AICC Chairman Message
JOSEPH M. PALMERI
PRESIDENT, CORRUGATED PACKAGING @ JAMESTOWN CONTAINER CO. & CHAIRMAN
AICC Chairman 2018-2019
It has been an honor to serve as your Chairman this year. The theme of the 2019 Annual Meeting & Independent Package Design Competition is “Engage in your Future.” AICC, under the leadership of the Convention Content Committee, has put together an excellent program that will address this topic through insightful speakers and will also offer various networking opportunities for attendees over a three-day period from Monday, September 16 – Wednesday, September 18.
On Monday, September 16, we will hold a special session focusing on “Distribution Packaging in an E-Commerce World”. This session will feature speakers; Francois Martin, Senior Communications Advisor, Bobst, that will discuss challenges faced by CPGs and how e-commerce is transforming the role of consumer packaging and Monica White, Associate Laboratory Director & Certified Packaging Technologist, Advanced Packaging Technology Laboratories that will address packaging requirements as it relates to e-commerce companies.
On Tuesday, September 17, the meeting will kick-off with the opening general session featuring Gregg Lederman, President of Employee Engagement for Reward Gateway and Best-Selling Author. Gregg will present on Increasing Employee Motivation & Engagement in the workplace. Gregg will then lead a two-day interactive workshop session that focuses on Increasing Engagement to Increase Profits and Creating and Sustaining a Living Brand Culture. We will also hear from Paul Leclair, VP & Chief Economist at the Pulp & Paper Products Council and Numera Analytics that will provide an outlook for the North American economy, focusing on how prospects for manufacturing will impact demand for the containerboard industry.
We will hold a two-day workshop that will address Marijuana in the Workplace & Substance Testing and will also cover other HR employment and labor trends impacting the workplace. We will have presenters from both the U.S. and Canada. We will also feature a session comparing and contrasting the different print types to include; Flexographic, Lithographic & Digital.
The meeting will close with a presentation by Rick Mercer, Comedian and Former Host of The Rick Mercer Report. Rick will share his unrivaled ability to make you laugh at, question, and think big about politics and culture today.
The meeting will also feature tours of local members including; Royal Container Ltd., Kruger Packaging, The Central Group, Gerrity Corrugated Paper Products Ltd and Cascades Containerboard Packaging.
Also, taking place is the biennial Independent Packaging Design Competition. The competition, features 41 corrugated, folding carton and rigid box categories, providing a wider reach into the entire packaging market and a greater diversity of ideas.
Finally, we will hold a newly developed design course “Practical Innovation in Packaging Design”. The one-day workshop will explore the balance of practical structural and graphic design and continuous innovation.
I hope you and your colleagues will join us this fall at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Canada.
Joseph M. Palmeri
President, Corrugated Packaging, Jamestown Container Co. and Chairman
AICC – 2018-2019