Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

July 2009



School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
July 2009

Welcome to our July, 2009 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and generic cialis 5mg updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. In this issue we report on our Convocation ceremony and we also track some recent graduates as they begin work with the Fujifilm Inca Onset or at Heidelberg Canada. Thank you for reading our newsletter and supporting Canada’s only degree in graphic communications management. All our previous newsletters are available via a link on our homepage.

**FACULTY OPENINGS** The School is currently advertising two faculty positions for the 2009/10 academic year. See details on Ryerson’s HR website.

We do not want to spam you, so if you do not wish to receive this newsletter please send an e-mail with “unsubscribe” in the subject line.

Graduates 2009

80 GCM graduates at 2009 Convocation

After four years of study, 80 proud GCM graduates paraded through the Kerr Hall Quad led by bag pipes. The graduates filed into the Ryerson Theatre to receive their degrees from Chancellor Raymond Chang and Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. GCM graduate Sarah Fenwick is in the lead here with a flower bouquet. Also shaking their hands on stage was Board of Governors member Bob Cockerill, President, Schawk Canada. The academic procession began at 9.30 am on June 11, followed by photographs on the lawn and a reception in the Heidelberg building. You can watch the whole graduation ceremony via streaming video. In total the University awarded 3,933 bachelor’s degrees, 242 master’s degrees, and nine PhDs. Do you need to get in touch with an energetic, sharp, print savvy GCM grad? Send an e-mail toAbhay Sharma to get in touch with a recent GCM grad for your company. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2009, we are confident they will be successful like generations of graduates before them. We wish them all the best.

Prof Ian Baitz leads team to FFTA Annual Form, Florida

FTA Orlando


On May 2, Ryerson GCM students participated in the Phoenix Challenge College (PCC) Competition, held at the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Forum in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Eight post-secondary teams competed, and Ryerson students were the sole Canadian representatives.

Despite a highly competitive field, Ryerson was one of only four teams to be recognized with an award, winning the “Best Concept Award” for their redesign and execution of a new flexo-printed metallic single-serve “Gutenberg Tea” package. The event was judged by an industry panel of seven judges. The award was announced at the FTA Forum Banquet, in front of over 500 conference attendees, and was presented later at the Education Reception. Team members included (from left to right) GCM students Saleh Abdel Motaal, Lissa Davey, Keri MacLellan, Nathan Plavnick, Adam MacIsaac, and advisor Prof Ian Baitz. Back in Toronto they were advised and assisted by Prof Rye Goodyear.

While at the Phoenix Challenge, GCM students participated in the FTA Forum conference and Info-Flex trade show at Disney World. The Ryerson team was generously assisted by the Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC), Schawk, Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication & Design and the Ryerson Student Union. Additional support was provided by Fasson North America and Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School flexo teacher Peter Belanger. See a full report in this direct link to the article in the June, 2009 edition of the FTA’s Flexo magazine.

Aileen Wu

Graduate starts work at Holland & Crosby

Aileen Wu graduated last month and now works for Holland & Crosby in Mississauga preparing files for the fastest, large-format, UV flatbed inkjet printer in the world. Fujifilm’s Inca Onset is a huge inkjet machine, built in Cambridge, UK – and note the British sense of humour in the choice of name for the high-end Onset that challenges commercial offset – get it? Holland & Crosby use the device to produce large 5′ x 10′ POS products. Owner, Scott Crosby, is using this device to challenge their screen printing operation. Aileen prepares files for printing, managing preflighting and banner configurations. She saw an e-mail that came through GCM, she applied, went for an interview, got the job and started work. Bright, keen GCM graduates are out there and working with printers on leading edge technologies. They earn good salaries, see the annual wage data for 2009 graduates. Way to go Aileen – thanks for maintaining the GCM brand!

FUJIFILM supports Ryerson’s Intern Program

Alicia D’Souza is spending the summer as a coop/intern with FUJIFILM. An 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. Interns often return to the same company on graduation, so we often see this as the beginning of a long-term relationship. Salaries range from CDN $12-15 an hour. Despite the economic downturn this year, we have enjoyed incredible interest in the program with students joining Webcom, Merrill Corp, City of Toronto, Eclipse Imaging, Custom Data Imaging and more. We have 68 companies hiring our students this summer! Do you want to hire an intern? Contact Taras Karpiuk to join the GCM internship program.

