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Ryerson Students Win Sustainable Packaging Competition


August 16, 2011
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Students from Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management took home two of the top prizes at the recent Walmart Sustainable Packaging Conference this year.

Ryerson fielded two teams in the Sustainable Packaging Student Design Competition. The challenge was to redesign the primary package as well as a retail-ready package for Knorr Sidekicks, a line of ready-to-serve soups and frozen entrees. The Ryerson students proceeded through to the final round of judging, which required the students to deliver presentations to a panel of executives from Unilever, Walmart, and The Packaging Association.

Andrew Wong (team leader), Lee Jones, Liam Maddock, and Dusan Sigulinski are first-place winners, receiving an award of $3,000. Babak Amoozgar (team leader), Faris Abu-Kwiek, Emily Wong and Karley Wu were third-place winners, receiving $1,000. The second place prize went to Christian Thomas from Humber College.

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Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management program is also founding a new student group called RyePAC, which will focus on the packaging segment of printing and will have first-place team leader Andrew Wong as elected President of the group. Assistant professor Natalia Gilewicz, who lead the students in the competition, will also oversee the RyePAC group.