Meet The Team


Jay Mandarino
CEO and President 

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Jay Mandarino launched CJ Graphics Inc. as a print brokerage firm in order to finance his education at York University. His passion for the work led him to purchase his first press in 1986 – and the rest, as they say, is history. In addition to CJG, Jay was also a founder and partner of Anstey Book Binding Inc. and C&W Embossing which was sold in 2010. He is also the founder and president of JBM Event Auction Services and President of CJ’s SKATEPARK (Not-For-Profit). His entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic generosity have garnered him community-wide recognition.



Hassan Gafri, CPA, CA
Vice President, Finance

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Hassan Gafri graduated with honors from the University of Guelph-Humber with a Bachelor of Business Administration program. To further enhance his business career, he then obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant accreditation. Hassan has a proven successful history with almost 2 decades of experience in various industries including retail & manufacturing. He is a hard worker and a dedicated team player. When he joined CJ he took on the role of VP of finance at CJ Graphics Inc. & The CJ Group of Companies. His extensive knowledge of accounting in various industries, internal controls and finance is what will help guide CJ Graphic’s continued growth and prosperity to the next level. He is most proud of his lovely wife and their greatest accomplishments by having four amazing children.


Dave Monette
Director of Manufacturing

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A graduate of Ryerson University, with degrees in both Photographic Arts and Graphic Communications Management, Dave Monette has worked in the graphics industry for many years – now approaching three decades with CJ Graphics Inc. as a senior executive, and the previous 10 years as a senior executive at Baker, Gurney, & McLaren Press Ltd. in Toronto. His professional approach and exceptional experience are employed daily to ensure superb quality in CJG printed products. Dave’s focus at CJ Graphics Inc. is to expand the company’s operational and manufacturing capacity to better serve its burgeoning clientele.


David Adams
Vice President, Large Format & Operations

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David Adams began his career in the printing industry in 1980, enrolling in a cooperative program at Centennial College. After studying under a European master and honing his skills, David founded his own successful prepress company, which he later sold to his business partners. He then accepted a sales position with a large offset printer and, in 1992, joined CJ Graphics Inc., progressing rapidly through its ranks to prepress manager. In March 2000, having established the company’s digital film and computer to plate preproduction, David moved into a senior management role at CJG and is currently the Vice President of Large Format & Operations. 


Leslie Smith
Vice President, Designer Services and Shareholder 

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Leslie Smith has been involved in the high-end graphic arts industry for more than three decades. Les has worked extensively in print production as a print and graphics buyer with a premier Toronto design firm for eight years before joining CJ Graphics Inc. as a print consultant. He has since sold printing to all segments of design community and has become one of our top print consultants.


Patrick Kedwell
Vice President, Corporate Sales

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Patrick Kedwell joined CJ Graphics Inc. in 2007, bringing with him 15 years of experience in the commercial printing industry focusing in the corporate and financial world. Patrick and his long standing production team provide the expertise required for high-volume sheet-fed production as well as specialized individual projects.


Lee Eldridge
Director, Interactive

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With more than two decades working in the graphic arts and web development communities, Lee spearheads the architecture and deployment of high-profile cross media campaigns, variable data marketing, web-to-print initiatives and eCommerce implementation at the CJ Group of Companies. A speaker at international conferences and forward-thinking universities on emerging technologies in the print and communications industry, Lee and his team of developers, designers, and strategists bring expertise and innovation to clients and partners.


Joe Arruda
Director, Large-Format Division

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Joe Arruda started his printing career on the In-Plant side of the industry, before migrating over to the Commercial side where he has spent the last 15 years of his career. He joined The CJ Group Of Companies in 2011, bringing with him over 30 years of experience in Litho, Digital, and Large Format print production, to give our customers the service and quality that they have come to expect from The CJ Group Of Companies.


Eileen Chiang
Manager, Estimating

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Eileen Chiang joined the CJ Group of Companies in 2015, bringing with her several years of experience in the commercial printing industry. She graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in Graphic Communications Management.


Lorraine Bates
Manager, Creative Services

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Lorraine Bates joined CJ Graphics in 2006. With 20 years of experience in the creative field, she has a thorough understanding of layout, typography and printing. Her background in the industry spans from illustrator to graphic designer to marketing and advertising. Lorraine’s main focus at this stage of her career has involved conceiving and executing design for magazines, editorial layouts, and special interest publications.


Mike Porter
Manager, Prepress

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Michael Porter has been in the print industry for over two decades. His vast knowledge and experience, along with his ability to adapt to new digital trends, makes him an exceptional leader of the Colour Technologies prepress team. Michael has shared his expertise across Canada and the US, and now calls CJ Communication Solutions home. For Michael, efficiency and accuracy are all in a day’s work.


Boris Medan
Manager, Digital Small Format

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Boris Medan came to CJ Graphics through an acquisition of On The Mark Graphics in 2006. Having no prior print experience, Boris started working as a junior production coordinator in the small format digital department of CJ Digital. He gained all of his current knowledge with hands on experience within the rapidly growing digital division.


Cathy Garito Kocevski
Manager, Digital Small Format

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Who is Cathy Garito Kocevski? To learn the answer one must go way, way back to her early days. Cathy always had a love of books, never creasing the spine of her Archie comic books or Judy Blume novels. When she later came to CJ Digital from Grafikom in 2008, she developed a love of the smell of toner and Mohawk Superfine cover. With her hard work and expertise in digital printing she has since helped that division become a jewel on the CJ crown.


John Annan
President, Annan and Sons Ltd.

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After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, John was persuaded to join the rapidly growing family printing business, Annan and Sons Ltd. With mentoring from his father and industry leader, Don Annan, John quickly gained the knowledge and experience required to successfully serve his clients. With the merger of Annan and Sons into the CJ Group of Companies, John brings with him 32 years of experience in the print industry. John will focus on offering his clients the advanced and new technologies offer by CJ Graphics.


Eduarda Rocha-Dias
Manager, Accounting

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Eduarda Rocha-Dias has been working in the printing industry for over 35 years. After graduating from the Accounting program at Ryerson University, she began her career at Baker Graphics Inc., followed by BPG Graphic Solutions, where she obtained the knowledge and expertise to manage the Payroll and Accounts Payable Department at CJ Graphics Inc. Eduarda has been a welcomed addition to the CJ team since 2008.


Linghong Sun
Manager, Accounting

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Linghong Sun joined the CJ Group of Companies in 2005, bringing with her 10+ years of experience in accounting and computer technology. She graduated from XiAn JiaoTong University with a degree in Software Engineering.


Sean Young
Manager, Bindery

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Sean Young joined CJ Graphics Inc. in 2005 and has brought over 25 years of experience in bindery services. Sean’s knowledge and leadership has expanded CJ Graphics’ bindery into the print finishing industry.


Saeed Ahmed
Manager, IT

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Saeed Ahmed brings a wealth of IT experience and expertise in the graphic arts industry to CJ Graphics Inc. and the CJ Group of Companies. He is the manager of IT and oversees everything from our network, MIS system, email, phones, mobile devices, secured server room, and video surveillance including all our facility security systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator and IT Professional, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Karachi University. Saeed enjoys playing cricket and  has played competitively at a high level around the world and we are happy to have him as part of  our team.