~ EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ~
Ron Schroder – Chairman
Ron recently retired after a near forty-year career in the printing discipline known as flexography, the dominant form of package printing. His career there included executive experience in sales, marketing and technical service. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Canadian Flexographic Training Committee (CFTC). During his tenure with the CFTC, he spearheaded the establishment of a perpetual scholarship for students continuing their career path in flexography at the post-secondary educational level. Subsequently he continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund in the administration of their substantial portfolio, supporting students in all printing disciplines Canada wide.
Art Ellis – Vice Chair
Art is an amateur machinist, metal caster, hand engraver, medalist/sculpture, ham radio operator VA3ALA, cabinet maker, photographer, and when time permits dabbles at his full time job of trying to be Real Estate Developer, Brownfield clean-up entrepreneur, gold trader and anything else to support his extravagant hobbies and lifestyle. Art admits to being a jack of all trades and a master of none. Art has been looking after the restoration of many of the Museums older presses including keeping the 1894 Whitlock Flat Bed Newspaper press going at the Marshville Heritage Festival.
John Hunt – Collection
John is a licensed electrician and ski-lift mechanic. He has been engaged in the electrical fields most of his career. During the early 70’s he was employed for his skills at a St Catherines’ based printing company.
Mid 1980’s till last year worked on aerial tramways and funicular railways. John was a founding member of the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum and has continued to support this historic site for several decades.
Sara Young – Marketing & Promotions
Sara Young, as a young kid, remembers watching the type compositors pour hot lead into the type moulds. The clickity click of the Linotype machines, produced type for the family newspaper, PrintAction, being laid out with galleys of type, with hot wax burnishers then placing the waxed type galleys onto the page forms. Whoosh, technology that was relied on for decades disappeared, and PrintAction was produced on a Macintosh computer. Electronic Composition and Imaging was the new magazine that Sara also published in the 1980’s-90’s, that reported on the rapid changes. EC&I Magazine was successfully sold throughout North America on newsstands for another 10 years, until the technology became mainstream and PrintAction reported on the new age of communication.
After selling PrintAction magazine and the Canadian Printing Awards event in 2013, Sara began producing estate sales for those downsizing, or for families that were managing their families’ estates. Sara’s antique knowledge and organizational skills, plus her natural ability to sell and her love of people, makes this choice ideal for her. Still having lots of fun doing estate sales, Sara has been a volunteer at the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper museum for over 20 years. She thanks the late, great, Lou Cahill for bringing her onto the team and is thankful for the fine folks that she has met on the board over the years.
Kim Watson – Curation
Kim is a museum professional with over 15 years experience in the cultural heritage field. Throughout her career she has worked in various museums across Ontario such as, The National Museum of Science and Technology, The Atikokan Centennial Museum, The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum. Her work has included exhibition design and development, collection management, grantmanship and policy development. Kim holds a degree in history from Brock University as well as diplomas in Museum Studies and Cultural Resource Management from Algonquin College and The University of Victoria. Kim currently holds the position of Curator with the Museums of Burlington.
~ DIRECTORS ~
Denis Cahill is a retired award winning photojournalist having spent his entire career with the St. Catharines Standard. Hired in 1965 as a staff photographer, he was appointed photo department manager and chief photographer in 1988. The Cahill family arrived from Ireland in the 1850’s and he is the third generation to be born in St. Catharines. Love of local history runs deep in the Cahill family. His father Lou Cahill was a co-founder of the Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum. (1991) Denis is a member of the St. Catharines Historical Society and the Dalhousie Yacht Club. He continues to live in St. Catharines where he and wife Bridget have raised their three children.
As a partner in Howard Graphic Equipment and curator of Howard Iron Works, a privately held printing museum, Nick is a printing historian, consultant and Certified Appraiser of capital equipment. A second generation print equipment dealer and refurbisher, Nick also authors a regular column for Print Action magazine.
As a child, George grew up in a family owned print shop and enjoyed playing with every machine as his toy! His main fascination was their Linotype typesetting machine, spending many hours watching and helping in its operation. As an adult George was hired by Linotype UK to install and train the new era of computerized equipment to customers all over Europe and Africa. Upon his arrival in Canada George continued his print career joining Linotype Canada and later Heidelberg. Says George: “It has been fascinating to see the progress of the print industry during my career and nostalgic to see the same Linotype machine still in operation in our “Printery” museum today!”
Art Seto worked in the printing industry from 1981 to 2004, where he served in bindery and prepress apprenticeships, before progressing through roles as an Estimator, Production Manager, General Manager, VP/Chief Operating Officer, and print shop owner. In 2001 he completed an MBA in Information Technology Management. Since 2004 Art has been employed at Ryerson University and has taught many courses in the Graphic Communications Management program, including cost estimating, manufacturing management, human resource management, project management, binding and finishing, and currently teaches letterpress printing, and a course called The Art of the Book.” Art is the Faculty Advisor to the Ryerson Letterpress Club. At home he has C&P Pilot and Westman & Baker letterpresses.
Neil Stewart graduated John Abbott College, Montreal QC in Fine Arts, furthering his abilities in printmaking at the Lake Placid School of Art before attending and graduating from the Ontario College of Art with a degree in design. Establishing Toronto’s Diver Press in 1981 as a graphic design/studio workshop with letterpress/paper making capabilities, stationery design within 5 years evolved into Portfolio and poster design for clients in the architecture, photography and fashion fields. As current President, Neil co-founded Anstey Bookbinding Inc. in 1994 from the previous Anstey Graphic, a company with a 150-year history of producing books for Canadian and international clients including the Group of Seven and the Vatican. In 2001 Neil founded niceWork, a small atelier focusing on design projects and art related letterpress print where he continues to participate as niceWork’s President.