Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

September/October 2010



School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
September/October 2010

Welcome to our September/October, 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.

TrophyGCM Awards Night • Wednesday, October 27

The School of Graphic Communications Management requests the pleasure of your company for its Annual Awards Night, Wednesday, October 27, 2010. The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Heidelberg Centre, 125 Bond Street, Toronto. Refreshments will be served. Kindly RSVP to Taras Karpiuk, 416-979-5050,


Ryerson GCM Program Welcomes Record-size First Year Class

The School of Graphic Communications Management welcomed over 140 new first-year students into the program in September, an increase of nearly 10% from previous years. GCM had nearly 800 applications for these coveted positions. New students were treated to a wealth of information at Orientation, and were warmly welcomed into the GCM and Print families by senior students. The new students will join existing students in second, third, and fourth year of the GCM program. In total, over 450 Ryerson students are currently registered in Graphic Communications Management. As part of the curriculum, students will have exciting opportunities to visit plants, learn all stages of the printing process, and develop into professional managers. Many students participate in extra-curricular teams and events, including ryeTAGA and the Phoenix Challenge. Ryerson warmly welcomes all new and returning GCM students!

FCAD Welcomes Dr. Gerd Hauck as Dean

Dr. Gerd HauckGCM welcomes Dr. Gerd Hauck, Dean of the Faculty of Communication & Design(FCAD). Dr. Hauck comes to us from the University of Waterloo where he was chair of the Department of Drama and Speech Communications. His vision of post-secondary education is closely aligned with Ryerson’s mission and academic plan. He is an advocate of pedagogy that integrates practice and theory and believes in building strong external relationships with community stakeholders to support curriculum. At Waterloo he initiated student exchange programs with European countries to broaden the international experience of his students. Dr. Hauck received his Ph.D. in theatre studies from the University of Toronto, however his first job was at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen in his home town of Heidelberg, Germany. On touring GCM he remarked about feeling at-home in the Heidelberg Centre. Dr. Hauck succeeds Dr. Daniel Doz, who was appointed president of theAlberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in Calgary.

Nuit Blanche

GCM Exhibit for Nuit Blanche

Thousands of visitors huddled in front of the Heidelberg Centre on the night of Saturday, October 2, to see the School’s first exhibit for Nuit BlancheAt Different Angles traced the history of communication, the evolution of different information technologies, and their impact on society. Proposed by GCM professors Art Seto, Natalia Gilewicz, and Stefanie Stroh, the exhibit was rear-projected onto four of the Heidelberg Centre’s front window panes using 3M Vikuiti material provided by 3M and ND Graphics. A team of students, headed by Ruth Tupe (4th year), worked feverishly on the video presentation. Special thanks to students Jessica Chiu, Courtney Echlin, Jenna Fullerton, Elliot Kwan, Marijana Miric, Roman Swietlik, and Andrew Wong, and also to Fabricio Meideros, Josh Henderson, and Danielle Szlawieniec-Haw of Medlar Productions, 3M, Acuity, Bash Digital-Interactive, and ND Graphics. Photo by Martin Habekost.

Schlegel and Bircher

Above: Profs. Gert Schlegel (left) and Fritz Bircher (right) from the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland, flank Prof. Martin Habekost, GCM, wearing GCM T-shirts for the Ryerson Parade.

Right: Prof. Wolfgang Faigle (centre) from the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart, Germany, is flanked by Profs. Martin Habekost(left) and Ian Baitz, chair, GCM (right).

Wolfgang Faigle

GCM Hosts Visitors from Switzerland and Germany

Several academicians from European universities visited GCM in connection with the 2010 IARIGAI technical conference in Montreal. Prior to the conference, Profs. Fritz Bircher and Gert Schlegel from the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland, came to learn about Ryerson and discuss possible research collaborations. Their visit coincided with the Ryerson Parade.

After the conference, GCM hosted Profs. Wolfgang Faigle and Gunter Huebner along with research associate Mr. Wendler from the Hochschule der Medien (HdM), or Stuttgart Media University, in Germany. They were receiprocating a visit by four GCM faculty to HdM in 2008 before the DRUPA trade show. GCM and HdM will be working on extending the exchange of students and faculty and also on cross-Atlantic research collaborations.

IARIGAI Logo Martin Habekost

Research Presentations at 37th IARIGAI Conference

The International Association of Research Organizations for the Information, Media and Graphic Arts Industries (IARIGAI) held its 37th International Research Conference at the Quebec Institute of Graphic Communications(ICGQ). Dr. Martin Habekost and Research Associate Arash Ataein presented research papers to the international audience. Dr. Helmut Kipphan, editor of the widely respected Handbook of Print Media, also attended. Martin Habekost presented a paper in collaboration with GCM student Rebecca Aziza, a summer 2009 research assistant, called “Evaluation of gray balance and G7 in inkjet proofing of GRACoL and SWOP printing.” Arash Ataein presented a paper, “Color matching in inkjet proofing using spectral method,” in collaboration with Dr. Abhay Sharma. The conference program is available in the brochure. One evening, conference attendees visited a print company in Old Montreal that showed historic printing equipment. It was a well-organized conference with a wide variety of interesting topics.


GraphEXPO 2010, The Next Generation of Print

GCM professors Dr. Abhay Sharma and Chris Kular, and postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Janice Fung attendedGraphEXPO 2010, October 3–6, in Chicago. The show featured abundant digital press technologies and cross-media applications. An indicator of the industry’s direction was the notable absence of large presses. Dr. Sharma gave a presentation as part of the IDEAlliance G7 Summit and also attended the October 5 EDSF Scholarship Night “Give Back at GRAPH” at the Hyatt McCormick. Chris Kular attended the Printing Industries of America Teachers’ Conference, which featured presentations on “Engaging in the Social Media Conversation,” “Using Production Software in Classroom Assignments,” “Integrating Prepress into Graphic Design Programs,” and “Production Inkjet Technologies.” Dr. Fung attended seminars on improving the competitive business position for printers, gaining further insight for her research work at GCM.

