Our Executive

Ron Schroder – Chairman

Ron's career in the printing discipline known as flexography, the dominant form of package printing, 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.

Kevin Martin Director at Large

Kevin is the co-owner of the Papertrail Handmade Paper and Book Arts where, since 1997, he has been working in hand papermaking, marbling, type casting, and letterpress printing. His academic background in physics and computer science provides him with a good insight into troubleshooting and repairing old undocumented machinery.

Fran Young - Graphic Design

Fran's fascination with Graphic Arts began while studying Advertising Art and Graphic Design in college. A 30 plus year career designing and producing a wide range of print projects, with over 20 years in the gaming and entertainment industry, she has worked with many craftsmen using traditional and state-of- the-art technologies to create unique, high-end items. Fran believes that combining current ideas and processes with the ingenuity and inventions of former ages, allows print and its history to continue to serve society. Visual communication satisfies our need to create, express and connect to one another. Her dedicated work at the Printery helps to preserve that belief.

Our Directors

Denis Cahill

Denis Cahill is a retired award winning photojournalist having spent his entire career with the St. Catharines Standard. Hired in 1965 as a staff photographer, he was appointed photo department manager and chief photographer in 1988. The Cahill family arrived from Ireland in the 1850's and he is the third generation to be born in St. Catharines. Love of local history runs deep in the Cahill family. His father Lou Cahill was a co-founder of the Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum. (1991) Denis is a member of the St. Catharines Historical Society and the Dalhousie Yacht Club. He continues to live in St. Catharines where he and wife Bridget have raised their three children.

Nick Howard

As a partner in Howard Graphic Equipment and curator of Howard Iron Works, a privately held printing museum, Nick is a printing historian, consultant and Certified Appraiser of capital equipment. A second generation print equipment dealer and refurbisher, Nick also authors a regular column for Print Action magazine.

George Henry

As a child, George grew up in a family owned print shop and enjoyed playing with every machine as his toy! His main fascination was their Linotype typesetting machine, spending many hours watching and helping in its operation. As an adult George was hired by Linotype UK to install and train the new era of computerized equipment to customers all over Europe and Africa. Upon his arrival in Canada George continued his print career joining Linotype Canada and later Heidelberg. Says George: "It has been fascinating to see the progress of the print industry during my career and nostalgic to see the same Linotype machine still in operation in our "Printery" museum today!"

Art Seto

Art Seto worked in the printing industry from 1981 to 2004, where he served in bindery and prepress apprenticeships, before progressing through roles as an Estimator, Production Manager, General Manager, VP/Chief Operating Officer, and print shop owner. In 2001 he completed an MBA in Information Technology Management. Since 2004 Art has been employed at Ryerson University and has taught many courses in the Graphic Communications Management program, including cost estimating, manufacturing management, human resource management, project management, binding and finishing, and currently teaches letterpress printing, and a course called The Art of the Book." Art is the Faculty Advisor to the Ryerson Letterpress Club. At home he has C&P Pilot and Westman & Baker letterpresses.

Directors Emeritus

John Hunt

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.

For several years starting in the mid 1980's, John 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.