Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

January 2008

School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
January 2008

Welcome to the January, 2008 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. In this issue we return to school after the winter break with start of term activities and news of upcoming JDF event, Colloquium and Job Fair. All our previous newsletters are available via a link on our homepage. We do not want to spam you, so if you do not wish to receive this newsletter please e-mail us to unsubscribe. We hope you enjoy this update.

Upcoming Events

Feb 6, 2008 GCM Annual Colloquium: Unwrapping Innovations in Packaging

Feb 12, 2008 Graphic Communications Management Day – Tour for High School Students

Feb 19, 2008 JDF Education Event – CIP4 and Ryerson University

Feb 21, 2008 Magazines Canada Innovation Symposium – Full-day professional education seminar,Register Online

March 6, 2008, Annual Recruitment Job Fair, Register Online

JDF Works

Register Now – Ryerson/CIP4 JDF Event – Feb 19

The CIP4 organization and Ryerson University will hold a “JDF Education Event” in Toronto on Tuesday, 19 February 2008. This one-day program will cover all aspects of print process automation and describe the format of this new electronic “job ticket”. The JDF Education Event was “sold out” in 2007, and is back by popular demand. Speakers include James Harvey (CIP4), Mark Wilton (Kodak) and Dr Mark Bohan (PIA/GATF). The event is sponsored by AGFA, Kodak and Avanti. Adobe and Heidelberg will also be represented. Speakers will identify the benefits of JDF-enabled process automation experienced by small and medium sized commercial offset printers, publishers and prepress professionals. Cost $25 or $10 for students/educators. For registration and complete program details go to

Course Union Festive Breakfast & Ski Trip

The course union continues to organize seasonal events including a ski trip, pub crawl and a festive breakfast. During the festive season, course union representatives served coffee, hot chocolate, cakes and made-to-order pancakes in the GCM foyer. The next event on the agenda is the annual ski trip to Quebec. The course union will organize a visit to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, staying in 4 person condos, from 17-20 February. The price is $320 per person which includes transportation via coach, 3 nights lodging, and lift pass. Photo shows Zeena Yassi, Pam Reyes and Emad Chibli making pancakes to order. Contact Rob Leclair for details of the ski trip.

Course Union

Konrad Okoniewski

Featured Alumni – Konrad Okoniewski

Graduate of 2007, Konrad Okoniewski is working at Acuity Innovative Solutions, a high-end printer in Richmond Hill, Toronto. Acuity has many accounts including Coke and Sony. Konrad does everything from taking the order through production, gaining FSC certification, large format printing, etc. Photo shows Konrad in front of a Kodak NexPress – the shop represents a growing trend where offset presses and digital printing are being used together to meet customer needs. We are proud to see Konrad build a successful career in graphic communications. Congratulations to Konrad and all the other GCM grads this newsletter reaches. Can we feature you in our next issue? Contact Abhay Sharma.

CPIA Annual Convention, Nov 6-8, Westin Bristol Place, Toronto

The CPIA Annual Convention “Expand Print Opportunities” was held in Toronto in November. Tony Gagliano of St Joseph Communications was the keynote speaker and is shown here meeting with Abhay Sharma and CPISTF scholarship winners Jamie Mace and Ruth Tupe. At the Awards evening gala, past GCM Chair Mary Black received the CPIA Honourary Life Membership award, “granted by the Association, as an expression of its appreciation for distinguished services to the industry”. One of the key conference presentations was made by Prof Chris Kular on the benefits of JDF and workflow automation in press and prepress. We thank Bob Elliott, President, CPIA and Don Gain, Harmony Printing for their continued support. Ryerson was a silver sponsor of the event.



