Innovations Theatre

Presented by Print Media Centr; Located on the show floor, Hall 5, Innovations Theatre, free presentations with your show badge


Thursday, April 6

11:00 – 11:45am Incoming! Print Techs and Trends You Cannot Ignore!

This panel will focus on just launched/upcoming technology and provide thought leadership into where industry segments are headed. Panelists include representatives from Amazing Print, Ricoh, HP, Xerox, Canon, Marilupa


12:00 – 12:45pm Frank Romano presents: The New Print Industry – Trends & Opportunities

 Well known industry keynote speaker, Frank Romano, was the advisor on the 2016 publication of The. New. Print. Industry. Trends and Opportunities written by Akshat Pardiwala. He will present the pertinent points noted in the book and discuss the trends and opportunities in the industry—some immediate and some that are developing. Frank and the author believe that even within traditional printed products that have experienced declines in volume, there are still opportunities in the industry. 


1:00 – 1:45pm Print Smart: Evaluating Tools for Saving Time and Money

This panel will focus on tips and best practices for printers to assess their workflows, and the processes to finding the right solutions for their business. Panelists include representatives from Avanti, XMPie, SmartSoft, Amazing Print


2:00 – 2:45pm Fireside Chat: John Corley CEO Xerox Canada, Chris Dewart, CEO Konica Minolta Canada & Glenn Laverty CEO Ricoh Canada – moderated by Frank Romano

RIT Professor Frank Romano moderates a discussion with the heads of major Canadian digital printing suppliers. Our industry’s manufacturers provide the machines that drive the printing business. Their comments and insights are important for the present and for the future of Canadian printing…


3:00 – 3:45pm Post-Press Success: Winning with Finishing

This panel will focus on the wonderful world of finishing, and the ROI it can bring.

Panelists include Sydney Stone, HP, CP Bourg, ACCO/GBC, Scodix



A panel featuring some of the most influential,  well-respected and inspiring women leaders engaging in lively open discussions on the experiences and challenges of women in the print industry.


Featuring senior print executives: Deborah Corn from Print Media Centr will moderate.

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Panelists include:

Deanne Sinclair, President, Cambridge Label Inc.

Marg Macleod, Association Manager, Digital Imaging Association

Audrey Jamieson, President, Marketing Kitchen Inc

April Burke, VP Operations & Technology, LM Group.

Romy Hahn, Director, sales & marketing, Annan & Sons

Joanne Hisey, Account Manager, Kwik Signs


Friday, April 7

11:00 – 11:45am Print Ninja Warrior – Adapting to the new Game

This panel will focus the state of the industry, the equipment and technology driving unique print applications, and how printers can stay strong and survive. Panelists include Mutoh, Epson, Canon, Miralupa, XMPie, Scodix


12:00 – 12:45pm Optimize Prime: Transforming Your Workflow

This panel will focus on helping printers understand how to optimize their workflow and maximize their profits.

Panelists include Avanti, Amazing Print, SmartSoft


1:00 – 1:45pm 50 Shades of YAY! Colour Management, Paper and Digital Print

This panel will focus on the value of colour management, and how to manage colour across multiple devices and substrates. Panelists incluce Epson, Jim Rafel, GMG


2:00 – 2:45pm Wide Format 101 – Presented by SGIA

If you are new to wide format and want to understand the opportunity, Ray Weiss from SGIA will lead a panel discussion to offer an overview of the technology you should consider to get into the game. Learn about the newest printing technology, laminating, and finishing for a brand new start-up or for an existing printing business looking to expand. Panelists include: Dave Conrad, Sales and Marketing Director, Mutoh America, Inc; Brian Gibson, Wide Format Graphics Specialist, Seal/GBC of Acco Brands; Steve Fournier, Agfa Graphics; Julian Fernandez, Esko-Graphics, Inc

3:00 – 3:45pm Wide Format 201 – Presented by SGIA

Take your existing wide format business up a notch. Ray Weiss from SGIA will lead a panel discussion to expand your current wide format printing business. We’ll talk about new technologies, substrates, applications, and opportunities along with pitfalls to avoid as you grow your business to the next level. Panelists include: Steve Fournier, Agfa Graphics, Steve Bennett, VP Sales, Esko-Graphics, Inc., Ralph Terramagra, Fisher Textiles


4:00 – 4:45pm Seeing CIE LabPresented by Steve Suffoletto, Assistant Professor, Erie Community College, Buffalo, NY

CIE Lab is the world’s standard for specifying and communicating colour. CIE Lab is used in all phases of print production workflow, in prepress, press and quality control. CIE Lab has the largest gamut volume and is device independent, so is used as the Profile Connection Space (PCS) with ICC profiles for colour management. Since CIE Lab is a 3-dimensional colour space, it’s best explained by showing it in 3D. This visually intensive and interestingly informative seminar will explain and show, using 3D software, the 3 attributes of CIE Lab and LCh colour space. The CIE Lab colour space will be progressively built starting from paper white, to solid black, then showing the neutral gray scale axis. Next both primary solids and secondary overprints will be graphed with their tints and shades to build the basic wireframe gamut shape. Finally, common colour gamut’s will be showed to discuss the issues of matching colours between different devices and spaces. Now you will know exactly why Pantone Reflex Blue cannot be matched with 4/c process.

What you will learn:
Understand the 3 attributes of CIE Lab and LCh color space by viewing them in 3-dimensions.
Visualize the relationships between CMY subtractive primaries and their RGB secondary overprint colors, in their lighter tints, darker shades, and neutral gray balance.
Compare the shape, size, and volume of various subtractive CMYK color gamuts (SNAP, SWOP, GRACoL) by rotating and tilting them in 3-dimensions.
Understand how Photoshop and other software programs identify out-of-gamut process screen tint builds of Pantone solid spot colors.
Visualize the meaning of Delta E color difference as the geometric distance between 2 points in 3-D color space.
Who should attend:
Graphic Artist & Designers, Print Buyers, Prepress Technicians, Quality Control, Press Operators


Saturday, April 8

11:00 – 11:45am Living Large: Penthouse Possibilities with Wide Format

This panel will focus on opportunities with wide format including opening new revenue streams with customers, vertical markets and substrate options. Panelists include Mutoh, Avanti, HP, Epson, GMG, Canon


12:00 – 12:45pm Breach is the New Black: Privacy, Data and the Cloud

This panel will focus on helping printers understand how to protect their customers and their data by sharing best practices, tools, and tips. Panelists include Amazing Print, Ricoh, Avanti