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Close to 325 people, including students and prospective employers, yesterday came to Ryerson University’s annual Job Fair for the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM). The 69 participating companies looking for employees primarily are based in Greater Toronto, but last night’s Job Fair also included two firms from Vancouver, and one each from Buffalo, Ottawa and Guelph.

The five-hour event was held in The Coca Cola Court of Toronto’s Mattamy Centre, formerly the Maple Leafs Gardens before it was reopened in 2012 to serve as Ryerson’s athletic complex. The GCM Job Fair, which began in the late-1980s, is now run in a speed-networking format where graduating students and potential interns spend 10 minutes interviewing with prospective employers before moving on to a new table at the sound of a gong.

Based on a curriculum change two years ago, GCM students can now specialize in specific areas like packaging or publishing in the final two years or their four-year degree program. Students can also now complete minors in areas like business, human resources, or professional communications. “For the employers here tonight this is wonderful, because they are now really going to be able to see what the students have chosen to specialize in and see if that really fits what their needs are,” says Gillian Mothersill, who is serving as Acting Chair of Ryerson GCM, while Ian Baitz is on sabbatical for the current school term.

The students sign up ahead of time and companies register in advance of the Job Fair to let GCM administrators and event organizers Taras Karpiuk, Marietta Canlas and Tannisha Lambert know what positions are available. A list of student names is then placed on a designated table for each company to know who they will be interviewing. “Many of the companies who are here tonight are looking for two or three, and in some cases four, employees,” Mothersill explains. “We have some companies here who have two tables because they are interviewing for more than one position."

Among the 67 GCM graduating students and 130 interns who participated last night, companies will typically have 12 graduates and 12 interns to interview during the Job Fair. Graduating students participate in the first 2-hour session, followed by dinner, before the evening concludes with a 2-hour session for intern interviews.

“The internship program is strong and many fourth-year students already have an inkling around where they would like to work, because they would like to go back to their internship employer,” Mothersill says. “One internship employer told me years ago that internship is like a four-month job interview, ‘We get a chance to look at the student and they get a chance to look at us to see if it is a good fit.’”

GCM’s internship program led by Diana Varma requires third-year students to amass 420 hours of employment in the industry and currently has 154 participants. The internship program allows students to complete work hours in September, when printing companies typically have a larger workload and some students are returning from their hometowns. “Sometimes there are companies that do not come to Job Fair, so they call the school or email us after the fact, ” Mothersill says.

Ryerson’s GCM program continues to grow in enrollment and currently has 602 full-time students, including around 180 who were admitted into their first year for 2015/2016. Ninety-one students are eligible to graduate GCM this year, including several who have already found employment when the term finishes on May 1. “We are still the only Bachelor’s Degree program of this kind in Canada and one of a few in the world,” Mothersill says, “so we are very pleased with our strength.”
Focused on providing insight about technological innovations coming out of drupa 2016 to the Canadian printing community, PrintAction’s upcoming PrintForum, taking place on June 22 at the Mississauga Convention Centre, is a unique 1-day event that is free to attend with registration.

In addition to a booth-driven exhibition featuring leading Canadian suppliers and distributors, demonstrating and discussing their newest products, PrintForum will consist of at least five distinct conference sessions. The conference sessions currently include three firsthand technology reports from industry leaders attending drupa, taking place just two weeks earlier in Germany, and two sessions focused on how printing company owners, managers and department leads should consider capitial equipment financing and return on investment in today’s low-dollar environment.

Dr. Martin Habekost, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management will present a session called Is It All Digital Now. While at drupa, Habekost plans to investigate the progress of key emerging digital technologies and their potential impact on offset printing. From advances in offset lithography to cutting-edge inkjet and toner production, Habekost will share a unique view on the near future of printing technologies. He will also look at the progress of some of the stars from drupa 2012, including Benny Landa’s Nanography.

PrintAction Editor Jon Robinson will also provide a session focused on his impressions from drupa, primarily looking at the current and near-term position of commercial printing as it relates to innovations from drupa. As Editor of PrintAction for more than 13 years, he will relate how digital technologies are shifting the overall communications market. Robinson will also moderate a panel of Canadian technology leaders in a session called drupa for Canadian Printers. The panel discussion will specifically focus on how innovations, primarily for offset, inkjet and toner production, relate to the current state of the Canadian printing and realistic near-future production opportunities.

Intermixed with these three drupa-tech reports will be two critical sessions describing how commercial printers should consider return on investment and financing. In a session called Capital Investment for Printers, Nick Howard, with more than four decades of experience in capital investment spending specifically within Canadian and global printing markets, will discuss what company owners and managers need to consider when evaluating emerging offset, inkjet and toner technologies for real-world production. With his unique knowledge set, Howard will also discuss how to best position your department or company for Return on Investment, fluctuating exchange rates, and ensuring optimal delivery of technology.