Colloquium: Unwrapping Innovations in Packaging, February 6, 2008

The GCM 3rd year class presents their 2008 Colloquium: Unwrapping Innovations in Packaging. This year’s event brings excitement and knowledge to both professionals, as well as students in the packaging industry. There are limited gold sponsor opportunities available, so don’t delay, act now. Remember these are your future employees. The speakers include James Downham, Packaging Association of Canada, Henry Laszutko, Toronto CCL Label, and Peter Lewis, EskoArtwork. If you are interested in being a part of this event, visit us at, for further information and also for registration. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Graphics Canada

Graphics Canada Trade Show, Nov 8-10, Toronto

On Friday November 9, GCM halted all classes, we closed the school and took 400 faculty and students to Canada’s largest graphic arts and printing show at the International Centre, Toronto. GCM students were also working the booths helping exhibitors deal with technology and sales questions. You could find our 3rd and 4th year students working at, for example, Print Action, Komori K-North, Spicers, 5000cards, etc. Pictured are first year students moving through the exhibit halls that included wide format and sign printing, flexo and converting, mailing and fulfillment, and a “Design City”. We thank Graphics CanadaShow Manager Dan Mustata for accommodating the visitors from our school.

Developments on Campus

GCM has new signage at the top of our building. The campus has sported 5 new “RU” signs visible from all of the major intersections on campus. The new sign for GCM was installed on 9 January during a particularly blustery day. The sign has been placed in the top corner of our building and has automatic back-lit illumination at night. There are many new additions across campus – including purchase of Sam’s, a small office building at 110 Bond Street, and a parking lot on the west side of Church Street north of Dundas and the former Future Shop retail outlet adjacent to Sam’s. The total value of the four properties is $40 million. See news item below.

RU Sign

Graduate Brochure

Annual Graduate Brochure

An annual ritual at GCM is planning, laying out, proof reading, pre-flighting and fund raising for a show piece project called the Graduate Brochure. The theme this year is a high-end fashion magazine, each graduate is featured on their own page where they create a vision of their future career. The students were allowed to interpret the theme any way they wanted…”You can say how you see yourself like in the future…and how you will be awesome!”. Final year students found funding, a printer and gained sponsorship via advertisements. The printed piece is very impressive. Congratulations to the whole class, and a special mention to project managers, Alex Pokras and Melissa Elia. For a copy of the publication contact Alex or Melissa.

Annual Awards Night

Bob Elliott, CPIA was the master of ceremonies at the annual awards evening celebrating the academic achievements of our students in 2007. Over $40,000 in scholarship money was awarded to our outstanding students. 120 parents and industry guests attended this event co-hosted with the OPIA on November 14. A last minute room booking conflict meant that the event was held in the GCM foyer, the cozy environment served to reinforce the GCM family feeling! It was 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 SharmaPhoto: Peter Roehrig with “graduates” from his special Printing 101 class.

Peter Roehrig


Mock Disaster Exercise

A mock disaster exercise took place on the Ryerson campus on Friday, Nov 9th. The disaster exercise simulated a tiered response to a mass casualty incident and allowed members of RyeSERT – The Ryerson Student Emergency Response Team – to hone their triage and incident command skills. The exercise involved lots of “ketchup blood” and was held in conjunction with Toronto Emergency Medical Services whose paramedics were on hand to evaluate the exercise and provide feedback. GCM student Gabriel Lazdins (not shown in photo) is the equipment officer for this organization and helped coordinate the gory event! This activity is just one example of how GCM students contribute to our community. Contact Gabriel for further details.

Frank Romano

An Audience with Frank

The inimitable Frank Romano was in Toronto on December 5, speaking at the DIA Christmas Lunch. After the meeting, Frank visited Ryerson University and toured the GCM facilities. During the visit Frank spent time with GCM students and explored career opportunities at RIT, and discussed recent developments in digital printing. Frank leaves for Drupa in January as he is traveling by the new Queen Victoria cruise liner. Pictured in the GCM boardroom with Frank are from left to right students Scott Millward, Eden Kim, Nathan Witt, and Mateusz Serwin.


