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Canstruction Vancouver, a charitable program founded by MET Fine Printers 12 years ago, announced its award-winning companies from the 19 sculptures created, which brought in donations of more than 65,000 cans of food.

Canstruction Vancouver is a juried design and build competition where teams of architects, engineers, graphic designers, schools and corporate teams compete to create sculptures out of full cans of food. This year’s 19 teams involved the work of over 225 builders, focused on the competition’s theme of “Around the World.”

After two days of building, the sculptures were put on public display at three Vancouver venues, including: the Pendulum Gallery, Rotunda at Pacific Centre, and Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of downtown.

Judging of the sculptures took place on Wednesday of last week followed by the ACANamy Awards emceed by Margaret Gallagher, host of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Hot Air program.

Winners of the National Awards will compete against more than 130 cities from around the world in the International Canstruction Competition later this year.

National Award Winners
Structural Ingenuity
Eiffel Tower by Allnorth and Maple Leaf Foods

Best Meal
World is Your Oyster by Ausenco

Best Use of Label    
Traveling Gnome by Perkins+ Will/MET Fine Printers

Honourable Mention
Lougheed Aircraft by AMEC

Honourable Mention
Lego Spaceman by Ritchie Bros.

Local Award Winners
Best Use of Theme    
Buzz Aldrins Helmet by New Westminster Secondary School    

Best Youth Team    
Victoria Sailing Vessel by Eric Hamber Secondary School/Chandler Assoc.    

Best Rookie Team    
Bi-Plane by Fast + Epp    

Landscape Architecture (Vancouver Convention Centre)
Windmill by PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.    

Balloon by Hatch Mott Macdonald    

CANcation Map and Luggage by Fluor

Graphic Design    
BackPack by PCL / Stantec    

CAN-do Award    
House from “UP” by Simon Fraser University  

Insource Corp. held an open house in its Markham, Ontario, headquarters to highlight new equipment lines and business programs for the Canadian printing industry, while also celebrating the Gold Medal performance of Canadian Olympian Jennifer Wakefield.

Founded nine years ago by Tim Wakefield, Insource supplies and supports technologies primarily aimed at the industrial paper handling, card handling, packaging and fulfillment markets. The company also provides consultation services such as auditing a company’s current practices, processes and technologies.

Attendees of the open house had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Wakefield, daughter of Insource’s Tim and Suzanne Wakefield, who recently helped steer the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team to Olympic Gold in Sochi, Russia.

With staff in Montreal and Vancouver, Insource explains its exclusive vendor partnerships in Canada include Kirk Rudy, W&D, KAS, Petratto, SCS and Astro. During the open house, Insource demonstrated a range of software and hardware it distributes, with insight provided by several manufacturers who also attended the event.

Equipment highlighted during Insource's open house included new systems from Petratto, with the lead engineer Dirk Stunkel in from Germany, and RISO, with Andre Urbano, National Sales Manager. The event also focused on Astro (MI and M2), Print and Apply (Weber), intelligent camera system on inserter with read-and-print technology, KR497 tipping system with GMS gluer, KR 535 triple web tabber Tabmaster (Kirk Rudy), Flagship iAddress software (with owner Kristi Krantz on hand for demonstrations), and the Digibinder.

Canstruction Vancouver, an annual non-profit competition founded by MET Fine Printers, to build sculptures out of food cans, which are then donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, remains open to the public until May 16.

After two days of building, from May 9 to 11, the sculptures go on display to the public for free at three Vancouver venues, including: the Pendulum Gallery, Rotunda at Pacific Centre, and Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of downtown.


“Inspired by our theme Around the World, we will have astronauts, airplanes, ships, postcards, spiritual moons and travelling gnomes on display,” said Scott Gray, Chair of Canstruction Vancouver.

Now in its 12th year, the 2014 competition features 19 food-can sculptures of approximately 10 x 10 x 8 feet. Organizers estimate the sculptures when combined are comprised of more than 65,000 cans. Judging in the competition begins today.

On Wednesday, organizers will hold the ACANamy Awards emceed by Margaret Gallagher, host of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Hot Air program. The evening features Ritchie Bros live and silent auctions, followed by the presentation of the coveted Canstruction Ribbons.

Canstruction Vancouver is the local chapter of Canstruction, a global anti-hunger project, a trademarked event that has been held in over 140 cities worldwide. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to community food banks. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver.

Messe Düsseldorf Gmbh today opened up exhibitor registration for its upcoming drupa 2016 tradeshow scheduled to take place in Germany from May 31 to June 10. Registration for the massive printing industry exhibition, held every four years in Düsseldorf, will close on October 31, 2014.

In late 2012, organizers of the world's largest print-centric tradeshow announced they would stay on a four-year schedule, despite some discussions about going to a three-year cycle.

drupa 2016, however, will be three days shorter in spanning only 11 days instead of the traditional 14. Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of KBA, is drupa’s Chairman for 2016.

Exhibitor details can be found on a dedicated page of Potential Canadian exhibitors can also reach out to Messe Düsseldorf Canada, based in Toronto, for more information about how to participate in the 2016 event, via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (416) 598-1524.

Every year on the last Saturday of April, the Wayzgoose society brings together people active in book-related crafts, including letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers and hand bookbinders, who gathered at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

The daylong, free event took place this year on April 26. It marked the 36th year of the Wayzgoose organization, which began as a small gathering of friends and colleagues from the Canadian printing industry. The group’s first event attracted some 300 visitors.

The Wayzgoose April 26 fair drew in more than 2,000 visitors from across Ontario, Quebec and the Northeastern United States. This year’s event also played host to a few travelers from as far away as Europe and Japan to take in the craft of bookmaking, including demonstrations of paper making, book binding, calligraphy and paper marbling.

Wayzgoose other main annual activity is the production of an Anthology by various participants. Sections, known as signatures, are hand bound into a limited edition volume – 115 copies in 2014. Sales of the Wayzgoose Anthology are used to offset operating costs of the organization. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery has copies of the most-recent Anthology on sale for $80.

Photos provided by Denis Cahill


Avanti Computer Systems Limited of Toronto plans to host users of its software during a 2 ½ day conference at the Park Hyatt Toronto in Yorkville from May 27 to May 30.

The 2014 Avanti User Group Conference will be significant for the company after releasing its brand new Slingshot Management Information System in August 2013, followed by its first public showing at the September PRINT 13 tradeshow in Chicago.

Attendees at Avanti’s 2013 User Group Conference were made aware of Slingshot, with several providing critical feedback on the system, but this May’s event will be the first time for the group to discuss and provided feedback for Slingshot in its commercial-release form.

Avanti explains the upcoming user conference will be highly focused on learning the ins and outs of the new software’s modules – “finding all the little hidden gems” – and its ability to reduce labour costs and increase sales activities.

More about the conference and registration

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

Post Secondary
Diondra Filicetti, Ryerson University School of Graphic Management
Runner-up: Aaron Tansil, George Brown College School of Design

Secondary Schools        
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 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 416-979-5050).

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:

Annual Reports
Somerset Graphics, Hemlock Printers

Brand Identity

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

Self Promotion

DT Print Solutions (Toronto), Flash Reproductions, Andora Graphics

Andora Graphics

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