The final session of the day, called Secrets to Access Financing, will be presented by Rob McLean, Vice President of Commercial Banking of BMO Financial Group. McLean will discuss the best methods for printers to obtain financing for their businesses, including your existing business and for future acquisitions. Learn what bankers look for and the secret formulas they use to determine how much money you can borrow to grow your business.

The five conference sessions are free to attend and will run through the day directly beside the exhibition floor at the Mississauga Convention Centre, providing easy access to some of Canada’s leading technology suppliers.

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MET Fine Printers of Vancouver, BC, won Best of Show, Print, in Veritiv’s annual uVU awards competition for its production of Nike’s Young Athlete Book, You Can Even Ask My Dad book, produced on a Man Roland 700 UV press at 240 lpi.

The Award of Excellence for both design and print went to the project Empowering Global Citizenship Book, designed by Circo De Bakuza and printed by Imprimerie l’Empreinte of Laval, Quebec.

The competition, which travels across the country to recognize leading print and design projects produced by Veritiv customers, included four Judges’ Choices awards received by Andora Graphics, Unicom Graphics (2), and Flash Reproductions, in combination with partnering design firms.

The remaining category winners in the uVU Print Categories included: Imagination Ink Ltd. of Regina, SK, for Wide Format; Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, BC, for Brochures (2 awards); C.J. Graphics for Brochures (2 awards); C.J. Graphics for Catalogues; Hemlock Printers for Magazines; Flash Reproductions for Note Cards and Invitations; C.J. Graphics for Note Cards and Invitations; Kallen Printing for Books; Somerset Graphics for Books; MET Fine Printers for Books; Emerson Clarke for Digital; and MET Fine Printers for Packaging.
On June 22, 2016, at the Mississauga Convention Centre, PrintAction magazine will host a unique 1-day conference and exhibition to showcase printing innovations coming out of the drupa tradeshow, taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany, from May 31 to June 10, 2016. The goal of PrintForum, which provides free access to high-end speakers and leading Canadian equipment suppliers, is to relate technological and strategic innovations to Canada’s printing community.

Sydney Stone is the first exhibitor to sign on to the exhibition side of PrintForum to both discuss and showcase advances in digital finishing technologies for Canadian printers. While Sydney Stone will finalize its line-up closer to PrintForum, the company will showcase some of the newest products it has brought to the market, from MOHR cutters and CompuCut-enabled cutters to laser die cutters and the newest booklet making technologies from Duplo and Morgana. Sydney Stone will also be showcasing its MultiLoft paper products and the new Black Soft Touch laminating film.

On the conference side of PrintForum, which is also free to attend, Dr. Martin Habekost, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management will present a session called Is It All Digital Now? Habekost will report on his findings from drupa, where he plans to investigate the progress of key emerging digital technologies and their potential impact on offset printing.

Nick Howard, President, Howard Graphic Equipment, with more than four decades of experience in capital investment spending specifically within the printing industry, will discuss what company managers and department heads need to consider when evaluating emerging offset, inkjet and toner technologies for real-world production. With his unique knowledge set, Howard will also discuss how to best position your company for Return on Investment, fluctuating exchange rates, and ensuring optimal delivery of technology.

In a session called Secrets to Access Financing, Rob McLean, Vice President of Commercial Banking of BMO Financial Group, will describe the best methods for printers to obtain financing for their businesses, including existing operations and for future acquisitions. He will illustrate what bankers look for and the secret formulas they use to determine how much money you can borrow to grow your business.

In a panel session called drupa for Canadian Printers, leaders from Pesda-member companies will openly discuss how drupa innovations, primarily for offset, inkjet and toner production, relate to the current state of  Canadian printing and realistic near-future production opportunities. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jon Robinson, Editor of PrintAction magazine, who will also present a session about his impressions from drupa.

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The annual holiday open house and fundraiser held by C.J. Graphics raised more than $19,000 through a live auction and another $2,000 in cash donations came in for the Daily Bread Food Bank, which received an additional 1,500 pounds of food from attendees of the event.

Throughout the night, C.J. Graphics reports more than 1,500 guests attended the annual holiday party, from which the $19,000 auction funds will be put toward the special-needs programs provided by the C.J. Skateboard Park & School. Jay Mandarino, Founder & CEO of C.J. Graphics, once again served as the fundraising auctioneer, while former Toronto Argonaut Michael Pinball Clemons was in attendance with his wife, Dianne, and assisted with the auction.

