Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

January 2007


School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
January 2007

Welcome to the January, 2007 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. The last issue of our newsletter is available October 2006. This issue we describe GCM’s move into JDF and report on the achievements of faculty and students at our Awards Night. We do not want to spam you, so if you do not wish to receive this newsletter please reply with unsubscribe in the subject line.

CIP4 and Ryerson to host JDF Education Event on February 20, 2007 
Ryerson has recently joined CIP4. One of the first events announced by CIP4 and Ryerson University is a free JDF Education Event at GCM on Tuesday, 20 February. This one day program will cover all aspects of print process automation, CIP4 and the Job Definition Format (JDF). This “JDF 101” Education Event is the first of its kind in Canada. Speakers include: Mark Wilton, Kodak Graphic Communications Group; James Harvey, Executive Director of CIP4 Organizations; Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti Computer Systems and Tim Hassan, National Digital Solutions Systems Specialist, AGFA Graphics Canada. The event is sponsored by Avanti, AGFA and Kodak. Door prizes include KODAK Digital Camera. For further program details and registration go to 

Heidelberg donates Prinect Profile Toolbox 
Heidelberg have donated two copies of the Profile Toolbox software suite that includes ICC profiling program PrintOpen and QA product Quality Monitor. Researchers at Ryerson are using Quality Monitor to measure and analyse print parameters for various press runs. The software generates data for dot gain, TVI, Delta E, etc. We are grateful to Heidelberg for their continued investment in education and research.

PIA/GATF Color Management Conference, Phoenix, Dec 3-5 
Ryerson faculty and students attended the annual Color Management Conference in Arizona. Professor Dr Rich Adams presented a session on “Building Output Profiles” and Abhay Sharma talked about “Hands-on Instrumentation”. Fourth year students Suzana Grutca and Mia Janhunen are researching color management as part of their final year major project and were excited to meet so many representatives of the color science community. The conference this year had a number of tracks in growth areas of digital photography, flexo and Windows Vista colour management. Abhay Sharma is on the organizing committee for this conference – contact him if you are thinking of attending next year. For copies of the presentations and further details visit PIA/GATF. Pictured from left to right are Suzana Grutca, Abhay Sharma, Michael Makin (President & CEO, PIA/GATF), Mia Janhunen, Dr Richard Adams.

Faculty Publications
The Future of the Book in the Digital Age, Chandos Publishing, 2006, (left) has chapters by two GCM professors. Chris Kular writes on “Venues for vanity: methods and means of self-published books”, and Manfred Breede explores “Plus ça change… print-on-demand reverts book publishing to its pre-industrial beginnings”.In another new title Color Image Processing, CRC Press, 2007, (right) Abhay Sharma has a chapter entitled “ICC Color Management: Architecture and Implementation”. Both these titles are available at Amazon and other booksellers.

Kodak sponsors JDF Guide for Ryerson 
BRIDG’s has recently published the JDF Guide for Managers that explains the JDF process, answers important questions in business terms, and provides an introduction to process automation. BRIDG’s project manager, Janice Reese of Network PDF says that the JDF Guide represents over a year of research and fact finding. Companies like Kodak sponsor the “School Support Program” so that limited number of copies of the JDF Guide can be made available to colleges and universities with graphic arts programs. Steve Fullerton, Director Trade Relations, Kodak has supported GCM so that all 82 students in the GRA 804 Management of Workflow class can have their own copy. To get your copy attend our event on Feb 20 (see above) or order it from We thank Steve Fullerton and Kodak for their support.

X-Rite donates another DTP70 spectrophotometer
X-Rite continues to support colour imaging research at GCM. In December, Marc Levine, X-Rite, donated a second DTP70 spectrophotometer to the School. Already in use at GCM are Pulse Color Elite, MonacoProfiler, GretagMacbeth ProfileMaker 5 Packaging and ColorShopX. ICC profiling and color management enter an interesting new phase with the release of Windows Vista and the Windows Color System (WCS). Colour imaging and color management continue to be strong research areas in the school. Contact our research coordinator for more details – Dr Martin Habekost. Photo: Abhay Sharma and Barb Mallin (now at Hemlock Printers).

New Faces at Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD)
Catherine Hurley has joined our faculty as the new Director of Development. Catherine officially joined Ryerson as part of the FCAD and University Advancement teams on October 16th. Catherine holds an international certification in philanthropy (CFRE), a Masters in Communications Media from York University as well as an undergraduate degree in applied arts from Ryerson.

We are also pleased to welcome Shirley Lewchuk in a new role in the Dean’s office as Communications Coordinator. Shirley’s major responsibilities will include promoting, marketing and strengthening the public profile of the Faculty and all its schools both within the university and with the broader community. Shirley holds two graduate degrees – a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University and a Masters of Health Science from McMaster University.

