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Patrick Flannery Win-Door gets bigger and better
Written by Patrick Flannery   
Nov. 9, 2012 - Canada's national trade show for the window and door industry, Win-Door, closed Nov. 8 amid widespread expressions of satisfaction with the revised show floor layout, the education program, the increased number of exhibitors and the steady flow of attendees on the 7th. Fenestration Canada delivered an enhanced program for its members at the show, with announcements of big donations to Habitat for Humanity and the Walk It Off Spinal Cord Wellness Centre, and the induction of 12 new industry Pioneers.

Show organizers estimated booth space was up 15 per cent and registration up 10 to 20 per cent over the 2011 edition, with 160 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees. Exhibitors reported a busy day on the 7th, with good quality of attendees. Free parking, free lunches and free refreshments at the start and end of the show conspired to keep attendees on the floor longer, organizers said.
Matt Kottke, Yvan Houle, Skip Maclean and Michel Flageole cut the ribbon.

A reconfigured show floor received general praise, with the seminar theatre moved to the front next to a more prominent Fenestration Canada booth. Booths were arranged in a large square around a central eating area, giving more visibility to more exhibitors from different points on the floor.

Jeff Baker's and JF Kogovsek's seminar on standards and building codes was packed to capacity, as usual, as was Steve Hopwood's introduction of proposed changes to Natural Resource Canada's Energy Star zones. Baker and Kogosevsek did not have much new to communicate since their presentation at the Fenestration Canada annual general meeting in Montebello, Que., but they have simplified their North American Fenestration Standard information to make it less technical and easier to understand. Their presentation was bilingual. Baker will broadcast an English-language webinar on the topic on Nov. 28. Details are on the Fenestration Canada website.

Hopwood previewed NRCan's proposed changes to Energy Star zones going into effect March 1, 2014. The most noticeable difference is the elimination of the disliked Zone 4 that created some distribution problems for dealers in southern Ontario. Qualifying criteria have been toughened in many areas. Information on the proposed changes can be found on the NRCan website.

Fenestration Canada executives and committee chairs updated gathered members on association activites. The government relations committee is putting protocols in place to more effectively communication the industry's needs to legislators and officials. George Warren gave a rousing invitation to the next annual general meeting, May 29 to June 2 in St. John's, N.L., saying the icebergs are being towed in, whales lured and cod fattened for the event.
Pioneers old and new were all smiles at the induction ceremony.

Fenestration Canada paid a heartwarming tribute to its industry leaders with the induction of 12 new Pioneers to its industry hall of fame. Honoured were Francois Audette of Portes Dimension, Jean Champagne of Resiver, Hakim Elmhady of the National Research Council, Jerry Finnen of Golden Windows, Michael Glover of the EcoTay Conference Centre, Morgan Hanam of Enermodal Engineering, Patrice Lamy of Verre Select, Mervin Lichty of MDL Doors, Gerhard Reichart of Fenestration and Glass Services, Jerry Orpe of Nose Creek Forest Services, Ray Wakefield of Trulite and Glen Syrowitz of Westech Building Products. Pioneer Committee members Pierre Grand'Maison, Jim Parker, Dan Darcy and Barry Murray presented the inductees.

Jim Parker presented his annual awards for best booths. The small booth award went to Screenco and the large booth award to Soni Plastics.

Next year's Win-Door will return to its regular week, Nov. 12 to 14, 2013.

More photos from the show are available on the Glass Canada Facebook page.

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