educational sessions on business management, sales, marketing and production technology for users of EFI products. The users' group conference also will have a solutions centre featuring new EFI technologies and exhibits from EFI partners, including: Canon; KDX America; Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.; The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Progress Software Corp.; Ricoh Americas Corp.; and Zünd.

Quadracci’s January 18 fireside chat keynote session will be moderated by EFI CEO Guy Gecht, who will review Quadracci's outlook on the future of media communications, the rising importance of cross-media technologies, and Quad/Graphics’ targeted growth initiatives in signage and packaging.
 
EFI describes Quadracci as a transformative leader in the global printing industry, taking Quad/Graphics into new markets and territories in the 10 years he has led the print, digital and marketing services company founded in 1971 by his father, the late Harry V. Quadracci.
 
“Joel's perseverance and vision leading Quad/Graphics have made it one of the most influential and important businesses in terms of expanding the scope and presence of print as a central part of a multimedia world,” said Gecht. “His EFI Connect presentation will be a valuable and unique opportunity for EFI customers to learn more about the many strategic, technological and customer service advantages Quad/Graphics has established to enhance and redefine leadership in the global graphic arts industry.”
 
Connecting print with the spectrum of multimedia communications, Quad/Graphics, which recorded $4.678 billion in annual revenues last year, is North America’s largest long-run printing company and has a long history of innovation in the retail, publishing, insurance, financial and healthcare industries, among others.

Quad/Graphics operates locations throughout North America, Latin America and Europe and has strategic partnerships in Asia and other parts of the world. “Efficiency and effectiveness are central to Quad/Graphics’ strategy in driving cost-effective, relevant, and targeted print and multimedia offerings,” said Quadracci. "EFI, which provides technologies that Quad/Graphics uses across our facilities, is part of that strategy, as is EFI Connect – a conference that Quad/Graphics employees have attended from the beginning to sharpen their essential skills developing leading-edge, integrated production workflows.”
Billy Beane, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Oakland A's and the subject of the movie Moneyball, is to headline the upcoming Dscoop Arizona conference taking place from March 1 to 4, 2017, in Phoenix.

Dscoop is an independent community of HP Graphics Solutions business owners and technical professionals who use HP Indigo, Scitex, High-End Latex and PWP equipment.

In addition to Beane, the conference’s featured speakers also include Doug Lipp, former Head of Employee Training at Disney; John Foley, former Blue Angel Pilot; and emcee and master mentalist, Lior Suchard.

“The speakers this year are a diverse collection of forward thinkers, risk-takers and pioneers in their industry. From the creator of the Moneyball philosophy to a former lead solo Blue Angel pilot, they will challenge the way you think and inspire you to ignite change in your business approach,” said Kathy Wise, Dscoop Phoenix, ImagineConference Chair.

Considered one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives in the game today, Billy Beane implemented a statistical methodology, known as the Moneyball philosophy, that led the Oakland A's to six American League West Division Titles. Dscoop explains his philosophy has been adopted by organizations of all sizes, across all industries and has helped shape the way modern businesses view and leverage big data and employ analytics for long-term success.

Doug Lipp is an eight-time business author and world authority on building esteemed organizational cultures and stronger brand culture. He was at the helm of the employee training team at Disney and helped Disney start its first international theme park as a member of the Tokyo Disneyland opening team. He will share how Disney consistently develops the world's most engaged, loyal and customer-centric employees that deliver on the brand promise.

John Foley is the former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, a Sloan Fellow at Stanford School of Business, a gratitude guru and an expert in the how of High Performance teams. His post-Naval experiences as an entrepreneur and a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business put him in a position to reverse-engineer the culture of excellence and teamwork found in the Blue Angels. He will use examples from his experiences to motivate attendees to reach for their highest potential and sustain excellence under dynamic change.
McAra Unicom of Calgary officially launches a new brand under the name CBN Commercial Solutions. The move allows the printing facility to be better known as an operating division of Ottawa-based Canadian Bank Note Company, using the name and logo.

