Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

September 2009


School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto
September 2009

Welcome to our back-to-school, September, 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 a new faculty member and a number of new technologies in JDF and workflow automation. We also bring you sad news relating to death of a current student. 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.

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Welcome to New Faculty Member – Stefanie Stroh

GCM is pleased to welcome Stefanie Stroh who joins us for one year from Hochschule der Medien (HdM) – Stuttgart Media University in Germany. Stefanie has a MS degree in Packaging Design and an MA in European Media. Stefanie arrived in Canada in August, 2009 and is now ready to teach classes in prepress and colour management using products such as EngView, EskoArtworks and GMG FlexoProof. Stefanie is with us on a 1-year term, filling in for Prof Chris Kular who is on sabbatical this year, coincidentally at HdM. Photo shows Stefanie during the Ryerson “Welcome Picnic” on September 9, where senior management, including the University President, served hot dogs to the Ryerson community. A very warm welcome to Stefanie – welcome aboard. Contact Stefanie Strohor telephone 416 979 5000 x 6578.

German Ambassadors

Prof Habekost Appointed German “Ambassador”

The German Academic Exchange Service recently selected Prof Martin Habekost to serve as a Research Ambassador for study and research in Germany. Martin was invited to attend a meeting in New York City, August 20-22, 2009. The aim of the initiative is to spread the word about research and study in Germany and foster a deeper understanding of the country, its people, and the academic opportunities it offers. Dr Habekost has German origins, he completed his PhD at the University of Hanover, later working in the German and Canadian printing ink manufacturing industry. In August, Martin spent two days at the German UN consulate in New York to receive information on all the various funding possibilities that exist for various research grants and opportunities for exchange of faculty. The picture shows the group of newly appointed North American-Germany research ambassadors. Dr Habekost is fifth from the right. Photo courtesy DAAD.

Shocking and Tragic Death of Student Virginia Leung

Virginia Leung, a student in Graphic Communications Management, died on September 6th. We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of such a young life and our thoughts and prayers are with Virginia’s family. GCM students often refer to themselves as “family” and are trying to support each other as they try to comprehend and deal with this unprecedented incident. The Centre for Counselling and Student Development has provided support for students who would like to talk to someone as they process this difficult news.

It is difficult to imagine how Virginia’s parents can ever come to terms with the loss of their daughter. All our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with the Leung family.

The funeral service is Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 9:00 am at Toronto Chinese Methodist Church, 8 Metropolitan Road, Scarborough, ON, M1R 2T6.

Virginia Leung

JDF Connectivity with Avanti MIS and AGFA Apogee

Some people call this an “integration”, but there is no need to integrate anything. Avanti MIS produces a valid, well formed JDF file containing instructions for prepress. The file is offered to Apogee via a hot folder or drop box. Apogee correctly parses and interprets the JDF file and automatically initiates a job ticket and processing steps. The whole job is communicated from Avanti MIS to AGFA Apogee via a JDF electronic job ticket – there is no need for a human to re-key any data, the process is instant, error-free and automatically notifies the operator of progress. 4th year GCM students now do a project where they see the real benefits of JDF. Students create a customer job in the MIS system and then send the job to Apogee using JDF instructions. Two totally separate supplier products talk to each other in a meaningful way – and apart from setting up the hot folder, there is NO NEED FOR INTEGRATION – it just works – it is plug and play. We are extremely grateful to Patrick Bolan, President & CEO, Avanti Systems (and GCM Advisory Council member) and Deb Hutcheson and Lesley Hepditch at AGFA for their generous donations of these sophisticated technologies that form real-world, practical solutions.

Avanti MIS - AGFA

Prof Chris Kular

Prof Kular’s European Tour

Prof Chris Kular is in Europe this year. Chris is teaching courses in print media and workflow automation at Hochschule der Medien (HdM)/Stuttgart Media University in Germany. HdM offers courses in print, media and electronic media. Students can study for a bachelor or master’s degree. Lectures are primarily held in German, though Chris has been encouraged to deliver his presentations in English to force local students to engage in English conversation. One of the unique parts of HdM is a course that recognizes emerging BRIC markets via a German-Chinese course of studies in Printing Technology. We thank Wolfgang Faigle at HdM for supporting an active exchange of students and faculty between Ryerson and HdM.

