Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

November 2007

School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
November 2007

Welcome to the pay for research paper November, 2007 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. In this issue we return to school after the summer break with start of term activities and reviews of new research projects and donations to the school. Alumni – we report on your e-mail address being valid for 5 years! There are so many job postings that we have had to develop a separate page! All our previous newsletters are available via a link on our homepage. We do not want to spam you, so if you do not wish to receive this newsletter please e-mail us to unsubscribe.

GCM Announces New Advisory Council

The school is pleased to announce a new Advisory Council that brings together some of the most senior and experienced leaders in our industry. Council members have agreed to serve a 3-year term to advise the School and assist in new initiatives. The new council met on September 27, 2007 and was welcomed by the Chair Abhay Sharma and Dean of the Faculty, Daniel Doz. In the following list, * denotes a GCM alumni.

The new GCM Advisory Council consists of Richard Armstrong (Heidelberg), Jack Baraczek (Agfa), Patrick Bolan (Avanti), Robert Cockerill* (Schawk), Michael Collinge* (WebCom), Andrew Dunkerly* (Zellers/HBC), Marie Eveline (Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council), Don Gain (Harmony Printing), Tony Galasso (Quebecor World), Winfried Gleue (Hostmann-Steinberg), Ann Grant* (Globe and Mail), Bob Hayes* (Bowne), Michael Hill (Alcan), Dr Hadi Mahabadi (Xerox Research Centre), Michael Makin (PIA/GATF), Guy Manuel (Transcontinental), Terry Pitchford (PaperlinX), Nancy Sobhy* (Spicers) and Dr Patricia Sorce (RIT). The council’s next meeting is planned for March 27, 2008. This level of industry support ensures that the school will continue to grow and graduate successful future managers for the Canadian printing industry. We continue to seek input from all members of the printing community, please share your thoughts and ideas with us, contact Abhay Sharma.


Research Review in PrintAction

The October, 2007 issue of PrintAction has published a review of activities carried out by GCM researchers. Jon Robinson, editor of PrintAction spent a day at the school understanding our experiments and research. In the published review Martin Habekost talks about pick-speed tests using the TestPrint printability tester, Rich Adams describes testing of eco-solvent ink jet printers and viewing of samples under scanning electron microscopes and Misael Miranda explores measuring the gloss of chocolate. Abhay Sharma investigates measurement of inkjet papers with and without UV using the new X-Rite iSis. The school continues to develop new and exciting tests for the printing and colour proofing industry. Get in touch if you have a printing problem that you think we can help you with. Contact Martin Habekost.


First Year Scavenger Hunt

We wanted the students to get to know the campus…and what better way than a scavenger hunt! In groups of 6, first year students went prowling through Ryerson for various locations and items. A key destination was the Mackenzie House Museum on Bond Street, which houses a small recreation of a print shop from the 1800’s, featuring a Washington Press. Everyone enjoyed typesetting their name and printing it…who knew backward letters were so difficult? Other fun items included sharing a soda (with the whole team, all at once), and pumping gas for a stranger. Most importantly, when asked to find home, they had no trouble running back to their new GCM family at the Heidelberg Centre. Special thanks go out to Ryerson’s Student Services and our own Taras and Marietta for all the help. Awesome job first years! Event organized by Prof Natalia Gilewicz.


Welcome BBQ for International Students

On 30 August the Office of International Affairs hosted a welcome event for international students new to Canada. The event is designed to welcome students to campus and provide them an introduction to the range of services on offer at the University. International Services for Students (ISS) has a system of Peer Supporters who are upper-year students who serve as mentors to first-year international students. Peer supporters offer one-on-one support, as well as organize group activities and promote diversity on campus. GCM students Samee Sikander and Sahar Zainab work as ISS Peer Supporters and are shown here welcoming newbie Zigrida Mila who arrived 2 weeks earlier from Albania. Ryerson has 1200 international students in an overall population of 22,000.

Green Issues Highlighted in Ryersonian

GCM student Sandra Abballe (wearing dark glasses) was featured on the cover of the October 24, 2007 issue of the Ryersonian student newspaper. The newspaper is produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism and is circulated throughout the campus. Sandra contributed to the news feature – “How green is our campus? Not so much”. See the full story at the Ryersonian. Photo credit Maurice Cacho.

Canadian Printer

GMG Donates Colour Proofing System to GCM

The Faculty of Communication & Design is pleased to announce a generous donation of software from GMG Americas to the School of Graphic Communications Management which will enable the school to conduct research in proofing and colour management. The GMG donation includes its flagship product GMG ColorProof. Also part of the donation are GMG DotProof, which generates contract quality halftone proofs, and GMG FlexoProof, tailored to the needs of the packaging industry. GMG Americas President, Jim Summers is pleased to “support Ryerson University’s color management research programs and welcomes the opportunity to expand the research, teaching and knowledge platforms they offer.”