Canadian Bank Note Company’s presence in Calgary started with the acquisition of McAra Printing in 1981 and was strengthened by the addition of Unicom Graphics in 2015. Prior to its Unicom purchase, CBN had invested more than $10 million in printing technology alone for its 45,000-square-foot McAra operation, including the December 2013 installation of a new Heidelberg XL106 10P+UV sheetfed press.

The 41-inch Heidelberg perfecting press is able to run both conventional and UV inks at up to 15,000 sheets per hour (straight or perfecting). Among a raft of modern features, the press includes automatic plate loading and Heidelberg’s Hycolor inking and dampening system, as well as two inline spectrophotometers to inspect every sheet produced on the press.

CBN Commercial Solutions was one of the largest winners at the 2016 Canadian Printing Awards, held on November 10, winning seven individual printing awards, including four Gold Awards (top in category) and three Bronze Awards. Among its award-winning project, the facility showcased its abilities with high-end offset, variable, ultraviolet, embossing and foiling technologies.

Established in 1897, Canadian Bank Note has 10 locations worldwide with more than 1,400 employees. The company provides integrated hardware, software, print, and systems services to organizations and governments in Canada and throughout the world. CBN focuses its security applications into four primary markets; Payment, Identification, Lottery and Shareholder Services including commercial print.
With the cancelation of Print World, PDS will be showcasing its full line up of creasing, perforating and slitting technologies, as well as wide-format printers, over the next few days in its showroom in Scarborough, Ontario.

The company will open up its showroom on Saturday, November 19, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and this Monday and Tuesday (November 21 and 22) from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Interested parties are asked to make an This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

During the open house, PDS is provided the same specials it planned to offer at Print World, which includes last-chance pricing on OKI’s 941 and 942 printing systems, as the manufacturer plans to increase the prices of these systems by $5,000 beginning on December 1, 2016.

In addition to the OKI systems, PDS’ showroom will hold Multigraf technology with the Touchline line of creasers including the C375 Creaser, CF375 Creaser/Folder/Perforator, CP375 Creaser Perforator and the CP Duo.

The showroom also includes the Duplo DC445 Creaser/Perforator/Slitter and the DC616 PRO that does Creasing/Slititng/Perforating in one pass, as well as the Duplo 1200 Folder and the CC330 Business Card Slitter.
 
PDS will also display the Xpress 931/941/942 digital copiers that print CMYK plus white, as well as Mutoh wide format inkjet systems and Triumph cutters.

All equipment is available for live demonstrations, in addition to the previously mentioned show promotions.

Last Friday, November 11, organizers of the Print World tradeshow, which has been held every two years in Toronto, informed exhibitors that the event will not be held from November 19 to 21.

Organizers posted a short statement on Printworldshow.com and Printcan.com websites: “It is with regret that We have to inform the exhibitors, visitors, sponsors and all others that the Print World 2016 Trade Show will not be held on November 19 to 21st. Due to many unfortunate circumstances that were not in our control, We have had to made this hard decision… We are deeply sorry for the hardship and inconvenience this has caused.”

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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

Warren Wilkins, who in 1975 founded Webcom Limited, passed away on November 3, 2016, at the age of 88. Wilkins was one of the most instrumental leaders of Canadian printing from the 1980s to the 2000s, active in both domestic and international industry associations, while also helping to lead the development of printing education in Canada.

Wilkins graduated with Honours in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto in 1951. In 1961, he formed Web Offset Publications (WOP) Limited with Bob Chittick and purchased a Goss Suburban Web Offset Press. The company became a pioneer in the web offset process in the mid-60s after installing a Photons computerized photo typesetting system in conjunction with an IBM 2230.

Webcom, founded 14 years after WOP, would become one of the first North American printing operations to installs Creo computer-to-plate systems. The company would become one of the most recognizable book manufacturers in North America operating 20 units of full size web offset, three Timson lines, sheetfed presses and digital prepress, as well as saddle stitch, conventional, perfect bindery, and unique lay-flat Otabind binding, as well as a complete high-speed digital book manufacturing operation.