Epical Claro

Elpical Donates Claro Premedia Solution to Ryerson

John de Jong, Managing Director of  (pronounced el-pi-kal), recently arranged for the donation of their Claro Premedia image processing solution to GCM. This exciting workflow software is designed for printers, publishers and other communication companies that require fast and effective colour correction. Claro Premedia is a high-volume, hot folder-driven solution, which uses a proprietary “Individual Image Analysis”‘ technology to automatically check an image to a range of specific parameters, and then enhances the image for highest-quality results. Currently used by companies such as USA Today, the software includes plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. This allows easy before-and-after image comparison, as well as process integration. For 2010 at Ryerson, the software will be part of the Advanced Technologies curriculum. Students will learn how to configure the solution and how it integrates into existing workflows.

CPIA LogoCanadian Printing Industries provides $73,750 in Scholarships this Year

This fall, the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund announced a total of $73,750 to assist 56 post-secondary students, the majority of whom attend Ryerson. The objective of the Fund is to attract the most talented young people available to printing industry by providing financial assistance to them while they are enrolled in an approved graphic arts management or technical program. The value of each annual scholarship is $1250, renewable if the student maintains good grades.

“There was an exceptional group of applicants once again this year and we are very pleased to be able to support 56 dedicated students in their pursuit of a career in the graphic communications industry”, said Don Gain, Chairman of the Fund. Ryerson recipients will be recognized at the GCM Student Awards Night on October 27. The Fund was initiated in 1971 and is supported by generous donor companies and individuals. For more information visit

Job Listings

Large-Format Production Coordinator, JustSigns, Guelph. We are a large format print company located in Guelph looking to hire a full-time production coordinator. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong technical understanding of RIP software, colour management, and production scheduling. We work in both Mac and PC. The ideal candidate will have experience with design software such as Adobe and Corel, be able to set up files in prepress, and operate large format digital equipment, including flat bed and roll-to-roll printers. Candidates must be organized, have strong communication skills and enjoy working in a fast-paced team environment. Daily duties will include production scheduling, supervision of production staff, customer correspondence, file preparation, daily production reporting and machine maintenance. Please email resume to: or fax to 519-836-9471. Only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Senior Prepress Operator, Commerce Press, Toronto. Highly experienced prepress operator required for commercial printer. Candidates should have five years’ working knowledge of Creo Prinergy workflow and Quark, Ilustrator, Photoshop, Corel, Pagemaker, InDesign software on Mac/Windows, imposition software, manual trapping in Quark/Illustrator, Flight Check, manipulation of PDFs, and preparing customer files for 40″ CTP output. Prefer candidate for 4 pm–12 pm shift. Please email resume to Estelle Elmaleh,

Project Manager, Evoke Solutios, Toronto. Prefer recent graduate with 2–3 years of experience. Email resume to Alexandru Lepsa, Project/Account Manager,, and cc Brigitte Martin Cook,

Contract Pricing Analyst, Bowne, Toronto (2 positions, 1-year contract). Email resume to Laura Brookes, administrative services coordinator,

Senior Production Coordinator, Equicom. The Equicom Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TMX Group, is Canada’s leading provider of investor relations and strategic corporate communications services. Equicom offers a comprehensive suite of services including: investor relations, media relations, annual report production, multimedia and web design, live event management and corporate branding. Please email resume and salary expectations to Hugh Carter, Studio Manager,

Junior Graphic Designer/Customer Service Specialist, Mr. Printer, Etobicoke. Mr. Printer Inc. has been in business in the Etobicoke area for over 30 years. We are a growing company with six full time employees in the printing department and six in the sign department. Our company prints products such as flyers, brochures, newsletters, notepads, business cards etc. using a XEROX 5000 digital press and a Heidelberg 5-colour press. We have just started offering our services through an online store. Our website is Please email resume to Nabeela Anjum at

Production Coordinator/Scheduler, PNH Innovations, Mississauga. PNH Innovations is a leading provider of branded grand format print solutions for event and experiential marketing, point-of-sale displays and out-of-home advertising in North America. Email resume to Geoff Barker, plant manager,

Client Services/Project Manager, PNH Innovations, Mississauga. PNH Innovations is a leading provider of branded grand format print solutions for event and experiential marketing, point-of-sale displays and out-of-home advertising in North America. Email resume to Geoff Barker, plant manager,

Academic Publishing Consultant, Grenville Management and Printing, Toronto. Opening for an enthusiastic, high-performing academic publishing consultant to join our academics and business development team in Toronto. Reporting to the business development manager, this individual will be responsible for providing input and advice to customer service staff and clients on all aspects of the custom publishing process. Email resume to

Outside Sales Person, PrintQ Ltd., Toronto. Growing Commercial Printing Company seeks a talented outside sales representative who is client-focused, energetic, friendly and enthusiastic. Candidates should have a strong hunter and sales mentality and be able to communicate effectively with proven verbal skills. Please e-mail resume to

Inside Sales Representative, Supremex Inc., Mississauga. Supremex, Canada’s largest provider of stock and custom manufactured envelopes, is looking for an addition to our sales team as an Inside Business Development Representative. This position will be responsible for managing customer relationships by developing assigned accounts, prospecting for new customers, and meeting or exceeding annual sales quotas at the appropriate gross margin. The work will involve outbound tele-sales calls and emails to prospects and current customers for the sale of envelopes, related products and services, as well as handling inbound calls and correspondence. Please email resume and cover letter to: Human Resources,

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Ian Baitz
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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