Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

January 2009



School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
January 2009

Welcome to our January, 2009 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 the Print World show held in Toronto at the end of 2008, at which a number of our students participated, and also our Annual Awards event, attended by Ryerson University President, Sheldon Levy. All our previous newsletters are available via a link on our homepage.

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President Sheldon Levy attends GCM Annual Awards Night

GCM celebrated the achievements of our wonderful students at our Annual Awards evening on November 13, 2008. Students and faculty welcomed supporters and guests from the Canadian printing industry, including Mary Black, Tom Menard, Frank McPherson, and many others. 50 awards including the Muller Martini “eagle” trophy and CPIA scholarships were presented. President Sheldon Levy (center) is shown with students Marianna Kosterina (left) who received the GK Teamwear Award for the highest standing in printing processes and Jamie Mace (right) who received many awards including the R.B. Tom Atkins Scholarship and the J.L. Beaton Award. We thank Canadian printers for their support, especially in times of economic challenges to our industry. Are you able to initiate a new award to support GCM students? Contact Abhay Sharma.



Print World 2008 Toronto

Print World focuses on short run printing and from November 22-24, 2008 the show attracted nearly 10,000 attendees and well over 200 exhibitors at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. This year we had the largest number of GCM students attending and working at the exhibition. The team shown here were interviewed by Xerox on-campus prior to the show. The successful applicants were briefed by Xerox and then at the show used hand-held scanners to capture visitor information. Pictured from left to right are GCM students Ken Li, Asghar Bhutta, Aliya Damji, Daniel Raftis and Marta Wajda. In other areas, students worked on the Heidelberg and Fujifilm stands and yet other students conducted a survey for PESDA and Graphics Canada. IAHPC kindly shared space for TAGA and Colloquium students. For the Graphics Canada trade show (Nov 12-14, 2009) please consider hiring a GCM student – it helps when your demonstrators understand print!

PRINTER OF THE YEAR – Warren Werbitt

During Print World on November 22 in Toronto, Graphic Monthly held a reception and award ceremony for the Printer of the Year 2008. The recipient was Warren Werbitt, President, Pazazz Printing, Montreal, Quebec. Warren shot to fame with his YouTube video. In his acceptance speech, Warren urged the audience to not lower prices as a printer, to continuously undercut each other does not give the message that we produce quality products. Another theme that Warren explored is giving to the students and young people who will enter the industry. Warren has promised an annual CPISTF scholarship for every year from now on. Photo shows Mary Black, Printer of the Year, 2005 with Warren Werbitt at the awards ceremony at the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto. Warren’s sponsorship this year was coincidentally for a Ryerson GCM student.

Warren Werbitt


Wedding Bells for Graduates of 2006

Ashleigh Lythgoe and Maurizio Zomparelli met during class at GCM. Their first face-to-face encounter came in an open lab period where Maurizio was celebrating an eBay auction victory of an AC Milan jersey and started to talk to Ashleigh because he was so excited! Fast forward to a few years later and their wedding took place on Saturday, October 18th, 2008 at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church followed by a reception at the Eglington Grand, an old movie theatre in downtown Toronto. They celebrated their honeymoon on a picturesque 10-day cruise of French Polynesia. Ashleigh works for Fulcrum Publications as a production coordinator and handles the production of various trade publications in the gas, car wash and convenience industry. Maurizio works for Bank of Montreal as an assistant production manager and handles all in-branch collateral and POP. Congratulations to this lovely couple – we are so proud of our successful alumni. Visit Ashleigh Lythgoe onFacebook and beware what can happen in a GCM lab if you don’t concentrate on your lab reports!