Volunteers from the Daily Bread Food Bank were also on hand to help with the food and fundraising drive that continued through the night.
A pictorial report from the 10th annual Canadian Printing Awards held in Toronto on November 12 to recognize four industry leaders and some of the world’s best printing in a range of categories.

The gala evening, hosted by Steve Paikin, anchor of TVO’s The Agenda, was attended by more than 220 members of the North American printing industry. Sponsors of the 10th annual event included Veritiv, Sun Chemical, MK Masterwork USA, Koenig & Bauer Group, Canon, Manroland, Hewlett Packard, Huber Group Canada, Domtar, Spicers, Heidelberg, and Fujifilm.

Photography by Donna Santos (
Hugh Cameron, a long-time supporter of Mohawk students, was recognized last week for his leadership in building one of the most-advanced digital printing labs at any college in Canada.

More than 200 students in Mohawk’s three-year Advanced Diploma Graphic Design program train at Mohawk lab where they learn how to turn digital designs into finished products and packaging, including business cards, saddle stitched and perfect bound books, pads, posters, banners, clothing and a wide variety of other specialized print and packaging design products.

The newly named Hugh Cameron Digital Print Learning Centre includes a Kongsberg XL22 cutting table, a Roland 64-inch large format inkjet system, a Xerox 800 press, UV coater and die cutter. Mohawk’s Digital Print Learning Centre officially opened in February 2012 with support from Xerox Canada, Bell Howell, Esko Graphics and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation of Canada.

“Mohawk College is proud to recognize Hugh Cameron for his generous and continuing support of students in our Graphic Design program,” said Ron McKerlie, President of Mohawk College. “Hugh has been instrumental in securing the most advanced digital print and finishing equipment available at any college in Canada.”

Cameron is the Chairman of Retail Ready Packages Inc. and President of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation of Canada. He has secured more than $750,000 worth of equipment and funding for student scholarships and bursaries.

Cameron began his career in the packaging industry in 1951, working for companies including Belkin Packaging, Ace Containers Limited, Crown Zellerbach and Bathurst Containers before launching his own business in 1968.
Agfa Graphics won all three Product of the Year Awards in the UV Category at SGIA Expo recently held in Atlanta, including for two systems built in Mississauga, Ont. A total of 141 entries in 38 product categories were submitted for this competition. Prints were judged on overall colour appeal, tonality, image detail, objective colour matching and grayscale colour cast.

The new Anapurna M2540i won in the UV Flatbed ($100-200k) category, while the Canadian-built Jeti Mira won in the UV Flatbed ($200-500k) category and Jeti Tauro won top honours in the UV Hybrid/Flatbed High Volume Production Class category.

“This recognition means a great deal to the entire global Agfa Graphics team,” said Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics, North America. “The competition validates the hard work and precision behind these inkjet systems.”
The Jeti Tauro is a UV hybrid system positioned for the higher end of the sign and display market with print speeds up to 2960 f2/hour (275 m2/hr). The system is designed to withstand heavy workloads (24/7, multiple shifts) and prints up to 2.5 metre wide on rigid or roll media with six colour plus white or primer options.

The Jeti Mira is also built for heavy industrial workloads. Its print-and-prepare mode on the double bed model allows non-stop printing, allowing PSPs to load the front while the back is printing for added productivity. The Mira has six colour plus white with optional varnish and primer and is available in two bed sizes (8.8 x 5.24 feet or 8.8 x 10.5 feet)

The Anapurna M2540i FB is a six-colour plus white, 100-inch (2.54 metre) UV-curable flatbed inkjet printer which prints at speeds up to 1000 f2/hour (93 m2/hr). It is designed for step-and-repeat work and for printing multiple jobs on different sized media.

Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program handed out dozens of awards to the school’ top students last Thursday night in downtown Toronto, recognizing excellence in a range of educational disciplines from packaging and printing to business development and school participation.

The 2015 GCM Awards Night once again showcased the close relationship between the printing program and industry with several awards bearing the name of printing companies, associations, suppliers, and individual printing leaders. With more than 180 new students entering the GCM program this year, Ryerson continues to serve as one of North America's brightest conduits for the printing and imaging fields.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2015, PrintAction’s Canadian Printing Awards program is designed to recognize printing innovation through three distinct awards sections, including: 23 Quality Printing categories, five Environmental Printing categories, and four individual Industry Achievement winners.

