Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

July/August 2011



School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto
July/August 2011

Welcome to our July/August 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.

Sustainable Packaging Conference

Pac EventOn Wednesday, June 22, six GCM students along with Assistant Professor Natalia Gilewicz, attended the Walmart Sustainable Packaging Conference V, held in conjunction with the PACKEX Toronto trade show and Sustainable Packaging Student Design Competition in Mississauga. The event was organized by The Packaging Association of Canada. Conference participants were fortunate to hear from a variety of speakers on the topic of “Becoming Sustainable” including Walmart Canada President & C.E.O. David Cheesewright, P&G Global Packaging Development Associate Director Alan Blake and TerraChoice President & C.E.O. Scott McDougall. Among the exciting topics presented were “Embedding Sustainability in Organizational Culture”, “The Seven Sins of Green Washing” and “Future Predictions for Sustainable Packaging Materials”. Students had the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals from all over North America.

Full group caption (left to right): Natalia Gilewicz (Faculty advisor), Babak Amoozgar, Karley Wu, Emily Wong, Faris Abu-Kwiek, Liam Maddock, Dusan Sigulinski, Lee Jones, and Andrew Wong.

GCM Brings Home Top Prizes at Packaging Competition

First Place PAC
Third Place PAC

Top: Dusan Sigulinski (centre, in pink shirt) accepts the first-place award on behalf of his team in the Packaging Association of Canada’s Sustainable Packaging Student Design Competition.
Bottom: Babak Amoozgar (centre, in purple shirt) accepts the third-place award on behalf of his team.

In June, two teams of 4 students each competed in the Sustainable Packaging Student Design Competition organized by the Packaging Association of Canada (PAC). The School of Graphic Communications Management has been involved with PAC for some time, however it was our first time submitting packaging designs for competition. The challenge was to redesign the primary package as well as retail ready package for Knorr Sidekicks. We were very pleased that of two submissions, both proceeded through to the final round of judging. The students then delivered presentations to the panel of judges (which included executives from Unilever, Walmart and PAC) at the PACKEX trade show in Toronto.

The students nervously awaited the results while enjoying the show and reflecting on how much they had learned through experience. Once again, the value of experiential learning at Ryerson really shone through — both teams returned to Ryerson as winners! Andrew Wong (team leader), Lee Jones, Liam Maddock, and Dusan Sigulinski are 1st place winners, receiving an award of $3000. Babak Amoozgar (team leader), Faris Abu-Kwiek, Emily Wong and Karley Wu were third-place winners, receiving $1000. The second place prize went to Christian Thomas from Humber College.

The win represents the hard work and dedication of the students as well as significant time and resource investments made by the school to further our involvement in the packaging industry. Chair of GCM Ian Baitz facilitated our students’ participation in this event. Heading up the team of students was Assistant Professor Natalia Gilewicz, who is the faculty advisor for a new student group at the school called RyePAC. The launch of the group is this coming September 2011 but the membership is already 80 students strong, with Andrew Wong (one of the first place winners) as the elected president of the group. The win is a step in the right direction for a school who is continuously looking to increase engagement in the packaging industry.

GCM Student Andrew Wong wins $10,000 Rossini Scholarship

Andrew WongThird year GCM student Andrew Wong was selected as the 2011 winner of the prestigious Rossini Scholarship. This competitive $10,000 scholarship is provided courtesy of Rossini North America to allow a student to pursue a special research project in flexography. Andrew was presented his award at the 2011 FTA Flexo Forum in Indianapolis. Rossini is a worldwide supplier of air-mount printing sleeves to the flexographic, gravure, coating and Thermal Photopolymer lamination industries. Andrew’s innovative winning project involves the design of a flexo plate for output on an “Objet 3D” printer (see video), supplied by “Proto3000 3D Engineering Solutions” in Vaughan, and then testing its print quality on Ryerson’s Comco Cadet Flexo press. Such 3D printers are currently being used for rapid prototyping of a variety of three dimensional models using a process called “polyjet” which is able to produce 3D objects with no waste material. Andrew is hoping that this project will open discussion into the possibility of using 3D printers as an alternative to traditional photopolymer platemaking methods.”

