The Digital Imaging Association last week focused its regular meeting around a panel of print buyers, sharing their views of the industry and how printers can best work with them.
The hour-long panel discussion, moderated by Bob Weller, Senior Account Representative with Transcontinental Printing, drew in close to 100 graphic communications professionals. The panel touched on a range of topics from pure marketing communications and direct mailing to packaging and corporate purchases, as well as trends in the print buyer’s world, modern services, and the impact of social media on print volume.
Members on the panel included Paul Breadner, Account Executive with SGS Packaging; David Christensen of Chriscom Marketing Communications; Brenda Rusnell of Blakely Inc.; and Jill St. John, Channel Marketing Manager for Konica Minolta Canada.
The next DIA event, scheduled for May 21 (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm) at Konica Minolta’s offices in Mississauga, features Daniel Dejan of Sappi who will discuss how printing companies can leverage Augmented Reality. The DIA is also hosting its annual golf tournament on June 5 at the St. Andrew’s Valley golf course in Aurora. See PrintAction’s events page for more details.
Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen held its 39th annual awards dinner to recognize four regional printers for their Gallery of Superb Printing wins, while also handing out scholarships to top graphic arts students.
The Craftsmen awards dinner was based around both the national and international Gallery of Superb Printing competitions organized by the IAPHC organization to which the Toronto Craftsmen belong.
On the national level, Colour Innovations received the Best of Show award, sponsored by Heidelberg Canada, for its production of The Gates of Chinatown Collection, while C.J. Graphics won Best Use of Ink for Canadian Club Premium project and The Lowe-Martin Group won Best Use of Ink for Air Optix Aqua Leave Behind.
Polytainers Inc., a producer of rigid packaging printed products was the fourth Gallery of Superb Printing winner from the area. C.J. Graphics took home the most combined national and international awards at 107, including 50 Gold, 33 Silver, 20 Bronze and four Honourable Mentions.
The night concluded with Bill Kidd, Educational Chair for the Toronto Craftsmen, presenting awards and scholarship funding to 12 students focused on developing a career in graphic communications at secondary and post-secondary schools. Eight students with the highest grade point averages in their respective programs received the Chai Tse Award, named after a Ryerson student who passed away nearly 10 years ago. The Challenge Award Winners beat out more than 80 project submissions, which doubled last year’s total entries.
Toronto Craftsmen Student Chai Tse Awards
Joel Nash, Centennial College The Centre for Creative Communication
Simon Yan, Central Technical Secondary School
James Waters, George Brown College School of Design
Carly Hoffman, Georgian College Design and Visual Arts
Humaira Imtiyaz, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
Edward Viveiros, Humber College Advertising & Graphic Design
Tabeau Lemcke, Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management
Brian Carvalho, Seneca College School of Creative Arts and Animation
Graphic Challenge Awards
Diondra Filicetti, Ryerson University School of Graphic Management
Runner-up: Aaron Tansil, George Brown College School of Design
Helen Zhou, Central Technical Secondary School
Runner-up, Vishal Monteiro, Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
Canadian Olympian Alex Bilodeau, who won two gold medals in moguls over the two previous Olympic Winter Games, provided a motivational luncheon keynote during last week’s Xeikon Café held in Montreal.
At the Vancouver Games in 2010, Bilodeau became the first Canadian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal on home soil, followed by his Sochi 2014 performance as the first Olympian in history to defend a gold medal in any freestyle skiing event.
Xeikon and its distribution partner Canflexographics Ltd. hosted the daylong event at the Institut des Communications Graphiques et de l’Imprimabilité. After a educational session by Robert Leahey, Associate Director of InfoTrends, two printing company executives leveraging Xeikon presses, Jean-Marie Peters of Label’Or S.A. in Belgium and Mark Tangry of Lake Graphics Label & Sign, described their work with label and packaging projects.
The technical and business presentations throughout the day hit on applications like in-plant pharmaceutical label production, extended booklet labels, highly embellished wine labels, in-mold labels for thin- and thick-walled plastic, promotional heat transfer labels, industrial heat transfer labels, folding carton boxes and carton drinking cups.
Graphics Canada, a national printing-industry tradeshow traditionally held during late-fall in the Greater Toronto Area every two years, is to next take place in the spring of 2015.
“We’re excited to announce April 16 to 18, 2015, as the new dates for Graphics Canada,” stated Dan Mustata, Graphics Canada Show Manager. The three-day event will be held at the International Centre in Mississauga.
Mustata explains the decision to move Graphics Canada to the spring time was based on surveying both exhibitors and attendees, who pointed to concerns about butting up against the raft of printing tradeshows held every fall in the United States, as well as the potential for bad weather in Toronto during late-November.
