Industry Events
Leaders from the Canadian printing industry discuss the benefits of participating in what has become the community’s premiere annual networking event, where printers and suppliers from across the country celebrate business achievement.

On Thursday, November 13, Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management held its annual awards night. Over 150 people including students, parents, friends and industry representative came to see the large number of students that had won scholarships and were recognized for their academic success.

The Deans' list, which requires a GPA 0f 3.67 for the previous academic year, was 47 names long. This is an impressive list. In total close the $89,000 in awards and scholarships were handed out to 67 students. A bit more than half that amount came from the CPISTF or Canadian Industry Scholarship Trust Fund. Student Samantha Tully received $5,000 from CPISTF for the highest incoming high school grade point average. It was a very nice evening and a few students went home with multiple awards.

Last night in Greater Toronto, 245 people attended the sold-out 9th annual Canadian Printing Awards to celebrate world-class printing, as well as environmental leadership and four inspiring print leaders in Peter Cober, Nikos Kallas, Don Gain and Carl Pauptit.

The evening began by recognizing the influence of Carl Pauptit with the John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award. Pauptit founded Etobicoke’s Flash Reproductions 45 years ago and continued to drive commercial-printing excellence into the Toronto market, as the industry made huge transformations from letterpress to offset litho to digital prepress. Pauptit retired in 2009 when his son, Rich Pauptit, became President of the company.

PrintAction’s second Industry Achievement Award was presented to Don Gain as the Printing Community Leader of the Year. Gain, President of Harmony Printing, was primarily recognized for his work with the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF). He has been on the board of CPISTF for 12 years and served as its Chair for the last nine years.

In its most recent year, CPISTF awarded $52,500 in scholarships across Canada to post-secondary printing students. CPISTF was initiated in 1971 and has since generated over a $1 million in funding. Gain was also instrumental in establishing the dedicated downtown Toronto building for Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program, for which he continues to serve on the Advisory Board.

Nikos Kallas, age 34, received PrintAction’s Emerging Leader of the Year Award. He became President of Vancouver’s MET Fine Printers in January 2011, succeeding his father, George, who founded the company in 1977. Nikos Kallas, who previously served as MET’s Business Development Manager, has lead key new initiatives such as MET Resources, to push the company beyond its world-class lithography, as well as MET FX research and development. He sits on an advisory board for the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s graphic communications program and plays a key role in MET’s carbon-neutral production and important community initiatives like CANstruction Vancouver.

The 2014 Printing Industry leader of the Year Award was presented to Peter Cober, President of Cober Evolving Solutions (CES) in Kitchener, Ontario. In late-2013, CES installed Canada’s first HP Indigo 10000 press; and just a few of weeks ago, the country’s first Indigo 7800. Upwards of 90 percent of work reaching the HP Indigos is driven through Web-to-print portals.

In 2012, Cober Evolving Solutions, after a branding transition away from its historic 1916 Cober Printing name, moved into a new 86,000-square-foot facility in Kitchener, home to more than 120 employees. In February 2014, Cober continued its expansion with the purchase of Kempenfelt Graphics and in January 2014 added a five-year-old design agency called CuteGecko primarily because of its expertise in social-media.

The Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company awards, on which the Canadian Printing Awards program was founded, went to: Gold, Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, BC; Silver, The Lowe-Martin Group of Ottawa, ON; and Bronze, Symcor ISS of Mississauga, ON.

The Canadian Printing Awards gala concluded by presenting the Best of Show Award to The Lowe-Martin Group for its production of Canada Post’s Haunted Canada Stamp Booklet (400,000 produced). This project was chosen from more than 230 entries, which vied for Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in the program’s Quality Printing categories. Below are the Gold Award winners (a complete list will be provided in the January 2015 issue of PrintAction magazine):

Canadian Printing Awards Gold Winners

Self Promotion, printing company
Rhino Print Solutions, Discover the Possibilities

MET Fine Printers, RATIO Stationery Package

Business Cards
Somerset Graphics, Y Creative Card

Brochures & Booklets, offset (1 to 3 colours)
C.J. Graphics, Centric Mining Systems Brochure

Brochures & Booklets, offset (4 or more colours)
Hemlock Printers, Citti Brochure
PDI, Love Souvenir Programme

Brochures & Booklets, digital
Hemlock Printers, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Invitation

Books, offset, hardcover
Friesens, UP North

Books, offset, softcover
The Lowe-Martin Group, Dr. Soanes’ Odditorium of Wonders

