Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

July 2007


School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto
July 2007

Welcome to the July, 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 our summer convocation and news and events from the summer intern program. All our previous newsletters are available via a link on our homepage.

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GCM Receives 768 Applications for Fall Entry
This year GCM has received an enormous number of applications and we have only 120 available positions for Fall 2007. The admissions process has been streamlined to concentrate on applicants with high grades. To understand why we have so many applications this year we polled students to see how they heard about us and why they want a career in printing. Aliya Damji, pictured was the first person to respond to our survey and won an iPod nano. Aliya is joining us in Fall and is seen here talking to Marietta Canlas of GCM. The survey replies are fascinating, we can see that the most students found GCM from an internet search followed by the Ontario Universities Fair. Good career opportunities continue to be a plus for studying printing. See the results of the survey –Survey Results. If you are a successful applicant to GCM – we look forward to seeing you in Fall.

Aliya Damji


IPA Technical Conference, Chicago, June 5-7
GCM faculty and students assisted at the recent IPA Technical Conference and Color Proofing RoundUP in Chicago. Drs Martin Habekost and Abhay Sharma conducted a series of colorimetric measurements on supplier and end user color proofs. Third year students Cayleigh Nichols and Diana Brown managed the computer Learning Labs. Third year student Scott Millward used OS X Automator to analyze measured data and produce quality certificates. In the show exhibit area, Cary Sherbourne (left) interviewed students Diana Brown (middle) and Cayleigh Nichols (right), for Watch the online interview with Abhay Sharma, reporting on the conference and RoundUP. This was a great experience for the Ryerson team.

Measuring Chocolate Gloss 
Misael Miranda is a post doctoral research fellow in Ryerson’s School of Nutrition. Dr Miranda is using GCM’s gloss meter to study the surface characteristics of chocolate. During summer, chocolate bars in stores can get warm, allowing the oil within the bar to become liquid and migrate to the surface, reducing the gloss and in extreme cases causing chocolate “bloom”, the white residue on the surface of your Cadbury’s bar. Misael is using the Novo-Gloss glossmeter at 75 degrees to study this issue. Misael has no shortage of volunteers to assist in this tasty research! Did you know that Cadbury purple is Pantone 2685C, keenly guarded by patent since 1905. Cadbury chose the color purple as their brand identity as purple is associated with royalty and Cadbury is the “king of chocolate”.


Ryerson upgrades AGFA ApogeeX

GCM is pleased to have upgraded this summer to the latest version of AGFA’s workflow product :ApogeeX 3.5. The school will use Apogee to process images, proof images to inkjet, do trapping, JDF, and manage jobs and queues.The system will drive our imagesetter, and Epson and HP inkjet proofers. The upgrade has been coordinated by Jack Baraczek, Vice President of AGFA Graphic Systems whose is a supporter and long term member of GCM’s Advisory Council. Mohammed Khaled Ahmed of GCM traveled to the Boston in June to train on the new system. Thank you AGFA for investing in the future of graphic communications in Canada.



Heidelberg Print Media Academy visits GCM 
GCM was pleased to host a visit and discussions with Bernd Schopp, Director, Heidelberg Print Media Academy and Martina Brand on June 19. Rye Goodyear is shown here explaining the activities done in the prepress area of the school. GCM is investigating opportunities in international print media education with PMA. Also visiting us was Brian Ellis, Heidelberg Canada. The guests were in town as keynote speakers at the First Annual Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council Forum Workforce Strategies in a Competitive Global Environment, June 18, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Toronto. Photo credit Rich Adams.

Three Ryerson students win FTA Scholarship
Prof Ian Baitz supervised three winning students at this years FFTA Annual Flexo Forum and INFO*FLEX exhibition in Montreal on Tuesday May 8. The conference was titled Crossing Borders – Flexo’s Global Gateway. Third year student Nathan Witt traveled to Montreal to represent GCM. The other student winners from Ryerson were Diana Brown and Nicola Kidd. Each scholarship was US$2,000. There are a number of initiatives by the FTA in the area of education. Bettylyn Krafft, Chair of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, manages one of the college programs. Another exciting initiative for schools is the Flexo University Challenge. We are very proud of our scholarship winners as the school continues to address the important issues of flexo and gravure in printing and packaging.



