Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

November 2008



School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
November 2008

Welcome to our November, 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 report on our October Open House and describe use of Kodak CTP and CGS Oris Soft Proof donations. All our previous newsletters are available via a link on our homepage.

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Remi Marcoux meets students at CPIA Annual Conference, Sept 18-20, Halifax, NS


A team of 10 students and faculty attended the CPIA Annual Conference in Halifax, September 18-20. The students were required to “apply” for the opportunity by telling us what the CPIA does and how they will benefit from the conference. 7 applicants were chosen to attend based on high GPA and their written application. Ryerson University was represented by Dean Daniel Doz, Chair Abhay Sharma and Director of Development Catherine Hurley. Before the conference, the students visited with Marian Kerr, General Manager, Transcontinental Printing, Dartmouth, and on a lighter note also visited the Alexander Keith brewery. At the conference the students presented a panel discussion and created uproar with their frank descriptions of their parent’s views to their career. At the Gala Dinner GCM alumni Todd Cober, Cober Printing received the Young Printer Award. Photos shows our students with Remi Marcoux. A BIG THANK YOU to the following companies for sponsoring our students: Schawk Canada, Heidelberg Canada, Grafikom, St Joseph Printing, Transcontinental and CPIA. Next year, the Strategy 09 conference will be held in Toronto, Nov 10-12, 2009Photo credit: Jon Robinson, Print Action.


Norquest College – Centre for Excellence in Print Media

September 23 saw the launch of a new Centre for Excellence in Print Media at Norquest College in Edmonton, Alberta. With a $1.4 million grant from the Western Economic Diversification Fund, the college has a Heidelberg SM52 4-color press with coater to go along with its new Heidelberg platesetter, folder and cutting equipment. Annette Trimbee, Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Technology addressed the attendees over lunch. Conference presentations were made by Abhay Sharma, Marie Eveline and Adobe, Xerox and Heidelberg. 35 students are registered in Norquest’s two-year certificate program in graphic communications. Photo shows Josh Ramsbottom and Dean Norma Schnieder. Congratulations to Norquest for this fantastic industry-education partnership in Western Canada.

Press Inauguration and GCM Open House, October 1

Students and faculty welcomed 150 industry guests and friends to an Open House at the GCM building on October 1. Tours were conducted of the press room with the new Heidelberg PM 74 offset press and the Xerox Docucolor 7000. The new Muller-Martini bindery lab was also on show. In the prepress area Prof Jason Lisi demonstrated Kodak workflow technologies and Xinet DAM applications. It was a pleasure to see so many of our successful alumni visit the school. Photos shows from left to right : Steve Fullerton (Kodak), Daniel Doz (Dean), Adam Kahan (University Advancement), Richard Armstrong (Heidelberg), Tom Oldfield (Xerox), and Abhay Sharma (Chair). Photo credit: Marta Wajda.

Open House

CGS Oris

Ryerson Researchers evaluate CGS Oris Soft Proofing

Ryerson University is pleased to install and evaluate  and Oris Soft Proof for colour management and soft proofing. This proofing solution is SWOP/GRACoL certified and is being used to study L*a*b* colour values in soft proofing. The Oris solution is based on an easy-to-use Acrobat plug-in that makes it easy to share proofs with your clients, it also links to our Epson 4800 inkjet device, so that we can get a colour accurate inkjet proof of what we see on screen. We thank CGS for their donation and support. Photo shows Ben Starr (CGS Oris) with Ryerson researcher Ruth Tupe working on the product in the GCM labs.

GRAPH EXPO – PIA/GATF Teachers Update

A program for teachers was held on October 25–27, 2008 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois during GRAPH EXPO 08. The GASC/PIA/GATF Teacher’s Conference program takes place in the morning and in the afternoon attendees visit the show floor. The conference presentations included trends in counterfeiting measures, sustainability and print technologies that make serious inroads into the traditional print market, like digital printing. Presentations were given by the industry leaders, GATF experts and the well-know Frank Romano. Prof Martin Habekost attended this event on behalf of Ryerson University. We are truly grateful to PIA/GATF for their range of educational programs. Dr Abhay Sharma also attended GRAPH EXPO and presented a seminar on monitor soft proofing. Photo: Martin Habekost is welcomed to Graph Expo by PIA/GATF CEO Michael Makin.

