CPIA appoints four new officers to its Board

Richard Kouwenhoven.
Richard Kouwenhoven.

The Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) has appointed four new officers to its Board of Directors. The new directors were unanimously voted in at the Association’s recent General Meeting of its members held last month.

  • Richard Kouwenhoven, President and COO of Hemlock Printers, was elected to the position of Chair to the CPIA.
  • Mike McInnes, Senior Vice President (Ontario) of Transcontinental, was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the CPIA.
  • Loris Pavan, Regional Director of Business Development & Strategic Solutions at RR Donnelley, and Dave Potje, Vice President at Twin City Dwyer Printing, were elected as officers to the CPIA Board.
Mike McInnes.
Mike McInnes.

This new CPIA Board represents a shift in the foundation and future direction of the CPIA. Both Kouwenhoven and Pavan are reps from PrintForward (formerly British Columbia Printing Industries Association or the BCPIA), and McInnes and Potje are reps of the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association (OPIA).

The two associations, PrintForward and OPIA, have agreed to form new Board leadership, manage the administrative functions of the CPIA, and lead the direction of a national voice for the Canadian printing industry, while building for the future.

Loris Pavan.
Loris Pavan.

The new directors of the CPIA are also committed to bringing about a revitalized national print association that provides a unifying voice for the printing industry in Canada.

Soliciting input from the industry across the country in the coming months, the CPIA will work to transition to an operating model that unifies strong regional industry associations with a vibrant and growing national association. “We view this as an opportunity to build on the CPIA’s legacy as an organization that represents the interests of industry stakeholders across the country,” added Kouwenhoven.

David Potje.
David Potje.

“The need for a national voice for our industry is as important as ever, and fostering collaboration among members is equally important to help them find success within an industry where change is a constant. We’re looking forward to undertaking this important work with our industry peers in the months ahead.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.