Transcontinental’s Isabelle Marcoux, VP of Corporate Development, has been recognized on the 2010 listing of Canada's Most Powerful Women, Top 100 Awards, in the Corporate Executives category.

The Top 100 Awards program is organized by the Women's Executive Network, which was developed in 1997 to focus on the advancement and recognition of executive-minded women in the workplace. Marcoux joins a community of 522 women across Canada who have received this recognition.

"It is a great honour for me to be included in this group of outstanding women. This recognition is testimony to the passion I bring to my work as well as to the causes that I believe in,” stated Marcoux. “Such a prestigious reward encourages me to keep striving to really make a difference."

Marcoux has been Vice Chair of the Board of Transcontinental since 2007 and VP of Corporate Development since 2004. From 1997 to 2004, she was Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as Director, Legal Affairs and Assistant Corporate Secretary. Before joining Transcontinental, she was a lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP.

She also sits on many high-profile boards within Canada’s corporate and arts communities, including Power Corporation of Canada, Rogers Communications, George Weston Ltd. and Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

As part of her social contributions, Marcoux is a member of the board of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Chair of the Education Committee of the Museum. She has been actively involved in a number of fundraising campaigns for organizations like Foundation for the Youth, Montreal Children's Hospital and the United Way.

"Isabelle Marcoux plays a key role in the transformation of Transcontinental,” stated François Olivier, President and CEO of Transcontinental. “She has led the growth by acquisitions of Transcontinental in the last decade. Whether she is formulating innovative business strategies for our corporation or establishing solid relations with our partners and customers, she is exceptional for her unwavering commitment to excellence.”

David Odell, former President and CEO of The DATA Group of Companies, passed away on November 10 after a battle with cancer. He was 62 years old.

Odell, a veteran of the printing industry in Canada, was also formerly President of the Yorkville Group, Empress Graphics and a number of divisions within Maclean Hunter and Southam Inc.

"David was a remarkable individual who had a profound impact on our company and who deeply influenced many of our employees, both professionally and personally," said Michael Suksi, who was President and Chief Executive Officer in October of this year. "He will be deeply missed by all of us at The DATA Group."  

Odell served as President and CEO of DATA Group between May 2000 and October 2010, during which time it acquired long-time competitor Relizon Canada in 2006. Also within the industry, Odell was a perennial supporter of Eva's Phoenix, which provides help for at-risk youth and training for careers in graphic communications.

Odell is survived by wife Cynthia, his two step-children Geoff and Jillian as well as his father, Gordon Odell.

A funeral service will be held at the Jerrett Funeral Home in Toronto on Friday November 19 at 1:00 pm. Details and notes of remembrance can be left on the Jerrett Funeral Home site.

Don Atkins, former partner of Benwell Atkins Printers and a long-time leader within Vancouver's printing community, passed away on November 8 at the age of 78.

Tracing its roots back to 1926, Benwell Atkins began as a small Vancouver-based mailing company and eventually became one of the most-prominent commercial printing operations on the West Coast. Today, the facility is owned by RR Donnelley, which is often described as the largest printing company in the world.

Born in 1932, Atkins lived his entire life in Vancouver and, in addition to his entrepreneurial success in the printing industry, was a strong supporter of several of the city's organizations and institutions like the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, YMCA and SA&D Publishers.

Based on his printing interests, Atkins was also a member of the Alcuin Society, which is a voluntary association of people who care about the past, present and future of fine books.

According to a statement from Presstek Inc., the Higher Court Dusseldorf, Germany, has upheld a Regional Court decision finding Israeli manufacturer VIM Technologies in violation of Presstek’s German patent (No. DE 693 29 365 T2).

As such, the Court has ordered VIM and defendant Reinsch Handel to immediately cease and desist from selling any of the infringing VIM products in Germany. VIM has also been ordered to provide to Presstek detailed information on all sales of the infringing products in Germany for a 6-year period.

The technology at issue between the two companies, for several years now, involve the VIM DP-R28 and DP-R36 lithographic printing plates. In a separate proceeding, the Patent Court in Munich Germany has found that the patent that Presstek has asserted against VIM in the infringement case to be valid and enforceable.

According to Presstek, the judgments of the Higher Court Dusseldorf and the Patent Court are final, as the time to file appeals has expired. Presstek continues to state it plans to pursue the enforcement of its patents against other distributors of VIM products throughout Europe where distributors are selling VIM products in violation of Presstek’s patent rights.