Wilkins served on the Board of the Ontario Printing Industries Association and, in 1989, was elected Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA). In 1991, he became Chairman of the CPIA and in 1992 joined the Board of PIA representing the CPIA. In 2000, he assumed the Chairmanship of PIA. Wilkins was also the founding President of the Canadian Book Manufacturing Association in the late 1970s. He was the first recipient of the CPIA Honorary Lifetime Membership introduced in 2004.

Based in Markham, Ontario, Webcom Inc. today continues as one of North America’s leading book manufacturers working with global and independent publishers. The company employs more than 180 people and a range of cutting-edge technology, including client-facing software, inkjet web presses and associated bindery equipment. Webcom has an annual manufacturing capacity of more than 3.2 billion pages.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, November 10, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Avenue West. The funeral service will be held at St. Clement's Church, 70 St. Clements Ave., Toronto, on Friday, November 11, at 11 am.

For more information visit legacy.com

The 21st edition of the EPPY Awards, hosted by Editor & Publisher Magazine, celebrated the innovation of dozens of international media-affiliated Websites across 31 categories. From more than 300 entries, two Canadian newspaper organizations, The Globe and Mail and Brandon Sun, received top honours for online media initiatives.

The Globe and Mail won three awards in the categories of Best Daily Newspaper Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over; Best Community Service (Fentanyl awareness) on a Media-Affiliated Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over; and Best Business Blog (Gen Y Money) with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over. The Brandon Sun won for its The Knights of D-Day project in the category of Best News or Event Feature Video with under 1 million unique monthly visitors.

This year’s EPPY Award winners across 31 categories includes:

Best News Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
The Wall Street Journal

Best News Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
ExpressNews.com
San Antonio Express-News

Best Daily Newspaper Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
globeandmail.com
The Globe and Mail

Best Daily Newspaper Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
The Hutchinson News

Best Weekly or Non-Daily Newspaper Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
(TIE) Sonoma Index Tribune
(TIE) Las Vegas Weekly

Best Business/Finance Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over  
CNNMoney

Best Business/Finance Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
GOBankingRates.com

Best Sports Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
ESPN

Best Sports Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
JR Radcliffe
Now Media Group

Best Spanish-Language Newspaper Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Univision Noticias
Univision

Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature on a Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
The Drone Papers
The Intercept

Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature on a Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Trapped in a dying body: How ALS robbed Walter Root
San Antonio Express-News

Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Reporting with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
The Panama Papers: Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry That Hides Their Cash
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 100 others

Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Reporting with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
ASPIREist Media & Efran Films

Best News or Event Feature with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Homicide's toll on a mid-size city
(TIE) Chattanooga Times Free Press

Foreign Influence
(TIE) The Intercept

Best News or Event Feature with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Twist of Fate
CJOnline

Best Business Reporting on a Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
The Business of Guns
CNN Money

Best Business Reporting on a Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Shortcut to the American Dream
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Best Magazine on a Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Bloomberg Businessweek

Best Magazine on a Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Nieman Reports

Best Innovation Project with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
2050 Demographics
The Staff of The Wall Street Journal

Best Innovation Project with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
ASPIREist

Best Use of Data/Infographics with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
The Visuals Staff of The Wall Street Journal

Best Use of Data/Infographics with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
The Center for Public Integrity

Best Community Service on a Media-Affiliated Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
The Poverty Puzzle
(TIE) Chattanooga Times Free Press

Fentanyl
(TIE) Globe and Mail

Best Community Service on a Media-Affiliated Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
ASPIREist

Best Use of Social Media/Crowd Sourcing with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Love Story
CNN Worldwide

Best Use of Social Media/Crowd Sourcing with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Temple DNC News
Temple University - Department of Journalism

Best Mobile App with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
AP News
The Associated Press

