Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

March 2010



School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
March 2010


Welcome to our March, 2010 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. 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.

GCM Faculty Vacancies

Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) is seeking applicants for full-time faculty. The full position details, requirements, and application instructions are available at

Colloquium 1Speaker panel included (left to right) Daniel Dejan, JP Fozo, and Jeffrey Stewart

Flexo Press 2A full house of industry & students attentively watch Colloquium presentations

GCM Colloquium a Great Success!

Every year, third year GCM students work to create a colloquium speaker event to bring together students and industry professionals. Students chose an interesting topic and coordinated all of the activities that lead up to and occur on the day of the event. This year’s Colloquium took place on February 2nd and was titled “Fusion: Exploring the Multimedia Mix,” addressing innovative multimedia campaigns and how different types of media complement each other. Speakers were Daniel Dejan, National Print & Creative Specialist for Sappi Fine Paper; JP Fozo, General Manager of Rogers Publishing; and Jeffrey Stewart, Chief Technology Officer of Trekk Cross-Media. The evening offered many valuable insights, great food and good company. The event was generously sponsored by several companies, and a large number of industry attendees were present. Those who attended the event are invited to provide feedback via a short online survey.

Survey link:

Ryerson to host “INTERQUEST Digital Printing Forum” on May 6

Ryerson will partner with INTERQUEST, a leading market and technology research and consulting firm serving the digital printing and publishing industry, to deliver the first “INTERQUEST Toronto Digital Printing Forum” at GCM on Thursday May 6, 2010. The event is open to a broad range of professionals in digital printing and communications.

“Building on the success of the digital printing seminars we conducted over the past three years in New York, Paris, and Montreal, we have decided to hold a similar event in Toronto”, said Gilles Biscos, President of INTERQUEST. The forum is designed around recent INTERQUEST research into digital printing in the North American market. The event, which will be held at Ryerson from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include two parts:
1. A “Digital Printing & Multi-channel Communications” seminar targeted at direct mail printers, marketing and communication professionals, as well as at transactional printing operations and digital printers will take place in the morning.
2. A “Digital Book Printing” seminar targeted at publishers, book printers, digital print providers, and other book market professionals will take place in the afternoon.

The “Toronto Digital Printing Forum” is sponsored by industry leaders—GMC, Hewlett-Packard, Infoprint Solutions, Océ, Pitney Bowes, RISO, Transcontinental, as well as Xerox—and is supported by the Direct Marketing Association of Toronto. For details and registration, visit:

Ian Baitz

ryeTAGA wins Grand Prize Kipphan Cup in San Diego

Ryerson GCM students have again won the prestigious Grand Prize Helmut Kipphan Cup for top overall student research publication. The prize, which was presented this week in San Diego at the 62nd Annual Technical Conference of TAGA (Technical Association of the Graphic Arts), is awarded based on quality of student research, writing and graphic arts production of the student publication. This is the second time Ryerson has won the Kipphan Cup in three years.

The winning 160-page publication contains five Ryerson student research papers, many written by students as part of the GRA 634 Printing Processes course. The technical production of the book was completed outside of class time. Articles covered a range of topics from security printing to halftone dot comparison to the effect of ink tack on four-colour process printing.

The Ryerson TAGA student chapter—ryeTAGA—sent 12 students to the conference, accompanied by Profs. Martin Habekost (faculty advisor) and Jason Lisi, who made presentations on their research. Jason spoke about prepress workflow advancements using PDF/X-4 and the Adobe PDF Print Engine, and Martin discussed on-press control of metallic inks and about the influence of paper topography on print quality.

The Kipphan Cup is named after Professor Helmut Kipphan, Head of Advanced and Future Technologies at Heidelberg since 1978. The 2010 ryeTAGA publication is available on its web site: The team’s work was made possible this year by numerous industry sponsors, including Lowe-Martin, IAPHC, Webcom, Fujifilm, York Bindery, and Imation. Support from Ryerson was provided by the Project Funding Allocation for Students (P-FACS), the Faculty of Communication & Design and the School of GCM.


Jason Lisi on “Media-Rich Publishing”

“Media Rich PDF Publishing: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Print and Multimedia Publishing” is the title of a paper Jason Lisi recently published in the International Journal of the Book. The paper explores how the PDF platform can be used to combine the best attributes of print publishing with the benefits of multimedia publishing to create a hybrid document that can be used for print and screen-based viewing. Details of the paper are available from Jason Lisi at

Environmental Printing Awards — April, 8, 2010

Returning in April is the 5th 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, Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki foundation 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 5th annual Environmental Printing Awards will be held at the Eglinton Grand Banquet Hall on April 8, 2010. To enter your company’s environmental entry go to, deadline to enter is March 15th. New categories!