Prüfbau loans printability tester to GCM
GCM is pleased to have on loan a printability tester from Peter Bauernschmid, Prüfbau, Germany. This machine is being used in research relating to ISO standards: ISO 3783 (Paper and board), ISO 2834 (Test print preparation for offset and letterpress) and ISO 2846-1 (Four-color printing). Research Assistant Nicola Kidd is working with Dr Martin Habekost to compare pick test results between the Prüfbau printability tester and the Universal Testprinter. It took 6 strong men to lift the instrument. After some initial challenges, the Prüfbau printability tester is running smoothly and producing reliable and repeatable results. Thank you Prüfbau! Can we assist in your paper/ink testing? Contact Dr Martin Habekost.

Prof Gillian Mothersill appointed Associate Dean
We congratulate Gillian Mothersill in her transition from GCM Faculty to Interim Associate Dean and now to Associate Dean. Gillian’s official title, effective July 1, is Associate Dean, Faculty and Student Affairs for the Faculty of Communication & Design. The position is a five year term. Gillian joined GCM in 1992, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2001. Last year, Gillian assumed the role of Interim Associate Dean.

In the newly created position of Associate Dean Faculty and Student Affairs, Gillian will be responsible for overseeing and facilitating the expanding base of programs and scholarly activities of faculty members and Schools and Departments, including providing support in the development and implementation of graduate programs, overseeing the program review process, developing the academic plan, and liaising on international matters.

Gillian brings an extensive range of expertise to this appointment. In addition to graduating from Ryerson with a Bachelor of Technology in Graphic Communications Management, Gillian holds an MBA from Queen’s University. Gillian continues her active involvement with the Canadian printing industry, recently attending the CPIA Government Affairs Day in Ottawa. Gillian has also been appointed to the Labour Market Intelligence Committee of the Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council. Congratulations to Assoc Dean Gillian – don’t forget your home department!

Convocation 2007
After four long years, Thursday June 7, saw 63 GCM graduates wear their gown and hoods and walk across the stage to receive their Bachelors degree. Gillian Mothersill presented the graduates, Chris Kular was hooder, and Mary Black received the students. Four students graduated with Honours. After the ceremonies light refreshments were served on the lawns of Kerr Hall, and of course there was time for many pictures with proud parents and family members. New this year, GCM welcomed all graduates and guests to a reception and a glass of wine in the GCM building following the convocation ceremony. Congratulations to our newest alumni, you carry the GCM name and strengthen our reputation in the Canadian printing industry. We are proud of you. Photo credit Nicky Fan.


Honorary Doctorate for Suzuki
At our convocation ceremony on June 7, Ryerson University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Science on Dr David Suzuki. Canada’s most prominent environmentalist and broadcaster, David now lives in BC from where he hosts TV and radio programs and where he has founded the David Suzuki Foundation. David has 19 honorary doctorates and a “real” PhD in Zoology from the University of Chicago. Past recipients of honorary doctorates from Ryerson include Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, Roger Moore, and Ted and Loretta Rogers. Photo (from left) Ryerson Chancellor Raymond Chang, Ryerson President Sheldon Levy, and Dr David Suzuki. Photo credit Dario Ruberto.



Lunch and Learn with Trish Wales
On June 26, Patricia (Trish) Wales presented a review of paper and it’s relation to printing. Trish is Chair of the IDEAlliance Print Predictability Paper Task Force that is working to rank paper with numbers that can predict dot gain and other print characteristics. Faculty and industry friends joined us for our “lunch and learn” session to find out what is happening with paper classifications, dot gain on printing papers, LWC, SCA, etc. Trish’s presentation helped the print buyer and printer to understand color management and promote print predictability across the supply chain. If you missed this presentation contact Trish to get a copy of the PowerPoint, Trish Wales, Roloc Color. Photo: Trish Wales (left) talking to Gary Garland (Magazines Canada) centre, and Terry Barnes (Quebecor World) right. 


