Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

May 2007


School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto
May 2007

Welcome to the May, 2007 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. In this issue we describe GCM alumni serving with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan and news and events from the new graduates of 2007. The last issue of our newsletter is available March 2007. 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.

Ryerson launches TAGA Chapter
Dr Martin Habekost led a team of faculty and students to the TAGA Annual Technical Conference, March 18-21, 2007, Pittsburgh, PA. 300 copies of the Ryerson Student Research Journal were produced in-house on our Heidelberg DI press under the direction of Peter Roehrig. Ryerson students were placed 2nd in the technical writing category for student journals. 6 students attended the meeting. Faculty presentations included Jason Lisi on digital camera profiling, Dr Martin Habekost on Delta E equations, Manfred Breede on ink film thickness variations, and Dr Richard Adams on ecosolvent printers. We are very excited to have an active TAGA chapter and the students are already planning for TAGA 2008 in San Francisco. Photo shows Dr Martin Habekost (standing) and left to right GCM students Am Sagarwala, Matt Serwin and Scott Millward.


Job Fair 2007
GCM held its most successful annual Job Fair to date. On March 8 we invited companies to interview our graduating class. We took over the Ryerson cafeteria for employers to interview candidates for full-time positions and also for summer interns. 53 companies were looking for full-time employees, many companies had more than one position to fill. 40 companies were looking for summer positions. It is an extremely buoyant market this year as GCM graduates demonstrate excellent technical knowledge and good person skills to produce well-rounded and flexible future managers. This event is free to employers. Make sure we have you on our mailing list for next year’s event – March 6, 2008. Picture shows a 3-panel team from RR Donnelley interviewing Joel Rogosin.

Job Fair


Serving in Afghanistan
Jadzia Karas (GCM 05) is a Master Corporal reservist in the Canadian Forces, she recently undertook a 7 month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Jadzia, a reservist since high school, volunteered for her first active duty deployment. Jadzia flew from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, via Dubai to Kandahar. The Task Force mission was to help the Afghan government in security, education, roads, water and food supply. The Canadian forces “adopted” a girls’ orphanage in Kabul providing medication and other donations from home. This was a dangerous posting with casualties and fatalities. Jadzia received the General Service Star of Afghanistan medal for her role in the mission. Jadzia is now working for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, working as a purchaser, buying print and services. Photo shows orphanage in Kabul.

It is fair to continue to debate and question the war, but the bravery and humanity of our warriors cannot be questioned. We are proud of Jadzia and all who serve with her.

Wine Tasting and Etiquette
Prof Mary Black invited leading wine restaurateur and sommelier, Jimson Bienenstock from Verity & George restaurant on April 11 to share with the GCM graduating class wine etiquette for those important events where your future employer invites you to dinner to “discuss your application”. Do you take your napkin from the left or right? Do you order red or white? Jimson provided hints, tips and created a mock dining table in our large lecture theatre. Students were able to sample red and white wines, which was a tall order, as the class began at 10.00 am. Thank you to Mary and Jimson for a great demonstration with some very merry students….

Wine Tasting


Ian Baitz Presents at NAPIM 2007
Prof Ian Baitz represented GCM and made a presentation to printing ink manufacturers at the March 24 – 28 NAPIM Annual Convention – in Bermuda. The program focused on the competition between conventional printing and non-impact, digital printing, both inkjet and electrophotographic. Ian spoke on ink and market demands for “The Book and Publication Markets”. Ian Baitz is Associate Chair for GCM, and we thank him for his dedication in traveling to Bermuda in the line of duty!

FujiFilm Dimatix Inkjet Technology 
Ryerson University was pleased to attend a technology update event at FujiFilm’s Dimatix headquarters in New Hampshire on April 25. Dimatix develops and manufacturers drop-on-demand inkjet printheads. These products are used in many inkjet systems worldwide and the technology is finding applications beyond printing images. Look, for example, for Pringles Print that have trivia printed on the chip using edible dyes. The image on the right shows the view from the inside, looking out through an inkjet head nozzle. The hole diameter is 40 microns, slightly smaller than the size of a human hair. An electron microscope is being used to examine the inkjet nozzle and to analyze the deposits on the inside of the head. For further information about this exciting new technology company, contact Tony Karg, FujiFilm.