Finishing, offset
Somerset Graphics, FWD Condominiums brochure

Finishing, digital
MET Fine Printers, Nike Running Journal

Books, digital
Hemlock Printers, Roberta Marks

Business & Annual Reports
Hemlock Printers, Teck Annual Report

Direct Mail
C.J. Graphics, One Windermere, Don’t Be Beige
St. Joseph Communications, Kelsey’s Don't Worry, Eat Happy

Colour Innovations, NUVO Magazine Autumn 2014

Friesens, Friesens Engagement Calendar

Hemlock Printers, International Viewbook

Web Offset Printing
St. Joseph Communications, Audi Magazine, February 2014

Flexible Packaging
Spectrol, Snow Fox Vodka

Rigid Packaging
The Lowe-Martin Group, Butterflies of Canada #2

Boxboard & Folding Carton
Jones Packaging, Advil Cold & Sinus Convenience Pack

Labels, offset
The Lowe-Martin Group, Haunted Canada Stamp Booklet

Labels, flexography or gravure
Jones Packaging, Forty Creek Copper Pot Face Label
Artcraft Label, Redstone Chardonnay

Labels, digital
Simpson Print, President’s Choice See Through Window Label

Specialty Project
MET Fine Printers, Vancouver House

Cross Media Project
The Lowe-Martin Group, Rock Stars Promotion

Specialty Effects
MET Fine Printers, Concord Premium Estates & Estate Suites Books

Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project
C.J. Graphics, Until the Last Child

At the 9th annual Canadian Printing Awards gala, taking place on November 6th in Toronto, more than 200 people will help celebrate the achievements of four key leaders who help shape the domestic printing industry.

PrintAction magazine will present Peter Cober, President of Cober Evolving Solutions in Kitchener, Ontario, with the 2014 Printing Leader of the Year Award. As with last year’s winner, RP Graphics’ George Mazzeferro, this award is presented to an inspiring leader in Canada’s printing industry who has both an excellent track record in business and has also demonstrated innovation and strategy to move the industry forward.

Carl Pauptit, Founder of Toronto’s Flash Reproductions, will receive the PrintAction Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant and pioneering contributions to the Canadian printing industry over his career.

At just 34 years of age, Nikos Kallas, President of Vancouver’s MET Fine Printers, leads one of North America’s most inspiring companies continually pushing the boundaries of printing innovation in terms of technology and strategy. Kallas will receive the Emerging Leader of the Year Award, presented annually to an industry leader under the age of 35.

Don Gain is to receive the Community Leader of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual whose community development has a positive and lasting effect on the Canadian printing industry. In addition to his role as President of Toronto’s Harmony Printing, and countless contributions to industry associations, Gain is the long-standing Chairman of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund, which fosters the vital development of printing careers in Canada.

Heather Hiscox of CBC News Now will host the 9th annual Canadian Printing Awards gala on November 6th at the Toscana Conference Centre in Vaughan, Ontario. Early bird pricing for corporate tables and individual tickets is available until October 24 at

Organizers of Graphics Canada announced several key technology suppliers have committed to exhibiting at next year’s trade show, running from April 16 to 18 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Show Director Dan Mustata reports more than 70 percent of the three exhibit halls to be used for Graphics Canada are already filled out. Some of the confirmed 2015 exhibitors include Canon, Konica Minolta, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Heidelberg, Epson, GBC, Sydney Stone, Ernest Green, KIP, Grimco (formerly Proveer), Access Imaging, Mutoh and Therm-O-Type, among others.

“Graphics Canada will also continue its strong education program with several collocated conferences being planned,” said Mustata. Currently, including collocated conferences, education programs at Graphics Canada are to focus on topics like printing software, integrated media, labels and flexography, wide format, digital and specialty graphics, and paper and ink. Mustata is also planning for the return of the Printing Sales Training Days and Print Executive Forum with expanded programs.

PrintAction magazine has signed on to produce the Official Show Guide for the three-day event.

Eighteen printing-industry leaders are to come together in late-September to determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, as well as Best of Show, in the 9th annual Canadian Printing Awards program.

Entry deadline for the 2014 program is Thursday, September 18.

Among the 18-member judging panel (listed below) for this year’s Canadian Printing Awards (CPAs), seven of the judges are returning for at least their third year. The panel was expanded by six members this year to handle the program’s continuing increase in entries and to also better evaluate new and expanded categories.

