Date confirmed: Ryerson special evening celebrating the life and accomplishments of Mary Black will be October 10

Mary’s signature fashion statement was her wide-brimmed hat and her equally wide and seemingly omnipresent smile.

Mary Elizabeth Black of Big Cedar Estates in Oro Medonte, Ontario, printing industry veteran and owner of Mary Black Recruiting, lost her battle with cancer on Friday, July 5, 2019 after spending her last moments with her family. This was not only a loss for the printing industry; it was also a sad moment for anyone who knew this amazing lady. In 1996, Mary became Professor and Chair of Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) where she developed management trainees for the printing and graphic communications industry. During her 10 years at Ryerson, she was the force behind the creation of GCMs new home, the Heidelberg Centre, which made the school a focal point for the Canadian printing industry. After completing her tenure at Ryerson, Mary knew she had more to give and became a leading recruiter for the industry, which was a natural step because of the many relationships she had formed with her past students and the industry overall.

You’re invited to come – and share – Thursday, October 10

Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) will be organizing a very special evening to celebrate her life and her numerous accomplishments. The event will take place at Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management, 125 Bond Street in downtown Toronto, Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm. Ryerson is inviting industry members and executives, Ryerson faculty and staff, as well as former students of GCM and anyone who knew Mary to join in this celebration.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 4, 2019 at noon

If you plan on attending, please RSVP Taras Karpiuk, Departmental Assistant, Ryerson University School of Graphic Communications Management, at Or phone (416) 979-5050.

Organizers also have a special request from each of you. If you have any anecdotes, photos of Mary with students, or photos of her working within the industry or at Ryerson, please send them to Taras Karpiuk at 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3, or e-mail digital files to

We’ll be covering this very special evening and will keep you updated.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.