Graph Expo

AMC Cinema

Lectures with Harrison Ford

In a unique new arrangement Ryerson classes are now held in the AMC Cinema complex at Yonge and Dundas. Ryerson and AMC have an arrangement where the university uses up to 10 cinemas for classes and then releases them for evening use of movie-going public. A desk tray is available that slots into the drink holders to form a tray (on left of photo) and the auditoriums are fitted with special audio-visual technology for educational purposes. GCM students (from left) Thuha Tran, Michelle An, Jason Mok and Maria Ferrando are taking classes in GEO 509 – Geography: Food, Place and Identity and SOC 902 – Sociology: Hollywood and Society at the complex. Photo credit Marta Wajda.

GCM Makes Transition to CTP

GCM has made the transition from film to plate. Located on the third floor we now have a Kodak Magnus 400 CTP unit for processless plates. Steve Fullerton, Kodak has made a generous donation to Ryerson to enable students to use and investigate issues relating to a CTP-based workflow. Students are using an Agfa ApogeeX workflow or a Kodak Prinergy workflow to burn plates that are then mounted on our Heidelberg PM74 press. The Magnus 400 platesetter is a 4-up CTP device. Prof Jason Lisi (far right) is directing installation and testing of our new CTP as part of a colour managed workflow.

Kodak Magnus

Book Event

Ryerson Authors

On October 16th, the Faculty of Communication and Design celebrated faculty authors by presenting their publications on the 4th floor of the Ryerson Library. 27 authors presented 22 publications, ranging from juicy novels to color science. GCM authors included Prof Chris Kular (left) with a chapter in The Future of the Book in the Digital Age edited by Bill Cope and Angus Phillips. Prof Manfred Breede (right) had two books on show –Handbook of Graphic Arts Equations, and The Brave New World of Publishing: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Printing and Book Publishing. The event was hosted by Dean Daniel Doz (centre), Chief Librarian Madeleine Lefebvre and Shirley Lewchuk. We congratulate all the authors for these outstanding contributions to academic research. For a full list of the titles visit the FCAD website.

Kempenfelt receive Xerox PIXI Award at Graph Expo

The Printing Innovation with Xerox Imaging (PIXI) Environmental Award for 2008 went to Kempenfelt Graphics Group in Barrie, Ontario. Receiving the award at Graph Expo for Kempenfelt Graphics is GCM Alumni Taline Hepburn,Account Manager for VDP and digital print. On October 26, a dinner celebration event took place at the Chicago History Museum in Chicago in conjunction with Graph Expo. The award was in recognition of Kempenfelt’s range of personalized children’s books. The story of each book relates to an environmental issue and highlights the importance and value of the plants and animals that share our planet. The Wildfire personalized books were produced on an iGen3 with FreeFlow and XMPie. Taline (centre) is shown here with Xerox Corporate VP Quincy Allen (left) receiving her prize of a special solar-panel adorned laptop bag.


Color Management

Rich Adams Authors New Color Management Book

Dr Richard Adams launched his latest book, entitled Color Management Handbook: A Practical Guide. The text provides explanations and procedures for practical color management. Despite the relative maturity of the topic, color still ranks as one of the main issues in digital camera capture and managing soft and hard copy proofing. This latest title is an invaluable guide to photographers, printers, end-users and everybody who wants to control and manage color. The text reviews the latest products and procedures — if you are into color you need this book! The text is published by PIA/GATF and is co-authored with Abhay Sharma and Joseph Suffeleto. To order your copy with a special 20% discount use Discount Code “RYECMH” at the PIA/GATF Bookstore valid through December 31, 2008.

