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CGA Newsletter: August 2013

August 12, 2013  By CGA

The Canadian Glass Association held its Annual General Meeting on June 27 via webinar.

The Canadian Glass Association held its Annual General Meeting on June 27 via webinar. A new board of directors was elected at the AGM and they are:

  • Mike Higgins of Economy Glass in Moncton, N.B. (APGA)
  • Richard Verdon of RSVP Agency in Ottawa, Ont. (APGA)
  • Alain Langis of Gamma Industries in L’Ange Gardien, Que. (AIPVFQ)
  • Angelo Cairo of Stouffville Glass and Mirror in Stouffville, Ont. (OGMA)
  • Fred Fulton of FI Glazing Solutions in Etobicoke, Ont. (OGMA)
  • Dennis Haatvedt of AGC Flat Glass North America in Vaughan, Ont. (AGMCA)
  • Jim Brady of Desa Glass in Calgary, Alta. (PGAA)
  • Chris Johnson of Oldcastle Building Envelope in Calgary, Alta. (PGAA)

The CGA then held its first board meeting on July 4 where a new executive was voted in. They are:

  • Jim Brady, president
  • Alain Langis, vice-president
  • Dennis Haatvedt, treasurer

The new board has set aside the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. PST, 1:00 p.m. EST for its monthly board meetings. It is the hope of the new board that consistent meetings will help to move the association forward. The primary focus of the new board will be the Glass Connections show to be held in Calgary on October 10 at the Acclaim Hotel. More details will be provided, please save the date.


The board will also be reviewing the direction of the association and once a consensus has been made, the findings will be forwarded to the provincial/regional associations.

The CGA wishes to thank the past president, David Langton, and the previous board of directors for all of their efforts and hard work over the years.

We have completed our programming for the Glass Connections Calgary 2013 Conference at the Acclaim Hotel in Calgary on October 10, 2013.  Here is the speaker lineup:

  1. Building Codes in Canada.  Are you ready? – Jeff Baker, Fenestration Canada technical consultant
  2. Building Envelope Commissioning as Part of the Design and Construction Process – Mark Van Dalen, BVDA Engineering
  3. Dynamic Photochromatic – John Carpenter, president of Clearstream International Products / Schott Okalux Architectural Glass
  4. Looking Beyond Today’s Glass systems: New and Innovative Products and System Designs for the Building Envelope – Mike Harpell, Read Jones Christoffersen
  5. Designing Glass Railings and Designing Overhead Glazing Units – Robin Czyzewicz, Dupont

The program will include a breakfast, lunch and table top opportunities. Thanks again to our great technical committee for arranging these presentations: Leonard Pianalto (RJC), Steve Gusterson (Alumicor), and Brent Harder (Ferguson).

Ontario Glass and Metal Association
At our spring golf tournament at Glen Eagle GC in Bolton, Ont.,  president Steve Ringler presented the inaugural winner of the OGMA’s Award of Excellence bursary to Brad Bida from Thunder Bay, Ont.  Brad recently successfully completed the glaziers apprentice program at the Ontario Industrial Finishing Trades School.  Read more in Frank Fulton’s column.

Ray Wakefield of Trulite was presented with the OGMA Lifetime Achievement Award at the spring golf tournament. For a full report, search “wakefield” at


Mark Thursday, Sept. 19  on your calendar and plan to attend the renowned OGMA Fall Golf Tournament once again being held at the Carrying Place Golf Club.  The weather is always good, the food is great, and we will be presenting our second OGMA Award of Excellence to a deserving glaziers apprentice student.

The OGMA fall seminar is being planned. Details to be announced later.

Now that the NHL is prepared to play a full season again, we have booked a block of 20 seats to a Detroit Red Wings game in Detroit. Details will be firmed up once the official 2013 – 14 schedule has been released.

Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta
The PGAA will be holding its third annual golf tournament at Alberta Springs in Red Deer. We have 144 golfers registered. All proceeds will go towards education initiatives with the primary focus on the Master Glazier Program.

The Master Glazier Program is currently being developed with subject matter experts and with SAIT. There are nine courses in the MGP, which is gearing towards continuing education for certified journeyman glaziers. We anticipate that this tournament will raise in excess of $50,000 toward the MGP.

Over the three years, the tournaments have raised in excess of $95,000, all of which is going towards education initiatives.

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