Best News or Event Feature Video with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Nigeria: An Economy Divided
CNN Worldwide

Best News or Event Feature Video with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
The Knights of D-Day
The Brandon Sun

Best Sports Video on a Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
NBCNews.com
Refugee Olympic Team Profile
NBC News Digital

Best Sports Video on a Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Water polo? No, it’s underwater rugby
Yahoo Singapore

Best Investigative/Enterprise Video with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
A Year in Space
TIME

Best Investigative/Enterprise Video with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Aspirist

Best Webcast with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Live Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller
The Boston Globe


Best Webcast with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
Agland podcast
The Hutchinson News

Best Photojournalism of a Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
No Safe Place: Afghans risked their lives for U.S., now struggle in Sacramento
The Sacramento Bee

Best Overall Website Design with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Bloomberg News

Best Redesign/Relaunch with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Verywell

Best Redesign/Relaunch with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
InsideClimate News

Best User Experience with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
AJC.com
The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Best Online Media Kit with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
OnMilwaukee

Best Online Advertising/Marketing Campaign with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
The AJC Atlanta Newcomer's Guide
Cox Media Group /The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Best Online Advertising/Marketing Campaign with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
CONVERS.O.S (Converts)
TyC Sports

Best Business Blog with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Gen Y Money
Globe and Mail

Best News/Political Blog with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over
Glenn Greenwald
The Intercept

Best News/Political Blog with under 1 million unique monthly visitors
David W. Moore
iMediaEthics

Best College/University Newspaper Website
NYCity News Service
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Best College/University News or Event Feature
The End
NYCity News Service Staff

Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Feature
News21 Voting Wars
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University

Sparsh Bhargava, President and CEO of Presstek LLC, based in Hudson, New Hampshire, unexpectedly died on October 28. Bhargava, a partner at private equity firm American Industrial Partners (AIP), owners of Presstek had led the printing technology company for the past four years, becoming its CEO within the last year.

In 2012, Bhargava was appointed as a partner at AIP and held numerous leadership roles at other AIP companies prior to his role as President and CEO of Presstek.

“Sparsh was a tremendous individual who will be dearly missed,” said John Becker, General Partner at American Industrial Partners, who assumes Bhargava’s role. “He was loved by all, had a work ethic like no other but most importantly, he was a great person who never finished a day without telling us about his love and respect for his family. Sparsh’s guidance and insights into the business have left us in a strong position to continue to achieve his vision for the company’s future.”

Bhargava’s career also included the position of Vice President of Marketing at iCare Software, an enterprise software start-up in the early education industry, and Project Manager at Procter & Gamble. During his time at Procter & Gamble, he managed new product launches and cost savings projects across multiple categories and manufacturing plants.
Michael Mugavero, one of North America’s most influential technology leaders for more than three decades, passed away on October 19 at age 63 after a battle with cancer. Mugavero was serving as Chief Executive Officer of Manroland Sheetfed USA and Canada.

Mugavero, over a printing career that spanned 47 years, had worked for the German press maker for more than 20 years in various roles, becoming CEO of Manroland Sheetfed’s North American operations in April 2012. “Michael had spent 22 years in the printing industry prior to joining manroland in 1992 and brings not only an understanding but an empathy for the challenges printers face,” said Gina Gigliozzi of manroland’s Canadian operation at the time of Mugavero’s CEO appointment. “Over the years, Michael has always been very supportive of the Canadian Graphics community. He understands and appreciates the various nuances of doing business in Canada. We believe, under Michael's leadership, both our customers and manroland will exceed business objectives and expectations.”

Mugavero began his graphic communications career in 1970, working part-time for a commercial printer while attending college. Fifteen years later, he was named President of the company, where he stayed for two and a half years, before taking an ownership position with a trade shop.