105 Bond Street

Green Neighbours for GCM 
Ryerson purchased the 105 Bond Street building from book publisher Doubleday Canada in 2006. The premises has undergoing extensive renovations and will open in September, 2007 as the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Behind the historic facade the facility will offer several “green” features including energy-efficient heating and lighting. The renovated building will house spacious studios, a student lounge and high-tech presentation rooms. This is the first building on campus to achieve LEED Certified rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) says Projects Manager, Siu-Man Wong. GCM welcomes our green neighbours.

Summer with Rogers 
Alexandra Pokras, a third year student, is doing her internship at Rogers Publishing in downtown Toronto. Two days a week Alex works in the Digital Graphics Services department, under Len Goins, preflighting and producing ads for the complete range of magazines that are clients of Rogers Publishing. The rest of her time she spends in the Consumer Publications department with Karen Evans, a coordinator of one of the magazines Rogers publishes. Do you need an intern for next year? Contact Taras Karpiuk for details of our internship program. Reporting and photo by Scott Millward.

Alex Pokras


Toronto Life Square
The square in front of the Eaton Centre was once known as Dundas Square – now Toronto Life of St Joseph Printing has acquired the naming rights and has officially trademarked this area as TORONTO LIFE SQUARE. The building shown in the picture is on the northeast corner of Yonge & Dundas. It will open in phases starting this fall, housing a 24-screen AMC cinema, an upmarket Adidas store, Future Shop and other retail and business outlets. The facility borders Ryerson on many sides, including the Bookstore car park. For artists impression of the finished project visit the web site.

InDesign User Group
On May 23rd, the Toronto InDesign User Group (IDUG) held it’s third meeting at Ryerson GCM. The IDUG was lucky to have both Sebastian Distefano and Collin Smith of Adobe present to tag team demo the new features of InDesign CS3. Sebastian and Collin did a great demonstration of what happens to a file when transparency is flattened on output. The Toronto Chapter of the InDesign User Group was the first group established in Canada, and has a membership exceeding 500. The Toronto Chapter Representative is Jason Lisi, an Assistant professor at GCM. Membership to the group and attendance to the meetings are both free. For more information, or to join the group, go to the web site.



GCM Faculty visit Quebec Institute of Graphic Communications
On June 1, Manfred Breede, Richard Adams, Art Seto and Martin Habekost visited the Quebec Institute of Graphic Communications (QIGC). André Dion, General Director of QIGC, welcomed the team. QIGC serves not only the printing industry in Quebec, but also in the rest of Canada and the United States. The institute is well equipped with various measurement devices for ink testing in offset and flexo. QIGC offers independent testing for the graphic arts industry. GCM and QIGC are moving forward on a number of collaborative research projects. For more information visit the QIGC web site. Photo and reporting by Martin Habekost.

Michelle Leoung wins $2500 prize
On May 16, third year student Michelle Leoung won a design competition. Michelle (centre) received a cheque of $2500 from Andrew Bjerring, President, Canarie (left). Also present was Ryerson President Sheldon Levy (right). Prof Gillian Mothersill and Dean Daniel Doz were present to see the winning design that will be used for the cover of the Annual Report of Canarie, a company that promotes successful university/technology collaboration. The Board of Directors of Canarie thought that Michelle’s design captured the theme of moving towards the future, it was not too elaborate and met technical requirements such as leaving place for the logo. Michelle worked on the design over the winter holidays and did research by visiting the organization’s web site. Congratulations to Michelle for seizing this opportunity.



Summer at Schawk
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. Joanne Lam (left) is spending the summer at Schawk Canada in Mississauga. Scott Leahey interviewed Jo at our Job Fair and planned an itinerary for Jo within the company. One of Jo’s mentors was last year’s GCM graduate Brittany Kruegar. Jerry I is also an intern this summer with Schawk Asia. Thank you Schawk for supporting GCM. We have 87 companies hiring our students this summer. Do you want to hire a GCM summer intern? Contact Taras Karpiuk to be part of the internship program.