Ryerson Board

Ryerson Board of Governors
Ryerson’s Board of Governors is the governing body of the university. Its 24 members consist of the Chancellor, the President, three students, three faculty members, two administrative staff members, three alumni representatives, two Board appointees and nine Lieutenant Governor in Council appointees. The Board of Governors has a new Chair, Vice-Chair and alumni representative. From left: Vice-Chair Jack Cockwell, Chair Peter Lukasiewicz, and alumni representatives Robert Cockerill, Graphic Communications Management ’73 (newly elected) and A.G. Klei, Radio and Television Arts ’03.

Photo Dario Ruberto, University Advancement

Grad Brochure

Grad Brochure 
Continuing an annual school custom, the graduating class designed and produced a book of images and biographies called “Spectrum”. Every student and faculty of the school was featured in this spiral bound book that also formed a free standing calendar and date book. The school is grateful to the support of many company sponsors including Symcor who donated the printing/finishing and Spicers who donated the paper cover and stock. The brochure showcases 77 graduates, 15 faculty, and 22 sponsors. The creative design means the brochure can be read as a book, calendar, or laying flat. While the book was a whole class project special mention goes to Project Manager: Darsan Sivanantharajah, Sponsorship Coordinator: Kyle Sassman, Creative Coordinator: Avi Debnath, Production Coordinator: Anthony Saldutto and Photography: Matt Smolka.

New Student Representatives
GCM recently held elections to select the course union members for 2007-08. The new council consists of students from all years of the program. The Course Union organizes many academic and social events that help to create the unique “GCM Family”. We are excited to work with the new team. Pictured (left to right) are Athletic Director – Rob LeClair, Vice-President – Pamela Reyes, Treasurer/Secretary – Zeena Yassi, Social Director – Kasia Chalas, Social Director – Joanne Lam, President – Emad Chibli, and Academic Director – Martin Sudnick. Congratulations to the incoming team and thank you to the outgoing President Nicky Fan (and his team) for a great year.

Course Union

BookNet Canada

Manfred Breede panelist at BookNet Canada
Prof Manfred Breede was an invited panelist at the BookNet Canada Technology Forum 2007, entitled Digitization and the Future of Canadian Publishing, held in Toronto, 20-21 March, 2007. His panel made presentations on the theme: “Print-on-demand-When does it work, and who does it work for? How could it work in Canada? Manfred’s PowerPoint slides can be accessed at BookNet Canada is a service driven organization dedicated to innovation in the Canadian book industry supply chain, with a focus on establishing Canadian standards, improving bibliographic databases, distribution and inventory management.


OPIA Technology Forecast Dinner
On April 12, the OPIA hosted a Research & Technology Dinner at the Holiday Inn, Yorkdale. 16 students and 4 faculty attended the update provided by Michael Makin and Dr Mark Bohan from PIA/GATF. Michael Makin needed no introduction to the OPIA, as he is the former President of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA). He even began his talk in French! The speakers presented an overview of recent developments in printing technologies from soft proofing to CTP and JDF. The evening provided a fantastic opportunity for the students to network with industry leaders and future employers. We thank Tracey Preston, OPIA for coordinating the support for our students, so that they could attend this popular Technology Forecast Dinner. We hope that you will have a student at your table at the next event…. 

GCM Printmasters win Championship Game
On 20 March, the Heidelberg Printmasters won the championship game. Celebrating another victorious year, the Heidelberg Printmasters claimed the intramural trophy for being the most vicious, and most talented hockey team beating Gannanoque Islanders 4-3 in regular play. The Ryerson Intramural team plays weekly in both semesters, and has 14 team members with 8 teams in the league. The team plays at Moss Park at 10.00 or 11.00 pm on Tuesday or Sunday. Photo courtesy Matt Smolka, shows the Printmasters celebrating their win in the finals. Congratulations to the students and thank you to the sponsor, Heidelberg Canada.


CJ Graphics

Graduate Joins CJ Graphics
Ryerson graduates are in high demand this year. We have provided 82 enthusiastic young people to the Canadian printing industry. Demand for their prepress and press skills means that our students are enjoying keen interest from employers. CJ Graphics President Jay Mandarino is an avid old school skater who has built two half pipes in his printing facility behind the bindery. On weekends Jay encourages children to develop self-esteem and safe skateboarding skills. GCM grad Eric Petrouna joined the company on 7 May in the prepress department. Did his interview involve a “backside tweaker” or a massive “hip ollie” we wonder!! Photo shows from left President Jay Mandarino, GCM graduate Eric Petrouna, General Manager Dave Adams.