A statement from the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice announced John Eichner entered a guilty plea, over his actions in a $2-million embezzlement scheme, before a U.S. District Judge in New Jersey.

Eichner, based on criminal actions he committed as Chief Financial Officer of Harold M. Pitman Company, entered his plea guilty on November 9th to wire fraud and tax evasion in connection with the scheme.

According to the FBI statement, Eichner admitted that from 2003 through 2009, he embezzled money from Pitman Company by falsifying expense reimbursement forms. Specifically, Eichner said that he submitted numerous requests for reimbursement for personal expenses, including lodging at luxury hotels and resorts, meals at high-end restaurants, clothing, and jewelry from retailers such as Nordstrom, Coach, and Tiffany and Co.

In March 2010, Pitman hired a new CFO in Donald Stires. Then in July 2010, Agfa Graphics announced its pending purchase of Pitman, which has been subsequently completed.

The FBI statement also makes note that Eichner caused wire transfers to be sent from Pitman Company accounts to pay for additional personal expenses he incurred, including a $30,000 wire to pay for cases of wine that he had purchased from Sotheby’s. In all, Eichner embezzled more than $2 million, and purposefully failed to report the illicit proceeds of his scheme to the IRS.

The charge of wire fraud carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the aggregate gain or loss. The charge of tax evasion carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Judge Simandle continued Eichner’s release on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for February 24, 2011.

Jean AutyPatricia Jean Auty, former President and owner of Auty Printing, passed away in late October after a groundbreaking career in Canadian printing. 

Ms. Auty was thrown into the printing business when her husband, Fred Auty, died in 1970. She had been working as a teacher, but decided to walk away from that career to run the family business.  

At that time, outside of Mona Allworth, there were very few women who owned and operated a Canadian printing company. Ms. Auty served as a role model for many of the women who own printing companies today. 

In the early years of her ownership, Brian Auty, remembers how his mother was often forced to recruit her brother Don to help in business negotiations, because men on the other side of the table simply refused to deal with a woman. He remembers this scenario playing out in both complex deals for property and even for simply tasks like ordering phone lines. 

"It’s almost laughable today, but it was pioneers like Jean that took the heat early on in getting women recognized as capable leaders," recalls Brian Auty, who worked closely with his mother in the family business before her retirement in 1992. He later merged Auty Printing with Mississauga-based RP Graphics, where Brian continues to serve as part-owner and Chief Technology Officer. 

Ms. Auty was recognized for her business achievements by becoming the first woman to be inducted into the Promotional Products Association Hall of Fame in 1988. She was a tireless industry supporter, volunteering for committees and finally the first female President of the association in 1980. She was also very active in the CPIA and SGIA. 

Patricia Jean Auty was 83.

Forbes magazine has published its annual list of most powerful women in the world across a spectrum of professions.

Michelle Obama was named most powerful woman, rising 40 places to capture the title this year. Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods was second, followed by Oprah Winfrey, in third place. Xerox Chief Executive Ursula Burns (picture right) placed 20th on the list this year, down six positions from last year.

HP's Ann Livermore (HP Enterprise Business) and Cathie Lesjak (HP CFO and most recently interim CEO) fell off the list this year after placing 31st and 32nd, respectively, on the 2009 list. Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina placed 51st this year in her new life as a politician in California.

Other names of note on the list are Lady Gaga (#7), Beyonce Knowles (#9), Sarah Palin (#16), Angelina Jolie (#21) and Queen Elizabeth II (#41).

To determine the rankings for each year, Forbes weighs the dollar component (company revenues, national budgets or earnings) and in equal part a "buzz" factor, determined by internet traffic.

Norman Esch, who was a leader within Canada's printing industry throughout the 1970s and 1980s, passed away in Toronto on August 25, at the age of 92.

Through his work with historic Canadian companies like Graphic Lithoplate, Rota-tone and Phipps Reproduction, Esch played a major role in shaping the direction of Toronto's printing market. He founded Graphic Litho-Plate and owned Roto-tone Gravure, along with many other smaller companies.

In the Toronto printing market specifically, he was best-known as a highly competitive and successful salesperson.

