A new generation of print leaders

Last month I discussed how our industry organizations, OEMs and educational institutions are continuing to be proactive in recruiting young talent to our industry – a major priority in 2020 according to experts. I reported that Canadian Print Scholarships awarded 68 new and returning students at five schools across Canada – the most the organization has awarded in a single year! The recently launched George Brown College LIFT Lab at its Fashion Exchange Hub in Toronto was another example of engaging youth to enter our industry. A new generation of design students will now be able to use the latest technology to make custom fabric creations, thanks to LIFT’s partnership with Epson Canada.

In another event, Ryerson University’s annual awards night last month saw its School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) celebrate the amazing achievements of its students and graduates, as they shared in tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships from generous industry donors. Please check out the winners’ photo at the bottom of page 10. Notice anything special? The vast majority are young women – what a breath of fresh air!

As our greying, mostly male-dominated industry is searching for answers to the looming recruitment dilemma, perhaps the answer actually lies right in front of us! So for my new year’s resolution, I’m going to take every opportunity to tell young people – male and female – how rewarding a career in the printing and graphic communications industry can be. How about you?

Until next time, always remember that we’re here to help.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.