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

Government Affairs Update 2019

Our Government Affairs includes: Rob Varnel, Chair (R & M Trade Laminating), Mark Weeks (IDRS-Data Print Mail), Mike Podmore (Datacore), Marilynn Knoch, (Honorary Life Member – Retired ED) and Jacquie McBain (Executive Director – PrintForward) PrintForward...

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Government Affairs Update Fall 2018

Our most current Government Affairs committee consists of me Jennifer McConnell (Chair) Rob Varnel, Mark Weeks, Mike Podmore , Marilynn Knoch & Katie Jackson 2018 presents a lot of activity with issues such as Steel/Aluminum tariffs; NAFTA morphing into USMCA; the...

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Government Affairs Activity – 2016

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...

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Government Affairs – 2015 Review

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...

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Open Letter to BC MLAs

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...

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