X-Rite donates Eye One iSis and QA software to Ryerson
Ryerson is pleased to be able to use the latest scanning spectrophotometer from the newly merged X-Rite/GretagMacbeth company. Sandra Sumski, Imaging & Media has sent us the latest Eye-One iSis measuring instrument that uses a holographic diffraction grating and can measure an IT8.7/4 target in minutes. Ryerson is pleased to be able to verify cross-correlation with measurements from the DTP70, DTP41 and SpectroScan.

In another collaboration Marc Levine, X-Rite Product Manager,
Pre-Media Solutions has provided X-Rite ColorMaster Quality Assurance product QA-Master II for use in Dr Martin Habekost’s color research. The combined value of these donations exceeds $10,000. We thank X-Rite for investing in Ryerson and colour education and research. Photo shows student Scott Millward using our new Eye One iSis.


Job Spot

IMPLEMENTATION SPECIALIST Avanti Computer Systems, maker of MIS, estimating and JDF compliant products. Requires implementation specialist. Computer literacy. Contact Peter Funnell (Received 29 June)

CREATIVE/DESIGN Travel agency and tour operator offering exotic tours is looking for a motivated Graphic Communications student, on a paid part time basis to apply their creativity to the design and layout of our materials. Please forward your resume or portfolio in confidence to Carlson Wagonlit Travel (Received 29 June)

PREMEDIA COOP Transcontinental RBW is currently looking for a graphics arts student for a co-op placement in our premedia (Pre-Press Division) working mainly with our technical support staff. Specific knowledge of various software applications (Quark, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Preps, PageMaker, Corel Draw, Filemaker Pro, Freehand). Located in Owen Sound, RBW Graphics is a large, commercial, web printer offering a full service of print solutions. ContactJudy Lang (Received 29 June)

JUNIOR DESIGN Barrymore Furniture is looking for a part time or full time junior design technician. The job duties include refining and completing Point of Purchase materials using In Design, proof reading, preparing photos in Photoshop. The job requires a good knowledge of In Design and Photoshop as well as basic writing skills. Contact Tom Callahan.(Received 29 June)

CUSTOMER SERVICE REP Merrill Corporation downtown Toronto office has an immediate opening for a Customer Service Representative. The hours for this full-time position are 12:00 midnight to 8:00 a.m. Monday to Friday. The position is fundamentally that of “project coordinator”, ensuring that our customers’ composition and printing requirements are completed on a timely basis. A diploma or degree in Graphic Communications Management is desired for this position. PC literate with MS Office Suite capability, as well as familiarity with Adobe applications, specifically Acrobat and Distiller. Please send your resume and cover letter to (Received 26 June)

CUSTOMER SERVICE REP Required by Central Reproductions, Mississauga. To coordinate projects for commercial print customers by managing jobs through the various phases of production. Post secondary education in a print related program such as Graphics Communications Management, and/or a minimum of 2 years experience in printing processes including digital, prepress, press and finishing. Knowledge of Adobe Creative products an asset. Experience with Avanti system a plus. Submit resume and cover letter to Doug Snow. (Received 22 June)

DIGITAL PREPRESS OPERATOR Busy BBDO downtown ad agency is looking for PrePress (PreMedia) operator for our afternoon shift with at least 3 years experience. The successful candidate must be proficient on the Mac platform and possess knowledge of the trapping process as well as the various digital file formats. Experience in proof outputting (Kodak Approval) would be an asset. It would also strengthen your chances of an interview if you also had electronic art assembly background. Contact
Joe Cordeiro. (Received 8 June)

MAC OPERATOR Busy digital print shop requires a Mac operator. Must be proficient with CS3 and Quark. Duties include pre – flighting, printing, troubleshooting, font management, bindery, mounting and laminating. Printers include DocuColour 240 and HP 5500. Must be comfortable dealing with customers. Contact From: Tom Smith.(Received 6 June)

