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 Printaction.com/CPA/tickets.
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
Hemlock Printers of Burnaby, British Columbia, shot a six-week time-lapse video of its now-complete Heidelberg press installation, a Speedmaster XL 106, equipped to run both conventional and UV inks.
The company describes its new Speedmaster XL 106 as holding expanded potential for packaging projects, because of its ability to print with UV inks. The press carries a maximum sheet size of 29.53 x 41.73 inches and reaches a top speed of 18,000 sheets per hour. The XL 106 press premiered at drupa 2012 in May and is manufactured by Heidelberg with a neutral carbon footprint.
“Providing print communication solutions in today’s business environment requires ongoing investment and a bold vision of market needs,” stated Jeff Taylor, Hemlock’s Senior VP of Manufacturing and Operations. “Our new XL 106 meets those needs head-on through added efficiencies and capabilities which our team is excited to offer to our clients.”
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