Millennium Excellence Award Winner

Third year GCM student, Zeinab Panahi received the Millennium Excellence Award this year. The cash value of this award is $4000. The Millennium Excellence Award seeks to recognize leaders of tomorrow and emphasizes the importance of leadership skills with community service. Millennium excellence awards target individuals whose accomplishments will benefit Canada as a whole. The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation is a private, independent organization created by an Act of Parliament in 1998. 21 Ryerson students got this award this year, but Zeinab was the only GCM student to receive this accolade. Zeinab has been involved in color science projects and seeks a career in the area of colour management. Congratulations Zeinab, we are proud of you.

OPIA Golf Tournament, Nobelton Lakes

The OPIA annual golf event was a big hit with more than 180 participants swinging their way through the day. Printers, suppliers, vendors and many customers enjoyed the social aspects of the day and were able to meet old friends and catch up on the latest industry news. Two GCM graduates, Mike Wildbore from Ernest Green and Son, and Jason Little from Hostmann-Steinberg also attended this event. GCM was represented by Prof Chris Kular. The OPIA hosts two very successful golf tournaments, one is held in the greater Toronto area and the other is held in Kitchener. Image shows the Toronto Golf Classic on August 22, 2007 at Nobelton Lakes Golf Course. Caption competition??



Fall Graduation Ceremonies

Proud parents and proud students joined the proud Chair of the program on October 25, for the Fall Graduation ceremony. Chancellor Raymond Chang shook the hands of each graduate at a ceremony full of pomp and circumstance, with academic regalia, Ryerson mace, and throne-like chairs. A honorary doctorate was bestowed on Torontonian Dr Shirley Tilghman, now President of Princeton University. Pictured from left to right are Mohanned Abdel Jawad, Headra Bastoros, Dr Abhay Sharma, Mia Janhunen (who flew in from Sweden), Teneika Ragoo and Matt Smolka. These graduates are all gainfully employed – a tribute to their abilities and the GCM program. Watch the full ceremony as an online webcast.

OPIA Captains of Industry Evening

GCM students and staff attended the “Captains of Industry” dinner at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Etobicoke on Wednesday October 10, 2007. Prof Martin Habekost accompanied 16 GCM students and met with Bob Danzig, former president and CEO of Hearst Newspapers. Bob delivered a presentation on transforming companies and lives. This event was organized by the OPIA and several companies, including the OPIA sponsored GCM students to attend this event. Thank you for your support. During the evening Bob recognized that the majority of the attending students were female – this is indeed the case, at GCM we have a 2:1 ratio, 2 women to every male student. The future look of our industry is changing!

OPIA Dinner

International Circle Meeting in Switzerland

Associate Dean Gillian Mothersill attended the conference of the International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland in October. This meeting brings together educators and researchers from all the major printing schools in the world including UK, Germany, France, India and China. The program included a visit to the Gutenberg Museum. Prof Mothersill continues to promote internationalization of our programs for students and faculty. Photo shows Prof Mothersill signing the register on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the IC. ContactGillian for further information on our international opportunities.

GCM Launches Certificate and Workshop Programs

GCM is pleased to launch a revamped and new-look series of workshops and courses through the Continuing Education program – in other words “night school”. There is a continuing need for our industry to update skills or learn new technologies, GCM offers up-to-date facilities in a convenient downtown location, and all classes are held in the evening to fit in with your work schedule. The new offerings include courses that lead to a certificate in Graphic Communications or stand-alone courses in print production management, PDF, Photoshop, InDesign or colour management. We can also arrange a custom course for your company. Download our new brochure or contact Chris Kular for further details.



Colloquium: Unwrapping Innovations in Packaging, February 6, 2008

The GCM Class of 2009 presents their 2008 Colloquium: Unwrapping Innovations in Packaging. This year’s event brings excitement and knowledge to both professionals, as well as students in the printing industry. There are limitedGold sponsor opportunities available, so don’t delay, act now. Remember these are your future employees. The Colloquium team is also seeking guest speakers. If you are interested in being a part of this event, visit us, for further information and also for guest registration. We can’t wait to see you all there!


Black Creek Pioneer Village, North York

Prof Natalia Gilewicz arranged a trip for first year students to Pioneer Village on September, 22. The tour of the printing facility went very smoothly. The Pioneer Village arranged for the curator to demonstrate the press. Small groups of 10 students were able to see/touch the press up close. We also got to see the press run — something not offered to the public. A historical review was provided, and questions were answered. After the tours, students walked around the Village in larger groups. Finally at 3:00 pm we boarded the buses to go home. Everyone was tired but excited about the trip and we made friends – the whole purpose of the first year exercise.

