Welcome to our June / July 2022 Issue
In the 17th century, English poet, scholar and cleric John Donne wrote these now famous words: “No man is an island entire of itself…..every man is a piece of the continent…..any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.”
He was commenting on continents, and how we’re all personally connected as human beings. Those words still resonate today. The COVID-19 pandemic disconnected people and the current global supply-chain chaos is disconnecting continents. I’ve always believed that we live in a “global village” and that isolation is bad for humans and for nations. But as we emerge from over two years of a mentally exhausting pandemic, we now have wonderful opportunities to heal.
The recent announcements of trade shows and other industry events are fabulous opportunities to reconnect face-to-face once again. A great example was the recently concluded 40th Annual Gutenberg Gala in Montréal May 26. Though I couldn’t attend, I’m told it was a particularly friendly and upbeat event highlighted by a lively cocktail party and the presentation of the prestigious Gutenberg Trophies.
The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, will once again be the site of this year’s Sign Expo Canada, September 23 – 24, 2022. Officials expect about 2,500 visitors and over 100 exhibitors. The 60th anniversary Graphics Canada Expo is set for May 11 – 13, 2023 also at the international Centre. It’s Canada’s largest and longest-running trade show for the printing industry.
And let’s not forget about numerous in-person events south of the border, the biggest of which is the October 19 – 21 Printing United Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 4,000 have already registered in just one month (the fastest response in the event’s history) and over 600 have booked booth space.
It seems that we’re all more than anxious to get back to normal. My only wish is that the lesson of being isolated for over two years remains with us forever, and that we place even more importance on the greatest gift life has bestowed upon us – each other!
Until next time, always remember that we’re here to help.
– Tony Curcio, Editor