“Toronto and Graphics Canada can definitely be a more attractive destination especially for visitors from outside the province in spring versus late-November," he said. “The planning has already begun for a great event with a strong focus on new technologies, education, workflow, innovation and the relevant role of print in the marketing mix."
A group of students from Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program, under their RyeTAGA banner, won the coveted Helmut Kipphan Cup after presenting their journal at the 66th annual TAGA conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
The achievement marks the third time in six years that RyeTAGA has been awarded the Kipphan Cup, having also won it in 2010 and 2008. This year, RyeTAGA bettered the always-powerful student team from California Polytechnic State University by a slim margin to take the cup.
Post-secondary printing programs from across North America, as part of a TAGA Student Chapter initiative established in 1985, compete in an annual journal competition hosted at the annual Technical Association of the Graphic Arts conference. In addition to compiling and preparing some of its research, students are involved in every aspect of the journal’s production.
The 2014 RyeTAGA team, led by professor Dr. Martin Habekost, produced 100 percent of their journal in the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program’s dedicated Heidelberg Centre in downtown Toronto. While planning and fundraising began early in the school year, the RyeTAGA team spent most of their winter reading week in March producing the final product to be presented at RyeTAGA.
The inside pages of the 2014 RyeTAGA journal were printed with a Xerox 700 and Heidelberg Quickmaster 46, while the cover was produced by a Heidelberg Printmaster 74. It was then perfect bound on a Muller Martini Amigo system. The journal also features augmented reality directing readers to a series of videos about how it was produced, in addition to interviews of researchers who contributed to the journal.
“It is great for us to wrap up our year with this achievement,” says Faris Abu-Kwiek, a fourth-year GCM student, who served as RyeTAGA’s Multimedia Director. “This journal was a group effort and if it wasn’t for the generous sponsors and all of the help we got from the general members [of RyeTAGA] it would not have been possible.”
Twelve GCM students travelled to Texas for the conference, including nine RyeTAGA executives and four general members. In addition to Abu-Kwiek and Habekost, this year's RyeTAGA executive team includes Co-Presidents Mark Brejnik and Alyssa Szeto; Alina Gula, Fundraising Director; AFM Rupal, Marketing Director; Erin Luu, Creative Director; TakPo Chu, Editorial & Production Director; and Steph Murray, Finance Director.
Sponsors of the 2014 RyeTAGA effort includes Spicers, Wikoff, IAPHC Toronto Craftsmen Club, Graphics Canada, Cascades, RP Graphics and Williamson Print Materials, as well as Ryerson’s P-FACS, Communication and Design Society, Faculty of Communication and Design and the School of Graphic Communications Management.
Teams from Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School in Mississauga placed first and second at the annual Phoenix Challenge International Flexographic Skills Competition.
This year’s competition was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the end of March, and featured 19 teams with two students each from across North America.
The Gordon Graydon team of Martin Jeung and Humaira Imtiyaz placed first in the competition, while the Gordon Graydon team of Luvit Chumber and Vishal Monteiro placed second. Third place went to a duo from Asheville High School, Noah Seidenburg and Andrew Fox.
The 2 1/2-day competition focused on five areas of testing, including: Operating a flexo press, prepress, plate making, written knowledge, and flexo math skills. In addition to receiving medals, a plaque and the Harper Cup for displaying in their school, members of the first place team each receive a $1,000 scholarship. Members of the second place team each receive a $500 scholarship.
In addition to the strong showing by four Gordon Graydon students at this year’s event, Peter Belanger, an instructor for with the school, was recognized for his contributions with Diann Teague Award, named after the founder of the Phoenix Challenge International High School Flexographic Competition.
Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) is ramping up its annual process of helping students find both full-time employment and internship placement within the Canadian printing industry.
GCM has scheduled its annual Job Fair to take place on Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Toronto. Companies from both the commercial-business and technology-supply side of the industry are invited to participate in the event, which is divided into two streams.
The Graduates Job Fair takes place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and the Intern Job Fair goes from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the same location – The Hub (cafeteria), Podium Building, 1st floor at Ryerson University. GCM is the only degree-granting program in Canada focused on printing and imaging, awarding successful students – focused on a both modern technologies and business skills – with a Bachelor of Technology degree.
Job Fair organizers explain, that in addition to graduates seeking full-time employment, interns are normally also looking for full-time work (40 hours per week) from May to August. The graduation requirement for interns is 420 hours of work; however, most students are interested in working for the duration of the summer. The average pay in previous years has been around $16 per hour.