PrintAction last week announced its 2015 Industry Achievement recipients, including: Hemlock’s Dick Kouwenhoven, who is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; C.J. Graphics’ Jay Mandarino, Printing Leader of the Year; ampersand’s Damian McDonald, Emerging Leader of the Year; and MET Fine Printers’ Scott Gray, Community Leader of the Year

Vying for Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, the finalists in this year’s Quality and Environmental Printing categories, who will be recognized at Toronto’s November 12 gala at The Grand Luxe with host Steve Paikin, include:

Artcraft Label
ASL Print FX
C.J. Graphics
Colour Innovations
Friesens Corp.
Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging
Hemlock Printers
Honeycomb Mailing Services
HP Canada
Impart Litho
Jones Packaging
MET Fine Printers
Pacific Bindery Services
PDI Integrated Print Solutions
Priority Printing
Promoflex International
RP Graphics Group
St. Joseph Communications
Simpson Print
Skylar Media
Somerset Graphics
The Lowe-Martin Group
Think 4D

Five students from Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program participated in Esko’s recent Honours Class in Flexible Packaging held at Artevelde University College Ghent in Belgium.

“Esko invited students outside of the Artevelde University this year. Ryerson University was the only participant from North America and represented five of the 20 students who participated,” explained Ian Baitz, Chair of Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program. “They received university credits, participated in plant tours, and were taught by Esko engineers and instructors who are experts in their solutions.

“Students were able to focus for two full weeks on the content of the course, and nothing else,” continued Baitz. “There were 80 hours of classroom time which, in terms of Ryerson, represented two full semester courses.”

The five third-year students from Ryerson GCM received both a theoretical and practical education that included real-life situations, explained Esko, allowing them to experience the complete packaging development process from design concept to ready-to-print flexo plates. The students also visited flexible packaging printer Segers & Belcaen, folding carton packaging printer Du Caju, and flexo service provider Athena Graphics.

“We know that all of the students who attended our program have a very good educational and technical foundation due to the high quality of the classes,” said Jan De Roeck, Director of Solutions Management at Esko. “We are very excited to add our industry expertise to this high quality education program.”

Baitz explains the participating GCM students received significant course work assignments months before the two-week course in Belgium. A post-course assignment was also required.

“The nice thing about this Honours Class was that it combined all of the information we had already received from school, and we gained a more in-depth understanding of Esko’s products and software,” said GCM student Amy Nhan. “I thought there was very good communication between the students and Esko. It opened doors, developed cooperation with other schools and students, and offered new contacts."

Miss the Graphics Canada show this spring? See what some of the leading vendors had in store to visitors to their booths in these sponsored booth profiles.

Printing industry executives from across Québec gathered at the Montreal Science Centre in mid-May to recognize some of Canada’s best print at the 33rd annual Gutenberg Gala. The printing program and competition, organized by the Institut des communications graphiques et de l’imprimabilité, is juried by an independent committee.
"This year, the committee was given the mandate to carry forward the Gala across Quebec, and I am pleased that several companies have answered the call. The contest pushes the boundaries of each, and responding to the challenges raised by the talent and creativity of companies, communication agencies and print buyers of Quebec, regardless of company size,” said André Goyette, CEO, Imprimerie Contact Netpak-Division and Chairman of Gutenberg 2015 Committee.

Goyette continues to point to the growth in display graphics and packaging submissions and this year’s introduction of flexography as a category. “Interest in the contest and the gala continues to grow, and we are very pleased,” he said. Fifteen awards were presented at the Gutenberg Gala, including:

(More photos from the gala are available at


Category: Display
Project: Display Berlingot Natrel
Printer: TC Transcontinental Quebec

Category: Customer Marketing Innovation Challenge Category
Project: Perrywinkle's ring
Printer: Au Point Reprotech

Category: Marketing, Self-promotion
Project: Still Spining thesis After All years
Printer: TC Transcontinental Direct Acme-Ross Ellis

Category: Edition (publishing)
Project: Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Souvenir Programme
Printer: L’Empreinte

Category: Packaging
Project: EPICA Retrospect 10th anniversary
Printer: TC Transcontinental Direct Acme-Ross Ellis

Category: Finishing
Project: Le Grand Soir 2014
Printer: Stylex 3D


Category: Display
Project: Wall Austin Abia
Printer: Photogram Technologies Inc.