While in Europe, Chris (photo left) presented a joint research paper with Prof Natalia Gilewicz at the 36th International Research Conference of IARIGAI, Stockholm, 13-16 September, 2009, entitled “Print media trends in packaging as they pertain to corporate social responsibility in the bottled water marketplace”. This work represents an exciting new research agenda for our school. Congratulations to Chris for undertaking this European adventure.

GCM Expanding Flexo Expertise

Ryerson printing processes professor Ian Baitz recently completed a Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) course on achieving consistency in process-colour printing. The course, held at Wisconsin’s Fox Valley Technical College, emphasized the unique demands of 4-colour process printing in flexography. Topics included platemaking and mounting, inks, substrates, anilox rolls, press setup and adjustment, and process control. During the course, Ian worked on a PCMC Avanti 8-colour 50″ wide web central impression (CI) press. Ian is looking forward to expanding the content of flexo-related topics at GCM. Photo shows Ian with a 3-colour Workhorse Industries 66″ x 80″ Sheetfed Corrugated press/diecutter.


Eva Phoenix

Eva’s Phoenix Graduate Receives Scholarship to Study at Ryerson

The Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop in Toronto is a training program for at-risk youth. On August 20, the latest batch of graduates celebrated the end of their 14 weeks of hands-on training. Industry supporters such as Heidelberg, Telus, Scotiabank, Bombardier, etc. and other friends and guests attended the graduation ceremony at the Phoenix Print Shop on Ordnance Street. The graduates received awards and certificates from instructor and life-guidance counselor Bill Kidd. One graduate of the program Jessie Abibula (center in photo) received a scholarship from Heidelberg Canada to continue studies at Ryerson University’s Certificate in Graphic Communications Management. Each graduate was given a loaf of bread as a symbolic gesture. In the early days of the program Andrew would bake this bread himself! Photo shows from left to right – Andrew Macdonald, Manager of Social Enterprise, Eva’s Phoenix, Jessie Abibula, Eva’s Phoenix graduate, and Abhay Sharma, Chair, GCM. Photo credit Dana Gray.

Ryerson Contributes to Canadian Sector Council

Marie Eveline coordinates a meeting and discussion of the Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council (CPISC) Advisory Board at the Westin Harbourfront Hotel in Toronto on August 6. The Advisory Board advises the CPISC Board of Directors on projects and priorities. A number of GCM faculty contribute to the work of the Sector Council in the area of print education and skills standards. Profs Gillian Mothersill, Art Seto and Abhay Sharma serve on different CPISC committees. CPISC has recently released skills standards for offset and digital press operators and has successfully sought more than $3 million of funded projects to address the human resources strategy of Canada’s printing and graphics communication sector. Bob Elliott of CPIA is current Chair of the CPISC Project Advisory Committee.



Fujifilm Contributes to Scholarship Trust Fund

In a ceremony on August 20 at Fujifilm Canada in Mississauga, Stefan Biasi, Vice President, Fujifilm Canada Graphic Systems presented a cheque to Gillian Mothersill, Associate Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University. The donation was made to the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund. The Trust Fund pools industry contributions and then distributes these monies to students at approved graphic arts programs in Canada. The Scholarship Trust Fund announced a total of $66,250 in scholarship funding for 50 students in the current school year. The value of each scholarship is $1,250, renewable on an annual basis. The new scholarship winners at GCM this year are – Christina Alcena, Linda Chau, Emily Coxworth, Brooke Crawford, Sandra Glusnak, Shawna Halikas, Cora-Lynn Hazelwood, Maria Heng, Sommer Johnson, Brittany Lollar, Devon Marie Macey, Alexandra Moffat, Abigael Norman, Saleha Pathan, Hannah Plavnick, Deanna Ptasiuk, Zachary Shank, Veronica Suen, Lara Vanderheide, Jonathan Wong.

“There was an exceptional group of applicants once again this year and we are very pleased to be able to support 50 dedicated students in their pursuit of a career in the printing industry”, said Don Gain, Chairman of the Fund. In addition to these scholarships, the Board of Trustees agreed that students exhibiting a high level of talent are eligible for a Warren Wilkins Prestige Scholarship with a value of $5,000. The Trustees were pleased to award this scholarship to Veronica Suen of Ottawa, ON who has started at GCM.

