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The IGMA Leadership Development Program focuses on the soft skills a leader needs to achieve his or her full potential. Everyone in the workforce develops hard skills required to be employed in the insulating glass industry, but developing soft skills (communicating effectively with people, recognizing a company's culture and effectively aligning with that culture, understanding accountability in the workplace, etc.) provides the necessary intangibles to become a great leader. Once again, IGMA is leading the glass industry into the future by creating the first leadership development program for manufacturers and fabricators of its kind.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance held its winter conference in Clearwater, Fla., Jan. 23 through 26 and heard updates from all our task groups. Here are some highlights.
Glass Connections isn’t just the name of our conference, it’s our motto.
Feb. 9, 2017 -  The National Glass Association (NGA), Vienna, VA, and the Glass Association of North America (GANA), Topeka, KS, have together appointed a joint task force to optimize service to members of both organizations, and to coordinate advocacy and technical support along with education and training initiatives for the glass and glazing industry.  
It really is a new Fenestration Canada. Last year was a transition year that started with the hiring of a new association management team in Zzeem. The Zzeem team have been on a steep learning curve since they started in March of 2016, but by all accounts have managed to bring our association through a very vital period. Our new executive director, Cindy Gareau, has been a fireball from day 1 and has become an important cog in the operation of Fenestration Canada and all the committees that endeavour to bring effective programs to our membership.
Last year, the IGMA held two fabricator workshops in Texas and Minnesota, where more than 80 practitioners from the IG industry were led through the most important aspects of fabricating and testing IG units by the experts of our industry.
The CGA’s Glass Connections event is booked.  Be sure to join us June 7 to 8 at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Center in Vancouver, B.C.
Jan. 26, 2017 - The Board of Directors of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association is pleased to announce that nominations are now being received for the 2017 Awards for Excellence. There are two awards, one for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Design and one for Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Execution.
Jan. 12, 2017 -  The Glass Association of North America has announced that Erin Fletcher, Director of Marketing for GANA will leave the organization to pursue a new opportunity as Account Director for EAG Advertising & Marketing. Fletcher has served as the Director of Marketing for GANA for the last three years.
As I write this article I am sitting in a code meeting for the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) 2020 for houses and small buildings (Part 9).  That’s right, they are working on the 2020 code now. 
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance will launch a new leadership development course for the architectural glass industry in January, 2017.
Canadian Glass AssociationOne of the main functions of CGA is to represent and support the interests of the glass and related industries at the national level in matters of building codes, standards legislation and other industry related matters.
Nov. 3, 2016 - The National Glass Association (NGA) has announced that phase I of the relaunch of its online training resource, MyGlassClass.com, is complete. The site has been relaunched with a new user interface and interactive online courses specifically designed to meet the training needs of contract glaziers and full-service glass companies.
Oct. 6, 2016 - For the past two years we’ve been discussing the need for trade payment terms being legislated and have kept you up to date through our bulletins and columns in Glass Canada. The OGMA teamed up with Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) as we considered this the best means of achieving this goal.
The current year has been a very busy and productive year at Fenestration Canada. The spring meetings at the Fairmont in Mont-Tremblant, Que., were an excellent networking and education event and an introduction to our new association management team at Zzeem. The prospects for membership growth and development have never been better or more clearly focused with Zzeem at the controls.
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