Long-time Board Member Will Be Missed

Vancouver, BC, February 9, 2011 -- Lorne Patterson of Patterson + Associates (61) passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack while at his holiday retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

“Lorne will be greatly missed on the BCPIA Board,” said Marilynn Knoch, Executive Director (BCPIA). “His dedication, special attention to detail and expertise has helped BCPIA weather the challenges in recent years.”

Lorne joined the British Columbia Printing &Imaging Association Board of Directors in 1996 and served as Chairman from 2001 - 2003. He also served on several committees, task forces and on two national convention organizing committees in 2001 and 2006. In 2009 Lorne received the CPIA Award of Merit in British Columbia. Lorne was also a Past Vice-Chairman of the CPIA Board of Directors, served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Craft Council of BC and was also a Director of the Quality Council of BC.

"Just the Bullets", one of Lorne's favorite phrases is also the name of the column he has regularly wrote for BCPIA’s magazine, PressLines. He also wrote a regular column "PrintManager" for Graphic Monthly Canada. Lorne recently co-authored a book "Business Networking Techniques that Work" with Kris Bovay and Donna Wilson.

Lorne is remembered by many in the printing industry throughout Canada and beyond. After a lengthy and successful career with Bowne Canada, from which he retired in the position of Managing Director – Financial Print Canada in 2006, Lorne started his own company Patterson + Associates through which he worked with senior management and operating staff in printing companies in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

"We will miss Lorne a great deal, losing his input and work on the BCPIA Board won't leave just a hole, it will leave a canyon," said Rob Varnel, BCPIA Board Chair. "He was our lead and guide on many new technologies."

BCPIA is making arrangements to celebrate Lorne’s life and will announce further details as they become available.

For additional Information, contact:

Marilynn KnochExecutive DirectorBritish Columbia Printing & Imaging AssociationPhone: 604 542-0902 Fax: 604 538-8581E-mail: mknoch@bcpia.org

BCPIA Takes Exception to Content in CPIA Letter

Claimed Membership Decline Only a Fraction of CPIA’s Financial Problems

(October 8, 2010 – Vancouver, BC) – Members of the British Columbia Printing & Imaging Association Board (BCPIA) take exception to several points included in a September 28th letter sent out by the Canadian Printing Industries Association claiming that a dramatic decline in membership due to the economy and the lack of cooperation from regional associations like BCPIA are the cause of its financial woes.

CPIA alleges that “no alternatives were forthcoming from the FARAS” (Formally Affiliated Regional Associations). This is incorrect.

In a letter dated April 9th, BCPIA submitted several constructive suggestions CPIA could use to assist with its financial crisis. An experienced printing management member of BCPIA also took part on a CPIA Task Force but resigned in frustration when it appeared CPIA would refuse any management strategy that did not support its predetermined outcome. At its June Board meeting, CPIA did not even consider the Task Force report and recommendations of a minority report to its Task Force on an alternative strategy for maintaining a national entity.

“The decline in CPIA revenues cannot be blamed on the economy” says Marilynn Knoch, Executive Director, BCPIA. “Just like our members - all of the printing associations have faced challenges and have had to make adjustments to manage with lower revenues or program participation. The BCPIA Board has worked diligently and prudently to make sure it can operate and if the need ever arises could cover its liabilities - but our main focus is value and service for our members. The BCPIA Board asked CPIA to do the same. BCPIA’s membership took a dip in 2002 - 2003 and we worked hard to bring it back up. Over the past few years, dues income in BC has been down only slightly due to sales revenue but the actual numbers of members, and our total budget has been relatively constant throughout the past decade.”

The most dramatic decline in membership in CPIA came in 2002 when the AAGQ (Quebec’s FARA) went out of business and closed its doors; owing CPIA a significant amount of money. In the past eight years CPIA appears to have had very little success in signing up direct members in that province. BCPIA asks what management and operational changes did CPIA employ to manage that reversal in the number of memberships in Quebec? The same questions apply to CPIA when it began offering direct membership to the Atlantic Provinces where there is no longer a regional association. In fact, CPIA has encouraged non-FARA participation in those provinces as it allowed members to join directly (rather than through the nearest FARA) and those members have saved substantially on membership costs.

When you do the analysis - membership in the provinces where there are regional associations feeding members into CPIA show a fairly constant level in membership numbers and revenue over the past years due in great part to the activities, services and marketing initiatives offered locally by the regional associations. Those regions that have the most active Boards and members have been able to replace lost memberships with new members.