Another aspect of the ceremony was the completion of the Fujifilm internship program where GCM students Alicia D’Souza and Adrian Pintar “graduated” at the end of the summer. Stefan Biasi explains – “Fujifilm Canada is committed to the graphics internship program, and believes that the program is the best way to promote the industry to our youth and grow young talent. As the print industry is not well known we hope that the message will get out, and promote further interest in programs like GCM.”

Does your company contribute to the future of our industry? For additional information on the Scholarship Trust Fund and a list of current donors go to

Simon Beauchamp

WorldSkill 2009 Competition in Calgary

Special guests from Ahuntsic College, Montreal – Simon Beauchamp (left) and instructor Robert Legal (right) made a 2-day stop at Ryerson GCM on their way to the 2009 World Skills competition in Calgary in August, 2009. The WorldSkills is akin to the Olympics for skilled trades and technology. More than 900 competitors from 50 countries participated in the Calgary event, competitions were held in trades as diverse as hairdressing, floristry, web design, mechatronics, plumbing, aircraft maintenance and offset printing. Simon was one of 38 Team Canada members to compete at Calgary, and took home a bronze medal after the week of competition. Simon was also supported by the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council in collaboration with Skills/Compétences Canada and Heidelberg Canada. Simon is a graduate of the 3-year print program at College Ahuntsic in Montreal. GCM offered time on our Sinapse SHOTS press simulator – we were happy to play our (small) part in Team Canada. Congratulations Simon – you did us proud!

Students Run web2print Portal

Avanti MIS has provided GCM with their eAccess web2print solution. In this project, students create a GCM online store front and choose a range of products to offer. “Customers” are given a log-in and are allowed to come to the online store to order their print requirements. The job details are captured and are attached to a behind-the-scenes job order. The student is required to create an online product offering, enter a dummy print order, log-in to the Avanti MIS system and retrieve the job posted by the customer and then release the job to the Xerox Docucolor 7000 digital press. You can access the GCM-Avanti online store with demo customer user ID and password – gcm/guest – but please be patient with delivery!! We are extremely grateful to Patrick Bolan, President & CEO, (and GCM Advisory Council member) of Avanti Systems for providing us with this solution. “Being able to design meaningful lab assignments using real industry-specific applications is an important requirement for the GCM program,” says Prof Art Seto. Does your company need training on implementation of a web2print store front? Hire a GCM grad or contact Abhay Sharma for further training opportunities.


Verity Image Analysis

Verity Image Analysis Software Donated to GCM

This summer, GCM installed Verity IA – a new image analysis software product for study of halftone dots, print mottle and other micro-properties of print. This software can be used to analyze many different aspects in relation to image and print reproduction. The software can be used to analyze the surface topography of the paper that will be used for printing, but it can also be used to analyze to the printed dot structure. A better-rounded dot results in a better and higher quality image reproduction. It can also be utilized to analyze print mottle. The software is also used in the paper and pulp industry to analyze the cleanliness of recycled paper and how effective the deinking process was. The digital image can be acquired through a specially modified scanner or using a digital camera attached to a microscope. We would like to thank the software’s inventor Roy Rosenberger from Prufbau for his excitement and interest in this project. Photo shows GCM student Rebecca Dykopf working with Verity IA inventor Roy Rosenberger in the GCM printing lab. Contact Martin Habekost to inquire about studying your print samples.

GCM Profs Publish New Textbook on Digital Photography

So you have some great digital photos…now what? This book makes sure your images retain high quality on the printed page. Numerous texts are available on photography and digital cameras yet none have been specifically written with application to a printing workflow.Digital Photography for Print addresses the many considerations of digital photography in a graphic arts workflow. In particular, the book examines such issues as equipment, file formats, image fidelity, color management, pricing, and working with printers. Dr Rich Adams led a team of GCM authors including Natalia Gilewicz, Dr Martin Habekost, Jason Lisi and Art Seto. Get your copy from thePIA store.

