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April 7, 2011  By canadian glass association

The Canadian Glass Association has been pretty busy over the last few
months building on the success of the first Glass Connections Conference
held in Vancouver in September 2010.

The Canadian Glass Association has been pretty busy over the last few months building on the success of the first Glass Connections Conference held in Vancouver in September 2010. We are now moving to the east with Glass Connections Toronto 2011. This event will be held on May 3 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto.  We have a great lineup of speakers and topics.

  • Raise Your Window Performance to Meet Tomorrow’s New Levels
    Speaker: Christopher Barry, director of technical services, Pilkington NA
  • Harvesting Sunlight: using photovoltaics and advanced thermal glazing units to meet new federal, provincial and municipal green sustainable design initiatives (AIA credits)
    Speaker: John Carpenter, president, Clearstream International Products / Schott Okalux Architectural Glass
  • Silicone Sealants in Construction (AIA credits)
    Speaker: Scott Waechter, Dow Corning
  • Glacier Discovery Walk
    Speaker: Brock Shroeder, Read Jones Christoffersen
  • Canada’s Two Defining Influences over the next Decade: Commodities and Construction
    Alex Carrick, Chief Economist, Reed Construction Data

This event offers sponsorship opportunities at all levels.  For more information you can go to our website at .


Provincial associations – The CGA has completed the work on creating provincial associations in areas without representation. There is now a Glazing Contractors Association of Manitoba and a Glazing Contractors Association of the Atlantic Provinces. Please contact Zana Gordon at if you are interested in being involved with these new associations. We need your help to make these new associations strong and productive. 


The Glazing Contractors Association of B.C. is proud to announce the completion of the new national version of the Glazing Systems Specification Manual.  This new version is a comprehensive reference for architectural aluminum and glass products. It is intended to reflect all aspects of the practice of glazing in Canada and is aimed at all stakeholders including glazing contractors, building envelope professionals, architects and professional specifiers.

The document is segregated into three main parts. The guidelines are intended to serve as a reference manual outlining aspects of glazing from theory to practice. The commentaries are more specific and are segregated into national master specification categories for aluminum framing systems and glass products. Finally, the guide specifications are intended as templates for specifiers to be used in creating meaningful contract documents.

GCABC is currently on the lunch and learn circuit to promote the manual and educate the glazing systems design community.  The presentation is aimed at a broad overview of the manual including a review of major sections with some time spent reviewing the user selection guide, which provides an overview of different glazing systems including curtain wall, window wall, storefronts, overhead glazing and structural glass assemblies.

GCABC has also completed another publication.  Building on the need to provide support to the glazing community in developing strong internal health and safety programs GCABC has published a tool box talk record book. Tool box talks are a required component to any successful or recognized health and safety program.  It is vital to have a record of these talks many reasons.  This book comes with two-part pages. One is a tear-away for your files and the other stays in the book (similar to a bank deposit book). This record book will allow you to keep track of all meetings, all attendees, all topics discussed, any site specific hazards, any injuries or incident discussions or any suggestions.

If you are interested in ordering any of these books you can visit our website at .

This year’s 20th Anniversary Annual Golf Tournament is going to be a great event.

Our next seminar will be held at Tremco on March 23. Please see details on the Ontario Glass and Metal Association website.

The speaker will be John Carpenter of Clearstream, and he will be speaking about harvesting daylight while eliminating glare and controlling solar heat gain, in other words, getting the positive elements from the sun while negating the negatives.  John will also discuss how to create an environment with natural light where people improve their productivity, health and overall enjoyment, as well as photovoltaic and bird-friendly glass.

The OGMA is holding our race night at Woodbine on Monday, May 2.  It is a little unusual to hold an event on a Monday, but we are coordinating with the CGA Conference and Trade Show taking place at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto on Tuesday, May 3.  Delegates attending the show are invited to join us for an evening at the racetrack, drop some coin on the ponies, swap lies with your contemporaries, and have a great prime rib buffet dinner.  Mark your calendar and make sure to attend both events.

We will be holding our Spring Golf Tournament this year on Thursday, May 26, at the Glen Eagle Golf Club near Bolton.  Notices will be sent to members and posted on the website as the event date approaches. 

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