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Teams and Clubs

GCM is one big family, and our student groups are a key part of it! Join a student group to meet new people, gain industry experience and have fun! Follow the links below to find out more about each group.

10.9.2010 RSU Parade n Picknick - GSM

The Course Union represents GCM students within Ryerson. The student-led executive and class reps organize social activities, trips, intramural athletic teams and academic events. The course union is also a good liaison between you, the student union, faculty and university administration.

  • President – Szewah Shum
  • Executive VP – Patricia Lau
  • VP of Finance – Sahand Sabzparvar
  • VP of Administration & Operations – Abigail Meana
  • VP Academics – David Quattrociocchi
  • VP of Marketing – Nicole Galindo
  • VP of Events – Milena Dubajic
  • 4th Year Rep – TBD
  • 3rd Year Rep – Kristian Murphy
  • 2nd Year Rep – Charles Bautista

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Martin Habekost

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An audience at GCM's colloquium event.

The Colloquium Team organizes a gala speaker event each year, bringing together students and industry on a current relevant theme. Industry speakers share their expertise, and the mix of student and industry attendees always guarantees rewarding opportunities for discussion and networking.

Faculty Advisor: Reem El Asaleh, co-Faculty Advisor: Donna Abdelrazik

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Students operating a flexography press.

The Phoenix Challenge is a flexography competition which takes place at the annual international FTA Flexo Forum each spring. Past teams have competed in Las Vegas, Dallas and San Diego. 

GCM Advisor: Peter Roehrig

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GCM's RyePack team.

RyePack is Ryerson’s student group dedicated to creating opportunities for learning about packaging. Students engage with the packaging industry through several unique field trips, speaker events and design competitions.

Faculty Advisor: Jay Park

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GCM's RyeTAGA group.

RyeTAGA is the Ryerson student chapter of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts , external link, opens in new window(TAGA) — an important research association in the printing industry. The student chapter publishes its own annual journal of student research for competition and has won several top prizes at conferences across North America, including in Portland, San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

Faculty Advisors: Martin Habekost

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Photo of the GCM grad book

The GCM Grad Book Committee is composed of graduating students in their final year who come together to produce the grad book. The grad book is a physical and digital publication that celebrates the accomplishments of graduating students; each grad is featured on their own spread, where they share contact information, accomplishments and insights on their undergraduate journey. Each graduating student receives a copy of the grad book, as do all employers who attend our annual job fair. 

Executive positions for the grad book include: Project Manager, Design Lead, Photography Lead, Written Content Lead, Production Lead, Fundraising Lead

Students who are not graduating are also welcome to get involved with the on-call team, who volunteer with tasks such as production.

View digital copies of recent grad books here:
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Faculty Advisor: Diana Varma
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The Xplor team travelled to Montreal.

Xplor Ryerson helps connect students who share an interest in digital documents to industry professionals from the Xplor International Network. Xplor International is a not-for-profit group for professionals in the electronic document industry, offering networking and educational opportunities for its members.

Faculty Advisor: TBD

Xplor Ryerson on Facebook, external link, opens in new window

A student handling metal type used in letterpress.

The Letterpress Club is an interdisciplinary group with members who collaborate to complete a letterpress project each semester. Members learn the fundamentals of letterpress printing such as movable type and the uses of various inks and papers. They also get hands-on experience learning typography, composition, layout and letterpress printing.

Faculty Advisor: Art Seto

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The Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) is the first student-led umbrella society in a creative faculty in North America. The society represents all nine schools in The Creative School. RCDS builds community, hosts conferences and competitions, and offers over $200,000 in extracurricular project funding for students.

RCDS Website, external link, opens in new window

GCM Extracurricular Activity Grant

Planning an event or starting an initiative? Let us help you fund it! Teams and Clubs can apply for financial assistance through GCM’s Activity Grant Form, external link, opens in new window.