Sinapse SHOTS Competition

GCM currently uses Sinapse press simulator software for teaching offset sheetfed and web printing. Sinapse has recently launched a competition for users of their SHOTS (Sheetfed Offset Training Simulator) product. The competition is open to educational institutions, and during September-November, 2008, Sinapse delivered one exercise every month. The winner must solve the print problems with the best methodology and least waste. Under the guidance of Prof Martin Habekost, eight second year students formed a Ryerson team. The finalists will be flown to the CHINA PRINT show, in May, 2009 to compete in the final. Photo: Matt Dwyer and Meghan MacKenzie at one of the two SHOTS simulators at GCM. The press controls are shown on the left and the “pulled” press sheet is shown on the right. Does your company want to “buy” time on our simulators? Contact Martin Habekost for further details.


GCM Job Fair

Register for the Annual GCM Job Fair – March 5

It is that time of year again, and we have opened registration for our Annual GCM Job Fair where employers are invited to interview our 3rd year students for summer interns/coop positions and 4th year graduating students for full-time positions. The GCM Job Fair will take place on March 5, 2009, interviews for graduates will take place from 4.00 – 6.00 pm and for summer interns from 7.00 – 9.00 pm. GCM graduates have had experience in a print facility, they have up-to-date technical knowledge and they can make an immediate contribution to your business. Best of all the whole process is free to employers. For more information contact Taras Karpiuk, Tel: 416-979-5000 ext. 6582 orregister online.

GCM Alumni at St Joseph, Pi Media

Sarah Khatoon is a new instructor on our part-time Continuing Education (CE) program. Sarah is teaching courses in layout and typography on our eveningCertificate Program in Graphic Communications. Sarah is a GCM graduate of 2006 and is currently working full-time as a Project Manager for St. Joseph Content, Pi Media’s commercial production department where she is responsible for executing various catalogues, ads and brochures. Sarah has had experience in different print areas – including lithography, flexography, print production scheduling, co-ordination and digital content management. Sarah enjoys the opportunity to come back and pass on some of her experience in the field. “It feels great to be a recent graduate because I feel I can relate more closely to the students. I always say that Ryerson’s practical focus is a great help in the production environment.” If you are interested in being a student on the Certificate Program or teaching on the program, contact the CE Coordinator – Prof Chris Kular – but hurry, the new session starts 12 January, 2009.

Rich Adams

GCM announces Lydia Adams Travel Award

GCM announces a new fund for student travel. The “Lydia Adams Travel Award” was set up by faculty member Dr Rich Adams to honor his late mother. The award is to support travel of students to conferences and events such as TAGA, FTA, IPA, and PIA/GATF. To apply, students should submit a written request to the GCM School office stating the event they want to attend, and their level of participation. Preference will be given to students who are giving a presentation. Photo shows Dr Adams presenting a cheque and a jar of coins to Susan Wright of the Dean’s office. Lydia Adams found the coins in parking lots and on sidewalks over a 25-year period, so now they’ll support students going “on the road.” Photo by Martin Chochinov.

The Print Doctor writes in Print Action magazine

Dr Martin Habekost continues to write a widely read column on various print topics. In the December, 2008 issue of Print Action, Martin tackles the issue of de-inking and green printing. He explains the challenges of recycling inkjet print material. Reviewing studies of the IPA and INGEDE, the article suggests that dry toner and offset can be floatation deinked, while liquid toner and inkjet continue to pose challenges to recycled paper usage. The article describes the Method 11 protocol where different aspects of recycling are given marks, so that an overall “score”out of 100, for a print process can be determined. Check out Martin’s piece in Print Action, December, 2008.

Martin Habekost


Colloquium 2009 – Globalization – Feb 5, 2009

The 3rd year class at the Heidelberg School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University is pleased to present the Annual Colloquium to be held on Thursday, February 5, 2008. This year’s theme, Globalization, explores the possibilities of the printing industry beyond the spectrum of one’s own national boundaries. We are still currently assembling a team of speakers from the printing industry and experts in business globalization for this event, so please feel free to contact us if you would like to participate. Where: Ryerson Student Campus Centre, Room 115 When: February 5th, 2009 at 6 pm Reception/Networking, 7 pm Presentations.