Beyond his printing interests, Esch was an avid fisherman who traveled to some of the world’s great fishing destinations: Campbell River in British Columbia, the Tamar River in Devon, England, and the Miramichi River in New Brunswick.

He was also a philanthropist who donated generously to many charities including Trinity St. Paul’s Church in Toronto and created The Esch Foundation. Esch passed away peacefully last Wednesday at Sunnybrook Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Condolences and memories can be posted at Humphreymiles.com.

British Columbia's printing industry lost one of its long-standing members with the passing of 82-year-old Dell Fraser, who worked with some of the region's leading printers and eventually ran his own shop, Dells Printing.

Fraser started his career at Hazeldine Press, owned at the time by Archie Hazeldine, before moving to Richmond to work with Smith Lithograph, which was eventually renamed Smith Grant Mann. While at Smith Grant Mann, owned by Dave Forrest Sr., Fraser met his future wife who was working in the company's bindery department.

For a few years, Fraser ran his own company, Dells Printing, before taking a position with the UBC Print Shop as a cutter, letterpress and offset operator. He ended his long printing career with Murphy's Stationary.

Fraser, who retired 22 years ago, was always heavily involved with the province's printing community, as one of the longest-serving members in the British Columbia Printing Industries Association. Today, his son, Blair Fraser, looks over the operations of West Coast Reproduction Centres.

The Canadian printing industry lost one of its long-standing members on July 16 with the passing of Douglas Alexander Dempsey, at the age of 79.

Born and raised in Willowdale, Ontario, Dempsey began working in his family's general store, Dempsey Brothers, until he found his passion for print. The Dempsey Brothers store today is a historical landmark in the Greater Toronto Area. (View wikimapia of Dempsey Brothers historical building.)

Doug Dempsey spent 55 years as a printer in Canada and was very active within the Printing Industries of America association. Dempsey's dedication to the industry culminated with his founding of The Delta Printing Group in Scarborough, Ontario.

Delta Printing was purchased in 2003 by Solisco Printers, which is now one of Canada's largest private printing operations. At the time of the purchase, Delta Printing had annual sales of just over $15 million.

Service information:

Visitation takes place on Thursday, July 22, 2010 from 7 to 9 pm, as well as on Friday, July 23, from 2 to 4 pm at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles).

A Memorial Service is to be held on Saturday, July 24, at 1:30 pm in the Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to the Rotary Foundation (The Rotary Club of Willowdale, c/o Bayview Golf & Country Club, 25 Fairway Heights Drive, Thornhill, ON L3T 3X1).

Condolences are welcomed at www.rskane.ca.


Gulam Jaffer    PA50 2010 #10 ranking
President & CEO
West Star Printing
Toronto, ON

From a 150,000-square-foot plant, Jaffer arguably runs the most-influential trade printing company in Greater Toronto, which is no small feat. His Star Web operation holds three heatset web presses (48-, 24-, and 16-page), while the sheetfed-based West Star operation runs three 40-inch perfectors (8-, 10, and 12-colours), amid smaller presses. Jaffer can truly claim the ability to print on anything, from an onion skin to the heaviest folding-carton board.

Related links:
Production equipment details

Mary-Jean Irving
President & CEO
Master Packaging
Borden, PEI

Founding the company in 1996, Irving leads a corrugate and folding-carton operation employing over 340 people in two plants in PEI and one in New Brunswick.

Related link:
Production expansion 2010  


Edward Kouwenhoven
Generation Printing
Vancouver, BC

With his brother Rob, Kouwenhoven founded Generation in 1998 to focus on the craft of ink on paper with four offset presses, including two forties.

Damian McDonald
VP and GM
Ampersand Printing
Guelph, ON

A two-time CIPPI winner, McDonald is one of Canada’s most-advanced printers, while also running 100 percent of Ampersand’s 40-inch work at 10-micron Staccato.

Related link:
CIPPI Award winner   2007, 2008 and 2009

Glen Warren
Warren’s Waterless Printing
Toronto, ON

As Canada’s only dedicated waterless printer, Warren has built one of the most environmentally progressive plants in North America, with ISO 14001, OEL and Eco Logo.