Alicia is helping to market FUJIFILM’S imaging technologies, such as the Acuity flatbed inkjet printer (right). Large organizations, such as FUJIFILM Canada, are able to create a structured program for their intern, and FUJIFILM have even launched an internship web site. How did Alicia get this job? – she met Tony Karg (Senior Director, FUJIFILM Graphic Systems) at various GCM and other industry events which eventually led to her being hired. Please remember to network and get that business card and always follow up – remember in printing- it is what you know AND who you know….Adrian Pintar is also interning at FUJIFILM this summer. Thank you to all the companies that have hired our students.

Alicia DSouza

Admission Numbers Soar for 2009

We have seen a huge increase in students choosing Ryerson University as their first choice, and GCM has received its share of increased interest. This year we have received an unprecedented 816 applications for admission into the School of Graphic Communications Management. 130 students have been admitted this year, Christina Alcena (right) is from Windsor, ON and will join us this fall. Christina demonstrated excellent academic achievements and an exceptional interest in the chosen field of study for which she has received the Terence Grier Entrance Scholarship from Ryerson University which includes full tuition for one year. In another development, we offer this year, for the first time, a special “quick start” CDGA 100, 1-week course to incoming students. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of GCM students in September.

Christina Alcena

G7 Calibration

Ryerson conducts G7 calibration

On May 25, Roy Tanaka, Technical Services Group, PaperlinX Canada, conducted G7 training at GCM and ensured that after adjusting plate curves, our 4-color Heidelberg PM74 was printing with gray balance that met G7 tolerances. Roy also confirmed that inkjet proofs from our Kodak Matchprint system conformed to G7. We used IDEALink Curve software to measure press sheets and validate that we were printing and proofing to G7 neutral densities. To dispel a common misconception – G7 is the underlying calibration process while GRACoL is a press color response, GRACoL is a distinct and separate test and that certification was not conducted at this time. Dr Martin Habekostcoordinated this project with support from Jason Lisi and Peter Roehrig. We thank Joe Fazzi of IDEAlliance for his support and GCM Advisory Council member Terry Pitchford, PaperlinX for sending his team to work with us. GCM is now a G7 Master printer! Congratulations to Dr Martin Habekost and his colleagues. Photo (from left to right) – Martin Habekost, Peter Roehrig, Jason Lisi, Roy Tanaka.

Prof Seto honored at CPISC Forum, Vancouver

The Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) held its annual industry Forum event on Friday, June 12 in Vancouver. 82 attendees witnessed the release of new national skill standard publications for pre-press, finishing and bindery workers. CPISC is the Canadian Sector Council for the printing industry and has secured $1.47 million in government funding over the next three years. CPISC launched standards for sheetfed, web offset, flexo and digital press operators. Prof Art Seto represented Ryerson University at the Vancouver event, where CPISC co-Chair, Jeff Ekstein (President, Willow Printing) remarked how the focus on skills development was even more critical given the current economic environment. Jeff Ekstein (left) is shown here presenting a certificate of appreciation to GCM’s Prof Art Seto (right) for his contributions to the HR Issues Working Group.

Art Seto

Nathan Plavnick

Ryerson Students Receive $2000 FTA Scholarships

During the Education Reception at the FFTA Forum May 3-6, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 10 scholarships were announced for students enrolled in, or entering college-level flexographic printing programs. There were three recipients from Ryerson University – Jamie Mace, Nathan Plavnick and Hannah Plavnick. Hannah is kid sister to Nathan and will join GCM this fall. Hannah continues a proud tradition of joining Ryerson’s program from an excellent grounding in flexography at Gordon Graydon High School. The FTA Scholarships are valued at US$2000 per student. See a full list of winners in the June, 2009 edition of the FTA’s Flexo magazine. Photo: Shelley Rubin, FTA educational program coordinator (left) with GCM scholarship winner Nathan Plavnick (center) and RIT’s Sun Chemical Fellowship recipient Dr Scott Williams. Photo courtesy Ian Baitz.

Federal Minister holds Press Conference in GCM Foyer

In a surprise press conference on May 25, held in the GCM foyer, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and MP for Parry Sound, announced a Knowledge Infrastructure Program investment to modernize facilities and boost research and training at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and George Brown College. $32.9 million was allocated to Ryerson University for the renewal of the Image Arts and New Media Teaching and Research Building. This investment is part of Ontario’s commitment to invest in colleges and universities and the federal government’s $2 billion plan to expand research and educational facilities at colleges and universities across Canada. All funded projects had to be “shovel in the ground” ready. The TV cameras and reporters certainly made this an exciting day at 125 Bond Street!

