A new voice in Atlantic Canada
June 25, 2012 By Mike Higgins
Congratulations Atlantic Canada, you now have an association serving the glazing industry in our region!
Congratulations Atlantic Canada, you now have an association serving the glazing industry in our region! The directors of the new Atlantic Provincial Glazing Association are:
- Mike Higgins, Economy Glass – president/secretary
- Dan Parolin, Royal Door – vice-president/treasurer
- Allain Ouellette, City Glass – director
- Dan Everson, Economy Glass – director
- Tony Spurrell, Tremco – director
- Dave Boudreau, Alumicor – director
- Pramod Jolly, Alvin & Company – director
I would first like to thank Zana Gordon, executive director of the Canadian Glass Association, for her assistance and guidance through the initial set up. Her participation has been invaluable. I would also like to thank the board of directors who have graciously volunteered their time and enthusiasm toward this endeavor.
This association has been a long time coming, and with its inception the glazing industry is now represented from coast to coast for the first time. This is an important accomplishment given the desire of people from our industry to lobby governments and educational institutions to further develop training and certifications within our industry.
Though you see certain names listed above as the current volunteer executive, multiple people in our industry have been promoting this idea for some time now. These people planted the seeds that allowed this important association to come together so easily this last time around. Their efforts are still clearly visible as I spend time talking to different glazing people within our region and I think the energy they put forward should be applauded. We would certainly welcome participation in any form from anyone who is interested in helping and promoting our agenda.
With the establishment of this Association, it is now time to turn our efforts towards the direction and purpose of our efforts. Things like training, certifications, working relationships and the overall promotion of our industry in Atlantic Canada, yes, including the great province of Newfoundland.
Things are rapidly changing in glazing and we have become very relevant. Things are becoming more and more complicated and the landscape is changing faster than it ever has. We have a lot of good people in this business, but we need new young blood to comein and dedicate themselves to the industry as a whole.
At our board meeting on April 12 in Moncton we discussed the direction and purpose of our organization at great length. There are key issues we feel are prominent and common for all active participants in our industry, items we can all take advantage of through participation in the association.
Once again, congratulations Atlantic Canada! We look forward to getting together soon.
Mike Higgins of Economy Glass in Moncton, N.B., is the new president of the Atlantic Provincial Glazing Association. He can be reached at 1-506-863-5335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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