Canadian In-plants Hold Lakeside Retreat
From college and university in-plants all over Canada, managers traveled to a resort in Ontario for the 38th annual CUPMAC conference.
By Bob Neubauer
For 37 years members of the College and University Print Management Association of Canada (CUPMAC) have been getting together at locations around Canada to discuss their mutual concerns. Last month, for the first time, IPG joined them.
Twenty-five members of the group met for four days at a lakeside resort in Ontario, about two hours northeast of Toronto. Despite some uncharacteristically hot and humid weather—especially jarring for those coming down from chilly Newfoundland—the group managed to have a good time while comparing notes about their operations. Evening activities included the "CUPMAC Olympics," featuring a variety of friendly competitions, and a scenic dinner boat cruise among the many islands of Stony Lake.
CUPMAC was organized this year by Warren Craft of Sir Sandford Fleming College and Bill Bowers of Trent University. Attendees came from a range of backgrounds. Many were department managers, though some doubled as equipment operators. Others worked in design or managed copyright programs.
Some operations had offset equipment; others were all digital. The University of Ottawa, which sent a five-person contingent to the conference, outsourced its offset operation years ago, and is currently working with IT to move its printing into the in-plant.
A lot of the talk centered on copier capabilities and contracts, and on print management systems, such as those of Avanti and Rochester Software Associates, both of which had displays at the CUPMAC mini-trade show. Other vendors there included Xerox, Konica Minolta, Cascades Resources and Preo Software.
Business and Pleasure
The three days of educational sessions at CUPMAC covered topics ranging from copyright law to humor in the workplace.
The first speaker, Jennifer Lamantia, of Access Copyright, explained Canadian copyright law, which protects works for the life of the author plus 50 years. She also talked about licensing solutions provided by her organization, which is the Canadian copyright licensing agency. A comprehensive license, she warned, gives a school permission to photocopy a specific piece, but not to scan it and post it online; for that, a transactional license would be required. Faculty, she said, must be instructed on what they can do with the license their school has.