Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

May 2009



School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
May 2009

Welcome to our May, 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 our Annual Job Fair and the continuing success of RyeTAGA – our TAGA Student Chapter.

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iWrap Car

Business Plan Students take to the Road

Fourth year students developed a business plan called Innovative Wrapping (iWrap), the proposed company will provide vehicle wrapping for business vehicles. The company will print designs on vinyl and apply it to the exterior of vehicles for marketing purposes. Ken Li even drove his car to GCM to show instructor Brian Collict how their innovative wrapping solution would work. The Business Plan course is very successful as it brings together the students unique knowledge of print and business. Watch out Dragons Den – the venture capital TV show! Shown in photo are car owner Ken Li, with Jin Zhu, Jonathan Chan and Cowan Chan.

6-colour Press Run at Heidelberg Canada

As part of their special research project, GCM students designed and printed a 6-color job on the XL 105-10 at Heidelberg Canada in Mississauga on April 2, under the guidance of instructor Thomas Sprinzing and Peter Roehrig. The form had 4-color images on one side and the same images separated to CMYK+2 spots on the other side of the press sheet. The separation was made using the Photoshop Multicolor plug-in from GretagMacbeth (now X-Rite). We thank Liz Quinlisk at X-Rite for providing the multicolor prepress software suite and Brian Ellis and the Demonstration Team atHeidelberg Canada.

First Year Students go to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Under the watchful eye of Prof Natalia Gilewicz, 46 first year students made a weekend visit to Niagara Falls on March 28. The students left from Bond Street in a luxury coach and stayed at the Country Inn & Suites hotel in Niagara Falls. The students participated in some very novel game activities, a walk to the Falls, and in the evening they could not believe the size of the meal at Mamma Mia! On Sunday the group visited the Mackenzie Printery and Museum for a demo of setting type and a historical review of the “devil’s work”. (Early printing was deemed to be evil.) The first year excursions are intended as a “team-building” exercise, and judging by the student reactions – they were a great success. Many thanks to Prof Natalia and student helper Rob LeClair.

LithoTel Software Presents at GCM

The IAPHC Toronto Chapter held a technical seminar on March 25, at Ryerson University. It was a pleasure to welcome inventor and founder, Art Rosbottom to campus to talk about “Remote Colour Approval” using. The GCM boardroom was used for the presentation and a press sheet was scanned using an X-Rite ATS device by the operator (in front left of photo). The press sheet and proof were displayed live on the projector. Art described how clients are using remote colour approval to enhance their production cycle. GCM was pleased to host the IAPHC and Art Rosbottom. Please consider hosting your next industry event at GCM’s convenient downtown location. Subscribe to the Toronto Craftsmen newsletter to find out about future events in the Toronto area.

Art Rosbottom


RyeTAGA Goes to New Orleans

TAGA’s 61st Annual Technical Conference was held in New Orleans, March 14 – 17. GCM’s very own Saleh Abdel Motaal was honored with the Harvey Levenson Undergraduate Student Paper Award, an award previously held by Zeinab Panahi, also a RyeTAGA member. A team of 12 students flew down from Toronto. Presenting at the conference were GCM profs – Martin Habekost, Rich Adams and Manfred Breede. RyeTAGA would like to thank all of oursupporters who made it possible for our team to compete with another successful journal this year. Dr Martin Habekost has been elected to serve on the TAGA Board of Directors. Congratulations to all RyeTAGA members. See the full story by GCM student Denise Delos Santos in Graphic Arts Magazine.

IAPHC makes Donation to Ryerson University Students

Printers took home the awards, but it was local students who walked away with the cash at the Toronto Chapter of the IAPHC’s annual Gallery of Superb Printing awards ceremony, held February 26th at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale. See a full report in Canadian Printer magazine. Toronto-area printing companies Colour Innovations and CJ Graphics claimed the top prizes at the event, however the biggest winners of the evening may well have been students representing Ryerson University’s GCM program, recipients of a $1,000 donation towards the School’s RyeTAGA group. Pictured – back row (representing the Toronto Chapter of the IAPHC) Michael Perry, Burl Mathias and Ralph Pike; front row: RyeTAGA student members, Jackie Sakaguchi, Marta Wajda and Holley Chiborak. Photo and story credit Doug Picklyk, Canadian Printer.


Job Fair 2009

GCM 2009 Job Fair – A Big Success

Despite the tough economic times, GCM held another exciting series of on campus job interviews, on March 5 for summer intern and full-time positions. 49 companies registered to participate and hire new blood for their organizations. There was no sign of a recession, the Hub was buzzing with excitement. Deans Daniel Doz and Gillian Mothersill dropped by to watch the gong being struck that signaled the start of each timed interview. The students were professional – the employers were impressed. Thanks to Taras Karpiuk as coordinator of the event. See full story in Graphic Arts Magazine. Do you have recruitment needs, did you miss this event? You can still get your hands on a GCM grad – a sought after species – by contacting Abhay Sharma today. Please get in touch if you have openings for summer interns and/or full-time employment. Photo shows April Burke of Lowe-Martin Group, Ottawa interviewing GCM student Keith Fernandes.

