Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

January/February 2011


School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto
January/February 2011

Welcome to our January/February 2011 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.

Job Fair Alert!

Job Fair

Thursday March 3rd, 2011 will be the 24th annual GCM Job Fair where GCM invites employers to meet with student interns and graduates for interviews conducted in 10-minute “speed dating” format on the Ryerson campus. Two sessions are held; the session for 2011 graduating students takes place between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; the session for third year summer interns occurs between 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner is served to company representatives/interviewers at 6:00 p.m. and provides our industry colleagues a chance to chat with each other. Job Fair is one of the most respected events in the GCM calendar, and is the envy of many other programs at Ryerson. It is not unusual to see non-GCM students and faculty watching as the evening unfolds, and to hear comments such as, “I wish my program did this.” We are very grateful for the support of our industry partners in making the GCM Job Fair a success. To register for the March 3rd GCM Job Fair and to reserve your company’s table, please contact Taras Karpiuk or by phone at 416-979-5050 or register online at:

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Colloquium 2011 • Thursday, February 17 • 6:30 p.m.

The 3rd-year students in the Graphic Communications Management program at Ryerson are hosting their annual GCM Colloquium event on Thursday February 17th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Members of industry are invited to attend. Please note, this year’s event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King St. W., Toronto. This year, the theme is “Envision — The Future of Print,” aimed at exploring various innovations in the printing industry today. Guest speakers for Envision will be Matthew Alexander, President and CEO of Colour Innovations; Gerry Visca, International Branding Coach; and Henry Laszutko, National Account Manager at CCL Industries. The School of GCM is pleased to have these highly acclaimed professionals address topics including: Environment, Innovation and Packaging Solutions. For additional information and to register for this exciting event, please visit

Strong Student Applications to GCM for Fall 2011

Student applications are rolling in from potential future GCM-ers! Initial figures show that applications to join GCM in September 2011 are up 10% from one year ago at the same time. Yet, it’s not too late to apply for this fall!

Applications for fall are still open to current high school students, mature, international and transfer students. We particularly welcome applications from students with strong grades who are interested in today’s high-tech printing industries. GCM students earn a four-year degree in our modern facilities and participate in a summer internship between third and fourth year. Over 15 different Minors are available to GCM students, including marketing, e-business, entrepreneurship and innovation, international business, and finance. Graduates enjoy outstanding career opportunities. Admissions decisions are based on grades only. For more information on how to apply to Ryerson’s GCM program, visit or contact Taras Karpiuk at 416-979-5050 or

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Ryerson

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Ivonne Sanchez (left photo) traveled to Urabama, Peru for Reading Week 2010. This year, Kaneesha Serjue (right photo, at left) will visit Bogota, Colombia, for Reading Week and Lauren Lincoln (at right) will travel to Vietnam in the summer.

Ryerson’s reading week is just around the corner. There are a variety of activities that students take on during this week. Here is a wonderful example of three GCM students giving back. Lauren Lincoln, Ivonne Sanchez, and Kaneesha Serjue are a part of a student group called Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Ryerson. ASB Ryerson is an entirely student-run and locally operated group where students volunteer their time to experience and learn from other cultures around the world. ASB is a journey which is meant to change the world in small steps by inspiring students to begin with changing themselves. The experience makes a lifelong impact on the students which will help to shape them to become leaders in their future endeavours.

In 2010 Ivonne Sanchez travelled to Urabamba, Peru. While there, she and her team worked at a day-care where they built a path and reinforced a wall that had been damaged by a massive flood that devastated the region. The team also worked with community members at two primary schools painting furniture, tiling floors and painting classrooms. The next ASB trip will follow in the month of February, where Kaneesha Serjue and her team will be travelling to Bogota, Colombia. During their time there they will contribute by providing food for the homeless, teaching children how to speak English, constructing a school, and helping out in a orphanage as well as a women’s shelter. auren Lincoln will depart in the spring for Southeast Asia where ASB will be helping out in orphanages and caring for children who have been affected by Agent Orange.

