Canadian Label & Package Printing Conference



Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12; Free with your show badge, Labelexpo Theatre, Show Floor

Labelexpo Global Series and Labels & Labeling are happy to partner with Graphics Canada Expo 2019

Target Audience – Commercial and trade printers looking at moving into label and package printing and existing label and package printers and converters

The Canadian Label & Package Printing Conference, co-located at Graphics Canada, will feature experts from Labelexpo and Labels & Labeling who will offer insight on global market trends and the latest technology and innovations in this attractive and competitive space.



Thursday, April 11

10.30 – 11.15     Making the move into Labels – what you need to know

Labels and packaging is the fastest growing graphic arts segment, but how easy is it for commercial printers to make the transition? What existing skillsets and equipment can you carry across? What investments will you need to make? Where can you find the solutions?

Andy Thomas-Emans, Strategic Director, Labelexpo Global Series

11:30-12.00      Exploring the Canadian cannabis market
When cannabis became legal in Canada, many label and packaging converters jumped at the chance to enter this burgeoning market, but is it really the new frontier? In this session, Jones Packaging’s Andrew Wong will review the packaging and labeling regulations in Canada and discuss the various challenges these regulations present and explore ways to overcome them.

Andrew Wong, Manager, Innovation Solutions Group, Jones Packaging

12.00-1.00 Break for lunch and exhibition

1.00-2.30            Equipment and skillset requirements for label converting

Digital printing offers perhaps the easiest route for commercial printers to transition to label converting. This session examines some of the wide range of equipment choices from entry level to industrial-strength production systems in both inkjet and electrophotography

Moderator: Andy Thomas-Emans, Strategic Director, Labelexpo Global Series

David Ellen, President, Domino Digital Printing North America

Greg Ross, Sales Manager, Xeikon

Brian Cleary, Category Manager, Indigo Label Solutions, HP

Justin Green, Workflow & Business Analytics, Mark Andy

Steve Bennett, VP of Packaging Solutions, Fujifilm

Mike Pruitt, SurePress product manager, Epson

2.45-3.30            Equipment drill down

The commercial printer needs to learn a range of new skill sets to move into label production. This session will offer a broad overview of imposition and planning software; workflow organization and color management. We’ll hear from a local label converter who recently installed workflow and expanded gamut printing software.
Moderator: Chelsea McDougall, North America Editor, Labels & Labeling

Mike Rottenborn, President & CEO, Hybrid Software Inc.
Joseph Miller, Production Manager, Kwality Labels,

Paulo Monterio, VP of Sales, GMG Americas


Friday, April 12

10.30-11.00      North American and Global Market Trends

The North American label market is an interesting and dynamic place. Technology is changing constantly, as mergers and acquisitions and price pressures squeeze the market. North America editor of Labels & Labeling will discuss the latest trends and innovations occurring this market.

Chelsea McDougall, North America Editor, Labels & Labeling

11:15-11:45      Materials in depth
Understanding the complexity of self-adhesive label materials is one of the biggest challenges facing commercial printers looking to move into the labels market. This session looks at the properties and characteristics of release liners, silicone and adhesive coatings and face materials, both paper and film, and how they come together to form laminates for different end use applications

John Evola, Technical Director for LPM NA, Avery Dennison

12.00-1.00 Break for lunch and exhibition

1.00-2.00            The voice of the label converter
Some of Canada’s leading label printers discuss a range of issues from equipment choices, the state of the North American label market, challenges presented by rapid technical advance and rising material costs and more. An interactive session where questions from the audience are welcomed.

Moderator: Chelsea McDougall, North America Editor, Labels & Labeling

Charlie MacLean, ASL PrintFX

Marlene Raymond, Design Graphics

Deanne Sinclair, General Manager, Cambridge Label

Steve Smith, Jet Label


Make plans now to attend, Free with your show badge, LabelExpo Theatre on the show floor, Hall 5.