About - Executive

Ron Schroder – Chairman
Ron Schroder – Chairman

Ron retired in early 2015 following 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 served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) in the administration of their substantial portfolio, supporting students in all printing disciplines, Canada wide. Having recently relinquished his seat on the CPISTF to concentrate on the Chairmanship of the Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum, Ron has been voted into the prestigious Honourable Society of the Wayzgoose in recognition of his philanthropic contributions to the Canadian Graphic Arts industry.

Art Ellis – Vice Chair
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.

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John Hunt - Collection
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 – 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 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.

Marvyn Rivett - Webmaster
Marvyn Rivett - Webmaster

Marvyn retired from teaching in 2001 after 30 years in the elementary school system. He taught every grade from one to eight at least once. He also spent eight years teaching special education and seven years as a consultant teaching teachers.
He is currently a full time artist working in oil, acrylic, pastel and printmaking. His latest passion is adding letterpress techniques to his wood engravings. When he is not working at his art, he enjoys golf and playing mandolin. Marvyn is a member of the St. Catharines Art Association and the Eustis Art League near his winter home in Florida.