November Print Community Forum 60% sold out

Graphic Arts Magazine (GAM) has booked some of the industry’s most respected and knowledgeable printing veterans to speak at its Print Community Forum November 13 and 14, 2014. The Forum, endorsed by the CPIA, will be held at Le Jardin Conference & Event Centre in Vaughan, a northern suburb of Toronto. Keynote speakers will discuss the Forum’s four main topics – sales, equipment, new technologies and success stories. Scheduled speakers at press time include:

Dr. Mark Bohan
Dr. Mark Bohan is VP, Technology and Research, with Printing Industries of America (PIA). In his current role he is responsible for all technical research, environmental health and safety, consulting, and is also TAGA (Technical Association of the Graphic Arts) Managing Director. He has spoken extensively on research, press optimization, systems integration and CIM technologies – and the opportunities they present. He has authored 98 publications including journal papers, Printing Industries and AERE (Association of Environmental and Resource Economists) publications and conference papers, presented 221 invited lectures and written 72 trade press articles.

Ralph Askar
President, CEO and Director of Instant Imprints (Canada & USA), Askar has a proven record of accomplishments as a multiple-area franchisee and multiple international master licensee of Mail Boxes Etc. & UPS. He brings over 25 years of hands-on franchising experience to the Forum. He was an officer at Mail Boxes Etc.’s parent company from 1995 to 1997 and headed its domestic and international Franchise Development Departments as Vice President. He purchased the Instant Imprints Master License for Canada in January of 2008.

Dr. Joe Webb
For over 33 years, Dr. Joe Webb has been one of the printing industry’s most respected consultants, forecasters and commentators. His latest book This Point Forward, written with Richard Romano, another printing industry veteran, reveals that by 2020 the marketplace for print and other media will be completely different – and definitely not what the industry is currently structured for. Succeeding, says Webb, will require new approaches to hiring, products, services and capital investment. Printers must develop new ways to assist clients using media of all kinds, while measuring the effectiveness of these strategies. Simply transitioning a current printing business won’t work; things are changing too rapidly to manage an old business while nurturing a new one. “2020 is nearly here. Will you be ready?” Webb asks.

Martin Jones
As an Instructor with the Learning Group, he teaches digital printing technology and workflow to sales and technical support staff. This includes writing high-level customer sales presentations and demonstrations that teach the subtleties of the art of sales through the entire selling process. He’ll discuss the ten key strategies printers must adopt – not only to survive now – but to thrive in the future.

Tim Wakefield
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable equipment supplier in the mailing and fulfillment sector than Insource Corporation’s Co-Managing Partner Tim Wakefield. From intelligent camera systems to variable-data direct mail technology to cheque printing, his company sources the world and has brought major new technologies to Canada. He’ll discuss how mailing and fulfillment can be an affordable new revenue stream for printers.

Natalia Lumby
An Assistant Professor at Ryerson University and Associate Editor at Graphic Arts Magazine, she has written on topics ranging from social media, to entrepreneurship, to printing technology. Her research concentrates on the link between print and digital media, including infusing traditional print with the advantages of digital technology. She is currently focusing on print packaging.

Thad Kubis
The Founder and Chief Integration Officer at The Institute for Media Convergence is a sought-after speaker. His organization specializes in integrated marketing, media convergence, strategic messaging, business coaching, multimedia management and more. He’ll discuss how vertical marketing and media “integration” can be a formula for success moving forward.

Joanne Gore
The Director of Marketing for Avanti and Graphic Arts Magazine columnist has over 20 years of B2B marketing and communications experience. She graduated as a graphic designer and, prior to joining the corporate world, worked in the print industry as an art director, typesetter and printing consultant.

Konica Minolta to print Webb book on-siteKonica

Dr. Webb’s latest groundbreaking book This Point Forward, written with Richard Romano, will be printed on-site by exhibitor Konica Minolta Canada on the OEM’s bizhub C1100 Press.  Signed copies will be available for purchase at a special discount. The bizhub C1100 has an industry-leading output of 100 ppm in B&W and colour, and a 1,000,000-sheet monthly volume. Its 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution with 8-bit processing renders smooth, realistic colour images that “rival offset printing at a fraction of the cost.” Its SEAD IV Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Processing System continuously maintains image stability over long press runs (up to 13,890-sheet maximum paper capacity) without interruption. Inline finishing options including perfect binding, saddle stitching and ring binding. For more information please visit

Focus will be on boosting a printer’s business

While keynote speakers will discuss the Forum’s four main topics – sales, equipment, new technologies and success stories – the continuous focus will be on boosting a printer’s bottom line now and in the future.

“From owning two printing companies to becoming publisher of Graphic Arts Magazine, I have spent my entire career in the printing and publishing business,” said Graphic Arts Magazine Publisher Joe Mulcahy. “I know the tough challenges that printers face today and will face. That’s why Graphic Arts Magazine is holding this event. Today, printing is all about adding value to your products, reducing costs and increasing productivity. You’ll get practical ideas you can implement quickly in your own shop. We want this event to be the most valuable two days a printer will ever spend at a tradeshow for such a small investment,” he added.

Show now over 60% sold out

New exhibitors booked at press time included trade-only printer 4over, Avanti Computer Systems, Graphic Whizard, KBR Graphics Canada and Pentagon Graphics. Exhibitor space is filling up quickly with only 40% of floor space available. Exhibitors currently include:

  • 4over Canada –
  • Avanti Computer Systems –
  • Bard Business Solutions Inc. –
  • C.P. Bourg –
  • Graphic Whizard –
  • Insource Corporation –
  • KBR Graphics Canada –
  • Jelly Labels –
  • Konica Minolta Canada –
  • Minuteman Press –
  • MPI Full-Web –
  • MPI Sheet-Fed –
  • MPI Turbo –
  • PDS PressDown Services –
  • Pentagon Graphics –
  • Robert E. Thistle Ltd. –
  • Sydney Stone –

Tickets are $20 each

If you order tickets online by Friday, October 31, there is a 50% discount (Use coupon code LASTCHANCE 3).
For booth space inquiries call GAM publisher Joe Mulcahy at 1-877-513-3999 or e-mail
Watch for more detailed information – as well as speaker and exhibitor updates and profiles – right up to show time on our website ( and at 1-877-513-3999 or e-mail


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.