Martin’s Colour Column in Print Action

Dr Martin Habekost continues to write a widely read column on colour and colour measurement in Print Action magazine. His articles in July and August have covered new developments in inline colour measurement and control and in the October issue Martin reviewed progress in the GRACoL and G7 methodologies and concepts. Look out for upcoming columns on new technical issues relating to deinking and sustainability, optical brightners, etc.

Martin Habekost


Colliers International Hotels – Design Competition Winner

Mark Sparrow from Colliers International approached the School with a request for help with a new design for their Annual Report. A number of GCM students submitted very good entries. The winning cover and a $3000 reward went to GCM 03 student Daniel Raftis for “the bold, vivid front cover and how he was able to play off the same design on the back cover but bring different words to life.  Inside, he had great use of white space and clean lines.” Daniel will now work with Colliers to follow through the process of taking his work from design to print. GCM 03 student Jason Mok was runner up with an outstanding design. We thank Mark for approaching us and thank all students for submitting entries in a great learning experience for all parties. Does your company want to use our skills in this way? Contact Abhay Sharma.

Toronto Harbour Boat Cruise

Year 1 can be a scary place for newcomers to Toronto. To help welcome our first year students we took a lunch cruise around Toronto Islands and Harbour on Sunday, 19 October. After a hot pasta lunch, Prof Natalia Gilewicz coordinated a number of games and activities including – unraveling human knots! During the 4-hour cruise the students enjoyed unseasonably good weather and stunning views of the Toronto skyline and CN Tower. The ship sailed from the downtown Queen’s Quay Terminal. The event was organized to encourage camaraderie amongst our first year students. An extra challenge for some students was traffic delays as the Toronto Marathon was on at the same time as our cruise departure! Thanks Prof Natalia for a great event.

Boat Cruise

Ian Baitz goes Flexo

Prof Ian Baitz is on sabbatical this year. One of the projects he is undertaking is in the area of flexography. Ian recently completed the three-day FTA Part I Certification course at the DiTrolio Flexographic Institute in Chicago. The program included speakers from the flexo industry – Bob Sweeney (Alden & Ott inks), Marc Whitcomb (Rotometrics rotary dies), Ken Pavett (Flexographics prepress and plates), and Mike Huey (Harper anilox rolls). Ian used a 13″ 5-colour inline Propheteer narrow web press, with die cutting.  We are very pleased that Prof Baitz continues to lead GCM in the development of flexo programming and wish him success in his activities during his sabbatical year. Photo: The job being printed is a 2-c job using black and a spot colour. Ian Baitz is in the foreground, instructor Mike Greenhill is in the background.

Ian Baitz

Abhay Sharma


Abhay Sharma elected to CIP4 Advisory Board

On October 27, the CIP4 organization announced the results of its bi-annual election of Advisory Board representatives and Board of Directors officers. CIP4’s Advisory Board is its highest level of organization and the Advisory Board elects the Board of Directors. On the Advisory Board, re-elected incumbent Stephan Jaeggi of Prepress Consulting is joined by first-time Associate representatives Mark Bohan of PIA/GATF (USA) and Abhay Sharma of Ryerson University (Canada). In turn, the Advisory Board elected the following Directors to serve new two-year terms- CEO Margaret Motamed of EFI, Technical Officer Rainer Prosi of Heidelberg, Education and Marketing Officer Mark Wilton of Kodak, Financial Officer Marc van Vught of Screen and Membership Officer Tim Daisy of Prism (USA). The full list of Advisory Board members is available at One of the first tasks that Abhay will undertake is organizing a 1-day JDF seminar in February, 2009.

Mary Black Recruiting

Mary Black Recruiting is currently looking for candidates in all areas of the graphic communication and printing industry for positions in Ontario, BC and Calgary. Over the past 2 years they have been very successful at placing GCM grads in industry companies across Canada. Let them help you find new opportunities. START CONNECTING NOW! Sign up at their web site and connect with the very best companies that our industry has to offer. Visit Mary Black at Print World at Booth # 1207 – Nov. 22-24, Toronto. Photo: Associates Mary & Heather Black.

