Advocacy for the Printing Industry
PrintForward is a trade association devoted to promoting and advancing the best interests of the printing industry. Advocacy for the printing industry in BC and Western Canada is one of our primary objectives – we are the voice of the industry.
In this role PrintForward represents the industry with a number of provincial and municipal government departments, agencies and crown corporations. The goal is to help make it easier for printers to do business in the Western Canadian provinces and to promote programs, guidelines and regulations that help printers compete in the global market.
Western Canada’s printing and graphic communication industry provides a fine example of entrepreneurial spirit and dedication. Many of the printing operations are family businesses, with owners, managers and employees who are committed to their local communities. PrintForward provides a catalyst to bring the common concerns and issues to the attention of policy makers and regulators.
What We’re Working On
Our most current Government Affairs committee consists of Rob Varnel, Mark Weeks, Marilynn Knoch, Kris Bovay and is chaired by Jennifer McConnell (me). 2018 presents a lot of activity with issues such as Steel/Aluminum tariffs; NAFTA morphing into USMCA; the New...read more
PrintForward Government Affairs Activity 2016 Update Our Government Affairs committee is an active group and is comprised of Daryl Akin, Doug Bourne, Marilynn Knoch, Judi Koster, Gordon Taschuk, Mark Weeks, and is chaired by me (Kris Bovay). During April, May and...read more
Government Affairs Committee - 2015 in Review PrintForward's government affairs committee has been active at the provincial and municipal level. Here's a quick review and outlook: Last year, eight attendees represented the printing industry at the CME Deputy...read more
While the printing industry in British Columbia supports sustainable recycling programs in which the full life-cycle costs of a product are scrutinized, it strongly opposes the way the BC’s Ministry of Environment has established new regulations with little or no...read more
A strong common voice to raise the profile of manufacturing in British Columbia is the goal of the founding members of the Alliance for Manufacturing in BC. The manufacturing associations have agreed to work together to address shared issues and will endeavor to...read more