Category: Marketing, Self-promotion
Project: Hot, Cool and Sexy
Printer: LithoChic

Category: Marketing Client
Project: Zeni Spa
Printer: Imprimerie FL Chicoine

Category: Edition, Newspapers
Project: First Edition-The City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Printer: VIVA-Mé

Category: Edition, Book
Project: Empowering Global citizenship
Printer: L’Empreinte

Category: Edition, Magazine
Project: Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles Love
Printer: PDI Integrated Printing Solutions

Category: Finishing
Project: Foil FX selector (2nd edition)
Printer: Gravure Choquet

Category: Label
Project: Aux Champs d'Elise
Printer: Imprimerie Ste-Julie

Category: Packaging
Project: Box BA, Midnight Romance, L'Oréal
Printer: PDI Integrated Printing Solutions
It is now a tradition of the RyeTAGA student chapter to attend the annual technical conference of TAGA to compete against students from other universities for the Helmut Kipphan Cup, which is a recognition for the best student produced and written journal. The RyeTAGA chapter came to the conference as the winner of last year's competition and defender of the Cup.

Over the past two semesters the student group spent many hours planning the journal. This includes selecting the student research papers that will make up the content of the journal. The creative director of the group, Harleen Singh, spent countless hours in coming up with the design, typesetting, recreation of graphs and designing the metallic chapter divider pages.

The group also held several fundraising events during the semesters, so that the group can attend the conference. Various university funding opportunities were explored and the group was successful in securing funds from P-FACS, the RCDS (Ryerson Creative and Design Society), and the  student project grant from the Dean's office of the Faculty of Communication and Design. Industry partners like Colour Innovations, the Crafstsmen Club, MI5, Spicers, PrintAction and others supported the groups with money or materials or use of equipment.

At the conference student groups from 6 other universities displayed their journals and answered questions from conference attendees with regard to the production of the journal. The TAGA board of directors judged the journals, while the conference attendees could vote also for their journal of choice. The results of all the competition taking place for the RyeTAGA student group were very impressive. This year, the RyeTAGA won the following awards:

- Harvey Levenson award for the best undergraduate research paper. The paper was written by Alex Chheun and Amy Nguyen and evaluated the colour stability of the Xerox 700 for short and longer runs;
- Attendees Choice Award for the best student journals; and
- Helmut Kipphan Cup for the best student journal.

Winning the cup two years in a row has never been done before by the RyeTAGA student group! Again the students would like to thank everyone that supported them in producing this journal and making the travel to the conference possible. More information about the student group can be found at
On May 5, PrintAction magazine hosted around 30 printing technicians and operational managers, as well some of the world’s leading colour management experts at a daylong event – five sessions – focused on colour management, as part of its PrintAction Education Series.

William Li, Kodak’s Colour Technology Manager, began the morning with a keynote about the globalization of colour and the growing importance of standardization. Li described the growing momentum behind the new M-measurement protocols for measuring and viewing print according to various light conditions. He also touched on the growth in extended gamut printing.

Li spent time describing several of the more prominent technical growth areas in colour management, including the ongoing development of GRACoL Plus for reaching wider gamut and the new iccMAX initiative from the International Colour Consortium. After addressing the conflicting growth of G7 in North America and FOGRA in Europe, Li also discussed the critical need for Canada to become active in the TW130 program to have input in the direction of global standards relating to colour management.

In Session 2, Angus Pady of Toronto-based, described some of the more important tools printers should embrace for colour management. He emphasized how printers should be doing what they can to take advantage of – and gather – all of the available data for colour management.

Pady ran through a range of useful software programs printers can use for analyzing the data, with an emphasis on recording colour curves. He stressed the importance of adopting colour servers for effective colour management.

Abhay Sharma, a world-leading expert in colour management with Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program, then teamed up with David Brenner of X-Rite to delve deeper into the new M measurement modes for printing. They focused on how the new M1 mode now accounts for the use of UV light, which has been traditionally cut out of calculations because it could not be properly measured.

While the UV-cut measurement is accounted for in M2, the M1 standard is able to account for the growing use of Optical Brightening Agents in papers. Brenner described how the M standards are be accounted for in new measurement systems like X-Rite’s eXact system, which can flip between UV and non-UV readings.

Session 4 of the day sparked a lot of discussion among attendees as speaker Peter Hedgecock, Business Improvement Consultant with Leapover Consulting Inc., described some of the potential pitfalls of G7, based on his own experiences during a recent implementation of G7 Certification. Leveraging his experience in continuous improvement and as Canada’s first liaison for the SWOP working group, Hedgecock focused on why achieving grey balance is far from a proper definition of quality printing in offset printing, primarily relating to the adjustment of CTP curves.

Peter Aston of Heidelberg Canada wrapped up the daylong Colour of Printing event with an interesting session called Profit and Success with Colour Management. Aston provided attendees with hard data points to describe the importance and capability to optimize a range of processes between prepress and press to realize effective colour management.

Aston, again using data from dozens of tracked printing company, related how such optimization can lead to enormous reductions in waste and increases in productivity. Aston also used a handful of case studies to describe how specific printing companies achieved enormous spikes in productivity.

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