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News 14 NOVEMBER 2014
Students, parents and faculty gathered at the Heidelberg Centre on Nov. 13, to recognize the best Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program has offer.


Instructor Diana Brown (left) with recipients of the Francesco Giorgio Memorial Award >> continued
Special Feature 10 NOVEMBER 2014
More than 130 print companies generated in excess of $10 billion in 2013. That’s what our Gold List 2014 reveals. The Gold list is a ranking of the largest printing companies in Canada based on sales volumes and compiled with information submitted by print shops themselves and data we have gathered on our own.

Assembling this list is a hefty undertaking but it’s not an exact science. And we confess up front that we may have holes in our data, or may have made some miscalculations in our estimates. We strive each year to refine our methods and our results. But in general, the list provides a good “big picture” look at the industry and some of the trends that are shaping it. So, here’s a list of what we see happening out there.

Read more about Canada's top printers here. >> continued
Special Feature 10 NOVEMBER 2014

From left: Lowell Lee, production manager; Garo Nazarian, president, sales and marketing; Zidane Messedaa, press operator; Carole Desrochers, project manager; Pierre Cousineau, associate; Andrea Pellizza,finishing coordinator

By John Zarwan
  • LOCATION Saint-Laurent, (Montreal) Quebec SIZE OF FACILITY 5,000 sq. ft.
  • ANNUAL SALES $1 million
  • NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES 5
  • SERVICES Digital printing, vdp, personalization, wallpaper
  • CLIENTS Agencies, printers, diversified corporate, wallpaper retailers
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News 29 OCTOBER 2014
Transcontinental Inc. has announced that it will close its Concord printing plant in Ontario and its Edmonton plant in Alberta by the end of December 2014. 

"We are always looking at possible solutions to maximize our print platform," said Jacques Grégoire, president of the printing division of Transcontinental. "Our recent analyses have led us to close the Concord and Edmonton facilities in order to consolidate our production in state-of-the-art plants which will increase our efficiency and utilisation rate. In light of the current market environment, we are pursuing our review and are examining various options to continue responding appropriately to demand while remaining cost-effective for our customers." 

Jennifer McCaughey, senior director, investor relations and external corporate communications, said the two plants print retail flyers and the work will be transferred to other plants in Transcontinental’s network in Ontario and western Canada, depending on customers’ needs.
  
The plant closures will put 120 staff employees out of work and Transcontinental states it will help them during their transition to find new employment.  >> continued
News 29 OCTOBER 2014
Staples Canada has announced an expansion to its partnership with Bullfrog Power—a green energy provider—to include four copy and print production locations. They are in Burnaby, BC; Mississauga, ON; Laval QC and Calgary.

“Staples has the capability to do print jobs both at the stores and at print hubs,” Shaun Lewis, vice president, sales at Bullfrog Power said. “The jobs at the print hubs are generally sent there because they’re larger and more complex so they typically can’t be done at a store. ”

Ten locations, including the Staples Canada and Staples Advantage head offices have been bullfrog-powered with clean energy since April 2013.  >> continued
News 29 OCTOBER 2014
General Printers filed a motion of intent to make a proposal to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The motion was filed on Friday, PrintCAN has learned. According to industry sources, some sales reps and customer service reps have moved to the Lowe Martin Group at its Mississauga location, but PrintCAN has confirmed that president, Wayne Moir, is now at Lowe Martin. Only a handful of employees remain at the General Printers location. 

Staff was apparently notified in late afternoon on Friday that the company was "bankrupt" and they should not come back to work. 
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Special Feature 24 OCTOBER 2014

The Taylor team, from left: James Boyle, production manager; Gard Ashfield, press operator; Scott Williams, vice president of operations; Anthony Adams, press operator; Jason Taylor, press operator
  • LOCATION Fredericton, NB
  • SIZE 21,000 sq. ft.
  • SALES $4.5 million
  • EMPLOYEES 30
  • SERVICES Litho, wide-format and digital printing, full finishing
  • CUSTOMERS Government, institutions, agencies and local businesses
By John Zarwan

CHALLENGE: Keeping that edge
Taylor Printing Group began operations in the winter of 2005. Following a few years of dramatic consolidation for the Maritimes’ printing industry, a number of former owners and executives with a combined 150 years of industry experience decided to form a new company, building its staff with the best employees from a recently closed facility in Fredericton. The group saw opportunities in the Maritimes, and knew that companies based outside of the region didn’t understand the needs of Atlantic Canada. >> continued
Special Feature 24 OCTOBER 2014
David Allan is making a play for a national presence. Calmly, slowly, one move at a time.

ON A COLD FEBRUARY DAY a decade and some odd years ago, David Allan walked aimlessly along the sea wall in Vancouver wondering what the hell he was doing with his life. Eight months prior he had decamped from Quebecor Printing, leaving his regional vice president role and shifting gears from 20 years of printing experience to work as an executive recruiter. Leaning back in his chair at Rhino Print Solution’s Toronto office, Allan recalls his thought process. “You find the business can be a grind at times, and you think, ‘Gosh, isn’t there an easier way to make a living?’”

Read more about our 2013 Printer of the Year here
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News 24 OCTOBER 2014
Victoria’s Queen’s Printer— the provider of printing and related services to the BC Government, federal government and public sector—will be fully outsourcing its printing services to the private sector by summer 2015.

The Queens Printer will continue to broker printing contracts on behalf of the government, but says the growth of electronic publishing and digital information has reduced the demand for government printing.  >> continued
News 24 OCTOBER 2014
Peter Muir, president of U.S.-based Bizucate, laid out a six-step plan to improve business performance at the most recent meeting of the Digital Imaging Association. More than 100 print industry reps gathered to hear him at the Xerox Research Centre.


Peter Muir, president of Bizucate
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