Art Seto, a professor with Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program, has been awarded the Dean’s Award for 2012. This marks the first time that a GCM faculty member has received the award.

He was chosen from amongst approximately 100 instructors employed within Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication & Design, which includes GCM – Canada’s only 4-year degree-level program dedicated to graphic arts studies.

Seto was chosen for his transformation of the two semesters of bindery courses, which are now regarded as some of the most-popular courses with GCM students. He was also recognized for his teaching of the estimating course.

"Reading your citation, I noted your passion for your field, your student-centred approach to the curriculum, and a continual striving to expand the professional capabilities of your student, while instilling in them a sense of creativity and, wonderfully, a respect for books,” wrote Sheldon Levy, Ryerson’s President, in a letter of congratulations addressed to Seto. “When I read that you have turned a fearful estimating course into one that is building careers, it truly completed the picture of a great teacher.”

Kodak’s patents may finally be sold after a partnership between Apple and Google has reportedly bid the requisite $500 million for them.

The patents, 1,100 in all, are a major factor to the Rochester-based company receiving $830 million in funding from banks.

The Apple/Google bid comes a few days after a consortium of bidders reportedly offered the same value. The 1,100 patents were valued by Kodak itself at between $2.2 billion and $2.6 billion, but failed to gain any traction during an auction in September.

The partnership was likely formed to minimize the possibility of patent infringement litigation between the two rivals as well as keep the price down for Kodak’s patents.

In early December, Clar Wejnert, a long-standing member of the Canadian printing industry, who was an exceptionally talented craftsman and carpenter, passed away while in the hospital.

Wejnert spent his entire career in the printing industry, having joined Garden City Printing in downtown Toronto shortly after finishing school. After Garden City Printing, Wejnert joined another downtown Toronto shop in Davis-Cooke Printing, which produced stationary and was well known in the city for printing all of the tickets for Maple Leaf Gardens, including the Maple Leafs NHL team.

As his career progressed, Wejnert became well known in Toronto's printing community as a masterful craftsman, working on nearly every type of letterpress cylinder and also repairing them. While printing was Wejnert’s vocation, he was also a very talented carpenter.

Wejnert’s skill in repairing and maintaining equipment then found him a home with Howard Graphic Equipment, where he stayed until his retirement in 1994. Because of his unique skill set and knowledge, however, he continued to work with the company until this year.

“Clar was much more than a talented pressman, carpenter and repair artist,” says Nick Howard, President of Howard Graphic Equipment. “The world is full of talented people. What really made Clar special was who he was as a person. Always the first to offer help, tireless in his day-to-day life, and giving everyone he met a big smile. The honesty and purity of spirit were fundamental to who Clar was.”

Wejnert is survived by two daughters, Karen and Kristine, along with his grandchildren.

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Glen Chiasson, former manager of the Graphics Canada trade show, died last Saturday in an automobile accident in Port Hope, Ontario. He was 43 years old.

Chiasson was manager of the Graphics Canada trade show between 1999 and 2005 on behalf of DMG World Media. Since 2005, he had been working in the pharmaceutical market as Group Conference Director at Diversified Business Communications Canada.

Service will be held at Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church (1138 Finch Ave., Pickering) on Friday November 16 at 11:00 am. 

R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. has been awarded a multiple-year print management agreement by Scotiabank, which is both a renewal and expansion of the relationship between the two companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, RR Donnelley is to provide a range of products and services described as digital printing, forms, kitting and fulfillment services, and regulatory communications. The new agreement is to also employ RR Donnelley's (RRD) proprietary CustomPoint system, which provides a configured suite of online services.

"We are very proud and pleased to have earned the continuing trust of Scotiabank," stated Drew Sullivan, President of RR Donnelley’s operations in Canada. "We have built a comprehensive capability to help our customers' content connect with their key audiences and continue to develop the next generation of innovative solutions."