Three years later, in 1992, after the trade shop was purchased, Mugavero joined German press maker manroland as one of its North American sales representatives. By 1999, he was named the first regional General Manager of manroland Inc., responsible for the Northeast United States and Canada. He eventually worked for another press manufacturer for three years, before rejoining manroland in 2007. Prior to becoming CEO in 2012, Mugavero had been serving as manroland’s Vice President of Sales, Canada and Eastern United States.

A statement from Manroland about Mugavero’s passing reads: “Michael was a larger than life figure who was always the man in charge, always the one with the best advice, always the first to offer help and al-ways encouraging everyone he met to love fearlessly. He personified that expression in every sense, from how he selflessly catered to his family and those less fortunate than him, to how he managed his business. He was passionate and persistent in everything he did and never let fear get in the way of principle or of doing what was right.”
John Robinson, former owner of Artcraft Label Inc., on October 23 passed away suddenly at the Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ontario, at the age of 83.

Robinson and his wife, Edna, purchased Artcraft Label Inc. of Burlington in 1986 and together developed the comapny into an award-winning prime-label producer.

Artcraft was founded in 1977 by Bill Hillis of the Neeco Label company. The Robinsons developed Artcraft to become an ISO 9001 certified operation by 2004 and in 2008 the company moved to “water wash plate making,” effectively eliminating solvents from the operation. Artcraft was the first and only company at the time to have this technology.

In 2010, Artcraft acquired its first digital printing technology and continue to shift the company from its early sticker roots with an experienced team producing high-quality pressure-sensitive labels. In 2012, John and Edna Robinson retired as Alain Paquette, together with a silent partner, purchased Artcraft Label and again began to move the company into higher standing within the market.

Robinson’s funeral service will be held at Burlington’s Shoreacres Bible Chapel, where he and Edna were long-time members, on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 10:30 am. Two visitations will take place at Smith's Funeral Home on Thursday, October 27, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
More than 200 industry leaders are expected gather at the Palais Royale in Toronto on November 10 to celebrate some of the world’s best printing produced in 2016. The 11th annual Canadian Printing Awards Gala, hosted by PrintAction, will also recognize four industry leaders as part of the magazine’s Industry Achievement Awards categories.

The 11-member judging panel used a blind scoring system, based out of 35 points across criteria like overall effectiveness, production challenge and printing defects, to determine the Top 3 entries across more than 25 categories. In addition to these printing categories, the gala will also recognize winning entries in Technology and Environmental Categories.

For more information about the 2016 awards gala and for tickets visit www.canadianprintingawards.com.

2016 Canadian Printing Award Finalists

Artcraft Label
ASL Print FX
C.J. Graphics
Canon
Colour Innovations
ColorXTC
Ellis Packaging
Farnell Packaging
Friesens
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging
Hemlock Printers
HP
Jones Packaging
McAra Unicom
MET Fine Printer
Pacific Bindery Services
PDI Group
Priority Printing
St. Joseph Communications
Symcor ISS
The Lowe-Martin Group

2016 Industry Achievement Winners

Printing Leader of the Year
Jamie Barbieri
President, PDI Group Inc., Montreal, QC
Director, Quebec Graphic Arts Association
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Printing Industries Association

Emerging Leader of the Year
Todd Cober
Vice President, Cober, Kitchener, ON

John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award
Hadi Mahabadi
Founder, CanWin Consulting Inc.
Former Director, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga, ON

Community Leader of the Year
Jeff Ekstein, President, Willow Printing Group Ltd., Concord, ON
Jeff Ekstein, President and CEO of 63-year-old Willow Printing Group in Concord, Ontario, has been named PrintAction’s 2016 Community Leader of the Year, as part of the 11th annual Canadian Printing Awards program.

Ekstein joins three other Canadian printing industry leaders who last week were named as PrintAction’s 2016 Industry Achievement winners, including:

Printing Leader of the Year
Jamie Barbieri
President, PDI Group Inc., Montreal, QC
Director, Quebec Graphic Arts Association
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Printing Industries Association

Emerging Leader of the Year
Todd Cober
Vice President, Cober, Kitchener, ON

John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award
Hadi Mahabadi
Founder, CanWin Consulting Inc.
Former Director, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga, ON

Ekstein’s Community Involvement
As one of the most recognizable faces of Canada’s printing industry, Ekstein for more than two decades has volunteered his own time to help promote and grow printing across North America.