Related links:
Ontario Environmental Leaders program



Jamie O’Born    PA50 2010 #9 ranking
The Printing House
Toronto, ON

O’Born was named TPH’s youngest top-performing manager across Canada at just 22 years of age, which is the same age that her father was when he began the company – in 1961. In 1989, she launched a subsidiary called TPH Image House, which kept the company in front of the desktop-publishing revolution. Today, O’Born oversees TPH’s 70-plus printing branches across Canada, employing some 450 people. O’Born has been on the Board of Junior Achievement Canada since 2008.

Related links:
International Women’s Forum   Member
Institute for Entrepreneurship program   Nominated by KPMG
Junior Achievement of Canada   Board director since 2008
SickKids Foundation   SickKids Leader
TPH Charitable Office   Established in 1983
Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies   Past recipient

David Allan
President & CEO
Rhino Print Solutions
Calgary, AB

A 3-time Benny Award winner, Allan has led substantial growth in recent years out of multiple commercial printing plants (Calgary, Richmond) and sales offices.

Related links:
Premier Print Awards  Multiple past winner (The Bennys)
EPCOR CENTRE   Corporate Patrons of the Arts
BC Business Entrepeneur of the Year   Runner up, 2006 (Turnaround category)
G7 Master Printer   IDEAlliance designation


François Chartrand
Imprimerie L’Empreinte
St. Laurent, QC

With back-to-back Grand Gutenberg Awards in Canada’s top printing competition, Chartrand has positioned L’Empreinte as one of the country’s highest-quality printers.

Related link:
Gala Gutenberg   Grand Gutenberg winner in 2008 and 2009
L'Empreinte project portfolio

Dave Harb
Trade Secret Printing
Toronto, ON

Established in 2000, Harb is on an aggressive trade-printing path with a 10-colour perfector and 24-page Goss web, new toner and inkjet, in a 103,000-square-foot plant.

Related link:
Production details

Dean McElhinney
General Manager
Unicom Graphics
Calgary, AB

As CPIA Chairman of the Board, McElhinney holds one of the most-important positions in terms of effecting the average commercial printer in Canada.

Related link:
CPIA   Current board chairman


Ward Griffin     PA50 2010 #8 ranking
President & CEO
The Lowe-Martin Group
Ottawa, ON

Celebrating Lowe-Martin’s 100th anniversary in 2008, Griffin became CEO of the company in 1996, succeeding his father who purchased it in 1984. Under his family’s management, Lowe-Martin became an early adopter of technology (Docutech in 1991, Quickmaster in 1995, NexPress in 2001), which Griffin continues through numerous industry-leading environmental initiatives. Lowe-Martin employs 350 people in Ottawa, Toronto, and Ireland facilities. Griffin is also actively involved with the CPIA, serving as Chairman from 2005 to 2006.

Related links:
CPIA  Former board chairman, 2005-2006
Environmental stance   North American leader
Premier Print Awards   Multiple past winner (The Bennys)
Hydro Ottawa Conservation Award
International Gallery of Superb Printing   Multiple past winner

Jean Grégoire
Imprimerie Solisco
Scott, QC

Generating around $100-million in revenues last year, Grégoire leads one of Canada’s three largest private printing companies, with three production facilities and 500 employees.

Related link:
Solisco printing markets   Across four locations


Juan Lau
President & CEO
Icon Digital Productions
Richmond Hill, ON

Founded in 1995, Lau was an early adopter of inkjet large-format printing, creating everything from vehicle wraps to stadium graphics, as “artisans of the extraordinary.”

Related link:
Icon project portfolio
Gridcast   subsidiary

Richard McCallum
President & CEO
McCallum Printing Group
Edmonton, AB

Founded in 2003, McCallum used Heidelberg technology to build arguably the most-technologically progressive sheetfed plant in Alberta, winning a CIPPI award in 2008.

Related link:
CIPPI Award winner   2007

Dean Zavarise
Executive VP & GM
Torstar Printing Group
Toronto, ON

With nine plants across Ontario, Zavarise leads one of Canada’s largest cold web networks, which is supported by the 103 newspapers of parent company Metroland.

Related links:
Metroland   parent company
Metroland   printing operations
Web Offset Association Awards   Perennial winner


George Kallas     PA50 2010 #7 ranking
President & CEO
Metropolitan Fine Printers
Vancouver, BC

Founding his company in 1977, by printing stationery, Kallas is now recognized as one of the highest-quality printers on the planet. Metropolitan has captured 28 Benny awards (not including 2010 results), which is the most won by any Canadian printer. With 60 employees working out of a 14,000-square-foot plant, Met exemplifies the staying power of print for small- to medium-sized printers, which will continue into the foreseeable future with Kallas’ two children actively involved in the company.