Xplor Canada hosts GCM Students

Xplor Canada

On November 24th, the Xplor Central Chapter in partnership with Kodak presented a seminar on “Green Initiatives in the HVTO Space” at Print World 2008. Held at the Direct Energy Center, ten GCM students were in attendance for the presentations from Rich Wyandt of Kodak and Alan C. Wheeler, VP of Ricoh Canada.

Pictured here, from left to right, are GCM students Jessica Meneguzzi, Michelle An, Diane Ford, Paul Abdool (Regional Board President of Xplor Canada), Thanh Huynh, Amanda Rehal, Daniel Miller, Kendra Stieler, Caryn Parchment, Aruna Raghuraman, Theeban Pathmanathan, and Mike Burgoyne (Central Chapter Board President of Xplor).

In addition to chapter events, Xplor Canada, an affiliate of the Electronic Document Systems Association, also provides annual scholarships for full-time students pursuing a career in the document management and communications marketplace. Congratulations to Amanda Rehal, recipient of the Xplor Canada Scholarship for 2008! We thank Paul Abdool for sponsoring our students for this meal event. Contact Paul Abdool or visit for more information on future events and scholarships. Story by Amanda Rehal GCM 03.


GCM buys Padding Press

Under the careful guidance of press room manager, Peter Roehrig, GCM students are using a new padding press to make memo and note pads. The students created an 8-up layout in InDesign and printed pads using our Xerox DC 7000. They then used a pad counter to separate their sheets and add card before glueing the spine in our padding press. One of the first sets of pads went to the Dean’s office, in order to soften him up before the school’s annual budget review! Thank you Peter for guiding this extra-curricular activity. Photo shows Jessica Meneguzzi with our padding press.

Environmental Printing Awards – Feb 12, 2009

Returning in February is the 4th Annual Environmental Printing Awards organized by Print Action magazine. This is a great event with attendance by a “Who’s Who” of the Canadian printing industry. Several of the Environmental Printing Award categories focus on processes and, therefore, must consider projects that have been running for several years. This year Linden Macintyre is the host and Tzeporah Berman, Forest Ethics, is the keynote speaker. Each year a number of GCM students attend and also assist at the event. Make sure you and your company participate in one of the biggest events on the environmental printing scene. The 4th annual Environmental Printing Awardswill be held at the Eglinton Grand Banquet Hall on February 12, 2009. Photo shows the 2008 event with Sara Young, Publisher and award winner GCM alumni Aymen Eldardiry, Komori K-North.

Environmental Awards


Rogers Annual Charity Skate at Tom Graham Arena

4th year GCM student AnneMarie Mele (centre) works part-time as a skate instructor and guard for the Town of Richmond Hill, Ontario. On November 30, AnneMarie helped at the Rogers Annual Charity Skate at the Tom Graham Arena. Chair Abhay Sharma was at the rink and photo shows the Chair’s daughter Sasha Blay (left) with her friend Katy Pollock. AnneMarie was a good sport and agreed to this photo wearing her “red nose”. The Rogers Skate was a family event, where customers brought a tin of non-perishable food and received a free hot dog and drink. Some lucky skaters even got a free teddy bear – see photo. GCM students continue to play an active role in their communities. AnneMarie interned at Resource Integrated this summer and hopes to work in prepress on graduation. Contact her if you need a good prepress operator who can skate on thin ice!

Ryerson Alumni searching for “Top 30, Under 30”

Ryerson University Alumni is seeking candidates for “Top 30 Under 30” where we will be profiling outstanding young alumni. Do you know an outstanding alum under the age of 30? We’re looking for young alumni who are making a name for themselves through their community involvement, career achievement or accomplishments in politics, athletics or the arts. Nominate them (or yourself!) for this special feature in Alumni magazine. Please send nominations by January 14, to Did you know GCM alumni can get discounts at Delta Hotels, Great Wolf Lodge, Raptors tickets, and lots, lots more. For details go to

Top 30

Job Spot (When responding please mention the GCM Newsletter)