Mary Black

Job Spot (When responding please mention the GCM Newsletter)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Production Coordinator (Catalogue) is responsible for the full production management of projects assigned to them to ensure that the project is kept on schedule from the start to the delivery of the materials to printer. Minimum of 2 years experience in a similar capacity in a pre-press production environment. Contact Rebecca Rogers, St. Joseph Content, Pi Media. (Received November 6)

ENVY ADVERTISING seeking individual who is naturally creative and has the technical skills to formulate ideas. Responsibility to design and maintain the website, and design our client’s brochures on a regular basis. ContactAbhishek Arora (Received October 31)

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Full time. Understanding prepress operations and printing productions: impositioning skills. Proficient on professional printing software including Adobe CS3, Corel Draw, MS Office, QuarkXpress. Strong skills on coordinating a high volume of varied daily printing jobs. Good communications skills. To apply please send an application to: (Received October 30)

CGS TECHNICAL SUPPORT SPECIALIST To perform pre/post sales support of CGS ORIS software applications to include customer and dealer training. – Provide telephone, email and web-based support for ORIS software suites. – Prepare color matched proofs and sample requests per Sales and Dealer requests – Test, document and report functionality of new software developments. Requirements: Education: 4-year degree required, preferably in Graphics Communications or similar field of study. Experience with Raster Image Processors (RIP) required. Previous Experience – Color Management, Customer Service and/or Prepress/Printing related internships. Contact Heath Luetkens (Received 31 October)

SALES Entry level opening for a Sales Representative (outside sales, calling on printing companies) and an opening for an internal Sales Coordinator. Contact Robert J. (Bob) Nixon, Bottcher Canada Ltd. (Received 2 October)

XEROX Xerox Global Services has several positions available at different levels. The Account Operations Manager is responsible for assisting the XGS Business Manager by planning, directing and coordinating the total operations of the account. Account Associates work on meeting client needs.  Xerox is looking for individuals with a university degree and relevant experience.  Interested candidates can forward their resume to (Received October)

COLOR MANGEMENT SPECIALIST The color management specialist is responsible for delivering high quality 1st and 2nd level support to GMG Americas customers and the dealer channel. The position requires independent problem resolving and time management skills. The specialist will assist in projects to ensure GMG Americas’ success in the market and will be the key person responsible for advanced color issues including technical sales support, trial installations, demonstrations, sample production and customer support. The full time position will require up to 50% travel but the employee will be based in the GMG Americas office in Hingham, MA. Hands on color management experience required. Pressroom background is a strong plus. Contact Sarah Cambel (Received 26 September)

WEB AND MULTIMEDIA Full time job position @ University of Toronto – Mississauga campus. Web and Multimedia Communications Officer. Experience with Dreamweaver, HTML, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, ImageReady, Publisher, Cascading Style Sheets and the Microsoft Office Suite is required. Please forward resumes to: (Received 26 September)

PRINT AND PROCUREMENT COORDINATOR Salary: $65,444.00 – $83,544.00 per annum. Customer and Client Services. If you are a highly organized individual with experience in publishing and procurement, consider an opportunity with the Ministry of Government Services, Service Ontario Publications, as a Print and Procurement Coordinator. You will: support the printing function by recommending appropriate prepress, print and binding methods, monitoring product quality and vendor performance; coordinate all procurement activities related to printing, binding, warehousing and distribution including development of technical specifications and rate bid forms, evaluations, and contract finalization; assist partner ministries in the life-cycle planning activities for the initial and ongoing production and revision of publications. (Received September 26)

Diary Dates

Nov 11, Guest Lecture, In defense of magazines – why they matter in a digital age? Sarah Fulford, Editor-in-Chief, Toronto Life Magazine, 6 pm, ENG103, 245 Church St. All welcome. Further details

Nov 22 -24, Print World 2008, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto

Dec 7-9, PIA/GATF Color Management Conference, Dr Rich Adams presenting on color measurement

Feb 19, 2009, JDF Education Event – CIP4 and Ryerson University Online registration and program

Mar 5, 2009, GCM Annual Job Fair- for employers to recruit GCM graduating students and/or summer coop intern students. Contact Taras Karpiuk.

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