Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

January 2010


School of Graphic Communications Management

Ryerson University, Toronto

January 2010

Welcome to our January, 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 Job Fair • Thursday, March 4, 2010

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Please Register by Clicking on the Logo Above

Job Fair is an opportunity for students seeking summer internships as well as for upcoming graduates to find permanent positions in the graphic communications industry.

Companies are assigned a table to conduct ten-minute interviews during two 2-hour periods:

• 4:00 to 6:00 PM — for 4th-year students who will graduate at the end of April and are interested in full-time positions

• 6:00 to 7:00 PM — dinner break (light dinner provided)

• 7:00 to 9:00 PM — for 3rd-year students looking for summer internship positions

Click Here to Download a

4-page PDF on Job Fair

Ian Baitz

Ian Baitz Named Acting Chair

Ian Baitz was recently named Acting Chair of Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management. Ian is a graduate of the GCM program (Class of 1990) and has been a faculty member since 2001, when he joined Ryerson from the public education sector. Ian has worked with four previous Chairs of GCM: R. B. (Tom) Atkins, Frank McGuire, Mary Black and Abhay Sharma, and he looks forward to working closely with students and industry. In addition to assuming the role of Chair, Ian continues to teach GCM students in his field of printing processes, specializing in offset lithography and flexography.

Ian replaces Dr. Abhay Sharma who served GCM as Chair since 2005. Abhay continues to pursue his teaching activities and extensive research projects within GCM.

Flexo Press 1

Flexo Press 2

GCM’s New Flexo Press

Recently GCM celebrated the installation of its Comco Cadet 7-inch narrow-web flexo press. This press, provided through the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Flexo in Education program, allows students and faculty to pursue flexo print projects and research. The Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC) made it possible for Ryerson to bring this press to GCM. In attendance at the December 3 press inauguration were Mark Cisternino of the FTA, Ron Schroder and Bob Szoke of the CFTC, Bettylyn Krafft of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, Adam Kahan, Vice President of Advancement for Ryerson University and numerous flexo industry and Ryerson representatives.

Although GCM students have learned flexo for years through the FlexSys simulator and lecture presentations, the new press allows for hands-on learning. The Comco Cadet is a four-colour press with die cutting stations, and is widely used in the label and packaging sectors. Current GCM students are using the press in first and third year classes, and to prepare for this May when they will participate in the Phoenix Challenge Competition in flexography.

Ryerson University and CIP4 offer JDF Education Event – June 17, 2010

This summer GCM will host a 1-day introduction to JDF technology and workflow automation. JDF is intended to enable the entire industry — including media, design, prepress, finishing, digital presses, and web2print solutions — to work with different workflows through a common, standardized file format. Come to this JDF Education event to understand the benefits and challenges of implementing JDF in your shop. Meet with Executive Director of CIP4 — James Harvey, understand the concepts and basics of JDF and the underlying XML language. Explore JDF certified systems, JDF training courses, and hear about implementation of JDF at Ampersand Printing in Guelph with HIFLEX MIS. The event is hosted by the CIP4 Education and Marketing Committee and Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management with support from Canada’s MITACS organization. Full program and registration details are online or contact Abhay Sharma ( for further information.

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Apple Presents Podcast Producer Seminar at GCM

Apple Podcast

On Monday and Tuesday, January 11–12, Apple Computer consulting engineer Bruce Hough presented a 2-day workshop on podcasting with Apple Podcast Producer. Podcasts are videos that can be played on computers and video-equipped iPod MP3 music players. They have application in education, where they can be used to share events, lectures, and how-to demonstrations. Podcast Producer comes with Apple’s new operating system, OS X “Snow Leopard” Server, making Podcasts easier to produce and distribute. GCM IT specialist Mohammed Khaled Ahmed arranged for Apple to present the seminar at the Heidelberg Center. Approximately 30 faculty and staff from Ryerson and neighboring institutions attended.

200 students attend Graphics Canada Trade Show

Graphics Canada

The Graphics Canada Printing and Converting trade show was held November 12–14, 2009 at the Toronto International Centre. Ryerson University students attended on all 3 days with buses leaving from downtown every day at 9.00 am. Graphics Canada is the country’s largest show and is an excellent venue for students and faculty to make contacts, network and review new products and solutions. GCM students from every year attended this event. Photo shows Scott Tait showing output from Fujifilm’s flat bed inkjet printer to second year GCM students — Keri Scott, Jessica Chui, and Anna Whatman. Current students could be seen throughout the show — ryeTAGA students were at IAPHC (Booth 3723) and other students were working for Print Action (Booth 1062). GCM alum could be seen working at Fujifilm, Intuitive Solutions, and many other companies. Congratulations to show manager Dan Mustata for bringing printers and suppliers together and showcasing many unique solutions in this Canadian location. In 2010 look out for the Print World show — Print World ( , Nov 20–22, 2010, Toronto.


Dr Sharma addresses Ink Manufacturers’ Association

Prof Abhay Sharma presented an after-dinner speech to the annual meeting of the Canadian Printing Ink Manufacturers Association on 12th November, 2009. The printing ink industry in Canada is represented by the CPIMA (Canadian Printing Ink Manufacturers’ Association, The CPIMA is affiliated with NAPIM. In his speech, Dr Sharma described the changing make-up of the GCM class — over 60% of the students are now women. Abhay also talked about how inkjet technology has dominated the home and proofing market, made inroads into the screen printing industry and how production inkjet devices are now poised to encroach on the offset printing market. Abhay was presented with a traditional Inuksuk — a figure made of stone by First Nation peoples of Arctic Canada. These stone figures had practical functions such as navigational aids as well as spiritual connotations. Thank you to Winfried Gleue for this invitation. Photo shows from left to right — Vivy daCosta, Hostmann-Steinberg, Dr Abhay Sharma, GCM, Neil Marshall, Colmar Inks and President of CPIMA. (Neil is a GCM alumnus.) Web Site Coming Soon

Former GCM Chair Mary Black and her daughter Heather, partners in Mary Black Recruiting (, plan to launch a new web site called “” As of this writing, the site is still under construction, but offers readers the chance to be notified when the site becomes live by

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Ian Baitz

Acting Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management


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