AVANTI MIS has a number of positions in customer support and technical support. These are immediate opportunities. Contact T.J. Walia, Manager – Technical Support e-mail: or 416-445-1722 ext 295 (Received November 11)

JAM DIRECT is a fast growing direct marketing agency with a variety of clients. We are currently expanding and looking for a DM Production Assistant/Coordinator. Candidates should enjoy a face-paced environment and thrive under pressure. Interested applicants should send their resume via email to Katherine Frech, Director Production (Received November 12)

MEDIA SALES REPRESENTATIVE required by Wildonmedia, the Outdoor Media Specialist. Rapidly growing company with unique and exciting out-of-home mediums is seeking an aggressive Media Sales Representative to join its team. This would be a ground level opportunity for the right individual, providing tremendous income earning potential as well as the opportunity to grow with the company. Interested candidates should send their resume to: (Received November 14)

CSR AND ESTIMATOR Battlefield Graphics Inc. is seeking to hire the following full time positions: a CSR and an Estimator. Interested parties should send their resumes to Brent Craigie, V.P. of Sales and Marketing at (Received November 19)

PROJECT MANAGER required by Graphics Group, Epson Canada. Offering an extensive range of award winning products including top performance printers, scanners, multi-media projectors and digital cameras. We are looking for a person with excellent communication skills and management experience who can manage a team of developers in the area of embedded graphics solutions. The projects under their supervision will cover a relatively diverse range of topics, including graphic engines for embedded devices and materials visualization problems. Contact Shirley Lewchukat Ryerson University. (Received November 20)

SHERWOOD PRINTERS The main task the candidate will be performing is of a production coordinator. He/she has to keep track of all the jobs on the floor at any time. Provide information from the docket to co-workers. what to do on every job. Moving the paper to different spots of printing. Taking delivery of the goods and making sure they are in good condition. You can check the website for the list of equipment we have and kind of work we do. We are based in Mississauga close to Hwy 10 and Britannia. The position is full time and interested applicants can send their cover letters and resumes to (Received November 20)

GRAPHIC DESIGNER needed for hottest new Canadian label, JUZD Streetwear. JUZD (short for Juiced) is the planet’s first bamboo designer label, established in 2007 by designer Jing Liu. We are looking for a prodigy designer to join our small team. Learn the skills and tools to design for an internationally competitive company. Willing to train, guide, and mentor the right candidate. This is for a three or four month non-paid internship. Open to both high school/post secondary students and graduates. 25-40 hours a week. Opportunity for permanent position after completion of the term. Expert knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Please send portfolio, resume, and cover letter to See JUZD Streetwear <> for full info on company. (Received December 2)

SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE The account executive is responsible for achieving financial targets representing Information Packaging Inc. services. You should have a successful track record of sourcing and developing new business opportunities combined with a good understanding of the advertising and print business. Willingness to understand and advise clients on unique packaging and print solutions. Resumes can be forwarded to: (Received December 11)

PHOTOBOOK CANADA Us at Photobook Canada have been growing at an unexpected rate especially over the holiday season. We have already hired 2 other GCM grads within the last 4 months and we are looking for more. But right now we are looking for a full-time sales position to help grow the business across Canada. Could you please pass on this job description to all GCM grads and ask them to reply to (Received December 18)

CUSTOM DATA IMAGING in Markham specializes in leading edge applications for high-speed, colour, variable data printing and “on demand” digital printing, finishing and mailing services for 1-to-1 marketing and direct mail programs. We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated individual who is interested in providing and selling a complete package of services to prospective clients. The individual is also comfortable with working in a team selling environment. Selling skills with 3 + years experience in digital print and/or mailing services. Consultative selling skills an asset. Contact: or fax to 905-415-9197 (Received January 6)

Diary Dates

Feb 5, 2009. GCM Student Colloquium on Globalization of Print

Feb 12, 2009. 4th annual Environmental Printing Awards will be held at the Eglinton Grand Banquet Hall

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

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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