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Canada’s Glass Associations: May 2020


May 1, 2020
By Canadian Glass Association

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Canadian Glass Association
With regret, the Canadian Glass Association board of directors has announced that the association has been dissolved and removed from the registry of Canadian industry associations. “We could not keep it going,” director Zana Gordon reports. “There appears to be no support for a national glass association. B.C. and Alberta were on board, but with no support from the rest of the country we have no choice. So sad.” The move marks the end of an organization that has existed since it was formed by Keith Pynoo, Dan Pappas, Dave Husson, Bill Snow, Steve Petersen, Ken Thomas and Chris Skalkos in 2001. Over that time, the association made attempts to promote B.C.’s Glazing Specification Manual and to encourage the formation of an industry group in Atlantic Canada. It also held several Glass Connections conferences around the country. This page will be rebranded and continue to present news from the various regional glass associations in Canada.


Fenestration Association of B.C.
The FenBC Technical Conference happened Feb. 27 at the beautiful Northview Golf Course in Surrey. The agenda included the popular keynote breakfast, “The Code Talkers.” There were two streams of information sessions: one stream for the commercial sector and one for the residential sector. Our keynote lunch speaker was Margaret Webb from the newly formed Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance. The agenda will included discussions on acoustics, field testing, air leakage, high performance coatings and much more.

The May 14 annual FenBC Golf Tournament slated for Northview Golf Course has been cancelled due to the pandemic. But save the date for the FenBC Industry Conference on Oct. 29, again at Northview Golf Course. Yes, we really like it at Northview Golf Course.

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We are working with Morrison Hershfield to revise the Glazing Systems Specifications Manual. The expectation is to have it completed by the middle of 2020.

FenBC also voted in its 2020 board of directors at the Technical Conference. They are: Kavinder Dhillon of LabTest Certification; David Goldsmith of Plygem; Mark Frampton of Excalabor Glass; Murray Frank of Building it Right; Peter Kuschnir of Starline; Cam Leslie of All West Glass; Jason Loutet of Intertek; Cal Marshall of RetroTeck Windows; Carlos Muller of AMG Atlas Meridian Glassworks; and Amy Roberts of PFG Glass

After so many years of supporting the industry David Langton has decided to resign from the FenBC Board. Thank you David for your years of service and support. You will be missed and we wish you all the best.


Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta
PGAA’s annual golf tournament will be held in August of 2020. The PGAA is currently looking at hosting a glazier trade show which will be hosted in conjunction with the annual golf tournament (a two-day event). Details of event are to be determined. The executive is in agreement that it is too late in the year to construct this event in 2020 but to look for it in 2021. The PGAA is also entertaining the idea of partnering up with Glass Canada’s Top Glass Conference and Exhibits for this event. Details to follow.

The PGAA Project of Merit award is currently in the final stages of development and the executive will be looking to send out applications this coming May. We will be requesting completed application forms back mid–September which would provide the executive six weeks to judge submissions and prepare award presentations for the respective Calgary (GAMA) and Edmonton (GTA) annual general meetings. Two project awards will be given out per association/territory.


Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association
The AGMCA will once again have a booth at the upcoming Top Glass Show, and is looking forward to meeting and greeting its member contractors. Please drop by to hello! We regret to inform all out members that our Glazing Contractor Appreciation events to be held at the Glazier Training centres in Toronto on May 6, and in Ottawa on June 17 have been cancelled. We hope to reschedule so you can come out to tour the facilities, grab a complimentary lunch from our gourmet food truck, and say hello to all your friends and enemies in the glass business. Details to follow once some semblance of normality returns to our industry.


Ontario Glass And Metal Association
SAD NEWS: Archie McInnes left us on Jan. 21 following a lengthy struggle with deteriorating health. Archie grew up as the ninth kid in the family on a farm and only got as far as grade nine before heading into the working world where he definitely made his mark in the glass industry. He got his start in the business with PPG in the early 1960s and moved up to the position of sales manager with Glaverbel Glass in Concord in the early ‘70s. It was there that he met Peter Alexander with whom he eventually teamed up to start Trulite Industries in 1975. Trulite became a huge success story and Archie took great pride in the relationships he made while growing the insulating glass company. He received the prestigious OGMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Archie was an avid golfer, loved business, loved people, and was one of those guys you were always happy to have seen. You’ll be missed Arch.

TOP GLASS: It’s a great way to spend a day to catch up with everybody who’s anybody in the industry, including the big shots from the OGMA. Join us in September as we present the OGMA Awards for Excellence recognizing great design and execution in the Ontario glazing industry.

SPRING GOLF: Mark Thurs., May 28 in your calendar now and plan on being out at Pipers Heath Golf Club in time for lunch that day.


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