CUSTOMER SERVICE REP Merrill Corporation downtown Calgary office has an immediate opening for a Customer Service Representative. The hours for this full-time position are 12:00 midnight to 8:00 a.m. Monday to Friday. The position is fundamentally that of “project coordinator”, ensuring that our customers’ composition and printing requirements are completed on a timely basis. A diploma or degree in Graphic Communications Management is desired for this position. PC literate with MS Office Suite capability, as well as familiarity with Adobe applications, specifically Acrobat and Distiller. Please send your resume and cover letter to (Received 6 June)

PREPRESS Bellshire are looking for someone who is well versed in Adobe CS2, especially in Illustrator and Photoshop. Must be able to manipulate client files and layouts and output plates, and willing to work afternoons 4 days a week. Mon –thurs 4pm – 2 am (time negotiable) Hourly rate/ Salary negotiable upon experience. Contact Jerry Malfara. (Received 4 June)

QUALITY ASSURANCE COORDINATOR Quebecor World – Islington. Post-secondary courses in Graphic Arts are an asset. To be successful in this position you must have a minimum of two years related experience, including graphic arts, press, prepress or finishing. The primary responsibilities of this role are to retrieve, inspect and report on Press control files, inspect and report on customer “Specials”. Contact Sylvia Silveira(Received 4 June)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Looking for a candidate for csr/production coordinator. Responsibilities include: Customer service – order taking, project updates etc. Estimating using MIS software. Coordinating print and graphics- order entry, scheduling, follow up, problem solving. Special projects for the development of new business as assigned. Suitable candidate is friendly, presentable and articulate. Able to work in a team environment. Must be self motivated with a talent for multitasking. Annual Salary $38,000 with increase to $40,000 upon successful completion of probationary period. 9-5 Monday to Friday. Contact Rob Cole (Received 4 June)

SALES, IKON sales opportunities with IKON (based out of our Mississauga location). Ideal for graduates of graphic communications. IKON is as a leading provider of solutions to managing document workflow. Range of opportunities. Contact Kathy Barrett. (Received 30 May)

PRODUCTION MANAGER Production Manager required for printing business in Hamilton. Suitable for recent graduates. Position is replacement for former graduate, who came here about 12 years ago or so, for six months… but never left. Contact Stuart Seldon (Received 24 May)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Advanced Printing Solutions, dynamic, young company provides an ideal environment for the progressive minded. If you possess the required skills, a winning attitude, the desire to be part of a great team, in addition to an advanced work ethic, we would like to discuss your future with you. A minimum background of 3-5 years in printing industry is necessary. Please send resume to Customer Service Supervisor. (Received 22 May)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Schawk Boston looking for Production Coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating packaging development activities between Brand Management, Marketing and Design departments. Management of the packaging development process. Bachelor’s degree. Preferably in Graphic Arts, Technical program or equivalent, 2 – 3 years experience. Contact Justin OShea. (Received 14 May)

PRINT QUOTES PROFESSIONAL Presently Print-Quotes is accepting resumes on behalf of a number of progressive printing companies located in the greater Toronto and southern Ontario area. This opportunity is available to individuals who are interested in a challenging career as a “Print-Quotes Professional” working within the printing industry. Initial resume selection will be conducted by Print-Quotes software human resources department. Upon Print Quotes recommendations final candidate interviews will be conducted by the interested printing company’s human resources department. Selected individuals will be trained at Print-Quotes Software Inc.’s facility in Kitchener, Ontario on all aspects of the software and position prior to working on location at the print company’s facility. Apply to . (Received 11 May)

Diary Dates

Alumni Weekend, September 8, 2007. This year Alumni Weekend is to be held on Thursday Sept. 6 – Saturday, Sept. 8th (with the majority of events taking place on the 8th).

Program Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007
9:00 am Registration begins in the Quad
10 – 11:30 am Faculty Open House Events
10 – 11:30 am General Campus Tours
11 – 1:30 pm Celebration in the Quad, with a free BBQ, music, President Sheldon Levy’s address, activities for the kids i.e. face-painting etc.
1:30 – 3:30 pm Varsity athletics – Men’s Volleyball Game vs. Canadians
Men’s Masters Team

Start spreading the word about the weekend to all your classmates – GCM wants to see you come home!!

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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