GCM students complete an internship in the summer between third and fourth year, beginning as early as mid-April. In their third year of studies, students are prepared for internships through a series of classes and briefings. A detailed internship manual is provided to students and employers, while a Ryerson GCM Internship Handbook is available online for more clarification before committing to the program.
Printing companies and technology suppliers looking to participate in the Job Fair or to hire an intern are invited to contact Taras Karpiuk, Departmental Assistant (
Companies can also register directly for the Job Fair on a dedicated Website
Sydney Stone announced plans to once again host a series of micro trade shows, called Equip 2014, across Canada, based primarily around the finishing technologies it distributes. The first event is scheduled to take place in Hamilton, Ontario, on March 6, and is to include over 20 pieces of finishing equipment.
In 2013, Sydney Stone introduced its Equip series and visited cities across Ontario, including Barrie, Cambridge, Ottawa, Hamilton and Oshawa. “We want to be as accessible as possible, for our customers to know that we want to be there for them,” said Sydney Stone Sales Director Michael Steele, after the second stop on the 2013 tour. “Not everyone has the time or the ability to travel to a trade show in a major city centre or visit the Sydney Stone show room in Toronto.”
The company demonstrated finishing equipment like the Watkiss Power Square 200 booklet maker and the Matrix 530 laminator, as well as the Gallery Wrap Framing System and Canvas Laminate, which gives paper prints the look and feel of canvas.
Equip Hamilton 2014 on March 6, taking place at the Courtyard Marriott, is to feature several new pieces of technology, including EBA paper cutters (2014 models), a range of Morgana creasing and folding equipment, Matrix Single sided laminators with integrated sheet separator, among other systems. Sydney Stone will also introduce its new Partner Points Program around supplies purchases.
Flash Reproduction and C.J. Graphics produced the top two award-winning projects in the 2013 Unisource Canada Design and Print Excellence Awards, which were celebrated late last week in downtown Toronto.
This was the inaugural Uvu National Design and Print Excellence Awards program, but Unisource Canada – through past programs like the NUARs and ULAs – has a long history of recognizing the combined efforts of design and printing achievement. Entries into the Uvu program, which must have been printed on paper purchased from Unisource Canada in full or in major part between September 2012 and June 2013, were judged in 12 separate categories.
A panel of five independent judges began reviewing the entries in June 2013, including: Sharie Hunter of Western Sky Creative in Calgary; Vida Jurcic of Hangar 18 Creative Group in Vancouver; Fidel Peña of Underline Studio in Toronto; Tara Shaughnessy of Montreal’s McGill University; and Stüssy Tschudin of Forge Media + Design in Toronto.
Flash Reproductions of Etobicoke, Ontario, received one of two Awards of Excellence for its production of We Are Tonic, working with the creative of Blok Design – printed on Neenah Classic Crest, text and cover.
C.J. Graphics Printers & Lithographers, also of Etobicoke, won the second Award of Excellence for its product of Marimekko, With Love, based on creative from Concrete Design Communications. This 96-page plus cover brochure (6 x 8.5 inches) for the Marimekko exhibit in Toronto’s textile museum was printed on Domtar Cougar, text and cover.
The Uvu program also presented five Judge’s Choice Awards, two of which were printed by Flash Reproductions, in addition to Rhino Print Solutions of Richmond, BC, Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, BC, and Somerset Graphics of Mississauga.
In addition to the categories considering design and print together, Unisource Canada also presented awards within a Best of Print category, which included work by Vancouver's MET Fine Printers (two awards), Andora Graphics of Toronto, Mi5 Print & Digital Communications of Markham, Flash Reproductions, and C.J. Graphics.
The remaining Canadian printing companies to produce Uvu award-winning work, by category, include:
Somerset Graphics, Hemlock Printers
Flash Reproductions, Colour Time Printing and Digital Imaging (Vancouver), Somerset Graphics
MET Fine Printers, C.J. Graphics
Catalogues and Books
Moveable (Toronto), Andora Graphics, Kallen Printing (Calgary)
Andora Graphics, Flash Reproductions
DT Print Solutions (Toronto), Flash Reproductions, Andora Graphics
FESPA announced plans today to expand its show floor by 4,000 square metres for its upcoming exhibition in Munich, Germany, May 20 to 23, 2014. Show organizers are describing this event, which primarily focuses on large-format production, as its FESPA Digital event to date.
FESPA has now extended the gross exhibition space to 37,000 square metres, branching into Hall A2. The exhibition is currently already 10 percent larger than the sell-out Hamburg, Germany, event that took place back in 2011. With four months to go until the show, FESPA has the capacity to grow the exhibition by a further 12 percent.
