Gutenberg Gala celebrates Québec printing industry achievements in grand style – again

The Montreal Science Centre was abuzz Thursday, May 14 as the 33rd Annual Gutenberg Gala, the renowned par excellence event of the printing industry in Québec, celebrated the talent, creativity and expertise of its printing and graphics arts professionals. “This year, the Committee was given the mandate to carry forward the Gala across Québec, and I’m pleased that several companies have answered the call,” said André Goyette, CEO, Imprimerie Contact Netpak-Division, and Chairman of the 2015 Gutenberg Gala Organizing Committee. The Gala and it contest pushes the boundaries of creativity throughout the industry, and responds to the challenges raised by the talent and creativity of companies, communication agencies and print buyers of Quebec, regardless of their size.

The “Table of Honour” at the Gutenberg Gala. From left to right are: André Dion, General Manager at ICI; Christian Gendron, General Manager at CSMOCQ, Hélène Pageau, Conference and Event Manager at ICI and member of the organizing Gutenberg Committee for 2015; Nancy Moisan representing AQII; Regent Bernier, President of ATFFEQ; Benoit Pagé, General Manager at College Ahuntsic; Jean Denault, President of the Board, ICI; and André Goyette, General Manager at Imprimerie Contact-division of Netpak and President of the Gutenberg 2015 Gala.
The “Table of Honour” at the Gutenberg Gala.
Left to right are: André Dion, General Manager at ICI; Christian Gendron, General Manager at CSMOCQ, Hélène Pageau, Conference and Event Manager at ICI and member of the organizing Gutenberg Committee for 2015; Nancy Moisan representing AQII; Regent Bernier, President of ATFFEQ; Benoit Pagé, General Manager at College Ahuntsic; Jean Denault, President of the Board, ICI; and André Goyette, General Manager at Imprimerie Contact-division of Netpak and President of the 2015 Gutenberg Gala.

“The documents from the field of packaging and flexo took an important place this year,” said Michel Beaulieu, Heidelberg, and member of the Organizing Committee. “It was the same with the Display category, with the number of pieces presented increasing year by year. Interest in the competition and the Gala continues to grow, and we’re very pleased. The Committee worked very hard to prepare for this great celebration and was privileged to have the support of many partners including Rolland, OptiPrint, Veritiv, ESKO, Fujifilm, Xerox and Xeikon, and several industry stakeholders.”

“New companies, both medium and small in size, have demonstrated their expertise and their strong sense of innovation,” said Marilene Fournier, Imprimerie Ste-Julie, and member of the Organizing Committee. “The Committee is glad to discover new fans among very small companies working in all production fields. These companies were proud of their accomplishments and presented original pieces that were strong, innovative and reflected high technical expertise,” she added.

The 2015 Gutenberg Committee also announced a new category for the 2016 contest – flexible packaging. The new category (including sub-categories of innovation and technical) covers any project printed on flexible or expandable film – such as plastic containers, lids, re-sealable plastic bags, bags, shrink packaging, etc. The annual competition will now have a total of 17 categories beginning next year.

The Montreal Science Centre was transformed into an elegant venue for the 33rd Annual Gutenberg Gala.
The Montreal Science Centre was transformed into an elegant venue for the 33rd Annual Gutenberg Gala.

The 2015 Gutenberg Committee included: André Goyette, Imprimerie Contact Netpak-Division; Bruno Laplante, AGFA; Hélène Pageau, Institute of Graphic Communications and Printability (ICI); Lucie Benoit, Dieco Finish; Marilène Fournier, Imprimerie Ste-Julie; Michel Beaulieu, Heidelberg; Pierre Bellefeuille, Au Point and Robert Legal, Ahuntsic College.

Graphic Arts Magazine would like to thank the Committee for its hard work, with special thanks to Hélène Pageau, whose help was instrumental in covering and reporting this event. All in all, 15 trophies were awarded. For more information please visit www.galagutenberg.ca. Here are the winners:

GUTENBERG INNOVATION WINNERS

  • Display: Display Berlingot Natrel, TC Transcontinental Quebec.
  • Customer Marketing: Au Point Reprotech, promoting Perrywinkle’s ring.
  • Marketing, Auto Promotion: Still Spinning Thesis After All Years, TC Transcontinental Direct, Acme-Ross Ellis
  • Publishing: Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Souvenir Programme, L’Empreinte
  • Packaging: EPICA Retrospect 10th Anniversary, TC Transcontinental Direct Acme-Ross Ellis
  • Finishing: Le Grand Soir 2014, Stylex 3D

GUTENBERG TECHNICAL WINNERS

  • Display: Wall Austin Abia, Photogram Technologies Inc.
  • Marketing Auto Promotion: Hot, Cool and Sexy, LithoChic
  • Client Marketing: Zeni Spa, Imprimerie FL Chicoine
  • Newspapers: First Edition – The City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, VIVA-Média.ca
  • Books: Empowering Global Citizenship, L’Empreinte
  • Magazines: Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles Love, PDI Integrated Printing Solutions
  • Finishing: Foil FX Selector (Second Edition), Gravure Choquet
  • Label Printing: Aux Champs d’Elise, Imprimerie Ste-Julie
  • Packaging: Box BA – Midnight Romance, L’Oréal, PDI Integrated Printing Solutions

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.