In addition to serving as the leader and third-generation owner of Willow Printing, Ekstein is the current Chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF). He was elected to this critical position in June 2016 following the retirement of CPISTF Chair Don Gain, who served in the position for 11 years.

Established in 1971, 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.

Ekstein was an Officer on the Printing Industries of America’s (PIA) Board from 2007 to 2015 and a member of its Executive Committee from 2011 to 2015. He served as Chairman from 2013 to 2014 and was only the fourth Canadian to hold this office in the 130-year history of the organization.

He has also been a Premier Print Awards judge (aka The Benny Awards) since 2006. He served as the Education Committee Chairman 2009 to 2011 and currently sits on the following PIA Committees: Finance, Education, Nomination, Trade Show & President’s Conference.

In addition to his involvement with the CPISTF and Printing Industries of America, Ekstein has served as Co-Chair of CPISC (Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council) as well as Past Chair, Government Affairs Committee Chair and long-time Director of CPIA (Canadian Printing Industries Association) and also served as a Director with the OPIA (Ontario Printing & Imaging Association) from 1998 to 2003 to highlight a few of his volunteer activities. In 2007, he was awarded the CPIA Distinguished Service Award for excellence, achievement and dedication to the printing industry, and was named as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Printers in 2010 (as voted in PrintAction magazine).

Ekstein carries his volunteerism into fundraising for various charities and was included in the top fundraising category in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s “Ride for Heart” and CCC’s (Crohn’s and Colitis Canada) “Gutsy Walk”. Willow Printing has also been recognized for it longtime contribution and support to the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre and Tourette Canada.

Ekstein was inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society in 2015 for his many industry contributions.
Agfa Graphics has won three Product of the Year awards at SGIA Expo for the second year straight, including two systems built in the companies Canadian manufacturing facility based in Mississauga, Ontario.

The brand new Anapurna H3200i won in the UV Hybrid category ($100-500k), the Jeti Mira won in the UV Flatbed ($200-500k) category and the Jeti Tauro won top honors in the UV Hybrid High Volume Production Class category.

The competition recognized the latest equipment and supplies currently on the market that are advancing the specialty imaging industry.
 
“These awards confirm the dedication of the worldwide Agfa Graphics team and their dedication to bringing high quality, high productivity and innovative technology to market,” said Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics, North America. “We design our products with the customer needs in mind. The Product of the Year awards validate our efforts to deliver sophisticated products that provide increased efficiency and profitability to our customers.”

The Anapurna H3200i LED 3.2m hybrid offers air-cooled LED UV curing and enables printing on a broader range of media. The system features a solid frame construction, user-friendly RTR media loading as well as quick system up-time, energy savings and overall reduced operational expenses.

Built in Mississauga, the Jeti Tauro with ¾ automation is a high-end, six colour + white 2,5-m wide, UV hybrid system positioned for the higher end of the sign and display market with print speeds up to 275 m²/hour. The Jeti Tauro’s scissor-stacker off loading system provides continuous feeding of rigid media. The system prints up to 2.5 meter-wide on rigid or roll media.

Built in Mississauga, the Jeti Mira is designed for heavy industrial workloads. It features optional varnish and unique 3D Lens Technology which produces a three dimensional varnish effect without the need for lenticular substrates. The systems “print and prepare” technology allows quick media loading while the printer is in operation. The Jeti Mira has six colour plus white with optional primer or varnish.
 
A total of 170 entries in 49 product categories were submitted for this SGIA competition. Prints were judged on overall colour appeal, tonality, image detail, objective colour matching and greyscale colour cast. Graphics has won a total of seven Product of the Year awards since its first submission in 2014.
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