Summer Internship/Coop Program Begins 
Internship is a required part of the GCM program and is completed in the summer between the student’s third and fourth year. The internship is designed to provide the student with practical experience in the printing industry. Interns often return on graduation, so we often see this as the beginning of a long-term relationship with the company. Salaries range from CDN $12-18 an hour. This year we have enjoyed incredible interest in the program with students joining Thunderbird Press, Symcor, Webcom, Pacific Bindery, Rogers Media, Hemlock, Komori, Schawk, Transcontinental, and even Bowne of Hong Kong. We have 57 companies hiring our students this summer! Do you want to hire a future graduate, contact Taras Karpiuk to join the internship program. Pictured is Thomas Choi who is interning this summer at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in Mississauga.

Thomas Choi

Mark Bohan Tours Ryerson
GCM was pleased to host a visit by Dr Mark Bohan on April 13. Mark is the Vice President, Research and Technology, at PIA/GATF. Originally from Wales, Mark joined the foundation in 2004 and now directs research at PIA/GATF and also manages a number of special areas such as CIP4 JDF product certification and TAGA. Mark visited GCM labs with 50 new intel-mac computers, and toured our updated press software simulators. An area of particular interest were a number of student special printing projects supervised by Prof Ian Baitz. Photo shows Nathan Witt, Olayemi Alawiye and Mike Morneau describing their rainbow printing results using a split fountain with oscillation printed on our Heidelberg Printmaster GTO.

Mark Bohan

Job Spot

CSR for Pentagon Graphics in Montreal. We specialize in phone & gift card production. This position represents an interesting opportunity for a new graduate of a graphic arts program or someone with experience in the printing industry. You would be a valued member of the sales team. Your main task will be to open detailed production dockets and to communicate information between the sales department and production. Anyone interested can visit our website at and can send me their CV by fax or email, or give me a call. Ian Ruthven (Received 27 March)

PRINT COORDINATOR Ensure timely, effective execution of Print campaigns for Ad Agency Group within the Air Miles Reward Program. Graduation of GCM university degree, relevant intern work experience. 1 year contract position available. Full benefits with 3 weeks vacation. Interested candidates please submit CVs or inquiries (Received 2 April)

PRODUCTION MANAGER Live the thrills and spills of joining a small, start-up direct marketing agency. Experience
the excitement and challenges of building a production department almost from scratch. Feel good about what you do every day as you help not-for-profit organizations raise more money. We are a 6 year-old direct marketing consultancy that’s become too busy to do without a production manager. From a production standpoint, we essentially run direct mail programs for charities. So the person we’re looking for will have print production experience or background as well as some experience working with lettershops and variable data printing. Contact Gord Muschett (Received 10 April)

CSR This position represents an interesting opportunity for a new graduate of a graphic arts program or someone with experience in the printing industry. You would be a valued member of the sales team. Your main task will be to open detailed production dockets and to communicate information between the sales department and production. This position will require interaction between account managers, customers and the production department. Contact David Languedoc (Received 10 April)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Central Reproductions is looking for a GCM grad for a production coordinator position. If anyone is interested, they can forward their resumes to Seema Kamath (Received 12 April)

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR Sales and marketing, a leader in the custom integrated point of purchase and packaging industry is looking for energetic, career minded individuals to aid us with our expansion goal. A minimum of 3-5 years experience, post-secondary degree with emphasis in communications and writing. Please note that if you have existing experience working in the point of purchase/display industry this will be an asset and will affect salary level. If this sounds like the position for you, please forward your resume to (Received 17 April)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR SCL Imaging Group is Canada’s leading large format printing facility with more than 50 employees. The position requires an individual to work with sales people, clients and production staff. The position’s main focus is to write up orders and manage the production from concept to client delivery. SCL is a fast paced environment in which a high degree of organization and commitment are required. SCL offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please submit resumes by email to Peter Spring (Received 18 April)

DESKTOP PUBLISHER and SALES COORDINATOR (2 positions) SBR Global is an innovative professional services contractor located in downtown Toronto.  Primarily, we service Fortune 500 companies. Need somebody to create and input data for graphic presentations and graphically illustrate interrelation of persons or events. Second position is to book and support field sales appointments. Apply directly to with cover letter and resume in 1 file. (Received 19 April)