Tony Clement

Nicky Milner

Transcontinental’s Nicky Milner joins GCM Advisory Council

Nicky Milner is VP Premedia,Transcontinental. Nicky is responsible for operations and prepress technologies and recently led a team to drupa to identify new and leading edge technologies for her company. Nicky has taken an interest in GCM, at conference presentations she has openly recommended Ryerson grads. We are pleased to welcome Nicky to the GCM Advisory Council. Nicky succeeds Guy Manuel, President, Transcontinental Printing, Marketing Products & Services Sector, as Guy has left the company. Nicky Milner is seen here with GCM Chair Abhay Sharma, on a recent visit to the School. A full list of the GCM Advisory Council members is available online. Welcome aboard, Nicky.

Mohammed Khaled gains double Apple Certification

We all know the following truths in the Mac vs PC debate – graphic arts is a Mac based environment but most corporate environments are PC centric. In situations like this it is essential that we have our own in-house OS X expert. GCM is very lucky to have Mohammed Khaled Ahmed maintain a suite of Mac OS X applications and servers. The OS X server hosts extremely powerful technologies such as Apple Remote Desktop, Mailman listserv, etc. Recently Khaled completed two courses for Apple certified  support personnel and technical coordinators. The first course completed on April 17, 2009 is called Mac OS X Support Essentials v10.5 (Leopard 101) and the second course is called Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.5 (Leopard 201). Khaled successfully passed the exam for this 4-day course on May 08, 2009. Mohammed Khaled is shown here in the GCM computer lab with his two certificates wearing his OS X T-Shirt. I guess we know where he stands on the Mac vs PC debate! And remember, if you are going to university this year –  for college and get a free iPod touch.

Mohammed Khaled

Angus Pady

Magazines Canada holds Educational Symposium at Ryerson University

On June 2, Magazines Canada held their annual full-day professional education seminar called the Workflow Symposium. The keynote speaker, Nicky Milner, Transcontinental, presented an exciting challenge to reduce time to print for ads to 21 days by 2010! Sebastian Distefano, Adobe Systems, reviewed the growth of online versions of newspapers and magazines and demonstrated one of the best software training sites -. Angus Pady, Digital Solutions (shown in photo) covered the challenges of colour management. We thank Gary Garland for bringing this event to GCM – do you want to host your next meeting at a convenient downtown location with superb AV resources? ContactAbhay Sharma for details.

Prof Chris Kular writes on Process Integration

Prof Kular has published an article on “Process Integration for the Graphic Arts Workflow” in Graphic Arts Magazine, June, 2009 issue. The article describes how process integration and efficient workflows may be one of the saviours for our industry and help to speed up the recovery process. Prof Kular suggests that JDF is one of the enabling technologies that promotes integration between production and bindery. “The goal in any print media operation or bindery is to maintain a full schedule of profitable work in every shift”, writes Kular. Read the full article online or contact Chris Kular to see if he can come and talk to your company about savings through workflow automation. GCM’s Natalia Gilewicz is associate editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.

Graphic Arts

Don Hutcheson

Ryerson student meets Don Hutcheson at IPA Technical Conference, June 8-10, Chicago

Rebecca Dykopf is a research student for Dr Martin Habekost this summer. Her research topic is GRACoL, G7, and color proofing. As part of her research, Rebecca was able to attend and participate in the IPA Proofing RoundUPs in Chicago, June 8-10, 2009. Rebecca attended the G7 program and the technical presentations and had the opportunity to even talk to the master himself –Don Hutcheson. Rebecca’s research is in the area of color proofing and a comparison of the different gray scale calibration techniques. Her research has also been to determine – if a printed sample meets GRACoL does it also meet G7? The interesting answer is YES! Contact Dr Martin Habekost and Rebecca Dykopf for the latest results of the IPA Technical Conference Proofing and JDF RoundUPs.

Senior Profs Retire in Tandem

The Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) held a Retirees & Awards Dinner on June 10, 2009 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Toronto to honour retiring colleagues. GCM’s longest serving and senior-most instructors, Professors Rye Goodyear and Manfred Breede enjoyed another goodbye, in a long line of retirement parties. In earlier surprise events, students and staff had gate-crashed these colleagues last lectures, bringing children and grand-children into the large lecture theatre. The School held a farewell lunch celebration and the final event was hosted by the RFA at the Annual Awards Dinner (see photo). We congratulate Rye and Manfred on their long service to the industry and the School, and wish them a happy retirement. Photo courtesy Ian Baitz.

