Key organizations, inspiring meetings and a Christmas wish

I’d like to congratulate the Digital Imaging Association and its hard working president Marg Macleod. Their November 21 meeting at Designfusion in Toronto was a real eye-opener. It explored opportunities in the 3D printing market. Designfusion opened up one of its HP 3D printers and did a technical walkthrough of the entire process. Trevor Johnstone, director of additive manufacturing, gave an absolutely fascinating talk. The DIA’s Annual Christmas Luncheon, December 5 in Toronto, was equally inspiring. Simon Trevarthen gave a rousing presentation on creativity, entrepreneurial resilience and innovation.

Speaking of associations, I’d like to once again acknowledge the rebirth of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA). Every print professional in every region in Canada should get behind its efforts – and this magazine is fully committed to supporting them. The CPIA has always been about giving our industry a more powerful and united voice, providing valuable educational, training and event opportunities, and lobbying our lawmakers for the benefit everyone in our industry.

Congratulations also to Jay Mandarino, president and CEO of C.J. Graphics Group, for yet another successful open house and fundraiser December 7. This time it took place at the commercial printer’s expanded production facility in Mississauga, Ontario. It was nice to meet so many old friends and meet new ones at this popular annual event – and the food, refreshments and entertainment were, as always, fabulous.

Next, Canada-wide postal service has resumed. But please don’t forget that in some areas, there may be still backlogs of mail and parcels. Finally, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous new year. I believe it’s important at this time of year to think about why we really work as hard as we do – that is, for our family and our loved ones.

As always, stay positive and stay focused.

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Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com