New categories for 2014 include Specialty Project, Cross Media Project and Specialty Effects, while the program also features expanded categories for processes like digital printing, wide-format, web offset, flexible and rigid packaging, and environmentally progressive printing.

CPAs judging is a blind process in which each panel member initially works independently to determine a score for a range of submissions per category. The score is based on four pieces of criteria: Design & Effectiveness, Production Challenge, Printing Defects and Overall Quality.

PrintAction then average the judges' scores to determine Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each category, awarding multiple winners when final scores are within a specific tolerance. The judging panel then votes on the Best of Show Award from each judge’s top selections.

The Canadian Printing Awards gala takes place on November 6, 2014, at the Toscana Conference Centre, Hilton Garden Inn, Vaughan, ON. To purchase tickets to the event, visit

2014 Canadian Printing Awards Judging Panel

Walter Chmura, KBA North America
Chris Connor, Xerox Canada
Ray Fagan, Heidelberg Canada
Martin Habekost, Ryerson University
Nick Howard, Howard Graphic Equipment
Danny Ionescu, HP Canada
Tony Karg, Ricoh Canada
Al Kershaw, The Print Wizard
Mircea Petrescu, Myrpress Consulting
Ron Schroder, Canadian Flexographic Technical Association
Abhay Sharma, Ryerson University
Bob Skoze, Autumn Graphics
Sean Springett, Manroland Sheetfed Canada
Marc Raad, Esko
Steve Ranson, K-North Services
Abhay Sharma, Ryerson University
Mark Thomas, Unigraph International
Emily Wong, Ryerson University

A panel of industry experts have determined the Must See 'Ems Winners for Graph Expo 2014 and the co-located CPP EXPO show, taking place from September 28 to October 1 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

The Must See 'Ems Winners are determined from exhibitor submitted technologies based on a $250 entry fee. The technologies, which must be shown at the tradeshow for consideration, are divided by the following 11 categories (by company, product):

Sales and Order Entry
EFI, CRM for Monarch
EFI, IQuote
Rochester Software Associates, WebCRD

Prepress and Premedia
EFI, Fiery proServer for Cretaprint Version 1.4
Enfocus, Switch 12, Update 2
Hybrid Software, PACKZ 2.0
MetaCommunications, Workgroups DaVinci 2015

Color Management and Quality Control
CGS Publishing Technologies, ORIS CxF
EFI, Fiery Color Profiler Suite v4.6, Express Profiler
Lake Image Systems, Discovery Enterprise

Variable, Transactional and Multi-Channel
PTI Marketing Technologies, MarcomCentral
Ricoh, 1to1Create Marketing Services
Transformations, Uluro uCampaign
Xerox, XMPie PersonalEffect Version 7.0

Pressroom, Analog Presses
Air Motion Systems, AMS UV, LED UV, XP7 Series for Sheetfed Offset
Goss International, Magnum Compact Press
Ryobi MHI, 925 LED-UV 5-colour press
- Two additional winners in this category are currently under NDA

Pressroom, Digital Presses
Hewlett-Packard, Indigo 30000 Digital Press
Hewlett-Packard, Indigo 7800 Digital Press
MGI USA, Meteor DP8700 XL+
Xerox, Metallic Gold and Silver Specialty Dry Inks for 800/1000 presses

Pressroom, Wide-Format
Canon, Océ Arizona 6100
EFI, H1625 LED Printer
EFI, VUTEk GS2000LX Pro with UltraDrop Technology
EFI, VUTEk HS100 Pro UV, Material Edge Guide (MEG) system

Postpress and In-line Finishing
MBO America, Variable Book Production System
MGI USA, JETvarnish 3D "T2"
Scodix, Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press
Standard Horizon, RD-4055 Rotary Die Cutter

Imprinting, Mailing, Shipping and Fulfillment
EFI, Monarch Mailing Module
EFI, SmartLinc
Ricoh, Postal Optimization Solution

Management Systems
Avanti Computer Systems, Slingshot Advanced JDF Framework
EFI, Enterprise Automated Workflow
Ultimate TechnoGraphics, Ultimate Bindery v4
- One additional winner in this category is currently under NDA

The Future of Print
EFI, Digital Embossing
Epson America, Epson SureColor F2000
Highcon Systems, Euclid

A foursome from Fujifilm Canada won the recent best-ball golf tournament presented by the Ontario Printing Industries Association at Angus Glen in Markham, Ontario.

Fujifilm Canada’s team (pictured above) consisted of Phil Hampson, Derek Watt, Domenic Rubino and Peter Spring. The Closest to the Pin contest was won by Mauro Masatti, while Peter Spring won Longest Drive and Bill Davidson won Straightest Drive.