2009 “Graduate Brochure” Features 82 students

The 4th year class have produced an annual brochure featuring a picture and brief resume of each student. The booklet is 4-color, 4 x 8.5″. The entry for each student includes their full length photograph – taken in the GCM photo studio, details of their internship position, their contact details and a brief bio. The book was printed and finished at MPH Graphics and Viveka Printers with support from Apple, Avanti, HP Canada, Print Action magazine and St Joseph Print. The whole was fully managed by the student body. To get your copy contact the student project managers, Sahar Qureshi and Sean Hurdle. The book is called “identities 2009”.

Graduate Brochure

Prof Chris Kular addresses OPIA

Chris Kular

From left to right: GCM’s Prof Chris Kular, GCM alumni Todd Cober, Cober Printing, and Jeff Ekstein, President & CEO, Willow Printing Group. Photo credit: Sue Bryant

The Southwestern Ontario Branch (SWOB) of the OPIA held a dinner meeting that discussed issues in the labour market as they relate to the challenges facing the printing industry today. GCM’s Chris Kular offered solutions and answers relating to proper training of employees. Willow Printing Group’s Jeff Ekstein provided an outline of what the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council has been doing and what they offer employers in the printing industry. The dinner meeting was held on March 26th, at the Cambridge Conference Centre, Cambridge, Ontario.

The OPIA Spring Gala and Awards Night that will be held on Friday May 8th, 2009 at the St. George’s Golf and Country Club. The winners of the OPIA Excellence In Print Awards competition will be honored on this special evening. ContactSue Bryant to register for the OPIA Spring Gala event.

Dennis Mock Leadership Award for GCM Student

On 16 April, 4th year GCM student Keri MacLellan (centre) received the Dennis Mock Leadership Award from Dennis Mock (left) and Ryerson President Sheldon Levy (right). The candidate is selected by the academic department in recognition of the student’s significant extracurricular contributions. Prof Rye Goodyear nominated Keri for this award and Keri’s proud parents were in the audience to see her receive it. The Dennis Mock award is an honorary award with no cash value, alas! Dennis Mock is President, Nippissing University and former VP, Ryerson University, the award was established following his time at Ryerson.

Dennis Mock Award

PAC Awards

PAC Earth Day Gala

The Packaging Association of Canada (PAC) held its annual Packaging Awards Gala on Earth Day, April 22, at the Mississauga Convention Centre, Toronto. Around 300 guests attended the event which is the highlight of the social calendar for the packaging industry. Anthem and Schawk Canada generously sponsored a table for ten GCM students and faculty. This event provided a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn more about the PAC and Canadian leaders in the packaging industry. Thanks to Profs Ian Baitz and Chris Kular for organizing and coordinating this event for GCM and Lisa Abraham, PAC Member Services Director for continuing to support education in packaging. The next PAC event is the PAC Week Conference at PACKEX Toronto, May 5-7.

The Print Doctor writes in Print Action

Dr Martin Habekost continues to write a widely read column on various print topics. In the March, 2009 issue of Print Action, Martin tackles the issue of green printing. The centerpiece of Martin’s article is reference to Easter Island, which was discovered by Europeans in 1722. The small, barren island now famous for its massive, heavy statues lies 2,000 miles off the west coast of South America in the Pacific Ocean – 1,250 miles from the nearest inhabitable land. A complete mystery for centuries, historians now believe the island was settled by a Polynesian civilization that erected these statues as symbols of their power, and in so doing, completely overriding ecological considerations for their civilization’s survival, stripping the land of trees. Dr Habekost warns of the same danger happening to us and describes approaches for environmentally conscious printers. Read the full story in the March issue of Print Action magazine.

Martin Habekost

Poster Winner

First Year Poster Winner

Prof Natalia Gilewicz conducts an assignment in which first year students design and print a poster, thus learning about all aspects of our industry. The theme for the poster is to “advertise the GCM program”. The best poster, as rated by faculty and students was produced by Sergiy Timoshenko, his poster will now be used in GCM publicity and outreach to high schools. Sergiy, a student from Don Mills Collegiate Institute used Adobe Illustrator and created vertical sections in his poster relating to the C, M, Y, K, printing colours. Sergiy did not get 100% in his assignment, he lost a few marks due to “font issues” – now that’s real world! Congratulations Sergiy, keep up the good work.