“FESPA Digital 2014 is our biggest Digital event yet and the largest event being delivered in the market in the next four months,” stated FESPA CEO Neil Felton. “This landmark underlines the positive trend towards suppliers taking larger stands to showcase an even wider range of product innovations to FESPA visitors.”
Felton continued to state that FESPA’s 2014 return to Munich follows successful event for FESPA 2013 in London and the organization’s track record of high-performing FESPA events across central Europe. Founded in 1962, FESPA is a global federation of 37 member associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community.
“FESPA Digital Hamburg 2011 was a sell-out show, with all available space being committed by March, two months before opening,” stated Felton. “With FESPA Digital 2014, we reached the same point by the end of 2013, with five months still ahead of us. It’s a very encouraging indicator of the market’s confidence in FESPA, and of the growing optimism in the sector.”
More than 1,500 people in early December attended C.J. Graphics’ annual open house, which raised $19,655 for the C.J. Skateboard Park & School non-profit organization, as well as over $1,600 and 1,500 pounds of food for Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank.
The C.J. Skateboard Park & School, founded by Jay Mandarino, President of C.J. Graphics, is a facility offering year-round supervised skateboarding, as well as lessons, camps and classes to all kids in the community, including those with special needs.
To help raise funds during the open house, Mandarino served as auctioneer for live and silent auctions of around 95 items donated by sponsors and businesses from the area.
The Digital Imaging Association yesterday held its annual holiday luncheon, at The Boulevard Club on Toronto’s lakeshore, featuring a keynote from Andrew Davis, Co-founder of Tippingpoint Labs.
Founded in 2001, Tippingpoint Labs is an agency focused on driving integrated campaigns through the use of varied mediums like video and print. Davis’ presentation was entitled The Future of Digital is Print to provide attendees (including several pictured below) with a new way of looking at combining print, digital and mobile strategies.
Around 300 printers and technology suppliers from across the nation gathered last night at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, to celebrate the best in Canadian printing, environmental implementation, and industry achievement. The eighth annual Canadian Printing Awards, hosted by CBC's Heather Hiscox, saw over 80 awards presented in the evening.
During the evening, PrintAction encouraged attendees to live tweet about their experience at the awards gala. The Twitter log is included below.
PrintAction would like to extend its congratulations to this year’s award recipients as well as thank all parties involved, including the judges, sponsors, attendees and submitters for supporting the Canadian Printing Awards, as well as the student volunteers from Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management program.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the event coming in the January edition of PrintAction Magazine.
John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Awards
Gaetano Gagliano, St. Joseph Communications
Jack Youngberg, Somerset Graphics
Community Leader of the Year
Alexandra Djukic, Manager of Social Enterprise, Phoenix Print Shop
Emerging Leader of the Year
Dylan Westgate, Sydney Stone
Printing Leader of the Year
George Mazzaferro, RP Graphics Group
Business & Annual Reports
Brochures & Booklets
Magazines, Sheetfed Offset
Magazines, Web Offset
Catalogues, Sheetfed Offset
Catalogues, Web Offset
Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology
Most Environmentally Progressive Vendor
Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Company
Best of Show
Tweets about "#CDNPrintAwards"
RyeTAGA, a group of third- and fourth-year students in Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program, are taking over the Innovations Theatre at Graphics Canada on Friday, November 22, to present four free seminars on emerging technologies in the printing industry.
Lead by GCM professor Martin Habekost, RyeTAGA is annually recognized as one of North America’s leading student groups engaged with the technological development of the printing industry. Every year, the GCM group wins top awards in the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) conference, which specifically focuses on advancing printing technologies.
In addition to the four RyeTAGA seminars (listed below), which are produced in cooperation with the GCM faculty, Graphics Canada will host three days of seminars and workshops, with presenters like Mark Lewiecki of Adobe Systems (PDF Print Engine), Dr. Abhay Sharma of Ryerson University (inkjet), Josh Ramsbottom of NorQuest College (business trends), Slava Apel of AmazingPrintTech (Web-to-print), Steve Suffoletto of Buffalo News (halftone screening), and Margie Dana (sales).
Graphics Canada seminars and workshops are outlined on its Website
Ryerson GCM Seminar Series (3:00 p.m., Friday, November 22)
Conductive Inks Ideas
An introduction to conductive inks, how they work and their possibilities in the printing industry.
Out with the Old, In with the U
An exploratory presentation on the anywhere, anytime business of ubiquitous commerce.
Accessible Packaging: Outside the Box
How accessible packaging design for the visually impaired is being recognized globally as a new trend in consumer packaging.
Max Print Academy: Creativity in Wide-format Printing
Demonstrating the benefits of wide format printing: how it can aid advertisers and marketers and create prints that are beyond billboards.
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