Record Attendance at Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF)

Thousands of high school students attended OUF, Sept 28-30 to check out admission to Ontario universities. The 11th annual Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Ryerson give-away was a trendy “green” tote bag that is all the rage in Toronto at the moment. 31,000 environmentally-friendly bags were distributed. GCM faculty were on hand over the weekend to welcome students and offer information and advice relating to our program. Overall we are seeing a growth in interest in GCM and also a much better understanding among high-school students of the graphic arts industry. Photo shows Prof Martin Habekost explaining GCM program details.



CN Tower Climb for United Way

On October 20, Prof Abhay Sharma, and his family – Jo (faculty member, Early Childhood Education) and 9-year old daughter Sasha, climbed the 144 flights of stairs of the CN Tower for United Way, a charity that supports social programs. Sasha raised $150 by asking for donations from neighbours and family friends, and went on to achieve a very respectable time of 27 minutes, 53 seconds, well ahead of her parents. Will this high climber be a future GCM student, we will have to wait and see! Perhaps you would like to enter a team for next year? Enbridge CN Tower Climb.

Ink and Paper Donations

Press room in-charge Peter Roehrig continues to work with suppliers and donors to ensure that our students are using the latest equipment and technology. Under his guidance, the School of Graphic Communications Management recently received a number of generous donations including 175,000 sheets of bond paper from Domtar. Additionally, Colmar Ink (via Neil Marshall) donated all of our PMS colour inks for the year and we are extremely grateful to Hostmann-Steinberg who have provided all of our process colour inks for the year. Terry Pitchford, Paperlinx, (also a GCM Advisory Council member) has once again supported the School this year. We just received 76,000 sheets of paper for our press lab including cover stock to use in teaching cutting patterns on our Polar Cutter. Thank you to these suppliers for continuing to invest in the future managers of the printing industry. Contact Peter Roehrig if you think you can help GCM and have your products in front of 400 future users and purchasers….


Annual Parade and Picnic

50th Annual Parade took place on Friday, September 7. The parade started from Ryerson and traveled south on Yonge St.. Nearly 3,000 students joined the march led by the Samba Squad, a lively salsa band. GCM students also caught the ferry to the Toronto Islands. The annual picnic/parade allows incoming students to begin to form a social network and senior students re-connect after the summer break. The GCM theme this year was “Hawaiian” with some very creative and fun costumes. Students, staff and faculty also gathered at Dundas Square to break the world record for the largest group learning a dance step, led by 40 student dance instructors from the Ryerson Theatre School.

Phoenix Print Shop Christmas Cards

The Phoenix Print Shop is an environmentally responsible graphics training facility helping at-risk youth connect to graphics careers. A Christmas Card Design Competition was recently judged by professional designers from the Ontario College of Art & Design, George Brown College, Bruce Mau Design and Scotiabank. Four holiday card designs were chosen and the top prize was a one-year TTC metro pass, sponsored by Bombardier. Please consider ordering a set or two to support youth who need a helping hand to get on that “graphic arts career ladder”. In the words of this year’s winner: “Like many of the doors Phoenix Print Shop has opened for me, the design competition has once again opened the doors to creativity in my mind: doors that were once sealed shut by life’s overwhelming trials.”View designs and purchase cards online at Eva’s Initiatives Store.


Job Spot

The market is indeed buoyant and exciting for GCM students and alumni. We continue to receive job postings on a daily basis. Please continue to let us know of your vacancies for full or part time positions. If you send us a job posting, we offer to

  • circulate your job posting to our current students via our listservs. Currently we have 90 students in their final year.
  • post your job to – it stays there for 4 weeks. This is a wide open, keyword searchable database. This option is free to you.
  • include your job posting in our bi-monthly e-newsletter. Circulation is 900 alumni and contacts in the Toronto area, Canada and the US.
  • print and display your job posting in our ring binder in the front office – for walk-ins.
  • invite you to attend our free Job Fair on Thursday, March 6, 2008 to interview graduating students and summer interns. Contact Taras Karpiuk for further details.

***Click here for Current Job Postings***

Diary Dates

** STOP PRESS** GCM Alumni announcement – your Ryerson e-mail will now last for 5 years post-graduation!!

Nov 6-8, 2007 CPIA Conference, Speakers Chris Kular and Abhay Sharma

Nov 14, 2007 GCM Annual Awards Night, 5.30 pm

Dec 9-11, 2007 Color Management Conference, Speakers Rich Adams and Abhay Sharma

Feb 6, 2008 GCM Annual Colloquium: Unwrapping Innovations in Packaging

Feb 12, 2008 Graphic Communications Management Day – Tour for High School Students

Feb 19, 2008 JDF Education Event – CIP4 and Ryerson University

March 6, 2008, Annual Recruitment Job Fair, Contact Taras Karpiuk

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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