Rye & Manfred

2009 IPA Digital Press Study is released

Third year student Samantha Dewar is working for Dr Abhay Sharma this summer as part of her internship program. One of the main research projects they undertook was study of digital presses and digital production printing. They studied print samples from the following devices – Canon imagePRESS C7000VP, HP Indigo 7000, Kodak NexPress S3000, Océ CS665 Pro, Presstek 52DI, Screen Truepress 344, Toshiba e-STUDIO6530c, Xeikon 3300, Xeikon 8000 and Xerox iGen4. An exhaustive set of experiments included color management, fading, deinking, etc. The results have been published as part of the IPA Digital Print Forum 2009. The results have also been summarized and published in Canadian Printer, June, 2009. This project produced very important results for any printer who is thinking of buying a digital press. Samantha is shown here measuring samples for the Digital Print Forum using an X-Rite iSis XL, from which Delta E for all the 1600 patches was computed. Samantha also attended the IPA Technical Conference in Chicago, June 8-10, 2009. Does your company want to hear about the results – listen to an online webinar summary or contact Abhay Sharma for more details.

Samantha Dewar

Art Seto (IEEE)

Prof Seto becomes IEEE Senior Member

Prof Art Seto has been promoted to Senior Member status by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology and only 12% of more than 375,000 members in more than 160 countries achieve Senior Member status. Art was recommended by three prominent Ryerson faculty members from science and engineering and business. This honour is in recognition of Art’s many years service both in business and academia, involving MIS systems. Profs Art Seto and Jason Lisi will present a paper entitled “Ensuring Document Security and Privacy in Transpromo Printing” at the IEEE Toronto International Conference on Science and Technology for Humanity, Sep 26- 27, 2009, Toronto, Canada. Congratulations to Art for this prestigious award.

GCM Graduate joins Heidelberg Canada

Marie Gasteiger, Heidelberg Canada’s Director of Human Resources attended the GCM Job Fair in March, 2009 at Ryerson University, and interviewed Ashley Zasadny. Ashley had already been networking with Brian Ellis, Director of Marketing. After subsequent interviews Ashley has started work at the company’s Mississauga location working initially as a CSR, but moving on to marketing. Marie has an initial 2-year plan for Ashley as she learns about the company and it’s product range, eventually moving into sales with her own customers and prospects. At GCM, Ashley had the chance to understand the whole prepress and press process and even ink up a press, so she is ready to help with everyday media purchasing decisions. Why don’t you place your next consumables order with Ashley Zasadny – make her day!

Ashley Zasadny

JDF Testing

JDF Testing with HIFLEX MIS and Kodak Preps

Dr Abhay Sharma conducted a live, real-world test where a JDF job ticket was created in HIFLEX MIS and offered to Agfa ApogeeX, Dalim Mistral, and Kodak Prinergy for consumption. HIFLEX was chosen as it is one of the MIS systems that has ICS certification for the MIS to Prepress category. In a second test, Kodak Preps – an ICS certified imposition product was used to create a job, which was exported as a JDF file. The following products were able to parse the JDF file and automatically recreate the imposition – Agfa ApogeeX, Dalim Mistral, Fujifilm XMF, and Kodak Prinergy. Chris Heric and Jim Harvey helped with the evaluation and Mark Wilton presented the results at the IPA Technical Conference in Chicago, June 8-10. Photo shows (from left) Kodak’s representative, Rohit Gangwar (EFI), Scott Marienthal, HIFLEX, and Abhay Sharma, Ryerson University.

JOB SPOT (When responding please mention the GCM Newsletter)

CYBERELEVEN.COM SALES JOB Inc is a Web Hosting and Web Design Company in Richmond Hill, Ontario.  We are looking for an individual to do phone or in person sales. It will be your responsibility to find clients who need a website or web hosting to clients who have websites. We will provide all the necessary training and product demonstrations to build lucrative sales revenues. We will offer a daily salary based on experience. The bulk of pay is commission based. You will receive 50% of the initial hosting package set up fee for each of your sales. Commission is received on the 15th day from the initial sale date. There after you will receive 20% commission per month for the life time of the client with Inc. You will be entitled to 10% commission on sales made under $2500.00. Sales made between $2501.00 – $5000.00 will have a commission of 15% paid out. Any sales above $5001.00 will be discussed – we will pay top dollar to top sales producers. Send your resume to the following email (Received July 9)

ACCOUNT MANAGER ASTLEY GILBERT Account Manager – Customer Service Representative – Head Office. Report to the Sales Manager, promote and sell AG’s services which include printing, supplies and facilities management equipment, as well as to provide outstanding Customer Service and Professional Sales techniques. The position is a full-time permanent position. (8:30 am – 5:00 pm). Also note that after hour client events will be a part of the position. Please submit cover letter and resume stating interest in the position to: Manager, Human Resources, Astley Gilbert Limited (Received June 30)

