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2019 Annual Meeting and Independent Package Design Competition: Early Registration Rate Extended

Tuesday, August 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
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AICC 2019 Annual Meeting & Independent Package Design Competition: Early Registration Rate Extended

August 26, 2019 – AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, has over 400 registrants for the 2019 Annual Meeting, being held September 16-18, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The meeting will feature a three-day series of general sessions, workshops, plant tours, and networking and social events. The meeting will also feature the biennial Independent Package Design Competition.

Gregg Lederman and Rick Mercer are two of this years’ featured keynote speakers.

Gregg Lederman, CEO, Brand at Work, is a professional speaker, professor at the University of Rochester Simon School of Business, and the President of Employee Engagement for Reward Gateway. Over the past decade, Gregg’s clients have witnessed more than 90% employee engagement, nearly three times the national average, and more than 65% have been noted on “best place to work” lists. Gregg has written three award-winning books and is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Gregg will help attendees increase employee motivation and engagement to increase the company’s profits.  In addition to Gregg’s keynote, he will also present a two-day workshop track.

Rick Mercer, who chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about Canada. A #1 bestselling author, Governor General’s Award-winner for  Lifetime Artistic Achievement, and “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Rick is Canada’s most popular comic; a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh. Rick is the author of four national bestsellers: Rick Mercer Final Report, Streeters, The Rick Mercer Report: The Book, and 2012’s A Nation Worth Ranting About.

Rick will close the meeting with an informative, ironic, and hilarious presentation on the political climate and the ridiculous realities of politics.

Meeting workshops and general sessions will educate attendees on a variety of topics including; comparing and finding the best use for digital, flexo, and litho printing, marijuana in the workplace and other top HR issues impacting employers in both the U.S. and Canada, industry updates, and increasing profits through increased engagement and creating and sustaining a company culture.


HR speakers include:

Christine V. Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM- SCP, SPHR, Sole Proprietor  of FiveL

Christine Walters has been engaged as an expert witness for the defense, presented at conferences across the country, testified before U.S. Congressional and state legislative committees and federal administrative agencies.

She has been interviewed and quoted in a variety of media including television, radio and print media. Her first book From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations was one of the publisher’s (SHRM) “Great 8” best-sellers in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014!

Michelle Henry, Partner, BLG, is a partner in the Labour and Employment Group in the BLG Toronto office. She advises employers on various employment-related matters, such as workplace restructuring, workplace investigations, employment contracts, employee terminations, discipline, workers' compensation, occupational health and safety matters, workplace violence, employment standards and human rights.  Michelle represents employers in employment-related litigation, including wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals, and injunctions proceedings.

Industry speakers include:

Paul Leclair, VP & Chief Economist, Numera Analytics, is a respected economist and pulp and paper market expert with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. As Vice President and Chief Economist at Numera Analytics since 2009, Paul guides the analytical function of the company. His responsibilities range from ensuring the quality of the statistical information published by the organization, to assessing supply and demand conditions, forecasting and customer service.

Focussed Session speakers include:

Francois Martin, Senior Communications Advisor, Bobst Switzerland, has been working in the printing and packaging industry since 2005 in various marketing roles. As BOBST Senior Communication Advisor, he continues to communicate innovations which will help converters and brand owners to create a more agile and more sustainable packaging production across the entire supply chain. He strongly believes that digitalization, automation and connectivity are the main drivers to shape the future of packaging production. 

Monica White, MBA, MSW, Associate Laboratory Director, Advanced Packaging Technologies Lab, holds a BA from University of Iowa, MSW from Loyola University Chicago, MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Professional activities include membership in ISTA, IOPP, ASTM.  Professional achievements include Certified Packaging Technologist.

Paul Chambers, President/Co-Founder, SUBTA & Ceo/Founder, Core3 Solutions, has been an entrepreneur since fifth grade. Paul is the President and Co-Founder of the Subscription Trade Association (SUBTA) and CEO and Founder of Core3 Solutions, a parent company to Element5 Digital, Gentleman's Box, Rocket Effect, Moka Boka, and Unity Management System.  Paul has extensive expertise in the subscription economy and digital marketing, dating back more than two decades, and he has been recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as a 20 In Their 20's.  

AICC will also host a designers’ forum: “Practical Innovation in Package Design” on Monday, September 16. As always, during the Annual Meeting, AICC will offer a special training and networking event for AICC Emerging Leaders.    

The host hotel for the meeting is the Westin Harbour Castle nestled in the harbor with seamless downtown access. Attendees who have not yet made a reservation can contact AICC if assistance is needed when booking a room at the Westin, or for other hotels located nearby.  

The Westin is located 17 miles from the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and less than 2 miles from the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Non-Canadian residents will need a valid passport to travel to Toronto.

AICC has extended the early registration rate until Tuesday, September 3, 2019. AICC offers special pricing for boxplants and multiple registrations from the same location.  Registraiton and more information is available at

Questions about the 2019 Annual Meeting and the value a well-connected workforce brings to a company can be directed to Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meetings, at or 703.836.2422 or Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at or 703.836.2422.