Effective Education: Blending Academia with Real-World Experience

Cary Sherburne from recently interviewed two leading schools who have graphic communications programs to find out what they are doing in regard to working with company donations and gifts The two schools interviewed were Ryerson University in Toronto and University of Wisconsin-Stout. Both programs are working hard to deliver the most current and relevant experience possible for their graduates. Cary writes “Sharma chairs the only dedicated graphic communications school in Canada and graduates 90 to 100 students from the program each year. He tells me that 100% of Ryerson’s graphic communications graduates enter the industry as they begin their careers.” Prof Chris Kular recently supervised an EDSF grant.Two of his students, Cayleigh Nichols and Diana Brown discuss their JDF research project.View interview at WhatTheyThink.


IAPHC Chai Tse Education Event

The Toronto Chapter of the IAPHC hosted the Chia Tse Memorial Award educational dinner on January 23rd at Oakham House, Ryerson University. The IAPHC recognized students from Ryerson University, Humber College, Eva’s Phoenix, and Ontario Graphic Communications Training Centre. The guest speaker at the event was Doug Picklyk, Editor, Canadian Printer who had just returned from a pre-Drupa media briefing in Germany. The Ryerson recipient was 4th year student Diana Brown. Her award was presented by Prof Chris Kular who also remembered Chai Tse, in whose honour this award is made. Attending the evening were Associate Dean Gillian Mothersill, and faculty members Abhay Sharma and Natalia Gilewicz. Pictured are left to right, Doug Picklyk, Diana Brown, Chris Kular.

Gordon Graydon Flexo Open House

Prof Ian Baitz and a team from GCM attended the Gordon Graydon Flexo Day on December 14. The career day is an annual event and this year guests included Mark Cisternino, FTA, Bettylyn Kraft, Phoenix Challenge, Wally Petrac, PAC Ron Schroder, CFTC and companies including Schawk, Williamson, Sun Chemical, Keating and Mohawk College. Peter Belanger is the flexo teacher at Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School and we admire the work Peter does in preparing students for a future in flexography. The program is now a regional program accessible to all Peel board students. Photo shows GCM Prof Ian Baitz talking to students at Gordon Graydon High School.

Gordon Graydon


GCM student wins iPod in University Survey

For the first time at Ryerson, in Fall 2007, students were able to evaluate their profs online. And for the first time, they were able to add comments to the survey. As an incentive, when students completed each survey, they were automatically entered into a draw to win one of five iPod Nanos. The draw took place on November 28, 2007. One of the lucky winners was Dermot Covel, 1st year GCM student (back right) showing here with other lucky winners and Vice Provost Michael Dewson. Photo courtesy Ryerson University.


Ryerson acquires Sam the Record Man

Ryerson University has acquired Sam the Record Man’s former location at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets, and three additional properties in order to provide space for programs and services urgently needed by students. Ryerson has purchased the Sam’s property directly from the Sniderman family. Photo shows President Sheldon Levy (centre) and Ryerson students Gwen Elliot (left) and Sharon Ng (right). Photo courtesy Ryerson University. Official announcement.

Ryerson wins MBA Games

The 2008 MBA Games was hosted by McMaster University, 3-5 January. The event brought together more than 500 students representing 14 Canadian business schools all vying for the Queen’s Cup in three competitive categories: academic, athletic and spirit. The Ryerson team consisted of 38 full- and part-time students from the MBA/MMSc in the Management of Technology and Innovation. Our own Prof Natalia Gilewicz is a student in this new MBA program and is shown here celebrating the win (and hiding her bruises received in basketball). “Our first place finish at the 2008 MBA Games is indisputable proof of the abilities and dedication of the Ryerson MBA and MMSc students and their faculty leaders,” said Wendy Cukier, Associate Dean Academic, Ted Rogers School of Management.

