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Canada’s Glass Associations: March 2024

April 10, 2024  By CGA

The big family of the glazing and fenestration industry will meet at the AVFQ Annual Conference. From April 16 to April 18, 350 participants are expected in Trois-Rivieres to train and connect with other members of our business community. More details at 

A delegation from Quebec attended the Fenesterbau Frontale exhibition in Germany which was held in March. In addition to attending this large-scale exhibition, members of the delegation had the chance to visit plants at the cutting edge of automation. As the impact of doors and windows is significant in relation to construction waste, the AVFQ commissioned a study to find possible solutions to reduce the footprint of our industry on the environment. The results will be known at the Annual Conference in April.  The AVFQ is the industry’s leading organization for its 245 members!

Stephen Neis, director of apprenticeship delivery and industry support services for the Ministry of Advanced Education, addressed the Glazing and Metal Association (GAMA) dinner meeting on March 14. On March 15, GAMA joined the Canadian Construction Association and the Construction Specification Council for a night at the Calgary Roughnecks lacrosse game against the San Diego Seals. TheGAMA meetings are scheduled for April 4 and May 2.

In the ever-evolving landscape of manufacturing, our members are laser-focused on enhancing every aspect of their operations. From refining manufacturing processes and tightening quality control to pushing the boundaries of design and improving energy efficiency, our manufacturers are committed to staying ahead of the curve. However, challenges persist, particularly in recruiting and retaining skilled labour and navigating complex regulatory environments and incentive programs. At Fenestration Manitoba, we recognize the vital role we play in supporting our members through these challenges and opportunities. Beyond technical assistance, we prioritize fostering a sense of community through social events and networking opportunities. Our goal is not only to maintain Manitoba’s reputation for excellence in window and door production but to expand our reach across North America. We draw inspiration from organizations like MBEC (Manitoba Building Envelope Council), whose collaborative approach has led to significant improvements in building standards. By sharing best practices and learning from others, we aim to elevate the entire industry.


With a strong and dedicated board, led by our executive director Marcie Wilson, and the recent addition of Jonah Trusty from Armwood Windows, we are well-positioned to support our members and seize the opportunities that lie ahead in 2024. Together, we will overcome obstacles. 

For many members of the Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association, 2023 thankfully saw a return to total man hours worked at a level not seen since prior to the pandemic. A year of labour stability and an easing of supply chain issues were contributing factors resulting in better productivity. The number one concern of AGMCA members, however, remains the difficulty in finding and retaining properly skilled glaziers and we continue to work with the IUPAT and all levels of government to improve their recruitment and training processes. Our annual general meeting was held Nov. 30 in Toronto. Elections were held and we are pleased to announce our board of directors for 2024: Tony Menecola (Applewood Glass), president; John Bastedo (FMR National Contract Glazing ), vice-president; directors Bill Byers (Transit Glass), Noel Cunningham (Flynn Canada), Angelo Cairo (Stouffville Glass), Tim Isaak (Peninsula Glass) and Joe Buck (FMR Merit Glass); Kline Holland (FMR AFG), director of labour relations; Barrie Eon, treasurer; and Noel Marsella, executive director. 

It is that time of year again: nominations for the 2024 Ontatio Glass and Metal Association Awards for Excellence are now open. The awards recognize outstanding work in glass and metal construction in Ontario.  Visit for a full list of criteria and to download the nomination form. Nominations close on April 5 with the awards being presented at Top Glass on April 30.  To nominate yourself or another project participant, email Steven Peso at 

The OGMA board of directors would again like to thank Brian Wiles, Frank Fulton and Steve Gusterson, all of whom retired recently from the OGMA board, for their years of volunteer service to association. We are currently looking for energetic industry players to join the board for 2024. Please contact any current board member for further information or email For 2024, the board of directors consists of Steven Ringler (Alumicor), president; Blake Sanders (Spandreltech), vice-president; Keith Elmer, treasurer; Eric Diotte (RSVP Agency), secretary; Andrew Dolphin (BVGlazing), past president; and directors Greg Parkin (Burlington Glass), Steve Peso (Tremco), Robert Casinelli (Cadwin) and John Rania (Rimac). Our administrator is Lori Brooks.

The 2024 OGMA membership campaign is now underway. Please be on the lookout for your membership package, which would have arrived by mail this month. If you are interested in joining the association or are looking for more information, please email

The OGMA Spring Golf Tournament is scheduled to be held on June 12 at Glen Eagle Golf Club in Bolton, Ont.  The annual OGMA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the tournament. 

What’s next? We look forward to seeing everyone at the 10th annual Top Glass Conference and Exhibits, being held on April 30 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. •

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