Photo: Catherine Hurley, Director of Development

GCM Awards Evening, November 8, 2006 
Brian Collict, Sun Chemical was the MC at a gala evening celebrating the academic achievements of our students in 2006. Over $40,000 scholarship money was awarded to our exceptional students. 120 parents and industry guests attended this event co-hosted with the OPIA. It was a fantastic to see so many recent graduates and industry friends at this event. Does your company want to sponsor an award? Would you like to invest in the future of the Canadian printing industry? If so please contact Abhay Sharma Photo: Student Diana Brown receiving the Man Roland Accounting Award from Paul Tasker, Man Roland.

Congratulations to Jason Lisi, BTech, MEd
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jason Lisi who has successfully completed an MEd degree from the University of Southern Queensland in the area of educational technology. Jason achieved an A grade and High Distinction – a remarkable achievement given the competing demands of a full-time job, two kids and a new Intel Mac! Jason studied topics including technology management, online learning, interactive multimedia, computing in education and research methods. He brings these skills to teaching and research at GCM. We congratulate Jason on this valuable achievement.

Jason is also conducting research in digital camera calibration with a $3,000 seed grant from the Faculty of Communication and Design. Jason has also published a research paper, Sustaining Quality and Integrity of Education Within Online Environments, International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp.129-134.

Well done Jason on all these projects…..

David Friesen awarded Printer of the Year 2006
On November 9, Graphic Monthly held a reception and award ceremony to honour David Friesen as Printer of the Year 2006. The ceremony was held at the GCM Heidelberg Centre. Sandy Donald and Filomena Tamburri from Graphic Monthly presented the award. In the audience were past winners Mary Black and Remi Marcoux. David was able to tour the GCM facilities and observe an night-school printing class in progress.

Picture from left to right: David Friesen with GCM students Jamie Mace, Dianne Nubla and Theodore Avery.

Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council
On November 1, we were pleased to receive a visit from Marie Eveline, Executive Director of the newly formed Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC). The CPISC was established in April 2006 under the sector council program of the HRSDC. A high-priority for all of us is attracting young people to our industry. During her visit Marie met with Dean Daniel Doz, Assoc Dean Gillian Mothersill, Adam Kahan, Ryerson VP for University Advancement and GCM faculty and students.

Abhay Sharma, GCM, has been invited to join the Project Advisory Committee of the CPISC. Also on the committee is GCM alumni Shadi Shenouda, Pacific Bindery, Vancouver. The first meeting of the Committee will be held in Toronto on January 18-19, 2007, at Ryerson University. Please consider ways in which your company can help us get the message out – printing is an exciting technology area with fantastic career opportunities.

Photo: GCM’s Peter Roehrig showing Marie Eveline our bindery equipment.

Quebec Institute Celebrates 10 Years
The Quebec Institute of Graphic Communications celebrated its 10th anniversary with a fund-raising gala in Montreal on November 2, 2006. The guests of honour were presidents Remi Marcoux (Transcontinental) and Jean Neveu (Quebecor). Ryerson was pleased to be present at this event and we congratulate Andre Dion, General Manager on his successful programs and services to the printing industry. The evening included a performance at TOHU, la cite des arts du cirque. Photo: Andre Dion, General Manager, Quebec Institute.

Print Action World Class Flexo Conference
Prof Rye Goodyear recently spoke at the Flexo Conference held on December 1 at the Board of Trade, Airport Centre with around 80 participants. Organized by Print Action magazine, there were material suppliers such as Dupont, converters such as Sunoco, and premedia companies such as Schawk Graphics. Wayne Peachy, Keating detailed the emerging technology in packaging and the comparison of flexo to gravure. Schools involved in packaging education were invited to give a presentation regarding flexo in their curriculum. Prof Rye Goodyear detailed the recent changes to the GCM curriculum which included the incorporation of flexo technology in the first semester of the third year premedia and print courses, use of the FlexSys simulator, Universal TestPrint, fingerprinting, n-channel profiles, etc. There followed a roundtable presentation by representatives from Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, Winnipeg Technical College, Mohawk College and Ryerson University.

Oil and Colour Chemists Association (OCCA) 
On November 20, GCM organized a meeting of the Ontario section of the Oil and Colour Chemists Association (OCCA). GCM Prof, Dr Martin Habekost is Programs Coordinator for OCCA Canada and arranged an introduction to colour separations and a plate making exercise at the Heidelberg Centre. OCCA is a technical society for researchers in surface coatings and inks. It was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in London, England. The event included participants from Siegwerk (formerly SICPA) and Dominion Colour.