The students agree that ASB requires dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work, but the reward is worth it! It is an exciting and life-changing experience which builds friendships and inspires students to get involved, be committed and make a change.

RIT Master’s Degree in Print Media Information Session

RIT Information SessionOn January 31, 2011 GCM students interested in furthering their education with a Master’s degree attended an information session about Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Master of Science degree. RIT has been offering scholarships for their M.S. program to Ryerson GCM graduates for several years. Last year a small group of students enjoyed a two-day visit and tour of RIT and the School of Print Media after a similar information meeting. The information session was presented by GCM Instructor and alumnus Scott Millward, who is a former recipient of the RIT Scholarship.

Right: Scott Millward, M.S. Print Media, RIT, and GCM ’08 (2nd from left) presents an information session on RIT’s M.S. in Print Media. Photo by Jason Lisi.

Art SetoGCM Team Awarded Learning and Teaching Grant

GCM Professor Art Seto and collaborators Rich Adams, Martin Habekost, and Jason Lisi received one of seven inaugural Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund (LTEF) grants being given to Ryerson faculty. The grants support and promote both innovation in the classroom and research around higher education teaching. Their proposal, “Rethinking Learning Delivery Methods — Podcasting from Gutenberg to the iPhone and Beyond,” is to produce podcasts on how to use graphic arts equipment from digital cameras to printers and lab testing instruments, promoting enhanced learning and safety.

Visit by Professor Gary Field

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Left: ryeTAGA students (from left right) Cindy Thai, Valerie Chen and Jacky Kuo Mao (far right) with Professors Field and Habekost. Right: Gary Field signing his book for his colleague. Photos by Martin Habekost.

On January 4, 2011 Prof. Gary Field, author of Color and its Reproduction and several other textbooks, visited GCM. Many alumni may remember his textbook and might still have a copy in their bookshelf. Prof. Field met with Dr. Martin Habekost and members of the ryeTAGA student group. After a tour of the building Prof. Field signed the books of those who brought theirs. During the tour of the School Prof. Field shared some of his vast knowledge about the industry and technological development of the tools that are currently used by our students and in industry. Students were impressed to meet one of their textbook authors.

Professor Field will also be attending the upcoming annual technical conference of TAGA (see below) in Pittsburgh from March 6 to 9, 2011. It was an honour to meet Prof. Field!

ryeTAGA will go to Pittsburgh Conference

ryeTAGA GroupThe Ryerson student chapter of TAGA (ryeTAGA) is entering the home stretch in preparing for the upcoming TAGA technical conference in Pittsburgh, March 6–9, 2011. More information about the conference can be found at the TAGA web site. The ryeTAGA group has teamed up with a local printing company to produce the cover of the student publication. More will not be revealed at this point in time. At the same time members of the student chapter are formatting the research papers that will be published in the student journal. The research papers were part of the GRA 634 course in the winter 2010 semester. The student journal will be entered in the competition for the Helmut Kipphan Cup, which has resided at Ryerson since the 2010 conference. At last years’ conference nine student chapters from universities and colleges from the US and Europe entered the competition for the Kipphan cup and ryeTAGA was the winner! If you would like to help the student group through a donation to help offset the travel and hotel costs, please contact Dr. Martin Habekost. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

Front row: Jennifer Yeung, Dr. Martin Habekost, Valerie Chen.
Back row: Ruth Tupe, Jacky Kuo Mao, Thomas Gagnon, Cindy Thai, Sara D’Arcey.