Art Seto Joins CBBAG Board

Prof. Art Seto has joined the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bookbinders Artists Guild (CBBAG). Art will chair the National Events Committee, which includes planning the next book arts national conference and he will lliaise with the local chapters.

GCM Part-time Certificate Courses Remain Popular

Ryerson’s night school courses in Graphic Communications provide an opportunity for part-time continuing study and professional upgrading. Increasingly, employees in industry are seeking ways to experience new technology and best practices, and network with others in the field. Through Ryerson’s Chang School of Continuing Education, GCM offers ten part-time evening and online courses and several weekend professional development workshops.

Some learners choose to take only one course; others take several. Those who complete ten courses earn the Ryerson Certificate in Graphic Communications — a sure way to enrich a resume and remain on the leading edge.

Professional development workshops on offer this spring include: Print Production Management, PDF Workflows & Variable Data, Adobe Illustrator for Graphic Communications, Adobe Photoshop for Graphic Communications, and InDesign for Graphic Communications. All courses and workshops begin in May. Registration is now open. Full descriptions are available at:

Job Fair 1 Job Fair 2
Job Fair 2010 a Success!

On March 4, GCM hosted yet another successful Annual Job Fair. As it does every year, the event began and ended with the loud chime of a gong. Consistent with GCM tradition, industry turnout was outstanding. The event helped over 35 employers connect with and interview students; several employers were seeking to fill several positions.

GCM students seeking a third-year summer internship and fourth-year students seeking full-time employment filled the hall, attending scheduled interviews with a range of companies from across Ontario. At the end of a busy day there was considerable positive feedback about the caliber of GCM students.

Companies who missed the Job Fair but are looking to hire a grad or intern, or who would like to ensure they are on the mailing list for next year’s Job Fair, are invited to contact the School at 416-979-5050.

Book Exhibition

GCM exhibits at the FCAD Deanery

In recognition of students’ hard work, GCM exhibited student projects in a display case in the Faculty of Communications and Design (FACD) Deanery, with very positive reaction.

The projects include handbound case-bound books prepared by students which show the steps in book production. Exhibited beside the book samples are the first products printed on the new GCM Comco Cadet flexo press. These GCM labels had been printed and kiss-cut inline for the inauguration of the press.

The packaging prototypes on display originate form Prof. Stefanie Stroh’s third year class projects and were produced on the donated Pakready cutting table. The students’ task had been to package either 100 g chocolate covered peanuts or Hershey Kisses in an appropriate and innovative way.


GCM Students Visit RIT

Before sunrise on February 4th, five GCM students and GCM departmental assistant Taras Karpiuk headed for Rochester Institute of Technology to explore the RIT Masters Studies in Print Media program. Ryerson was welcomed with open arms. Much of the day was spent in talks and tours of the campus. Students saw the Cary collection, home to rare books that would be any typographer’s dream, the student-managed, student-run printing centre, the printing applications lab, and the open publishing lab.

After a night on the town with GCM alumni and now RIT students Scott Millward and Saleh Abdel Motaal, the group explored the George Eastman House, the international museum of photography and film, and the photographic preservation and collections management graduate program.

For more information on the RIT M.S. in Print Media programs, contact Dr. Scott Williams at RIT or visit for more information on RIT, and for more information on Eastman House. (Contributed by Amanda Rehal GCM ’10.)


GCM Visits OMNOVA Corporation

In an effort to better understand how inkjet printing could be used for production and proofing of decorative wall coverings, Ani Khandekar, LEAN SixSigma Blackbelt Manager, Laminates & Asia, for OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., invited Profs. Abhay Sharma and Rich Adams to visit company headquarters in Akron, Ohio. Ani was formerly a student of Abhay’s and graduated with an M.S. in Pulp and Paper Engineering from Western Michigan University. More information on OMNOVA:

Chris Kular

Chris Kular @ Large

During the first half of his sabbatical research year, Prof. Chris Kular was fortunate to be invited to teach at the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart Germany. The HdM offers technical and management-related Print Media courses, which are similar to many courses in the Graphic Communications Management program at Ryerson. Chris was responsible for preparing and presenting four different courses to a diverse group of international students. His courses included Advertising, Publishing, Packaging and Marketing for Print Media. He also had the opportunity to take the students on several tours to printing and packaging companies in Germany.