MBA Games

Job Spot (When responding please mention the GCM Newsletter)

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Working with the Design Studio, Strategy Department and the President, you are responsible for effective daily workflow management and all necessary scheduling, estimating, creative planning and accuracy of proofing final files for suppliers. If you can deliver passion, quality, accuracy and service with integrity, good judgment and enthusiasm, we want to meet you. Email a letter of interest and your CV to (Received 24 January)

ESTIMATING Printing Company in the Jane and 400 area is looking for a student in the printing program for Avanti estimating. Avanti estimating experience a must, students in there 3rd year of university required. Implementation and application of Avanti software. Print knowledge an asset. We are looking for both part time and full time students to start in the summer of 2008. Please fax resume to 416-740-3369 Attention Joe. (Received 23 January)

PRINT PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Sun Printing is a commercial / trade printing company with digital, sheet fed and cold set web printing presses located in Downsview Ontario. The Print Production Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the workflow of printing production in every department. 2 to 5 years previous work experience in print production including project management and scheduling experience. To apply for this position please e-mail or fax your resume to: Fax: 416 736-1222 (Received 22 January)

PREPRESS TECHNICIAN We are looking for a prepress technician capable of working on both Mac & PC.  Ideal candidates must have experience in working with AGFA Apogee X, Preps, Imposition, Pitstop, Corel, Adobe CS, Quark. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years experience and a strong education and understanding in a prepress working environment. (3rd or 4th year GCM Students are welcome to apply).  This prepress technician position is a technical job that does not require any aspirations to become a graphic designer. To apply for this position please e-mail or fax your resume to: Fax: 416 736-1222 (Received 22 January)

WEBSITE DESIGNER I am looking to hire a student to design/program our company website. I am leaning towards part-time, however would like to have the option of attaining information on full-time candidates as well. Please find below my contact information. If you require further information, please feel free to contact me anytime. 134 Adelaide St. East, Suite 208 Toronto, Art Lampa Email: (Received 17 January)

PRODUCTION Entire Imaging Solutions Inc. is a leading reprographic/digital imaging provider focusing on the architectural, engineering and the construction industry. Entire Imaging Solutions Inc. is looking for part-time and full-time candidates in the following areas: production, customer service and sales. If you are interested in submitting your resume, please feel free to contact Jeannette Faria at 905-673-2000 ext. 232 or via e-mail at (Received 14 January)

PRODUCTION MANAGER 52 Pick-up Inc. Strategic Design & Communications Seeks Full-Time Production Manager. The candidate must be proactive and able to work under pressure. Proficiency in Quark, Excel and Word required. Degree in Graphic Communications Management preferred. Duties include preparing quotes, liaise with vendors, acquire material samples, file and specification verification before the release of final artwork, proof printer/media proofs, maintain client brand standards, and ensure smooth translation from artwork, proofs, to timely delivery and installation. Please forward a resume to by January 18, 2008. (Received 10 January)

PRINT COORDINATOR Merrill Corporation Canada is an industry leader supporting our clients’ financial printing requirements nationally and internationally on a 24/7 basis. Our downtown Toronto office has an immediate opening for a Print Coordinator working 2nd shift.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter, including your salary expectations, by email to No agencies, please. Thank you to all applicants although only chosen candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please. (Received 10 Jan)

PROJECT COORDINATOR with Lithocolor Services. Looking for an enthusiastic individual with a positive attitude and great people skills. Must be well organized, efficient and proactive with an understanding of preress, print and bindery. Contact Chris Rogers. (Received 7 Jan)

PREPRESS SYSTEMS Looking for a prepress system admin. Someone who knows workflow systems, DAM systems, printing etc, and can work with clients. Contact Ashok Saini, Director, Premedia ISC, Transcontinental Printing (Received 4 January)

PROJECT COORDINATOR/CSR required by Peel Graphics, Brampton. Project Coordinator required for busy commercial printer.  Must have a minimum of 4 years experience in similar environment. Duties include reviewing estimates, docket writing, reviewing & checking proofs. Detail oriented, well organized, and proactive with an emphasis on customer service and COMMUNICATION. Excellent computer skills a must. Please submit resume (Received 3 January)

SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST at Bowne in Toronto responsible for identifying client and stakeholder needs, and translating these into profitable product requirements. Post-secondary degree, preferably in Graphic Communications or related experience as a Business Analyst, or Project Manager will be considered. Contact Mike Bujold or Nikki Eftekhari. (Received 3 January)