Related links:
Premier Print Awards   Perennial winner (The Bennys), with most Canadian wins
Canstruction Vancouver   Family-founded charitable organization
Applied Arts Awards   Multiple past winner
Gold Ink Awards   Multiple past winner
BC Ethics in Action Award   First printing company to win


Al Carbone
Executive VP
Rosmar Litho
Baie-d’Urfe, QC

A 2nd-generation printer, Carbone works with his father and brother to lead one of North America’s largest privately owned packaging firms, specializing in carton and set-up boxes.

Related links:
Romsar Packaging   parent company
Inter Pack Industries   subsidiary
Gibraltor Packaging Group   subsidiary



Paul Henderson
VP & Plant Director
VistaPrint North America
Windsor, ON

Recently completing a 140,000-sq-ft expansion (to a total 300,000 sq-ft), Henderson runs one of two VistaPrint plants that process more than 44,000 orders per day.

Related links:
NASDAQ   stock information
Fortune 100 Fastest-Growing Companies   Ranked #16 in 200
Internet Retailer Top 500 Retail Web Sites 2010   Ranked #36
VistaPrint Patents and Trademarks

Sandeep Lal
President & CEO
Metro Label
Toronto, ON

Building one of the world’s first LEED-certified printing plants, Lal is a global manufacturer of labels with four locations: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and California.

Related links:
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design   North American printing first
Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies   Awarded in 2005, 2006 and 2007
PAC Awards   Perennial winner
International Gallery of Superb Printing   Past winner

Warren Werbitt
Founder & CEO
Pazazz Printing
Montreal, QC

In the midst of restructuring the company he founded in 1992, Werbitt remains a Canadian printing beacon, now running 56-inch offset in a 65,000-square-foot plant.

Related links:
Printing's Alive   Youtube video


Sean Murray     PA50 2010 #6 ranking
President & CEO
Advocate Publishing & Printing
Dartmouth, NS

As the third-generation leader of Advocate, a history that began in 1935, Murray is arguably the most-influential printer in Atlantic Canada. While company employs around 500 people in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Murray also represents the region’s printing interests through his involvement with the CPIA, serving as Chairman from 2006 to 2008. For three consecutive years, he has been named as one of Atlantic Canada’s top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business magazine.

Related links:
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40   Recipient in 2005
Bruce F. Murray Family Foundation   Family-founded charitable organization
CPIA   Former board chairman, 2006-2008
Atlantic Canada's Top 50 CEOs   Three years running
CPISTF   Current trustee of scholarship board

Bruce Berry
President & CEO
Winnipeg, MB

With 2009 sales of US$506 million, Berry focuses on the development of materials and machines primarily used for perishable foods, beverages and in health care.

Related links:
TSX  stock information
Winpak structure   Nine business units


Curwin Friesen
President & CEO
Altona, AB

Currently serving as CPIA’s Director-at-large, Friesen also runs an employee-owned book manufacturer that is 103-years old and a perennial Benny Award winner.

Related links:
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40   Recipient in 2004
Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies  Past winner
CPIA   Current director-at-large
Top 50 Alumni of Past 50 Years   University of Waterloo, 2007
Premier Print Awards   Multiple past winner (The Bennys)

Jay Mandarino
C.J. Graphics
Toronto, ON

Arguably Ontario’s most-visible commercial printer, Mandarino has won over 6,500 awards, including three 2010 Bennys, while dedicating enormous time to charitable work.

Related links:
C.J. Skateboard Park & School   Company-founded charitable organization
JB Auction Services    Self-founded Charitable organization
Applied Arts Awards   Perennial winner
Premier Print Awards   Current and past winner (The Bennys)
International Gallery of Superb Printing   Perennial winner

Ralph Misale
Chief Operating Officer
Eclipse Imaging
Burlington, ON

Purchasing Eclipse from U.S.-based Adams Outdoor in 2010, Misale, with business partner Grant Malcolm, now leads a 70,000-square-foot plant dedicated to large-format.

Related links:
Eclipse production strength
Eclipse project portfolio
Canadian ownership

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