Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

June 2006


School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
June 2006

Welcome to the June, 2006 newsletter. A newsletter for alumni from the School of Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University. The newsletter keeps you in touch by bringing you news and information from your alma mater.

Convocation 2006
At the Spring convocation the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson (left) received an honorary doctorate. Adrienne Clarkson is the former Governor General of Canada and a distinguished journalist. GCM graduate Barbara Mallin (center) received the Ryerson Gold Medal which is the most prestigious award offered to graduating students. Barb was also a recipient of the Howard H Kerr Memorial Scholarship which is offered in memory of Howard Kerr, Ryerson’s first principal. Congratulations to Barb who following graduation, has accepted a position with Hemlock Printers and moved to Vancouver. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy (right) made the presentations. Congratulations to Barb and all the other graduates of 2006 – it was a very successful year.

World Cup Soccer
Mauritzio Zomparelli, graduated this year from the GCM program. During the school year Mauritzio managed to combine his love for football with his interest in printing. On April 7, 2006 Mauritzio received an award from the Ryerson Department of Student Services – Sports and Recreation for his outstanding athletic achievement. Soccer crazy Mauritzio even asked that the school exams be timetabled around the World Cup schedule!

CPIA goes to Ottawa 

The Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) arranged a lobbying series of meetings on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, May 31 – June 1. Meetings were held with MPs and parliamentary secretaries to raise awareness of issues related to commercial printing operations. One of the stops was with Dean Allison – Chair of the HRSDC – he represents the Niagara region and had an excuse for the wine racks that filled his office. Pictured from Left to Right Abhay Sharma (Ryerson), Jeff Ekstein (Willow Printing), Hon Geoff Regan (Liberal, Halifax West, Nova Scotia), Jacques Bourgeois (Acadie Presse), shown holding a framed picture of the first newspaper printed in Canada – the newspaper was printed in the MPs riding of Halifax West.


Picture shows Harper School presentation auditorium with 100 people in attendance.
Ryerson goes Flexo
GCM has launched a major initiative in the area of flexo teaching and research. On May 30 Ryerson hosted a discussion meeting with Mark Cisternino (President, FTA), Dr John Anderson (Technical Director, FTA), Peter Belanger (Gordon Graydon), Jim Brown (Sealed Air) and Ron Schroder (Williamson Printing). On June 21, Profs Ian Baitz and Jason Lisi attended the full-day Harper Imaging Flexo Road Show at Gordon Graydon High School in Etobicoke. Students Mary Huang and Cecily Lo have just received notification that they have been awarded FFTA scholarships. To coordinate all these flexo initiatives Prof Rye Goodyear will be rolling out a number of flexo prepress course options next semester. The school continues to grow flexo education using the FlexSys Press Simulator, and the newly acquired GretagMacbeth ProfileMaker 5 Packaging solution and the Universal TestPrint flexo printer.


UK Exchange with British Council
A grant from the British Council allowed Abhay Sharma to visit a number of universities in the UK. In June, he visited the Department of Colour and Polymer Chemistry, University of Leeds, and the London College of Printing, University of Arts London. He hopes that GCM students can spend an exchange semester in London. The final stop on his tour was with Tim Claypole at the University of Swansea, Wales, near Cardiff. Tim is on the TAGA board and is editor of the TAGA journal. We are developing links with these universities and hope to see more GCM students traveling overseas for their studies.


Life long learning
The buzz word today is life long learning – education never ends because the technology of the printing industry is continuously changing. At the school we congratulate Chris Kular in achieving a MS degree in Print Media from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The RIT program is widely accepted as the premier course in the world. Chris studied topics in digital print and publishing, colour management, and database operations. His thesis concentrated on issues related to packaging. Congratulations to Chris. Prof Ian Baitz went back to the classroom as well. He attended the web offset workshop at Cal Poly from June 5-9. The Goss/Cal Poly Newspaper Production course used pressroom and classroom instruction to explain the tools and technologies that drive efficient web and newspaper production. Do you want to update your skills or retrain in a new technology area? GCM is offering a wide portfolio of evening courses in all areas of the graphic arts. Check out the Continuing Education brochure.

Picture shows the Cal Poly Goss community press from the finishing end. Press is a 4/4 perfector with zero-speed splicer and 4-roll reel stand.