TWO POSITIONS at MPH Graphics Inc., a full-service commercial printing company located in Markham. CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE to liaise with sales, customers and production. ESTIMATOR AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT to interface with customers in the administration, communication and preparation of accurate and timely job cost estimates. Both positions require a post secondary education with 3-5 years’ commercial print experience, excellent interpersonal and communication skills together with strong initiative, multi-tasking, computer and mathematical capabilities. Please forward your resume along with a cover letter by January 24, 2008 in confidence to (Received 3 January)

MARKETING SALES Sample Services Clerk/Resource Centre Clerk Location: Coast Paper Toronto – 200 Galcat Drive, Vaughan. Reporting to Marketing Manager to provide designers, commercial printers, or ad agencies with samples, dummies or mock-ups. Provide customers, as required, with suggestions on product for specific applications. Mary Huang, Marketing Coordinator (Received 19 December)

PRICING ANALYST Bowne of Canada Monday to Friday – Day Shift With Bowne offices in financial centres across Canada and around the world Canada’s corporate community turns to Bowne for all their document management needs – financial and fine print, SEDAR & EDGAR filings, supplies management, outsourcing and graphic management solutions. Contact Mike Bujold or Nikki Eftekhari. (Received 11 December)

IMPLEMENTATION SPECIALIST Avanti Computer Systems, maker of MIS, estimating and JDF compliant products. Requires implementation/training specialists, ideally they would have a degree from Ryerson, at least 3 years experience in the printing industry and hopefully some experience with MIS systems. Contact Pat Bolan. (Received 9 Dec)

WEB/PROMOTIONS DESIGNER Fulcrum Publications a media company based in Greater Toronto Area.  We are searching for an energetic, creative and articulate person to join our team. The Web/Promotions Designer reports to the Managing Art Director. Creativity and ability to think “outside the box”. Skilled with software/programs such as PHP, HTML, Flash, Java script and Microsoft Office. All inquiries to be directed to Stacey-Lee Weiss at 416-504-0504 (Received 4 Dec)

WEBSITE DESIGN with skills in website building. Looking for both a cost effective, yet powerful website for Stuart & Co Management company. Stuart Weinstein (Received 30 Nov)

QUALITY CONTROL TECHNICIAN at Globe and Mail. Responsible for the measuring of the quality reproduction of newspapers from all print sites and secret subscribers. Knowledge of newspaper industry printing standards such as SNAP, ISO and NAA. University degree in Print Management preferred. Contact Maureen Huckins. (Received 29 Nov)

SALES COORDINATOR Working with Account Managers and Customer Service team to manage and maintain all aspects of customer relationships and all points of contact. Ideal candidates are recent graduates with a Business Degree (preferably in Graphic Communications Management, Sales, or Marketing).  Customer service experience is ideal and a manufacturing background an asset, preferably in printing or business forms manufacturing. Location Etobicoke (Hwy 407 / Hwy 427 area). Contact Supremex, Human Resources, (Received Nov 27)

INTERN for Fulcrum Publications. The company publishes bilingual industry-leading trade magazines. In addition, Fulcrum owns and operates successful trade and consumer shows. Candidates should be proficient in up-to-date software including: QuarkXpress 7.3, Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign/Acrobat (CS3) and be acquainted with Microsoft Word/Power Point/Excel, and Flash/Dreamweaver/HTML. All inquiries to be directed to Stacey-Lee Weiss at 416-504-0504 or

Diary Dates

Feb 6, 2008 GCM Annual Colloquium: Unwrapping Innovations in Packaging

Feb 12, 2008 Graphic Communications Management Day – Tour for High School Students

Feb 19, 2008 JDF Education Event – CIP4 and Ryerson University

Feb 21, 2008 Magazines Canada Innovation Symposium – Full-day professional education seminar,Register Online

March 6, 2008, Annual Recruitment Job Fair, Register Online

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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