Steven Schnoll visits Ryerson

Steven Schnoll came to Toronto on April 14 to present his unique message about workflow and new directions in management and business development in the digital marketplace. Steven is a well known US workflow expert and is an extremely accomplished (and lively) speaker. Steven reminisced with the students about the loss of different types of print such as the Encyclopedia Britannica and now the slow death of daily newspapers. Steven targeted the students at the back of the class remembering his days as a “backbencher”. His lively style and up to date knowledge of practical workflow implementation impressed the younger generation. The in-class discussion evaluated a practical on-going student project which involves taking Kodak Preps cutting data and creating a cutting sequence in Compucut for our Polar cutter. Schnoll is coordinator of the upcoming PIA Converge Workflow Conference, to be held in Florida, Nov 8-10, 2009. Contact Steven Schnoll at his New Jersey base, Schnoll Media Consulting.

Steven Schnoll

Course Union

Meet the New Student Leaders

The GCM student body have elected their 2009-10 Course Union. This team will organize student-centred activities at GCM, including sports and social events, buddy nights and of course the obligatory pub crawls. There was an energetic and (often creative) campaign, it was amazing to see the amount of energy that each candidate invested. Following high turn out and voting, we now have a fantastic incoming student council. The results are as follows. Incoming President: Daniel Raftis (right of picture), Vice President: Melissa D., Treasurer: Kate W., Academic: Samantha C., Social Reps: Sean P. and Phuong P., Athletic Rep: Holly C. (not in picture).

Job Spot (When responding please mention the GCM Newsletter)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR for advertising agency JAM Direct. We have become really busy over the past several months and are currently looking for some help. Internship or full-time. We are looking for candidates that rock! ContactKatherine Frech, JAM Direct, Toronto, T 416 539 7224. (Received March 9)

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN Colliers International is looking for a graphic design intern to work along side their Toronto marketing team. The successful incumbent will work closely with our graphic designer to create and design customized professional quality marketing materials. Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite products including: InDesign CS4, Photoshop CS4, and Illustrator CS4 in a PC platform. Contact Sarah Eadie, Marketing, Colliers International. (Received March 24)

PACKAGING ASSOCIATE Manage development and execution of package designs and related graphics for Pepsi-QTG Canada, brands. The incumbent will ensure artwork accuracy, process compliance and the timely completion of project tasks on budget. 3-5 years experience in packaging/printing management related work, preferably in consumer packaged goods. High degree of technical knowledge of prepress and print industry. Brand stewardship including maintaining brand graphic standards. Attend print press approval. Contact Tanya Benjamin, Staffing Manager, PepsiCo Canada. (Received April 1)

PREPRESS OPERATOR Holland & Crosby Limited, a leader in the world of visual marketing is seeking a qualified prepress operator for its prepress department. Applicants must have a good knowledge of all graphic software in both Mac and PC platforms, especially Adobe Illustrator. Ability to work various shifts, pay attention to detail, roll up your sleeves and pitch in, and keep cool under pressure are a must. Please send your resume to Max West. (Received April 1)

ACCOUNT MANAGER Account Manager and Customer Support Representative is an integral part of the success of each Green Printer location. This is a highly visible position within the organization, offering opportunity for advancement. You will be required to build relationships with print buyers, their offices, and other referral sources over the phone. The ability to process and manage data in a timely and accurate manner is a necessity that includes logging all client contact through and For all inquiries, please contact Photini Coliviras: (Received April 6)

MARKETING COORDINATOR Support the President of Entire Imaging Solutions with sales and marketing initiatives. Understand the products and services the company has to offer. Post secondary graphic arts/design experience an asset. Strong written and oral communication skills. Contact (Received April 15)

CSR LARGE FORMAT DIGITAL Must be able to communicate the sales and client requirements to production in an effective manner. Monitor and assist in managing the production of jobs that you are responsible for. Respond to and provide updates on a timely basis with sales, clients and production. Interested applicants please contact TI Group,Michelle Barker. (Received April 22)

AVANTI MIS has a number of positions in customer support and technical support. These are immediate opportunities. Contact Nitin Gonsalves, Manager – Technical Support e-mail: or 416-445-1722 ext 294 (Received April 29)

Diary Dates

Magazines Canada

June 2, 2009 Magazines Canada presents the Magazines Canada Workflow Symposium. This full-day professional education seminar takes place at Ryerson University and is geared for magazine, editorial, design, production and printers who need to stay ahead of current and evolving workflow automation. The symposium features a who’s who of industry experts eager to demonstrate why you need to streamline your workflow, including: Nicky Milner, Transcontinental;, Angus Pady, Digital Solutions; Sebastian Distefano, Adobe System; Andrea Mahoney, Graphic Arts Magazine. Cost $100.

IPA Technical Conference

June 8-10, 2009 IPA Technical Conference. Attend this leading prepress technical conference and hear presentations by GCM faculty Martin Habekost and Abhay Sharma. Receive a $100 conference discount, use the special purchase code: TC09SHARMA when registering online or by calling (800) 255-8141.

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

Alumni Representatives
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