Ryerson’s New Business Building 
The latest addition to Ryerson’s downtown campus is the Ryerson Business Building – a joint venture between Ryerson University and The Cadillac Fairview Corporation. The Faculty of Business will occupy the top three floors of the nine-floor building which also contains retail and parking areas. Partly funded by a $12.5 million grant from the provincial government, the projected investment by Ryerson University is $75 million. Located at 575 Bay St. (entrance at 55 Dundas St. W.), Ryerson’s portion of the building is three floors and 20,300 square metres. In addition to Ryerson’s three top levels, Cadillac Fairview owns two retail floors currently occupied by Best Buy and Canadian Tire.

Print World 2006
On November 20 we cancelled all classes, closed the school and all 400 students and faculty headed for Graphic Monthly’s Print World trade show. 400 students boarded bright yellow school buses at Bond Street and arrived bright and early at the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto where we were met by organizer Sandy Donald and our very own Mary Black. We thank vendor companies for taking the time to talk to our students and special thanks to Taras Karpiuk and Marietta Canlas for arranging badges and transport. First year students – Mikaela Klassen, Kristen Read, Lissa Davey, Agnes Fekete got their picture in Print Action magazine, December 2006, page 11. Photo: Gerard Boivin, Heidelberg Canada talking to GCM students Crystal Wong and Viet Vu. 

Job Spot
CUSTOMER SERVICE COORDINATOR required by Keating Flexographic – a growing company based in Mississauga. The CSC will receive customer files, colour targets, proofs and information relating to the creation of printed packaging. The information is translated into work orders for prepress production. This is an ideal opportunity to join at an early phase of Keating’s development, a chance to develop with the company and be exposed to new and interesting challenges. Full training will be provided as required. Contact (Received Dec 18)

GRAPHIC DESIGNER INTERN Seventy7 is a brand new Canadian venture that has developed a consumer product that will launch Summer 2007. We are located in Toronto, and are just beginning the sales and marketing of this exciting product. We need an eager and motivated 4th year creative graphic designer, who could design packaging, media kit, PowerPoint presentation, website and assist with creative! You will have knowledge of MS Office, Photoshop, Illustrator and/or Quark. Contact If you do not meet all of the above, do not sweat it, you should apply anyway because you never know unless you try! (Received Nov 20)

SALES POSITION Company in Richmond hill is looking for a competent sales person, mainly involved in B2Bsales of printing services. Candidates are preferred to be aggressive, energetic, persistent and good at communicating with people. Candidates should have good knowledge of graphic design and computer science. Candidates must have full, clean drive license. Living in places in or near Richmond hill is a plus. This is a full time job and Print three head office will provide extensive training for the chosen candidate. The compensation is basic salary plus commissions. Print three is a well known national brand in the printing industry for over 30 years. Contact (Received Nov 29)

PRINT PRODUCTION COORDINATOR responsible for managing projects through all aspects of production, ensuring the job is quoted and specified correctly, materials ordered and timelines are met. You can create layouts and imposition for press and mockups for finishing. You have knowledge of sheet-fed presses and finishing operations, a minimum of 3 years experience in the printing industry and a degree or certificate in a printing-related field. Informco is a fully integrated print solutions company located in East Toronto. If you are an energetic and talented print production coordinator who has excellent multi-tasking skills, we want to meet you! Contact (Received Dec 6)

PRESS OPERATORS, both sheetfed offset and digital. Our client is seeking qualified head press operators. They are also interested in reviewing candidates with an in-depth understanding of the technology that integrates project planning, prepress, press, and post press. For details of this and other vacancies contact (Received Dec 21)

PRODUCTION OUTPUT OPERATOR required by Clarity, part-time. We would need someone with 2-5yrs experience with Macs and OSX, a better than average understanding of Quark Xpress, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign software. A solid understanding of Adobe Acrobat and PDF file formats. Well organized, works well under pressure, can handle deadlines, works in a “team” environment. Contact (Received Nov 1)

CAREER CONNECTION COORDINATOR required by Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop. The Career Connection Coordinator provides the anchor relationship for youth participants throughout their Phoenix Print Shop experience. Coaches youth during their training experience; works with youth and employers/educational institutions to generate career-oriented opportunities; and coordinates long-term follow-up support with graduates. Requires degree and experience with graphic communications industry. Contact (Received Jan 2).

Diary Dates

Continuing Education (CE) Winter term courses begin the week of January 8, 2007. A full listing of GCM CE courses is available online.

CIP4 and Ryerson JDF Education Event, School of Graphic Communications Management, 125 Bond Street, Feb 20, 2007. Free Registration.

Magazines Canada Professional Education Event, A Hard Look at Soft Proofing, Ryerson University, Feb 22, 2007

GCM Industry Day (for high-school students thinking of joining our program) Tuesday, Feb 13 and Tuesday, Mar 6, 2007. Details.

GCM Job Fair, March 8 – please attend this annual event to recruit our students for your full-time and summer positions. Contact Taras Karpiuk

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

Alumni Officers
Jamie McLeod GCM 00 
Stewart Nam GCM 00