DIGITAL COLOUR PRINT OPERATOR – Carnforth Location The Digital Colour Print Operator is responsible for accurately outputting colour prints ensuring high quality. Comprehensive background with: InDesign, PageMaker, Quark, MS Word, Powerpoint, Corel Draw. General knowledge of utility programs such as compression, disk repair, print spoolers, PC to Mac conversion and vice versa.The position is a full-time afternoon shift position (4 pm – 12:30 am.) Submit a covering letter and resume stating interest in the position to: (Received June 30)

JUNIOR PROJECT MANAGER Evoke Solutions is looking for a highly organized and motivated team player to join our studio in the role of junior project manager. This position is a hands-on and roll-up your sleeves job. You will be the internal interface between studio and client, and reporting into the Account Director. Web experience as asset. Interested candidates please apply to: (Received June 18)

BILINGUAL CSR St Joseph Communications is Canada’s largest privately owned communications company with four distinct platforms in Documents, Print, Content and Media. Our business is expanding and we are in search of a Customer Service Representative to provide exemplary in house to our print facilities in Richmond Hill. Reporting to the Customer Relationship Manager, this enriching role will plan, coordinate, estimate, schedule, set job priorities and expedite jobs to be processed throughout the organization. Successful completion of Graphic Communication Program or minimum of 2 years of experience in the printing field and in customer service environment. If you are interesting in applying for this position, please forward your resume and cover letter to: Flora Scarangella, Human Resources Specialist, St. Joseph Communications. Email: (Received June 12)

PREPRESS OPERATOR Digital Integration Inc., is located in Richmond Hill and specializes in digital large format printing. We are seeking a qualified Prepress Operator. The successful candidate must possess the following qualifications: – knowledgeable of all graphic software in both MAC & PC platforms, especially Adobe Illustrator – able to work various shifts, attention to detail, be a team player, and able to work well under pressure. Please send your resume to (Received May 12)

PRINT AND VISUAL PRODUCER Resource Integrated is responsible for the procurement and management of mainly retail/agency client base. We offer production services for various kinds of print related projects including, sheetfed, large format digital and screen, direct mail and web printing. We are hoping that this individual has the skill set to manage these types of projects.Full Time Employment Computer: MAC & PC. I need all resumes forward to me at: (Received May 12)

DESIGN/PREPRESS Stellar Print Solutions have an opening in Design/Pre-press dept suitable for new graduate. We are a commercial printing company in Markham providing digital and offset printing services. We have design and bindery services in-house. Interested candidates may call me directly. Naz Damji 905 415 2799 (Received May 11)

CSR PRINTER GATEWAY Printer Gateway (Trade Printer), Etobicoke, Ontario. We are seeking a knowledgeable and distinctive team member that can excel in a dynamic and technical environment. This is a great opportunity for an individual seeking experience in the print industry with a company that is technologically inclined and rapidly growing. Please forward your resumes to the email address below. Emad Chibli (Received May 8)

JUNIOR PROJECT MANAGER I have a job opening for a Junior Project Manager at Protagon Display Inc. Protagon Display Inc. is a full service Point of Purchase Display company that designs and manufactures merchandising retail displays out of corrugated, paperboard, plastic, wire, sheet metal, and wood. Protagon has made a strategic decision to not have in house printing services due to broad nature and scope of the printing services we offer our clients. It is not unusual for a display project to have four or five different print processes from Lithography, Digital Print, 4 colour inline silkscreen, and flexographic direct print or preprint. Due to the growth of our business we have an opening for an entry level Project Management Position. If you are interested in joining our team, please email me at (Received May 7)

Diary Dates

July 16 Golf Day for Ryerson Alumnae: Alumni Relations is hosting a golf day for women on Thursday July 16. For a really great price ($40) you get a group lesson with an instructor, 18 holes of golf and a BBQ lunch – not to mention the opportunity to network with other alumnae! This event is perfect for beginners just learning the game or advanced players sharpening their short shots. Register today!

September 13-16 IARIGAI 36th International Research Conference, Stockholm, Sweden (Presentations by C Kular, N Gilewicz, M Habekost, A Sharma.)

November 11-12 Strategy 09, Canadian Printing Industries Association, CPIA Annual Conference, Toronto

November 12-14 Graphics Canada, Canada’s Largest Graphics, Printing & Converting Show,Toronto International Centre, Toronto

Mailing List

Interested in receiving this newsletter? The newsletter keeps you informed of events and issues related to Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management. All junk mail is filtered. Enroll to receive this newsletter by sending an e-mail to with “subscribe” as the subject line, or if you do not wish to receive this newsletter use “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Best wishes to all our alumni and supporters out there. Please drop me a line – we love to hear from you.

Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

Alumni Representatives
Jamie McLeod GCM 00 
Stewart Nam GCM 00