Amid tributes, Canadian Print Scholarships establishes scholarship to honour industry leader Don Gain

Don Gain.

The Board of Trustees at Canadian Print Scholarships (Toronto) is saddened by the recent death of 71-year-old industry veteran Don Gain on December 31, 2020, after an heroic battle with cancer. Gain was 71. The mission of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) is to attract the brightest and best students available to the printing and graphic communications industry by providing financial assistance to enroll and continue in a post-secondary management or technical program at an approved educational institution. To honour Gain’s dedication and industry leadership, Canadian Print Scholarships is establishing a fundraising campaign to create a scholarship in his name. The organization announced that the following companies have already contributed to the campaign – Willow Printing Group, CJ Graphics, Advocate Printing and Publishing, Connecting for Results Incorporated, and Frank’s Maintenance Products. The fundraising goal is $30,000. Donations can be made online at or by contacting
A remarkable career of dedication and service. As a passionate supporter of the printing industry in Canada, Gain served in many volunteer positions, including nearly 15 years of service to Canadian Print Scholarships. He became involved in 2002 as a Trustee and within three years, accepted the role of Chair of the Board. Under his guidance, the organization thrived, and hundreds of students continued to receive Canadian Printing Industries Scholarships during a period of difficulty for the industry and its associations. Gain received numerous awards for his service to the industry, was Chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Association, served on the Advisory Board at Ryerson University in Toronto, and was instrumental in development of the Heidelberg Centre for the Graphic Communications Management Program at the university. Gain was President and owner of Harmony Printing for 28 years until he retired in 2016.
Jeff Ekstein.

“I’m proud and honoured to have called Don Gain my good friend and esteemed industry colleague. He was an outstanding person who’ll be sorely missed – a man who has left his indelible mark on the Canadian print industry. Don was tirelessly dedicated to improving and helping the industry on several fronts, and in his own quiet way, went about contributing his time, energy, passion and commitment to ensuring a strong, vibrant future for us all. – Jeff Ekstein, Chair, Canadian Print Scholarships.
Jay Mandarino.

“Don Gain was one of those kind hearted souls who made great contributions to our industry, expecting nothing in return except to share his knowledge to help others. I was able to speak with Don shortly before he passed and thanked him for his contributions to our industry, especially the scholarship funds and his time mentoring and helping young people. I’m honoured to contribute to this Memorial Scholarship. – Jay Mandarino, President of CJ Graphics.
Sean Murray.

“Don Gain was a future-focused leader with a passion for education and the youth aspiring to lead the industry he loved. A mentor to many and a friend to all, he championed the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund with contagious passion, a big smile and magnetic charm. His leadership changed our industry. I’m humbled to support this lasting recognition of his leadership.” – Sean Murray, President of Advocate Printing and Publishing.

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