7 November 2012
CPIA, CPISC working towards merger
TORONTO—CPIA and the Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council (CPISC) have formed a transitional board of directors to work on merging the two entities into one national association, Jeff Ekstein, co-chair of the CPISC board, and president of Willow Printing in Toronto, confirmed to PrintCAN. 

To help facilitate that, two new members have been added to the CPISC Board: Jamie Barbieri, president of Group PDI in Quebec, and Sandy Stephens, chairman of the board of CPIA.

The board is working on finalizing the mandate of the proposed new body, based in part on input it received from three industry focus groups held in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. A mandate, a proposed fee structure, and a new association name will be communicated to industry over the next few weeks to assess the level of support among printers for creating a new national body. An ad hoc membership/marketing committee has also been struck to help the effort.

“The viability of any new association depends on industry support. If this initiative does not receive support, the industry won’t have a national trade association,” says Ekstein.

The transitional board is working with a tight deadline: it has established a revenue goal it must reach by the end of January if the initiative is to go forward.

CPISC was established in 2006 by the federal government to deal with human resources issues in the industry. Late last year, the government announced it was cutting core funding to all sector councils—making the bodies dependent on membership fees to ensure their survival.

CPIA has been facing financial difficulties for some time, making its survival untenable.
1. Blair Fraser says:
14 November 2012 at 4:01 PM
I look forward to the re-structure and successful launch in BC.
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