The other Professors at HdM were very helpful to Chris and the students were extremely bright, polite, and eager to learn new things. Most of the students were from different parts of Germany, while others were from Greece, Moscow, and Kiev. Chris found the city of Stuttgart to be beautiful and a great place for an endless supply of delicious meals, sights, and cultural activities. He rode his bicycle almost every day and found it to be a great way to compensate for accumulating calories. Overall, Chris found HdM offers a very positive and professional approach to education and he would welcome the opportunity to continue to develop relationships with HdM in the future. More information on HdM:

Job Listings

Prepress/IT Department Assistant, LithoWeb. The main role and focus of the Pre-Press/IT Department Assistant will be to work with the Prepress Operator on the day to day activities within the department, from file retrieval and manipulation, to plate making using CTP equipment, as well as operating and maintaining all equipment within the department. They will be responsible to ensuring all task are completed in a timely manner, and in such a way to eliminate excessive waste. The secondary focus will be to continually strive to improve the department and themselves, through education, brainstorming with peers and management, and following all policies and procedures set forth. For more info please visit our website, To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and any references to

Client Services Account Manager, Vertis Communications. Vertis Communications, a commercial printer, produces inserts such as Home Depot, Sears Canada, etc., is in immediate need of an additional Client Services Account Manager for our facility, located half-way between Fort Erie and Niagara Falls. Vertis is a premier provider of targeted print advertising and direct marketing solutions, including creative services, proprietary consumer research, database targeting and digital technologies, premedia, media placement and multimedia. For additional information see To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and references to Dorothy Roussy, H. R. Manager,

Graphic Designer, Corporate Affairs, Canadian Tire. Reporting to the Manager, Production, at the 2190 Yonge Street, Toronto, office, the Graphic Designer will produce design solutions to communicate Canadian Tire’s messages with high visual impact to internal and external audiences. Graphic design solutions required for a large variety of Corporate Affairs products and activities, including websites, newsletters/magazines and other printed materials, event presentations, posters/signage, videos, PR materials, etc. The person in this role must have a good balance of creativity and business savvy, in order to produce creative work that fits the needs and style of the organization. The work demands creative flair, up-to-date knowledge of industry software, ability to manage multiple projects at once, a team-minded attitude and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines. For additional information, see To apply, send resume and cover letter to Harpinder Nagra, Campus Program Specialist, at

Bilingual Client Relations Associate, St. Joseph Print. We are in search of a Bilingual (French) Client Relations Associate to provide exemplary support to our print facilities at St Joseph Print, Snow. Reporting to the Client Relations Manager, this enriching role will plan, coordinate, estimate, schedule, set job priorities and expedite jobs to be processed throughout the organization. In doing so, the individual will interact with sales, internal and external clients and operations to contribute to the success of the organization. Please note that there will be reliability and security clearance checks for every candidate who does not have the Secret Security Clearance. For additional information, To apply, please forward resume and cover letter to

Print Coordinator, Client Site, St. Joseph Print, Toronto. This position will be located on the client site and will be responsible for the transitioning and enhancing the various responsibilities from the existing Design Group. The scope for this position includes supporting the various client departments in their print requirements. This position will oversee the details of the coordination process including updating artwork, quoting, creating the PO, managing the delivery to SJC, confirming by samples that the job was correctly produced, signing off on the invoice and maintaining Corporate Publishing form files. The expectation would be that this position will be responsible for objectively considering, assessing and recommending various print solutions that will provide quality and efficiency for both the client and SJC. For additional information, To apply, please forward resume and cover letter to

Business Development Account Managers, Asia Pulp & Paper (Canada) Ltd., Toronto and Montreal (multiple positions available). We are looking for recent graduates who want to establish a career in business-to-business sales and have the passion and commitment to build a strong track record. We want someone who can sell and who loves to sell. Ideal candidates are people who know how to prospect leads, present products, close sales, and who can develop lasting business relationships with decision-makers. This is an entry-level career position developing business for a leading distributor of fine paper products to commercial printers, retail, government and institutional customers. Interested applicants please apply by email, fax, or mail to Bozena Rybak, 20 Hereford St. #15, Brampton, ON L6Y 0M1. Fax 905-450-2107. (no phone calls please). Additional information:

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Ian Baitz
Acting Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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