Previous initiatives like instituting electronic invoicing and print management strategies to consolidate documents, according to RRD, have helped Scotiabank reduce consumption by almost 30,000 pages annually.

November 2012

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Oxford, UK-based Macmillan Education announced it will stop producing printed dictionaries after the final edition rolls off the presses this month. Since 2009, the company has started to transition users to its Macmillan Dictionary Online service.

"The traditional book format is very limiting for any kind of reference work," said Editor-in-Chief Michael Rundell. "Books are out of date as soon as they're printed, and the space constraints they impose often compromise our goals of clarity and completeness. There is so much more we can do for our users in digital media."

“Our research tells us that most people today get their reference information via their computer, tablet, or phone,” added Stephen Bullon, Macmillan Education's Publisher for Dictionaries, “and the message is clear and unambiguous: the future of the dictionary is digital.”

This news from Macmillan follows a March announcement from the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica that, after 244 years, it will no longer produce a print edition. The Oxford English Dictionary, seen by some as the definitive record of the English language, is still available for purchase as a 20-volume complete set or as a single-volume compact edition.

October 2012

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By Victoria Gaitskell

I know you’re terribly busy. On most days, most printers are stretched so thin that squeezing in one more extra task seems next to impossible. Even so, it would be a prudent business decision to take the time to submit your achievements into the 7th-annual Canadian Printing Awards (CPAs). Any serious business owner or manager needs to make it a priority to enter awards programs in their field, particularly a Canadian-specific initiative, because of the multitude of astonishing benefits they’ll reap in return. Here are seven of the biggest:

1. Large-scale publicity

Arguably, awards are the most powerful and cost-effective marketing tool. The publication, association, or trade show that organizes an awards program will devote considerable resources to publicizing the awards and participants before, during, and after the event. Especially if you are a winner or finalist, you can continue to publicize your own participation and successes in the awards program to your customers, prospects, prospective investors, and trade media indefinitely. Many awards, including the CPAs, come with an impressive trophy you can display prominently at your company forever.

2. A record of your achievements

Awards contests help you review your own progress and evaluate your successes and the areas of your business that need improvement. Initially you’ll perform this process when deciding which projects and initiatives to submit to the contest. But also, while some of the CPAs' categories require you to submit only basic information with the entry fee, others require more detailed documentation. The latter categories not only help you document your progress but also result in a report you can recycle many times in many ways to broadcast your achievements and track your future progress.

3. Networking opportunities and peer recognition

Awards competitions and ceremonies attract the best companies and prominent business leaders. Thus they provide an opportunity for you to show off and discuss your best achievements and latest innovations with a discerning and appreciative audience. Additionally, by attending the presentation ceremony or even by connecting with fellow participants by phone, e-mail, or social media, you can build your relationships and network with a prestigious new pool of contacts.
4. A leg up on your competition 

Entries, recognition, or wins all give you a tangible edge over competitors and showcase your company as among the best in your field.

5. Support for your employer brand
Participants gain recognition in their industry as award-winning employers whose companies and products make them leaders in their field. This recognition makes your company a more attractive place to work for top-performing new hires.

6. Staff motivation, morale, and retention
Everyone wants to feel appreciated and part of a successful organization. Participating in awards competitions sends your staff the message that your company is worthy of recognition by a respected external body. This realization raises staff’s motivation and morale, especially if your company is astute enough to use your victories in awards competitions as platforms to stage internal celebrations recognizing the achievements of staff members who contributed to your success. It also helps to buy staff tickets for the dinner where prizes are announced, held in Toronto on November 29th.

7. A measure of your performance

Entering the awards gives you an unparalleled opportunity to assess the strength of your entry against others in the same category and gauge how your business stacks up against the very best. Frankly, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of this opportunity for an economically priced assessment from some of the industry’s most knowledgeable independent business experts who judge the entries.

But the craziest part is that you can reap all the above seven benefits for a cost of between $90 and $110 per contest submission. (The actual cost depends on the total number of submissions you make.) With 25 awards in three diverse categories, it’s hard to imagine why any printing company of any size wouldn’t take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the CPAs.