OPIA President Tracey Preston also used the occasion to acknowledge Bob Wood, retired President of G&K Services Canada Inc., for his many years of OPIA support.

Entering its 9th year, the Canadian Printing Awards program continues to provide a platform for printing companies from across the country to showcase some of the world’s most innovative and technically sound print production.

PrintAction magazine has signed on to produce the Official Show Guide for the upcoming Graphics Canada trade show running from April 16 to 18, 2015, at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

“Major suppliers and the industry have reacted with much support and enthusiasm to Graphics Canada's new dates,” says Dan Mustata, Show Manager of Graphics Canada.

The national printing-industry trade show was traditionally held every two years during late-fall in the Greater Toronto Area, but was moved to the spring for 2015.

Graphic Canada’s planned pavilions and industry sections for the 2015 event currently includes the Sign & Wide Format Showcase, PacPrint Canada, Design Zone, Cross Media Canada Conference, the Printing Sales Training Days, and the Paper & Ink Pavilion.

The three-day event will also include a range of equipment demonstrations, seminars, workshops and network opportunities for professionals of Canada's printing industry.

Kodak Graphic Communications Canada in mid-June spent an afternoon at the Rogers Centre in Toronto to highlight its Sonora XP technology, described as a true process-free plate with stability approaching conventional plate technology.

“It is our second-generation process-free plate, our first being Thermal Direct. We did have success with Thermal Direct, but it had limitations and we have eliminated almost all of those barriers,” says Greg Running, National Sales Manager, Kodak Graphic Communications Canada. “[Sonora XP] is now what I would call a conventional process-free offset plate, meaning it is not just for narrow applications.”

Released in Canada a little more than a year ago, Running explains Sonora XP is engineered to run in a range of press environments, from web to sheetfed offset, UV to regular inks, long and short runs. “Over 40 different customers in Canada just in the last year have started up on Sonora XP and that number is continuing to grow weekly,” says Running. There is also a Sonora NEWS version for use on newspaper presses, only differentiated by plate size and packaging.

Running notes Kodak’s long history in material sciences – applying coatings to substrates – as a key reason for Sonora XP’s wide range of use, as well as its environmentally progressive technology. “It is the science behind the emulsion on the plate that allows you to go direct from CTP to on press, and there is zero contamination on press – that is important,” he explains.

The non-ablative, thermal, negative-working Sonora XP plate, Kodak explains, can be imaged without processing chemistry and equipment. With a quality rating of 1-99% @ 200 lpi, the plate – when combined with the proper hardware and software – allows printers to produce FM 20 stochastic work.

Sonora XP is rated to run up to 200,000 impressions with heatset/commercial coldset web presses, 100,000 impressions with sheetfed presses, 50,000 impressions for offset packaging (non UV), and up to 10,000 impressions for UV-ink applications. “Everyone thinks there is nothing exciting happening in plates, but Sonora XP has changed that,” says Running. “We have seen a tremendous response from the industry worldwide.”

More than 70 people attended the Toronto stop of Kodak’s North American Sonora XP Plate Roadshow on June 10. Peter Cober, President of Cober Evolving Solutions in Kitchener, Ontario, spoke about his company’s shift to Sonora XP plates. Following the program, customers joined Kodak and Spicers Canada for the Blue Jays game – a 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The team of Steve Thompson, Kevin Rice, Glen Kimber and Mike Bell from Heidelberg Canada posted the lowest overall score to take first place at the annual IAPHC Toronto Craftsmen golf tournament.

Proceeds from the IAPHC Toronto golf tournament, held this year at Wooden Sticks in Uxbridge on June 25, are used to support the organization’s annual scholarship awards.

Last year, 12 students focused on developing a career in graphic communications at secondary and post-secondary schools received funding for their education via the IAPHC Toronto Craftsmen. This included eight students with the highest grade point averages in their respective programs, who received the Chai Tse Award named after a Ryerson student who passed away nearly 10 years ago.

The IAPHC Toronto organization will be celebrating its 40th annual awards program this coming year.

Sydney Stone completed its Southern Ontario demonstration tour, called Equip 2014, highlighting new short-run finishing technologies in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The equipment tour began back on March 6 with an event in Hamilton.

