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August 17, 2011  By Kevin Pelley

What a huge success the Glass Connections Toronto 2011 was.

Canadian Glass Association
What a huge success the Glass Connections Toronto 2011 was.

The Canadian Glass Association would like to thank the following people: CGA board members Jim Brady, Frank Fulton, Fred Fulton, Dennis Haatvedt, Stephen Hargrove, David Husson, David Langton, Rick Makepeace, Richard Neal, Barry Steiner and Richard Verdon. Thanks also go to the CGA Technical Committee: Steve Gusterson, Brent Harder, Daniel Morin, Leonard Pianalto and local volunteers, Barrie Eon of AGMCA.

The Canadian Glass Association is also proud to announce it has entered into an agreement with the Glazing Contractors Association of B.C. for ownership and distribution of the Glazing Systems Specifications Manual. GCABC undertook the revision of the manual to reflect the National Building Code in 2009/2010. The manual is now completed and the Canadian Glass Association is researching ways to raise funds to translate the manual so it can be available in both English and French.


We are currently working on the Glass Connections Edmonton 2011 program. The CGA Technical Committee has received quite a few proposals for topics and will be finalizing the program soon. The date for this conference is Oct. 27 and the location is the Delta Hotel Edmonton South. Please continue to check our website for an updated program at

Our AGM will be held on Oct. 26, the day before the conference. More information will be available very soon.

Ontario Glass and Metal Association
The OGMA held its Spring Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 26, at the Glen Eagle Golf Club near Bolton. Well over 100 people attended and enjoyed a great day of golf, a very good dinner, and a lot of camaraderie and catching up with industry colleagues. We donated the proceeds of $2,500 from the event to the Canadian Diabetes Association in support of its children’s summer camp program. The camps are put on to train youngsters in dealing with and managing their disease. The OGMA takes great pride in being able to support children’s charities.

 Frank Fulton presents a donation for $2,500 to Leslie Johnson of the Canadian Diabetes Foundation. Looking on are OGMA vice-president Steve Ringler from Oakville Glass and Mirror (left), and OGMA director Lee Baker from Tremco.


If you are conducting business in the glass industry in Ontario, the OGMA is the voice that represents your interests at the provincial and federal level. Protect your business interests by becoming a member, or an associate member if you are a consultant to the industry.

Doug Morris is heading up OGMA membership, so please contact him today at, or visit the OGMA website.

Our Fall Golf Tournament is set for Sept. 22 at the Carrying Place Golf Club. Details will be forthcoming as the date approaches, but why not mark your calendar today.

Glazing Contractors Association of British Columbia
The GCABC is pleased to report that we have entered in a contract with a technical writing firm to write the glazing apprentice curriculum. Prior to this there was no written curriculum available for use in the training facilities here in B.C. The GCABC has undertaken this involvement to ensure accuracy in the program, and by virtue of ownership we can review and revise the training as dictated by changes in the glazing industry.

The GCABC has been working closely with the Ministry of Energy with regards to the introduction of the new B.C. Energy Efficiency Act and how it affects the commercial glazier. This is an ongoing relationship involving many consultations and meetings.

This year’s 20th Anniversary Annual Golf Tournament was a great event. We had 184 golfers. The GCABC/WDMA golf committee consists of Seth Maretz (co-chair), National Glass; Devin Pickles (co-chair), Starline Windows; Rich Porayko, Construction Creative; and Ivo Tanner, Quality Auditing Institute. In honour of our 20th anniversary, we changed the prize structure this year, offering more opportunities for sponsors to choose the prizes they would like to give. We presented two large-screen TVs, two IPad 2s, two PS3s, two Xboxes, and two Wiis. Our 50/50 pot this year was again over $1,000. It was a fabulous, sunny day (one of very few this year in B.C.) and the food was great, as was the company. Our sponsors this year were Cardinal IG, CP Distributors, Vitrum Industries, PFG Glass, Quanex Building Products, Starline Windows, Flynn Canada, Gienow Window and Doors, Guardian, Oasis Windows, and Tremco Canada.

We are currently working on our schedule for speakers and topics for the coming season starting in September 2011.

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