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9:30am to 10:00am
PrintForum West opens – Registration open
10:00am to 10:45am
Session: The Future of Print with the Next Generation
Three of Canada’s youngest printing leaders discuss how they view the future of the printing industry in terms of technology, business strategy and innovation. Moderated by Jon Robinson, Editor, PrintAction.
  • Nikos Kallas, President, MET Fine Printers
  • Richard Kouwenhoven, President, Hemlock Printers
  • James Rowley, Vice President, Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging
10:45am to 11:15am
Tradeshow and Networking
11:15am to 12:00pm
Session: Print Procurement in the Modern Age
Neva Murtha
Senior Corporate Campaigner, Canopy

Catherine Stewart
Senior Campaigner

Murtha and Stewart have more than 20 years combined experience developing visionary procurement policies for printers and publishers, including TC Transcontinental, RR Donnelley, EarthColor and Hemlock. They will discuss findings from The Blueline Ranking 2017 to be released this June, which analyzes and ranks the environmental progress driving some of North America’s top performing printers. Stewart will highlight how policies have lead to innovative conservation solutions in partnership with forest and paper companies, creating a more certain supply. Murtha will also provide an update on the manufacture and future of straw paper and other agricultural residue paper initiatives.

12:00pm to 12:45pm
Tradeshow and Networking
12:45pm to 1:45pm
Session: Technical Advancements for Improved Profitability
William Li
Color Technology Manager, Eastman Kodak
Co-Chair, International Color Consortium

Patrick Kerr
Product Manager, Unified Workflow Solutions, Eastman Kodak

William Li and Patrick Kerr, both based out of Kodak’s Vancouver, BC, facility, which is heavily focused on developing the parent company’s software products, will jointly present a forward-looking technical session aimed at improving printing company profitability. Li, who has been a software engineer with Kodak since 1997 (including Creo), will focus on the impact of colour technologies and standards in relation to how printers can find and then maintain new business. Kerr, who has focused on workflow solutions with Kodak since 2003, will focus on how printing companies can leverage cloud computing and what it means for the business of print.
1:45pm to 2:15pm
Tradeshow and Networking
2:15pm to 3:00pm
The Smart Print Shop
Andy Rae
Global Head of Marketing, Heidelberg AG

Rae, who was appointed to his global marketing position in April 2017, will discuss Industry 4.0 in printing, including the concept of The Smart Print Shop, which relates to leveraging print and media workflows to facilitate the complete automation of production processes. Rae will also discuss Heidelberg’s Push to Stop operating philosophy for print manufacturing, which provides a new way for thinking about automation, productivity and most importantly profitability.
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Tradeshow and Networking
3:30pm to 4:15pm
Session: The State of Production Inkjet
Canadian technology leaders discuss the direction of production inkjet in terms of innovation and business strategy. Moderated by Jon Robinson, Editor, PrintAction.
  • Alec Couckuyt, Senior Director, Canon Canada, Professional Printing Solutions Group
  • Brad King, Vice President, Graphics Communications, Xerox Canada
  • Ray Fagan, Sheefed Product Manager, Heidelberg Canada
  • Edward Robeznieks, Vice President Sales, Ricoh Canada
4:15pm to 5:00pm
Tradeshow and Networking
PrintForum West closes