ACCOUNT REP required at PrintAction and FlexoAction to sell advertising, this position involves daily customer contact by telephone, email and in person to make new sales and maintain existing business for the PrintAction and FlexoAction product line. Candidates must have some related work experience and a solid post-secondary education. We offer a competitive package consisting of a base salary, commissions, bonuses, a car allowance and full benefits. This is an entry level position. Contact Sara Young (Received 20 April)

SERVICE LAB TECHNICIANS Two eager people needed to start a career with a progressive North American and international ink manufacturer. Hostmann-Steinberg is seeking two individuals for full-time positions of service lab technician trainee and R&D technical trainee. College or university degree in chemistry, graphic arts or related fields. Computer knowledge – Microsoft Office; experience with colourmatching software, QA software and SAP would be an asset. Hands on experience in a printing environment preferred. Knowledge of resins, oils, varnishes, pigments, waxes and driers would be an asset for the R & D position. Prospective candidates must pass a colourblindness test. Interested applicants please e-mail your resume. (Received 25 April)

PRINT ESTIMATOR/PLANNER Busy commercial sheetfed print shop in Vancouver area is seeking an estimator/planner. Must be well-organized, strong math background, knowledge of print processes and terminology. Must be fluent with MS Office (Word & Excel). Please apply with cover letter and resume via email. No telephone calls or faxes accepted. (Received 1 May)

PROJECT MANAGER RR Donnelley requires a full time project manager in Toronto. You will be dealing with RRD’s clients to ensure that world class service is delivered at all times. This job involves the handling of multiple projects simultaneously and providing extremely accurate and detailed instructions while acting as the company’s frontline representative. Project managers work very closely with sales, manufacturing and production planning to determine the best way to produce a client’s product. Position Requirements are university degree or equivalent. Previous experience with print/bind processes and/or previous experience in financial printing. This position is on the afternoon shift with some overtime and weekends required. Contact George Smola (Received 2 May)

TRAFFIC COORDINATOR Anderson DDB is one of the largest health and lifestyle advertising agencies in North America. The clients range from a broad based consumer population to a select group of healthcare professionals. As a traffic coordinator, your role would be to assist the traffic manager and monitor project development vs. timelines and to take steps to ensure that projects are completed by the due dates set in the timelines. Requirements Bachelor of Technology, Major in Graphics Communications Management. Able to work in Office applications, Filemaker Pro and Presto. Please send your resume to HR (Received 3 May)

PREPRESS OPERATOR Optic Nerve Art & Design requires a self-motivated and independent individual who is responsible for providing prepress support to one of Toronto’s largest in-house agencies. Communicate in both written and verbal form with prepress manager, print production and those that are not as tech-savvy. Expert knowledge of Macintosh OSX, including but not limited to Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Quark. No phone calls please. ContactElizabeth Macaulay (Received 4 May)

STUDIO COORDINATOR Publicis requires a coordinator to update and maintain the white scheduling board, distribute and brief work to studio artists and proofreader, meet daily with studio manager, print production on all Publicis stationery, coordinating new business meetings/pitches when necessary. Contact Catherine Doty. (Received 4 May)

PRINT SERVICES COORDINATOR The Print Services department, Rogers Media, is seeking a detailed oriented, creative individual to handle quote request and executions for the BPP Group. This is a 12 month contract position filling in for a maternity leave. Qualifications for this position include a college degree with knowledge of magazine production, specifications of advertising files with a minimum experience of 3-5 years in production/agency environment. ContactStacy Park (Received 7 May)

ESTIMATOR Blanchette Press (formerly MacDonald Printing), a high quality award-winning annual report sheetfed printer located in Richmond B.C. (next to Vancouver) has an exciting opportunity for a GCM graduate looking for an
estimating position in a dynamic expanding company. email to (Received May 9)

Diary Dates

Alumni Weekend, September 6 – 8, 2007. See the new Alumni logo on the right.

IPA Annual Technical Conference, June 5-7, Chicago, IL.

Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council Forum with Heidelberg’s Print Media Academy, Toronto, June 18, 2007 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

Alumni Representatives 
Jamie McLeod GCM 00 
Stewart Nam GCM 00