Photo shows Andrew Wong receiving his $10,000 Rossini Scholarship at the 2011 FTA Flexo Forum.

GCM Students Volunteer at CFTC Golf Tournament

CFTC LogoCFTC Golf TournamentRyerson’s GCM program has benefited over the years from the generous support of the Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC), an industry-sponsored society dedicated to advancing education in flexography in Canada. The CFTC assisted GCM with the installation of its flexo press, and it has sponsored Ryerson students in the Phoenix Challenge flexo competition. On June 6, Ryerson students accompanied by GCM Chair Ian Baitz were proud to “give back” to the CFTC and the flexo industry by volunteering at the CFTC’s 30th Annual Roll Label Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at the beautiful Nobleton Lakes Golf Club, and the good weather brought out excellent attendance from industry professionals. In addition to personnel from many Ontario flexo printers and suppliers, FTA President Mark Cisternino was in attendance. Ryerson students volunteered on the putting greens at this special fund raiser event. Companies interested in learning more about the CFTC and invited to visit

Photo shows Ryerson student volunteers Hannah Plavnick, Nate Plavnick, Stephanie Eagle and Andrew Wong.

Job Listings

Customer Service Representative, Eclipse Imaging, Burlington, ON. Eclipse Imaging is a leader in the large-format printing market and also offers offset and digital printing. We cater primarily to the outdoor, agency, and retail communities. We are currently seeking a customer service representative with print-related experience.   To be successful in this position you must have a general knowledge of printing production processes and excellent customer service and communication skills. In addition, demonstrated interpersonal skills, superior organizational and time-management skills, and working knowledge of software applications are required. Responsibilities include coordinating all aspects of jobs through the production process. To be considered, please forward resume in confidence to Andrea Street,

Flexographic Technical Sales Representative, Ernest Green & Son Ltd, Ontario. Ideal for GCM graduate with experience in a flexographic printing environment for 3+ years. Position involves sales of equipment, software, and supplies to flexographic printing companies in Ontario. Assets include great communication skills, self-starter, and some form of sales experience. Please forward resume to Mike Wildbore, National Business Manager, WFI Equipment,

Inside Sales Representative WFI (Wide Format Inkjet), Ernest Green & Son. Ideal for GCM graduate with 2 or more years of experience in a wide-format digital print shop. Position involves sales of wide-format equipment, software, and supplies to various parts of Canada. Assets include knowledge of different WFI printing technologies, great communication skills, self-starter with sales experience. Please forward resume to Mike Wildbore, National Business Manager, WFI Equipment,

Customer Service Representative, Wild On Media. Wild On Media is an Out-Of-Home Media Company offering a number of unique and exciting mediums covering many areas.  We are looking for someone who thrives on meeting and talking to people. Successful candidate will work with advertising agencies’ media planners and buyers in providing them with assistance in planning campaigns for their clients. Your focus on the task at hand will determine your success.  Check out our website at  Email resume to Gene W. Plouffe, Chairman,, or mail to Wild On Media, 830 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario M4P 2L3. We’ll arrange for an interview.

R&D Positions, Agfa Graphics, Toronto. Agfa Graphics is looking for three clever, eager and friendly printer technician/technologist/operators to join our grand format inkjet printer R&D team. Positions would appeal to hands-on individuals who like machines, electronics, software, colour management, image quality and operating a printer more than it would appeal to a person who likes graphics, design, and art production. For consideration please forward resume to Rob Layton, Director, Research & Development, Agfa Graphics,

Planner, Gilmore Printing Services Inc., Kanata, ON. Position requires knowledge of digital and offset print production processes, print finishing and bindery, estimating, basic computer skills, general knowledge of graphics software programs, knowledge of substrate characteristics and specifications, along with strong communication skills, organization and attention to detail. See For consideration please email resume to