Ryerson Board of Governors
Alumni are encouraged to vote in the elections for the Ryerson Board of Governors. The deadline to vote is July 21. One of the candidates is our own graduate Robert Cockerill, GCM 73. Bob is now President of Schawk Canada and continues to support the School in many ways. Bob serves on the Advisory Council of the School and Schawk employs around 20 GCM alum. This year graduate Christine Hindmarch joined the company and third year student Brittany Krueger is spending a summer internship with Schawk. Please vote for your chosen candidate using the official ballot available at

Eva’s Phoenix
Eva’s Initiatives works with homeless and at-risk youth ages 16 to 24. The Phoenix Print Shop provides youth the opportunity to learn the basic skills needed for long-term self-sufficiency in the graphic communications industry. On May 17, Ryerson welcomed students from the Phoenix Print Shop. Peter Roehrig provided hands-on training on the Heidelberg DI press, pre-press and finishing equipment. Prof Gillian Mothersill talked to the visitors about what it is like to study at Ryerson. We are happy to play a small part in supporting Eva’s Phoenix and hope to see some students join the Ryerson program one day.
Photo courtesy Myrna Penny
Chair, Chair and more Chairs
Frank McGuire, Mary Black and Abhay Sharma have all held the position of Chair of the GCM program. One of the events surrounding Mary’s retirement this year was a GCM alumni reunion and dinner party on 25 May at the Old Mill Inn arranged by Prof Rye Goodyear. The event honored Mary ‘s service to the school and was attended by alumni and industry friends. Mary was presented with a number of hats including a captains hat, a cowboy hat, a mortar board and a tiara (from her family). Proceeds from the evening raised more than $4000 towards a scholarship in Mary’s name.

Colour Research
The School is pursuing an aggressive research agenda. Dr Martin Habekost has received $3000 to conduct investigations into the most appropriate Delta E equations for colour differencing. Prof Jason Lisi has also received a grant of $3000 to investigate image reproduction in digital cameras. Jason is studying the use of camera RAW files in preparing digital images for print. Is there something we can investigate for you? Does you company have a technical problem that you do not have the time or resources to solve? We can help. Contact Martin Habekost ( or Jason Lisi ( for more details. Recent publications by the School are listed at Publications.

GCM was involved with the annual IPA Color Proofing RoundUP, June 6-8, Chicago. The work analyzed the strengths and weakness of today’s color proofing products – 33 hard and soft proofing solutions were evaluated. The products were evaluated in a series of practical real-world tests to assess their press-to-proof match. Judges evaluated the effectiveness of characterization data, spot color capabilities, color image quality and cost. Systems were also tested for RIP performance, including speed, overprint, color management, and PDF/X support. As part of his summer internship GCM student Darsan Sivanatharajah traveled to Chicago and is helping to analyze the results. See further details at

Job Spot

Avanti Computer Systems, provider of management systems for the graphic arts – is looking to fill an implementation specialist position in Toronto. Qualified candidates should have 5+ yrs experience in the field of the graphic arts. Contact Peter Funnell

Harbour Printing in Mississauga is looking for a recent graduate for CSR/Estimator. Harbour Printing is a commercial printing facility with full services available from the prepress stage right to delivery and warehousing availabilities. Contact Betty Turzer

Catalyst Paper Corporation The Technical Customer Service Team has an immediate opening for a full time Technical Quality Analyst. Two or more years of related experience. Contact Robert

Merrill Corp has a number of openings in CSR and other areas. Contact Kathi Duncan

Ryan Partnership Canada is posting for a print production coordinator in promotions and marketing agency. You will have the opportunity to work on leading international beer and toy brands. Contact Kathy

Metaca prints plastic cards of all types – Visa, Mastercard, and is looking to fill a position for Sales Professional. Potential for $100K+ total annual remuneration. Contact James Conlon

Sun Printing is a trade printing company with both web & sheetfed presses located in
Downsview. They are looking for a Prepress Technician capable of working on both MAC & PC. Contact Paul

Diary Dates
CPIA Conference, Vancouver, September 15 & 16th, 2006

Ryerson Homecoming, October 13 & 14, 2006

Industry Day, (for potential high-school students) October 16, 2006

GCM Awards Evening, Ryerson, November 8, 2006

Keeping in touch
We need to grow our mailing list. Please ask alumni colleagues to add their name to our list. The list will keep you informed of events and issues related to GCM. All junk mail is filtered – don’t you want those $6 million Nigerian funds? If you know somebody that is not on the list please ask them to enroll online at

Did you miss our previous newsletters? If so read them online February 2006, April 2006.

Best wishes to all our alumni out there.

Abhay Sharma
Chair, Graphic Communications Management

Alumni Officers
Jamie McLeod GCM 00
Stewart Nam GCM 00