Print Executive Forum


Print Executive Forum

Thursday, April 11, 2019

New this year to Graphics Canada is our Print Executive Forum, a half-day event where leading graphic arts firms can network and focus on high-level discussions of topics that are critical to their future and the future of the graphic arts industry.

Who should attend

This unique Print Executive Forum is created expressly for graphic arts firms drawn from the segments of commercial printing, signage and large-format printing, and packaging printing. It is open to CEOs, Presidents, Owners and other C-Level executives with decision-making authority. Seating is limited, please RSVP to your interest to attend.

Thursday, April 11, 2019, Aviation Room, Hall 5

8.30 am – 9.30 am

Transforming Organizations for the Subscription Economy

The age of mass manufacturing and industrial might, and the infrastructures we have built to support a way of life that grew from that age, might not exist 50 years from now. Because just around the corner we are seeing the first signs of a life in which everything is social, everything is augmented, and everything is autonomous. Leading innovator Alexander Manu will show you how to rely on foresight to recognize the signs that are all around us and that point to this new order before you feel the full impact of the disruption.

Speaker   Alexander Manu

Alexander Manu is a strategic innovation practitioner, lecturer, author, and former print-shop owner with a keen understanding of this industry. He provides strategic counsel and future- based advisory services to executive teams in Fortune 100 companies. Manu is involved in exploring and defining new competitive spaces, the development of new strategic business competencies and the creation of imaginative innovation methods. He teaches “Innovation, Foresight and Business Design” at the Rotman School of Management and is a Professor at OCAD University in Toronto.


9:30 am – 10:30 am

Will Canadian Organizations Thrive During the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Industry 4.0 is making it possible to gather and analyze data across machines, enabling faster, more flexible and more efficient processes to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs. Those are the benefits. The challenges are the disruption that these new capabilities will unleash, such as security concerns, labour market issues, privacy protection, and business models that are agile enough to deal with the challenges. Yvon Audette will draw on KPMG’s proprietary research to discuss how CIOs worldwide are exploring and preparing for the opportunities inherent in this digital transformation, and how printing companies can follow those examples.

Speaker Yvon Audette, Senior Partner, KPMG

Yvon Audette is a Senior Partner in KPMG’s Management Consulting Practice who has consulted with CEOs, Presidents, Boards, and various government Ministers for the past 14 years. He leads KPMG’s IT Advisory Canadian practice and specializes in transforming organizations through disruptive approaches. He has served as lead partner on many advisory assignments across manufacturing, transportation, logistics, retail, insurance, and telecommunications industries, among others. He also teaches at the University of Ottawa.


10:30 am – 11:30 am 

Business Profile: TC Transcontinental

TC Transcontinental has been a force in this industry since its founding. It’s been a major publisher, a huge consolidator, and an innovator. Now it’s entering a new phase as one of the largest packaging printing companies in North America. James Aziz, Senior Vice President, Premedia, Transcontinental Printing and Packaging, will discuss how Transcontinental assesses the future of the industry, the strategies it will adopt, and how it’s executing its newest pivot.


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Big Trends for Graphic Arts

We close off the day with a deep dive into the big trends and opportunities that will shape this industry for the foreseeable future. While it has been said that anything that can be imaged will be imaged, the challenge is to develop profitable business models around that vision. Our presenter, the President of IT Strategies has been doing in-depth research into the graphics industry for 25 years. He’ll share research that shows where the opportunities lie.

Speaker Mark Hanley, President, IT Strategies

Mark Hanley, President, founded IT Strategies in 1992 as a strategic consultancy for the graphic arts industry. The company has developed a reputation as a leading research company, with a focus on digital document printing, inkjet technology, digital labels and packaging, decorative printing, textile printing and printed electronics. Hanley has consulted with many Fortune 1000 companies.

 Seating is limited and reserved to industry executives, please RSVP to your interest to attend.