Visit by Hal Stratton, manroland US

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From left to right: Ian Baitz, Tom Lang, Thomas Gagnon, Jacky Kuo Mao, Hal Stratton, Jennifer Yeung. Photo: Martin Habekost

On January 19, 2011 Hal Stratton from manroland USA and Tom Lang, local manroland sales representative, visited the School of Graphic Communications Management. Tom Lang is also a graduate from our program and is very familiar with our school and the changes that happened over the years. Hal Stratton wanted to see what type of equipment the School is making available to the students and which topics are being taught in our school. Hal Stratton is also a member of the TAGA board of directors. He made it a point to talk to students from the ryeTAGA team about the upcoming TAGA conference. Hal has been to many universities and colleges in the United States and saw their facilities. The current size of our first year class (140 students) left quite an impression with our visitor. Thank you Hal for visiting us.

Flexography Night School begins in March

The Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC), the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School (GGMSS) have announced their Spring night school classes will begin in early March. Courses run at GGMSS Mississauga facility on Thursday evenings, and are taught by industry professionals. Open to the public and to industry, night school participants can earn their FTA Level 1 or 2 certification. There is no prerequisite for the Introduction to Flexography course. A number of GGMSS students have continued their studies at Ryerson. For further information about Flexo night school, contact Peter Belanger at GGMSS, 905-274-2391, ext 418 or by email at

Joan Antonio

Big Promotion for GCM Grad

We often don’t always know where GCM graduates will end up in their careers, but we do know that it’s usually some place great! Joan Antonio, GCM ’06, is a great example of effort and achievement. She has just assumed the role of Manager of Editorial Production, News and Business Publications, responsible for all news and business titles within Consumer Publishing: Maclean’sCanadian BusinessMoneySense and Profit. In her new role, Joan will oversee editorial production across the four magazines and between editorial and adjacent departments such as production, prepress, sales, and circulation managing overall scheduling and deadlines; leadership on special projects; and managing the implementation of standardized corporate workflows and practices. Joan has been with Rogers since her student internship in the summer of 2005. She entered the GCM program determined to work specifically in the magazine industry. Her determination has certainly served her well in her career. Congratulations to Joan on her promotion!

Job Listings

Prepress Operator, Harmony Printing, Toronto. Electronically assembles graphics and text to create electronic file containing all components for proofing and plating. Loads customer supplied electronic files onto prepress file server. Checks customer-supplied electronic files for completeness and potential problems using Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXPress, and Prinergy software on the Macintosh and Windows platforms. Identifies missing or problematic components and communicates them to the CSR. Works with CSR as necessary to work out any problems with the job. For litho work, outputs Epson proofs from final approved, imposed files – high resolution and/or low resolution booked proofs, according to job docket specifications and delivers to CSR. If interested please email cover letter and resume to Human Resources,

Graphic Designer / Digital Print Production Person, ProductionTable, Toronto. Diverse role requires strong background in digital print combined with skills in computers, software, maintenance, and production, along with excellent colour discrimination ability, mechanical aptitude, and organizational skills. If interested please contact

Icon Developer, AJB Sofware, Toronto. Co-op/internship position for person to create icons for AJBSoftware product lines using Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. Samples of previous work required. Prefer candidate with experience in custom icon development. If interested please email cover letter and resume to Gerry Holmes, RPR, Payroll/Accounts Payable Coordinator, at

Bindery Estimator, Classic Bindery Services Ltd., Delta, BC. Requires experience or knowledge in the printing industry as an estimator; bindery estimating expereince an advantage. Must be proficient in computer skills, email, word processing, spreadsheets, and estimating, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. If interested please email resume to

Producer of Point-of-Purchase and Store Visuals, Resource Integrated Ltd., Richmond Hill, ON. Company seeks self-motivated professional with experience in store visual solutions and a passion for production operations managements. Required skills include knowledge of supplier base, estimating, purchasing, and production coordination. If interested please email resume to Conie Giannantonio, Office Administrator,

Continuous Improvement Associate, Dow Jones & Co., New York. Company seeks two Continuous Improvement Associates based in the New York – New Jersey area. The CI Associate assists the Director in execution of his/her duties in the implementation of the quality assurance effort and continuous improvement initiatives. If interested please apply through Dow Jones careers web site,

Print Production Site Lead, Xerox Outsourcing, Mississauga, ON. One of Canada’s leading document solutions providers requires a hands-on site lead for one of it s managed services client sites. This full-time contract position may be of interest to a recent Ryerson Graphics Communications Management graduate who seeks an entry-level print production management role. Duties and responsibilities include: digitial print production and bindery (low volume colour and B&W), mail & courier services management, monthly financial reporting for site, daily client interfacing within a small multinational client site. If interested please contact Andrew Proctor, Account Operations Manager, Xerox Outsourcing, email, 905-845-2511 x 2277.