Digital Photo Book

C.J. Graphics

New Scholarship from C.J. Graphics

Jay Mandarino – skateboard extraordinaire and celebrity auctioneer – and CEO and President of C.J. Graphics – has made a pledge of $5000 to establish the C.J. Graphics Inc. award for Graphic Communications Management. There will be one annual award of $1000 for the next 5 years, starting with student work done in academic year 2009-10. The award is directed towards a group project done by third year students that demonstrates sustainability in the printing industry. Jay Mandarino launched his company in order to finance his university education, he bought his first press in 1986 and this year installed a Heidelberg XL105. Jay says “it is only natural to support our youth and invest in their future which only benefits us all. We have several staff who have gone through the GCM program and I really believe it is one of the best in North America”. Photo shows Jennifer Valentyne of Breakfast Television with Jay Mandarino at the C.J.Skateboard Park & school (a-Not-For-Profit-Corporation). Does your company feel strongly about a print-related issue? Would you like to establish an award or scholarship in your name? Contact Director of Development Stephen Franklin for more information.

Internship at Bowne Hong Kong

The GCM program has an internship requirement that is designed to provide the student with practical experience in the printing industry. Students often stay close to home in Toronto or travel as far as Ottawa or Vancouver. Making the biggest commute this year was 3rd year student Benny Lau who joined Bowne, Connaught Road, Hong Kong! Benny was working for CSR Manager, Vicky Cheng who has hired GCM grads on many occasions. Interns often return to the same company on graduation, so we 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 RP Graphics, 247 Integrated, Fulcrum, Syncron Cyberkare, Allprint Ainsworth, Lowe-Martin Group, etc. We had 68 companies hiring our students this summer! Do you want to hire an intern? Contact Taras Karpiuk to join the GCM internship program.

Bowne Hong Kong


Student Publishes Article in Canadian Printer

Congratulations to 4th year student Samantha Dewar for her 3-part article series in Canadian Printer magazine starting with the June, 2009 issue. Samantha conducted research this summer in a project that studied the print properties and consistency of digital presses. Test parameters included the ability to match GRACoL/SWOP, fading of toner press samples compared to offset, and other challenges such as consistency over 1000 sheets and print uniformity. Samantha studied the Canon 7000, HP Indigo, Kodak NexPress, Xerox iGen3, etc. Canadian Printer editor Doug Picklyk was interested in the outcome of the research and commissioned a 3-part series of articles that summarized the results of the study. The study has been published as a book entitled IPA Digital Print Forum. Are you thinking about buying a digital press? Use discount code 09DPFCP to get 40% off when ordering your copy of the IPA Digital Print Forum book, full price $99.

JOB SPOT (When responding please mention the GCM Newsletter)

GRAPHIC DESIGN Full time – Temporary: 40 hours per week Date: Sept 21, 2009- Oct 13, 2009. Main Purpose of this Position: To cover off vacation of head designer and provide part time help as needed. Handle everything from technical file issues to basic design of printed materials Understand and help out with the administration of the Design Department. Contact Colin – (Received September 17)

JUNIOR PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Required by Photobook Canada in Richmond Hill. Photobook Canada is the nation fastest growing organization across the country specializing in personalized premium quality photobooks. To apply for this position send your CV to Application deadline – October 15. Posted by alumni Ping Tam (Received September 11)

GRAPHIC DESIGN/MARKETING INTERN Core Marketing Strategies, a small downtown Oakville marketing firm, is looking for a graphic design intern to work along side our marketing team. The successful incumbent will support the implementation of our clients’ marketing plans. Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite products including: InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator CS4 on a PC platform. Basic html and ability to work with Microsoft Office products also required. Contact Rachel Griffiths (Received September 11)

AVANTI MIS has a number of positions in customer support and technical support. These are immediate opportunities. Contact Nitin Gonsalves, Manager – Technical Support or call 416-445-1722 ext 294 (Received September 11)

SALESPERSON/BROKER Printology in Richmond Hill is looking for salespersons / brokers who have customer base to join our team. New premises with digital and offset offering. Adel Shenouda (Received September 10)

PRINT MEDIA TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT SPECIALIST. Norquest College in Edmonton, Alberta is looking for an IT/print person to take on IT issues. Norquest College See job posting or contact Josh Ramsbottom ( at the Centre for Excellence Print Media, Norquest College. (Received September 1)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Job opportunity for a full time production coordinator at St Joseph Pi Media, Benton Road facility. To manage pre-print production for assigned projects. Interested candidates please forward your resume to the Human Resources Department at (Received September 1)

