Earlier in November, Toronto hosted the 14th annual Canadian Printing Awards (CPAs) at the Palais Royal to a sold-out crowd of 250+ attendees. Choosing from a record 319 submissions in the Print Design and Printing categories (an increase of nearly 100 from last year, many of which came from first-time entrants), a panel of independent judges recognized more than 110 Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. Awards celebrated innovation by Canadian printers and technology suppliers.
Collectively, Scodix customers took home more than 25% of the distinguished honors, accumulating 30 overall awards, including eight Golds. Mi5 Print and Digital was recognized with a Silver in the Magazine category, and PBI (Printing By Innovation), a newcomer to the awards, collected a Gold in the Marketing Collateral category and then two Silvers in the Self Promotion, Printing Company category, as well as in the Specialty Effects category. Mi5 has been a Scodix Ultra Pro Foil user since December 2018, while PBI installed its Scodix Ultra 101 press less than six months ago in May.
The big winner of the night was CJ Graphics Inc. Communication Solutions who received an astounding 26 CPAs (including seven Golds). Notably, CJ Graphics was the first production facility in North America to install the newly released Scodix Ultra Pro with Scodix Foil system in 2015.
While his company was receiving overwhelming accolades, CJ Graphics’ president, CEO and self-proclaimed head oyster shucker Jay Mandarino was honored with the John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award.
As president and CEO of The CJ Group of Companies, Mandarino oversees the daily operations of 35 companies (and still growing), including his not-for-profit ventures, with total sales amassing more than $45 million. Located in a 240,000 sq.-ft. state-of-the-art facility in Mississauga, Ontario, the companies continue to grow, regardless of recent economic industry challenges. Mandarino previously had been named Canada’s Printing Leader of the Year at past CPAs, celebrating world-class printing and industry achievement.