Canadian Glass Association
Efforts are ongoing as the CGA board works on a new mission and focus for the association. We are determined to deliver value for our members and do what we can as a national association to help the architectural glass industry across the country.
The consistent challenge in every region is access to the skilled labour we need as an industry. This is not a local or even provincial phenomenon, but something that concerns fabricators and contractors in every part of Canada. Yet the response has been regional, with different approaches tried in different areas with little communication of success or failure and little sharing of knowledge when we find something that works. As a national organization, the CGA is in a unique position to knit together the various threads and create a cross-Canada strategy. This could include:
- Promotion of the glazing trades at the high school level
- Creation and promotion of college-level trade courses that meet requirements in any region
- Lobbying governments to invest in apprenticeship programs and promotion
- Hosting career fairs
- Populating a national online job board
- Promoting Red Seal certification among glaziers
Provincial Glaziers Association of AlberTa
Our last meeting was held Jan. 17. Minutes and reports from that meeting are on the PGAA’s website.
As we prepare for our March Annual General meeting, to be held March 21 in Red Deer, Alta., the call for nominees has gone out. This will be a busy year as we continue the development of our Master Glazier Program, where our third and fourth courses – Structural Glazing and Specialty Glass – will be released and should bring us to a bit of a tipping point in terms of having a more comprehensive offering.
The market in Alberta seems a bit softer with more public sector projects and a lot of pre-construction work ahead of what should be a busier, more robust 2019 market.
Fenestration Association of B.C.
The FenBC Technical Conference and AGM took place at Northview Golf Course in Surrey, B.C. The agenda included Cori Maedel, our keynote speaker from the Jouta Performance Group, who offered some insight to the attendees on the challenges of communicating with different generations. Dan Braun and Jason Loutet from Intertek presented on how to manage risk through effective mock-up testing.
Amber Gundersen of Chameleon TopCoatings and Marco Patermann from Benecke Hornschuch Surface Group answered the question, “What is laminate?”Al Jaugelis of RDH Building Science discussed important changes affecting commercial fenestration in the 2015 National Building Code that will not appear in the next B.C. building code. Our day rounded off with the FenBC Annual General Meeting and a round table discussion.
Save the date for the FenBC Annual Golf Tournament, May 17 at Northview Golf Course. Registration and sponsorships are posted on our website: fen-bc.org.
FenBC is working with Morrison Hershfield to update our Glazing Systems Specifications Manual to meet the current NBC.
Ontario Glass and Metal Association
Thanks for the memories
After a lifetime of serving on the boards of the OGMA and prior to that the Metro Toronto Glass Association – and putting in a few terms as president – Ennio Rea decided it was finally time for a break and to move on to make room for some new blood. Ennio was the face of the association for a long time and his years of dedication and countless contributions are greatly appreciated by everyone in the industry. Ennio has no plans of retiring from his day job any time soon so you’ll still see all you can stand of him.
The board would also like to thank Doug Morris for his service to the OGMA, particularly in recruiting new members and driving our charitable contributions. Doug is also moving on.
OGMA welcomes new directors
We’re happy to announce the additions of Jeff Makimoto from TAGG Industries and Darryl Morton from Ontario Glass Werx to the OGMA board.
It is with sadness that we relay the news of Jim’s passing in December, just a week ahead of his planned retirement. Jim was a long-time contributor in our industry, participated in many OGMA events, and worked his final years at Oldcastle Building Envelope in Concord. Please see his full obituary notice in this issue and on the OGMA website.
The topic of fire-rated glass will be presented by Fred Fulton of F1 Glazing Solutions and the topic of workplace violence and harassment investigations will be presented by Jennifer Threndyle from WSPS. The seminar will take place on Thursday, April 12 at the Richmond Hill Country Club.
Do yourself a favour and come spend a few hours seeing everybody that’s anybody at Top Glass on Tuesday, April 17. Make sure to stop by OGMA’s table to say hello. If we have it in the budget, we’ll give you a candy.