Estimator, Ricoh, Aurora, ON. Position involves analyzing tender documents and developing competitive pricing, meeting the intent of project requirements. Please forward resume to Sonya Kehoe, Manager, Finance and Administration,

Client Services/Project Manager, PH Innovations, Mississauga, ON. 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. Responsibilities include acting as a liaison between sales, customers, manufacturing and outside vendors to ensure the timely production of projects and to efficiently meet customer needs; checking estimates from sales for accuracy and converting to work orders detailing the parameters of the project; preparing comprehensive, accurate and timely written instructions for all applicable manufacturing departments and outside vendors; managing jobs though the various phases of production, including outside purchases, from conversion of estimate through final delivery; maintaining daily production schedules and keeping customer/sales informed of the status of their projects.
For consideration please email resume to Geoff Barker, General Manager,

Senior Mac Operator, Deco Labels & Tags. Key tasks include maintenance (10%), prepress production and colour separations (65%), quality control (10%), and customer service support (15%). If interested, please email resume to Jens Lepa, Operations Manager, Deco Labels & Tags,

Estimator, Harmony Printing Limited, Toronto. Position entails preparing job estimates using a computerized estimating system (Enterprise Print Management), working with sales reps, plant management and customer service reps to plan production in an optimal fashion. Harmony is a full-service commercial and financial printer, and the successful candidate will demonstrate a working knowledge of printing processes, both digital and litho, together with knowledge of  paper, ink, and  mailing services. If interested please email cover letter with resume to

Americas Training Operations Associate, Esko Graphics, Miamisburg, OH. Position involves working with product management and other subject matter experts in the definition and deployment of a customer eLearning strategy & tactical plan; leading the development, deployment and management of customer product training movies/videos; build the business model to ensure an appropriate return on investment; manage costs and identify revenue opportunities aligned to these training movies; work with EskoArtwork IT and the Esko Academy to ensure that targeted customers are able to access and use training movies. For consideration please email resume to Larry Moore, Director, Software Services N.A., EskoArtwork,

Sales and Marketing Coordinator, SupremeX Envelope, Toronto Area. This position will be responsible for development and coordination of marketing communications and sales tools.  It combines a mix of daily responsibilities with multiple projects, ranging from fielding calls to preparing reports to managing marketing initiatives to planning meetings and social events. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume & cover letter to Human Resources:

Account Manager, SupremeX Envelope, Toronto Area. Canada’s largest envelope manufacturer is looking for a high energy Account Manager to manage and develop a territory of end user customers. The Account Manager role will focus on managing and developing current and prospective end user accounts. The Account Manager will be responsible for regular contact with all clients in the assigned territory and developing, quoting, and closing all sales opportunities.  This role will focus on selling the entire product offering of the company, maintaining good customer relationships with clients, and liaising with customers on various matters including:  credit worthiness, needs assessment, order fulfillment (including online ordering system implementation and development), delivery, and invoicing. Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume & cover letter to Human Resources:

Studio Coordinator, Integrated Services, Optic Nerve, Toronto. Qualified candidate will act as the bridge between the studio and production departments, coordinating production activities for all print jobs; work in tandem with Print Production Manager and Studio Manager; ensure that all projects timelines and project specifications are met and according to schedule. For consideration please email resume to Web site

Specialist, In-Store Signage, Loblaw’s, Brampton, ON. Successful candidate will execute large and complex in-store signage programs to support national, divisional and brand marketing plans. Responibilities include informing manager of projects’ status to support effective marketing planning; building sign lists with detailed job specs, submit to suppliers, and manage quote process; negotiating for best prices; maintaining budget for individual program, ensuring cost effectiveness; managing timelines for signage portion of marketing process; coordinating signage production with printers and approving printer proofs; coordinating signage distribution to stores; troubleshooting when issues arise; and other responsibilities. For consideration please email resume to Andrew Dunkerly, Senior Manager, Marketing Services,

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Ian Baitz
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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