The June 10 event in Richmond Hill featured EBA’s recently released cutting systems, including the 5560, 5255 and 6660. EBA has reengineered its cutting line providing features like pneumatic operation, ergonomic paddle controls, IR light beam guides, and new touchscreen control. Sydney Stone has been a Canadian exclusive distributor of EBA since 1982.

The new generation of EBA cutters are also available with larger cutting widths to accommodate the increase of larger format toner systems, with the ability to handle 14 x 20 and 14 x 12 inch sized sheets.

A day before the Richmond Hill event, Sydney Stone announced it would begin distributing the new Duplo DC-616 system for slitting, cutting, creasing and perforating primarily short-run toner work. The DC-616 can run 24-up business cards on a sheet based on a new design that positions the trimmer near the end of the unit. It can process up to six slits, 25 cuts, and 20 creases in a single pass.

Two models are available, including the basic version and the DC-616 PRO which comes standard with PC controller software and PC Pole Mount for easy job setup, CCD scanner to read barcodes and registration marks, ultrasonic double feed detection, and a perforating unit.

During Equip 2014, Sydney Stone also demonstrated the recently released (July 2013) Watkiss PowerSquare 224 booklet maker. It is rated to produce stitched square-back books of up to 224 pages thick, as well as the double-sided Matrix 530 laminator, which allows users to apply heavy pressure to the sheet. Sydney Stone featured around 20 technologies at its events, including Morgana creasing and folding systems.

The Canadian Printing Awards program, entering its 9th year, is now open for submissions across 33 categories, including three completely new printing categories: Special Project, Special Effects and Cross Media Project.

The new Specialty Project category is designed to reflect the growing use of marketing campaigns that are comprised of at least two distinct printing components, in addition to supporting materials, containers or unique pieces. As its name suggests, the Cross Media Project category reflects any campaign tying together print and digital communications, such as Augmented Reality, Email, Near Field Communications, QR Codes or other online/digital applications. Finally, the new Special Effects category relates to a printing project leveraging the extraordinary use of inks or coatings beyond four process colours.

In addition to these new categories, PrintAction has also expanded some of the most popular Canadian Printing Awards categories, including Brochures & Booklets, Books, Labels and Packaging to account for production by different printing processes. The program's entry deadline is set for September 18, 2014.

Tracing back to its roots, the 2014 Canadian Printing Awards continue to highlight environmentally progressive printers and suppliers. PrintAction magazine will also name its 2014 Industry Achievement winners in the Printing Leader of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year (Under 35), Lifetime Achievement Award and Community Leader of the Year.

The awards gala is to take place on November 6, 2014, at the Toscana Conference Centre of the Hilton Garden Inn in Vaughan, Ontario. CBC News network personality Heather Hiscox returns as the gala’s host. She is a three-time Gemini nominee as Best Host and Best News Anchor.

For complete details of categories, entry forms please visit the Canadian Printing Awards Website.

Six Canadian printing operations took home medals from the 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards program presented by the Flexographic Technical Association. Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School of Mississauga also picked up a medal in the Student flexo competition.

Just over 100 awards were presented at the recent Flexography Technical Association (FTA) Forum & INFO*FLEX conference held in Baltimore, Maryland, during late April. The four-day event drew more than 1,800 attendees.

In total, the 102 awards were broken out into 38 bronze medals, 34 silver medals and 28 gold medals. Nearly one quarter of the awarded medals, 23 percent, went to entries in the Wide Web category, which received the highest number of submissions, but the Narrow Web category saw the largest number of medals at 27.

Among the Gold Medal winners, six flexographic printing projects were given Best of Show designation (below). The six domestic companies earning medal recognition for their work, includes:

2014 FTA Canadian Medal Winners

Wide Web category
Master Packaging, Dieppe, NB
PolyCello, Amherst, NS  

Mid Web category
Cascades Boxboard, Kingsey Falls, QC

Narrow Web category
Artcraft Label Inc., Burlinton, ON
ASL Print FX, Vaughan, ON

Preprinted Linerboard category
RockTenn Company of Canada, Candiac, QC

Student category
Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, Mississauga, ON

2014 Best of Show Winners

Sunshine FPC
For Seafood Medley In A Ginger Noodle Broth Wrapper

Marvaco Oy Ltd
For Falcon BBQ Wrapper

Cellotape-Landmark Label
For Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs Tonic Alchemy Label

Lewisburg Container Co.
For Boulevard Brewing Co. Pale Ale Box

RockTenn Co.
For Hartz Multi Cat Litter Box

Mac Papers Envelope Converters
For Dish Cinema Multi Sport Pack Envelope

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