The Vital Partner and Catalyst
for the Packaging Value Chain
PAC, Packaging Consortium is a not-for-profit corporation that includes over 2,300 members throughout the packaging value chain. No one is excluded! Our networking process includes PAC webinars, seminars, conferences, competitions, facility tours, education programs, trade shows, technical work groups and
social activities i.e. golf tournaments.
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - PACKAGING ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN 2015 Scholarship Awards
With a 3 year commitment, our Central Leadership Council recently awarded Scholarships to two Conestoga Students enrolled in the Packaging Engineering Technician Program. The Program provides training in Structural Design of packaging materials. Students learn to design packaging utilizing metal, glass, plastic, paper, and corrugated focusing on: product protection (safety and security), durability, the ability to recycle materials, and sustainability opportunities and issues.
Lindsay Van Wyck and Sang Mi Park have both demonstrated leadership qualities & have shown a strong commitment to pursuing a career in Packaging. Each were awarded $500.
PAC has been a supporter of the Ctrl-Z Bayview Glen Robotics team since 2011. This year PAC NEXT has supported their Smart Sort Trash Bin and the Trash Trek theme in general.
“The team members were so excited to tell the judges that their invention had the support of PAC/PAC NEXT which definitely distinguished them from the other teams. At the regional final, Ctrl-Z secured a position at the Provincial Championships by winning both the Champions Award - 1st place and the Robot Performance Award.” Eric Borromeo, team mentor
Recently a $500 PAC Bursary was awarded to Justin DeGennaro of Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School's Flexography / Packaging program. Justin was given his award by Peter Belanger, the head of the program. The PAC bursary was given in recognition for Justin's outstanding packaging graphics he created and that he is one of the first eager and dedicated graduates of the Graphic Design Management program who also graduated the Flexo class with a grade of 100%! Justin has also enrolled in Humber College's Packaging Graphics program for the fall. PAC is proud continue supporting students interested in the packaging industry and we wish Justin much success.
School of Graphic Communications Management Awards Night 2014
PAC awards were presented by Cheryl Babcock, Co-Chair, PAC Central Region Leadership Council
PAC Awards of Excellence
Highest average in all first year courses:
2nd highest average in all first year courses:
Highest marks in Layout and Typography:
2nd highest marks in Layout and Typography:
During the year, PAC donated a total of $18,500 by way of academic awards and charitable donations on behalf of its members.
• Walmart Canada sponsored this year’s Student Design Competition, which took place at the Just One Package Conference in May. Students from 5 different schools competed to design an alternative solution to large plastic bags for oversized items in retail. Winners and finalists received monetary awards.
• The Quebec Leadership Council (formally QC) donated to College Ahunistic, students awards in the amount of $300
• The Central Leadership Council (formally ONT) - Thanks to the monies raised, continue to support students in Ryerson University’s Graphics Communications Management Program, as well as the Packaging Engineering Technician Program at Conestoga College.
• The PAC Pacific Region in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Society for Coatings Technology (PNWSCT), raised $1600 in funds for the BC Children’s hospital at this year’s golf tournament.
• Since 1989 PAC has maintained a scholarship trust noted as the Lyn Jamison Award at OCAD University. Every second year this award is given to an out-of-province student that qualifies in structural package design. The closing market value was at $19,796 last fiscal year.
• IFS PACsecure – If your packaging materials are part of the food chain from farm to kitchen table, then you are in the food industry. Taking steps to ensure the proper handling of any materials that may come in contact with food is a requirement of due diligence. Working with committee of over 70 leading brand, consultants and the CFIA, PAC has developed IFS PACsecure, HACCP based standards specific to packaging materials. It is a Global Food Safety Initiative recognized standard. PACsecure also offers supervisor level Train the Trainer as well as worker level training.
• PAC FOOD WASTE – Packaging has a role to mitigate food waste. The PFW initiative was started in Dec 2013 for be A Catalyst to Packaging Food Waste Solutions. Three projects are underway with results being published in the fall of 2014.
Sustainability is an integral part of what we do at PAC. Sustainability extends beyond packaging itself - environmental, social and economic impacts are considered throughout the entire packaging value chain. Procurement, processing and logistics are all factors affecting sustainability.
PAC NEXT’s vision is “A World Without Packaging Waste” where the objective is to facilitate the convergence of ideas and identify sustainable solutions that lead to zero packaging waste. Read more.
The goal of PAC FOOD WASTE is to maximize the reduction of food waste through prevention and extension of shelf life utilizing sustainable packaging solutions. Read more.