Digital Colour Print Operator, Astley Gilbert, Toronto. The Digital Colour Print Operator is responsible for accurately outputting colour prints ensuring high quality and efficiency. To also perform dry mounting, laminating, and other finishing services to fill customer orders. If interested please submit a covering letter and resume stating interest in the position to:

Outdoor Graphics, Print, and Preflight Operator, Astley Gilbert, Toronto. Position is responsible for accurately outputting colour prints ensuring high quality and efficiency. Shift 2:00–10:30 pm. Submit a covering letter and resume stating interest in the position to:

Prepress Operator, Afternoon Shift, Optic Nerve / Publicis, Toronto. Position requires a self-motivated and independent individual who is responsible for providing prepress support to one of Toronto’s largest in-house agencies. Communicate in both written and verbal form with prepress manager, print production and those that are not as tech-savvy. Expert knowledge of Macintosh OSX, including but not limited to Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, and Quark. This is a full time position to start immediately. Please email cover letter and resume to .

Marketing Coordinator, Bluenotes, Toronto. Oversee and coordinate the production and communication components of the Marketing Department. Hours 8:30-5:30, overtime may be required often. Very fast-paced and constant changes, this is a job for someone that thrives in a time-sensitive environment and loves to handle many projects at the same time and handles interruptions well. Travel to nearby stores required for campaign launches (to setup the store. Requires intermediate knowledge of Excel. Highlight GCM and print knowledge experience on your resume. Retail experience is an asset but not required. Head office location near Yorkdale Mall. If interested email resume to

Junior Production Coordinator Intern, Equicom, Toronto. We are looking to hire a Junior Production Coordinator intern, on a part-time basis with the intent of bringing them on full time post-graduation. The ideal candidate would have a good knowledge of print, and some exposure to websites would be an asset. Working in a design studio, with the Senior Production Coordinator and Studio Manager, the Junior Production Coordinator will be responsible for procuring quotes from vendors, ensuring that work flows through the studio and is completed on time, checking completed work for accuracy, and ensuring that timelines are understood by all team members. If interested, please email resume to: Hugh Carter Studio Manager Equicom, a TMX Group Company,

Production Specialist, Sherwood Copy, Mississauga, ON. Seeking person with a full knowledge of how a digital printing production facilty operates. GCM graduates are encouraged to apply. The candidate should be able to run high volume Xerox, Konica, Canon equipment, have a thorough knowledge of graphics software including Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, Excel, etc.), AutoCAD, Adobe Acrobat, HTML, and VDP. Candidate should be strong enough to load and unload paper rolls on wide format machines, able to lift boxes and also attend to basic cleaning of the print shop, have good command on English, have a pleasant demeanor, and be able to work independently. Be flexible about the work hours and available to work some Saturdays. If interested please email resume to

Sales Executive for Western USA, Avanti. Growing print shop management software vendor seeks a senior sales executive to develop both midsize and enterprise accounts as well as manage and up-sell an existing clientele. The company has been in business for over 25 years and provides a complete JDF-certified business management software that runs commercial and in-plant print facilities. We are looking for someone with 5+ years of experience in selling Print MIS or ERP or W2Print Systems and can achieve a quota greater than $1.5 million/year in direct and channel sales. If interested please send resume (Word or PDF) to with “Western Sales Executive” in the subject line.

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Ian Baitz
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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