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CGA Newsletter June 2012

June 25, 2012  By glass Canada

CGA president, David Langton, attended the Alcoa retirement party for Keith Pynoo.

Canadian Glass Association
CGA president, David Langton, attended the Alcoa retirement party for Keith Pynoo. Pynoo was one of the originating directors for the Canadian Glass Association and was also its first official president. Langton saluted Pynoo with a champagne toast. The CGA offers its congratulations to Keith on his many years of service to the industry. We wish him many years of restful retirement bliss and raise a glass to salute him. Thanks, Keith.

 The CGA Annual General Meeting took place on May 30. At this meeting, the board ratified a new set of bylaws as per the new Not For Profit Act. The most significant change to these bylaws is the way the board of directors is selected. Previously, the president or representatives of the provincial associations were automatically members of the Canadian Glass Association board. This has changed. All board positions will be nominated from the memberships of all the provincial associations. This is a large change to the possible configuration of the board of directors. Now members of the provincial associations do not have to be involved at the provincial level to participate at the national level. The first time this new set of bylaws and the new form of elections will take place will be at the AGM held in Montreal in May, 2013. More information will follow very soon.

 Technical Committee chairperson Leonard Pianalto is a member of the steering committee to review the Energy Rating System and the Energy Efficient Fenestration Steering Committee. More information on these committees will be available soon.


 The new Atlantic Provinces Glazing Association has been created. Congratulations to the new board of directors.

[More on the new association on page 18. Ed.]The Manitoba Association should be active very soon. Stay tuned.

 The CGA is researching costs for translating the Glazing Systems Specifications Manual into French. More to come soon.

Ontario Glass And Metal Association
Our Fall Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Carrying Place Golf and Country Club.  Make sure to join us for this fine day on a top quality course.

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 as an associate member if you are a consultant to the industry.  Doug Morris is heading up membership for our association, so please contact him today at, or visit the OGMA website.

The OGMA wants to notify all glass and glazing companies in the province that the Ontario version of the Glazing Systems Specifications Manual of Standards and Practices is now available for purchase.  This all encompassing document is a “must have” reference tool for all companies in the industry.  For more information and to order yours, visit our website at

Glazing Contractors Association of British Columbia
The GCABC has a new location for its apprentice training program. The new facility is at 101 – 20351 Duncan Way in Langley. The program has successfully completed two Level I classes and one Level II class. The training schedule is posted at .

 The GCABC Technical Committee is actively working on numerous projects under the chairmanship of Harold Louwerse of Morrison Hershfield. There is a Commercial Glazing Task Group made up of various players – including the Ministry of Energy, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C., the Architecture Institute of B.C.,  to come up with a model specification for the Energy Efficiency Act so that all players understand what can and cannot be used. The committee is also starting to review the B.C. side of the glazing manual
for updates.

 A new B.C. Building Code is due out mid-2012 and the GCABC is making sure its standards and practices are consistent with the known changes.

 The annual GCABC golf tournament held May 17 at Northview Golf Course was another great success. With 150 golfers and a beautiful sunny day it could not go wrong. The top-tier sponsor Cardinal IG dazzled the golfing group again with an amazing set of golf clubs as the big prize of the evening.  As a Diamond Level sponsor, Vitrum Industries contributed small first aid kits that could fit in any golf bag or glove compartment of a car. The GCABC would also like to thank its Platinum Level sponsors: Hartung Canada, PFG Glass and Starline Windows for the plasma TVs and the iPad. The Gold Level sponsors (Dow Corning, Gienow Windows and Doors, Guardian and Tremco Canada) donated two Xboxes and two PS3s. The Silver Level sponsors were a great support also:  Alumicor, Cascade Aquatech, Flynn Canada and Veka.

 The GCABC had its first webinar on May 10. The topic was “Structural Detailing versus Building Envelope.” Our panelists were Stéphane Hoffman of Morrison Hershfield and David Vadocz of Berkeley Vadocz Engineering.  The session was extremely well received and the attendees felt that the topic was interesting and timely. Our webinars are recorded and available for two weeks to download.

 The GCABC Technical Committee will be working in the next few weeks to set out the schedule of webinars for the next few months. Please watch the website for more information. The schedule for all meetings and topics is available on the GCABC website at .

In last month’s CGA Members Directory, the phone numbers listed for members of the Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta were incorrect. Efforts to collect correct phone listings are ongoing. Glass Canada and the CGA regret the error.

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