Entry information can found at printaction.com/cpa

Newsweek, the 79-year-old New York-based publication, has announced it will no longer produce a print version after December 31st. The company will instead move to an online-only model in a publication called Newsweek Global.

First published in February 1933, the magazine faced turmoil during the 2008 financial crisis which saw it restructure its business significantly. Between early 2008 and mid 2009, its subscriber base fell from 3.1 million to 1.9 million. The publication was sold by its parent company of 40 years, the Washington Post Co.

With the rise of online media, the news magazine changed its editorial focus from news coverage to more of opinion and analysis within the last decade. In 2010, it merged with online publication The Daily Beast, with the aim of having the online arm cover the daily news while the print edition providing more insightful analysis.

Quad Graphics, which has been printing Newsweek since 1977, announced that there will be no job cuts as a result of Newsweek's online transition.

"We have printed Newsweek for many years and are sad to see this venerable newsweekly end its print edition," said Claire Ho, a spokesperson for Quad. "Today's announcement will have negligible financial impact on our company. The work we performed for Newsweek was insignificant to our overall business." Quad, earlier this month, announced a new US$900 million agreement to produce 85 percent of Time Inc.'s print work.

An error by Chicago-based printing giant RR Donnelley on behalf of its client Google, sent the tech giant's stock price down nine percent today.

Google blames RR Donnelley for filing a draft version of its third-quarter financial results to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The error caused Google to temporarily halt the trading of its shares on the NASDAQ.

Google shares fell US$68.19 per share before trading was halted, representing US$19 billion in value, after the draft report showed the company had missed expectations by a wide margin. The error also caused RR Donnelley's stock to fall six percent, but soon recovered. The company files reports to the SEC on behalf of many customers as part of its Regulatory Compliance services.

The draft document, dated today, clearly shows placeholder material awaiting a comment from company CEO Larry Page. Representatives from both companies say the cause for the error is being investigated.

RR Donnelley, founded in 1864, reported over US$10.6 billion in sales for 2011 and employs over 58,000 employees worldwide. Around the world, it operates over 100 web presses, over 135 sheetfed presses and over 40 digital presses.

The production of Canadian passport covers will now be based in Europe after Columbia Finishing Mills of Cornwall, Ontario, lost the contract to Ottawa's Canadian Bank Note.

The subcontracting of the production was revealed by Columbia Finishing Mills, which also claims the covers have been subcontracted to a Dutch firm with a fabric mill in the Czech Republic.

Canadian Bank Note will be producing the next generation of Canadian passports which will feature electronic security features, joining 90 countries in the world already using such a system. Canadian Bank Note provides security printing for over 60 countries.

According to the Toronto Star, the contract to produce passport covers was put to tender two years ago, with Canadian Bank Note winning the contract. The contract was valued at $1 million. Columbia Finishing Mills had produced the gold-stamped covers for over 30 years, producing on average 4.5 million a year. The loss of the contract means the elimination of at least three positions at Columbia Finishing Mills, an operation with just 12 employees.

As is common with most security printing contracts, no official details about where or how the new ePassports would be produced have been released.

Among the 62 Kwik Kopy Design & Print Centre franchise locations across Canada, the corporation has presented its Franchisee of the Year for 2012 award to Barb and Doug Bower.

The Bowers operate the Kwik Kopy Design & Print Centre located in Don Mills, Toronto. The quick-printing shop has been in business for the past 26 years. When the Bowers started out, they were focused on providing black-and-white photocopying services and printing jobs with a maximum of two colours.

The Don Mills Kwik Kopy location now provides design and a range of digital production, including high-speed colour, as well as mobile Website design and hosting for clients. The location also recently expended into a range of indoor and outdoor signage production.

Kwik Kopy Printing Canada Corporation, one of the country’s largest printing networks, has been operating in Canada for more than 30 years.

September 2012

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