JOB PLANNING/ESTIMATING Mississauga company Somerset Graphics is looking for a candidate to work in various functions that will lead to career in our industry. The position will be in the job planning – estimating – sales support area. Interested applicants please send resumes for an appointment to Put attention to Jack, the president of the company. (Received August 27)

DESIGNER The Canadian Office Products Association, a non profit organization serving the Canadian office products industry is currently looking for an individual to work on a freelance basis designing for our website, event and marketing flyers, emails and print. We are looking for a designer with extensive knowledge and experience in HTML/CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver. Please submit your resume and samples of your work to: Canadian Office Products Association Attention: Jo Anne Falkenburger 402-2800 Skymark Ave Mississauga, Ontario L4W 5A6 (Received August 19)

CSR PRODUCTION COORDINATOR The CSR/ Production Coordinator is responsible for appropriately managing all aspects of a project from purchase order to delivery, coordinating all communication when the job is in production, and for communicating customer requirements to the manufacturing team, in accordance with company policies and procedures. Willing & able to learn Large Format Digital Printing, Materials, Processes etc. Email resumes to: Ashley Froats, CSR Manager, SCL Imaging, 190 Milner Ave, Scarborough (Received August 19)

PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR for R J Multi Litho. We are a full service printing company located in Oakville, Ontario. Candidates will be responsible for following a job through production to fulfillment. Successful applicants may possess knowledge of estimating and layout and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced, friendly environment. Experience in a customer service role an asset. Graphic Communications Management graduates welcomed. If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to: (Received August 14)

PREPRESS for SML Graphic Solutions. Looking for a grad who can excel in digital prepress. Leading to prepress manager. Contact alumni Juan Guillén (Received August 14)

CANON CANADA has an opening – Assistant Product Marketing. To lead the development and implementation of competitive market research on all departmental products. Develop marketing initiatives to promote sales programs such as Optimum Program. 4 Year university education. Business related area of study preferred. Familiarity with product lines and related market knowledge. Contact Kelsi Rix (Received August 10)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR required by Fulcrum Publications at Bathurst and Lawrence. Cutting edge media company with industry leading publications, trade shows and customer loyalty programs is seeking a production coordinator to handle critical aspects of production. Contact Shilpa Shah (Received August 10)

SALES REP Fujifilm Canada, Imaging Division, working from our Mississauga office, this position will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of developing and executing sales strategies, plans and programs which will ensure the profitable short and long term sale of product lines. Industry knowledge and sales cycle proficiency is a definite asset. This role will require some traveling within the GTA and occasional out of province. Reply to Tori Russo (Received August 7)

SALES POSITION Account Manager – Customer Service Rep – Head Office. Report to the sales manager, promote and sell Astley Gilbert’s services which include printing, supplies and facilities. Please submit cover letter and resume stating interest in the position to (Received August 4)

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Colliers International is looking for a graphic designer with a corporate aesthetic, to work along side their Toronto marketing team. Company background commercial real estate – brokerage. For more information, visit Contact Sarah Eadie (Received July 29)

HBC SIGNING COORDINATOR The Signing Coordinator delivers, to over 300 stores, concise and easy to follow communication of new signing programs as well as signing updates. He/she will also accurately track all jobs in progress and issue General Orders to our vendors. Contact GCM Alumni Andrew Dunkerly (Received July 23)

Diary Dates

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

September 26-27 IEEE Toronto International Conference on Science and Technology for Humanity, Sep 26- 27, 2009, Toronto, Canada. Art Seto, Jason Lisi, Mohammed Khaled Ahmed will present a paper entitled “Ensuring Document Security and Privacy in Transpromo Printing”

October 3 Ryerson Alumni Weekend celebrations. “Is Toronto a World Class City?” The experts give us a read on how Ontario’s capital city is doing these days – don’t miss this lively discussion and the chance to share your opinion!

October 8 School of Graphic Communications Management Advisory Council Meeting

November 11-12 Ryerson students form panel presentation at 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

November 18 GCM Awards Night – 125 Bond Street – celebration of student achievements, awards and prizes.

December 6-8 PIA Color Management Conference Dec 6-8, sessions presented by Drs Rich Adams and Abhay Sharma.

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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