Last call to register for Evolve – Ryerson GCM’s Annual Colloquium and Business Plan Expo April 3

Can you guess how many mergers and acquisitions have occurred in the past 10 years in our industry? Over 224! And, you can now add the acquisition of Presstek, which was acquired by Mark Andy, and announced earlier this week. Learn more about this trend at Ryerson University’s Annual Colloquium and Business Plan Expo, organized by the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), taking place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 4 pm to 8 pm. This year, both the Colloquium and the Business Plan Expo have been combined into one large super-networking event with the theme Evolve: Startups, Mergers & Acquisitions in the Graphic Arts Industry. Both events will be hosted under the same roof – at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens), located at 50 Carlton Street in downtown Toronto.

Deanne Sinclair of Cambridge Label.
Deanne Sinclair of Cambridge Label.

GCM’s Business Plan Expo explores new and innovative business ideas from over 140 talented graduating students. Fourth-year GCM students have been planning new businesses in the printing and graphic arts industry, and are excited to share them with you at the expo. Talk to GCM students, enjoy interactive demos, and learn why Ryerson continues to be on the cutting edge of innovation. Keynote speakers for Evolve: Startups, Mergers & Acquisitions in the Graphic Arts Industry include:

Deanne Sinclair of Cambridge Label. Deanne’s presentation will focus on Cambridge Label’s digital printing start-up and the lessons she’s learned from this endeavor.

Jay Mandarino of CJ Graphics.
Jay Mandarino of CJ Graphics.

Jay Mandarino, Presdient & CEO of CJ Graphics. Jay’s presentation will focus on how he built up CJ Graphics, where they are in the marketplace today, why companies need to pursue mergers and acquisitions, and the current state of the printing and graphic communications industry.

Peter Ha and Rhodi Iliadou of Equal Parts Studio. Peter and Rhodi are passionate about engaging, approachable and fun visual design. After working together at a few 9-5 jobs, they decided to start their own design studio and focus on the type of work they really wanted to create. They’ve learned many valuable lessons during their first year – which, surprisingly, they actually survived! (#virgepreneur).

Peter Tran (left) and Rhodi Iliadou of Equal Parts Studio.
Peter Ha (left) and Rhodi Iliadou of Equal Parts Studio.

The April 3 event is free, but you must register at: www.tinyurl.com/y6uct4mg. The annual Colloquium is an event organized by student volunteers featuring keynote address, panel discussions and an information reception. It’s an excellent opportunity for students and industry members alike to broaden their knowledge, share experiences, and build lasting network connections.

The School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University offers the only degree-granting program in Canada for managers in the printing and graphic arts industry. Students graduate from the four-year program with a Bachelor of Technology and the skills and experience necessary to work within the industry.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.