Canada’s Largest Showcase
for the Graphic Communications
and Printing Industries

May 11-13, 2023

Toronto International Centre

Future Print Technologies Conference

Thursday, May 11
10:00 – 16:30
Aviation B & Innovation Theatre

Schedule at a Glance – Scroll Down for Descriptions & Speaker Bio

10:00 – 10:55Aviation BPANEL: Artificial Intelligence in Graphic Communication & Printing
Moderator: Dr. Reem El Asaleh – Toronto Metropolitan University
Panelists: Jeff Edwards – Canon Production Printing;
Lee Eldridge – CJ Graphics Inc. & Tyler Thompson – Esko
12:15 – 12:55Aviation BPrinted Electronics
Speaker: Mirko Torres – I-CI
15:15 – 16:15Innovation TheatrePrint Security
Speakers: Andrew Gunn & Joe Rouhana – Xerox

PANEL: Artificial Intelligence in Graphic Communication & Printing

10:00 – 10:55
Aviation B

Summary: AI has impacted so many technologies at different levels. The implementation of AI has been expanded to include solutions from ideas and planning to production and customer engagement.


Dr. Reem El Asaleh
PhD, Associate Professor
Graphic Communications Management,
The Creative School,
Toronto Metropolitan University

Dr. El Asaleh is an accomplished Associate Professor of Graphic Communications Management at The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) (formerly known as Ryerson) in Canada. She has received a prestigious award and recognition for her teaching contribution to the field of graphic communications. She is a member of TMU’s graduate studies under the Master of the Digital Media Program and PhD in Media and Design Innovation Programs within The Creative School.

With her expertise in computer science and graphic communication, Dr. El Asaleh has led several research projects that have addressed critical issues in the graphic arts industry. Her work has been published in top-tier academic journals and technical conference proceedings. Dr. El Asaleh’s research interests include emerging pre-media technologies, digital asset management, and colour and imaging science.


Jeff Edwards
Sr. Business Development Manager 
Regional Business Management – Americas
Canon Production Printing Canada, Inc.

Jeff Edwards of Canon Production Printing is 30 year industry professional and has been closely involved with such iconic products as Canon’s Arizona flatbed printers from inception. His extensive experience with complex print production as it relates to hardware and software design choices for manufacturers of wide-format printing equipment will add favourably to our discussion.

Lee Eldridge
Director of Interactive Solutions
CJ Graphics Inc.

Lee Eldridge has led the advanced technologies (Interactive Solutions) department at North America’s most award-winning print communications company, CJ Graphics Inc., for 15+ years. He and his team apply cutting-edge technologies to real-world print, marketing and communication challenges.He also served as Associate Editor for Designedge, the Canadian trade magazine for Graphic Designers, focusing on emerging tools and technologies for the design community. He frequently writes on AI-powered tools and integrations and is always working to find new and innovative automation solutions for partners and customers.

Tyler Thompson
Director of Software Business Development

Tyler Thompson is a highly regarded thought leader in AI technology for the printing and packaging industry. With a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and B.Sc. degree from Clemson University’s Packaging program, he helps companies worldwide employ AI for print production planning.

Printed Electronics

12:15 – 12:55
Aviation B

Summary: Printed electronics (PE) are a fast-growing market as their applications cover a large range of industrial needs, their production cost is low and the additive printing techniques consume less materials than subtractive manufacturing methods used in traditional electronics. ICI specializes in the scale up of innovative technology using traditional printing processes with a focus on industrial, electronic and environmental performances of its printed electronic devices. This presentation shows a case study of the lab to press of a functional printed smart label.

Projects and practical applications that combine performance in products development, manufacturing practices and environment.


Mirko Torres
Project Manager

Mirko Torres completed his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Montreal and subsequently obtained his D.E.S.S. (Specialized Graduate Diploma) in Environmental and Industrial Analytical Chemistry. Following an internship at the ICI in summer 2021 focusing on the valorization of flexographic plates production waste, he now works as an environmental project manager at ICI.

Print Security

15:15 – 16:15
Innovation Theatre

Summary: ‘CMYK & Beyond’ and discussing how security can gain you business.


Andrew Gunn
Head of Global Product Marketing
& Product Life Cycle

Joe Rouhana
Content Software Group


Ultimate TechnoGraphics
Delphax Solutions
TG Graphics
Sydney Stone
Sign Media