To address another point, revenues at trade shows and conferences have been declining steadily over past years as the industry itself had to do some serious belt tightening to survive in a difficult market. CPIA booked an expensive conference in Banff for September 2010; then put it on hold for a year due to lack-lustre participation. This compounded their difficult financial situation by requiring the CPIA to pay penalties and advances to the hotel for the rescheduling of the event. There is still a likelihood that the delayed conference will not achieve break-even as the cost to attend the rescheduled 2011 conference in Banff is higher than is palatable for most businesses. CPIA continues to forge ahead despite a declining attendance trend at previous conferences.

“Nobody argues that the industry needs national advocacy,” said Knoch, “but maybe it is time to review what the industry is getting compared to what it is paying. We take exception to the way CPIA seems to be claiming sole success for its role in the passage of Bill C-9. In fact CPIA was only part of a group lead by the Canadian International Mail Association (CIMA) which worked tirelessly over a number of years to get this bill passed. BCPIA members worked with CIMA before CPIA really became involved,” added Knoch, “and we were the ones that got CPIA involved with CIMA and its letter writing campaign.”

BCPIA has demonstrated its focus is on delivering value to its members through industry resources, education, programs and services along with special access agreements to organizations such as NAPL, CME and Whattheythink.com. BCPIA continues to look for opportunities to add more value for members.

For more information, please contact:

Marilynn Knoch

Executive DirectorBritish Columbia Printing & Imaging Association604 542-0902 or by e-mail at mknoch@bcpia.org

NAPL-BCPIA Membership Agreement Breaks New Ground in Cross Membership

British Columbia - September 14, 2010 -- The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) and the British Columbia Printing & Imaging Association have signed an agreement to offer BCPIA’s Active members a new category of Affiliate Membership in NAPL. The agreement, which takes effect immediately, provides BCPIA’s Active Members with access to many of the tools and resources NAPL offers plus a significantly reduced rate for NAPL’s Premium Membership should an individual company want more in-depth, hands-on assistance and expert guidance.

BCPIA’s Active Members now have an opportunity to review best practices in business management and insight from real-world experts included in special NAPL Executive Briefings, White Papers and research studies.

Marilynn Knoch, Executive Director, of BCPIA says “BCPIA is enthusiastic about these new resources. We are always looking for additional industry specific value-added benefits for our members. This agreement with NAPL provides our Active Members with access to such valuable components of NAPL as the NAPL Information Central™, online Hourly Rate Tools, access to Member-Only Web Pages and discounts on NAPL products, services, programs and publications.”

BCPIA members who have had previous experience with NAPL products are very pleased with the expanded opportunities this agreement adds to their BCPIA membership.

“We are very excited to bring the BCPIA members into the NAPL Community,” says Kristen Kitchen, NAPL Director of Membership. “They will benefit from many different perspectives in the form of education; NAPL Management Plus™ Best Practices Assessment tools; NAPL members-only communications, newsletters and webinars; members-only pricing; and the very popular online management tools. Among the programs they will be invited to join are our NAPL Research Center Studies, Performance Indicators™, and all other NAPL-specific events. These are just a few of the great benefits of NAPL membership and we look forward to bringing more to the BCPIA members!”

“Specific details of our agreement with NAPL are on our website at the Member Benefits tab at www.bcpia.org with information on how to join BCPIA,” adds Knoch. “This program and other benefits like a Premium Membership in Whattheythink.com add a vast menu of alternatives and additional value such as webinar training and business tools that can benefit those who are not able to participate in most BCPIA programs due to distance and/or time restrictions.”


About NAPL: NAPL is a not-for-profit business management association representing companies in the $80+ billion commercial printing and graphic communications industry in North America. NAPL’s comprehensive slate of business-building solutions provides company leaders with the management tools they need to make informed business decisions in an ever-changing market environment. It addresses the unique concerns of small printers through the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP). For more information on NAPL, visit www.napl.org or call (800) 642-6275.

About BCPIA: The BCPIA is a trade association devoted to promoting and advancing the best interests of the printing industry in British Columbia, Canada. It is a recognized voice of the printing industry in British Columbia and provides its members with one of the most dynamic partnership arrangements of any association in North America. For more information on BCPIA, visit www.bcpia.org or call (604) 542-0902.

Lorne Patterson

Lorne Patterson