DIA Annual Christmas luncheon – another resounding success

About 100 printing industry professionals enjoyed the Digital Imaging Association’s Annual Christmas Luncheon held December 5 in west Toronto as DIA President Larry Stewart (right) addressed the crowd.
Guest Speaker Simon Trevarthen explored in detail how some companies continue to be successful – and how print shops can replicate their successes.

Printing industry professionals attended the Digital Imaging Association’s Annual Christmas Luncheon held Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at The Boulevard Club in west Toronto. Back by requests from those who attended the organization’s April 2018 meeting, was keynoter speaker Simon Trevarthen. His inspiring presentation was about building entrepreneurial resilience and igniting a passion of constant innovation within companies. Trevarthen focused on how firms and shop owners can rethink their businesses through innovation, change and creativity – and by asking probing questions time and time again. He reviewed in detail the amazing successes of several leading companies such as Ikea, Four Seasons Hotels, Apple, Rolls Royce and others while dissecting the specific reasons for their their ongoing success. In each case, he unearthed the more subtle reasons for their prominence. In just about all cases, he pointed out, the process began by employees and management listening intently to their customers, asking literally hundreds of probing questions internally that challenged the status quo, then saying “what if we did it this way?” or “why can’t we do this now?” In all cases, the point was that your customers likely don’t view your company the same way you do – so what are you going to do to meet or exceed their expectations? And further, what is the one single overriding thing that you do that your competitors do not? And how can you build on that? Quite striking was Trevarthen’s example of prolific inventor Alexander Graham Bell. After his death, it was discovered that he had written no less that 37,000 ‘notebooks’ filled with ideas on hundreds of topics!

DIA Association Manager and Past  President Marg Macleod.

Special congratulations to DIA President Marg Macleod and her hard-working staff for putting on such a fabulous event once again. Congratulations also to the DIA’s 2018 and 2019 Officers and Directors for their efforts throughout the year.

DIA President Larry Stewart welcomed those in attendance and updated everyone about the organization’s ongoing initiatives:

“The holidays are upon us, and on behalf of your Board of Directors, I’d like to wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year. We begin a new Fiscal year following on the heels of a successful 2018. Our sponsors provided exemplary support to our association, and we ask you to please consider our sponsors when making your buying decisions. EFI, HP, Konica Minolta, Spicers, Xerox are all Platinum-Level sponsors. Adobe, FujiFilm, Graphics Canada Tradeshow, and Heidelberg are all Gold-Level Sponsors.

The Agfa Graphics’ group included (from left) Lupina Mancuso, Lawrence Robinson, Charbel Najem, Jason Hamilton and Ruben Silva.

On behalf of the board and our member companies, I would like to express my sincere appreciation. The board continues with our goals to grow membership, sponsorship, and the services we offer to all of our stakeholders. To this end, the Technical Committee has put together an exciting agenda of upcoming meetings including:

  • Digital short-run as well as test packaging on Wednesday, January 23.
  • February will be a plant tour of the Webcom/Marquis book manufacturing plant in Scarborough.
  • April at Graphics Canada, we’re honoured to have Dr. Paul Smith, Vice President of the Xerox Research Facility, as our keynoter for our breakfast meeting.
  • In May, we have Mike King, owner of Eagle Foil to talk about specialty finishing.
Congratulations to the DIA’s 2019 Board of Directors. From left are Paul Tarvydas, Bob Weller, Jim Dixon, Stephen Longmire, Mike Millard, Jamie Schaeffer, Maria Aggelonitis, Ed Rooney and Mark Norlock.
Missing from the photo are  Larry Stewart, Jason Hamilton, Randall Stevenson, Ray Fagan, Dino Sinnathurai, Paul McCarthy and Danny Goulart.

As an organization we’ve come a long way from the fledgling group of PrePress business owners that started the Ontario PrePress Association (our former name), in 1987 to create a combined force to deal with the challenges that NAFTA seemed to present, and provide a resource to assist our members in dealing with the challenges presented by dynamic technological change. Be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, June 13, 2019, our annual Golf Tournament held again this year at the prestigious St. Andrews Valley Course in Aurora. We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events, and seek your input for what we can do to make the DIA a more valuable tool in your work. I would also like to thank everyone on the Board of Directors for their time and valuable insight that goes towards making our Educational meetings the success they are. Thank you for your support in attending DIA events. On behalf of the DIA Board, I’d like to wish everyone a safe & happy holiday season, and all the very best for a healthy and prosperous 2019.”


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.