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CGA Newsletter: October 2013

October 25, 2013  By CGA

The CGA has adopted an accelerated schedule of monthly board meetings for the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m.

Canadian Glass Association
The CGA has adopted an accelerated schedule of monthly board meetings for the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. EST. The new board is getting refocused and setting out new goals for the future while currently putting energy into the upcoming Glass Connections show in Calgary set for October 10.

Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta
The PGAA hosted its annual golf tournament at Alberta Springs Golf Resort in Red Deer, Alta., on Friday August 16. There were 138 golfers in attendance and it was a great day with fabulous weather. The tournament raised over $50,000 toward the creation of the Master Glazier program. The Master Glazier program is currently being developed by industry and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.  There will be nine courses and they are Air Seal Barrier, Project and Site Management, Blueprint Reading (Division 8 specialized), Survey Field Work, Specialty Glass, Supervising and Mentoring, Structural Glazing, Doors and Related Hardware and Craftsmanship. It is our hope to have all of these courses created by June 2014 and to have our first enrollments in September 2014.

Ontario Glass and Metal Association

It’s supposed to be closest to the pin, Mike, not touching the pin.


The Ontario Glass and Metal Association fall golf tournament, held Sept. 19, was buzzing this year with news of a hole-in-one by Michael Arnott of Northern Facades. Arnott holed his tee shot on the 164-yard, par-three 12th at the Carrying Place Golf and Country Club in Kettleby, Ont. Some debate ensued as to whether this feat qualified him to win the Prelco-sponsored closest-to-the-pin prize, as his ball was technically not close to the pin but actually touching it. OGMA golf officials eventually ruled that Arnott should win. Your correspondent must have been in the bathroom when Arnott purchased the traditional round of drinks.

The winners from left to right: Brian Kenwood (PPG ringer), Corey Kristianson (Capital Glass Brook 2010), Lyle Kristianson (Capital Glass Brook 2010), Dan Rodgers (PPG). PGAA president Jim Brady presented the awards.


After golf and the usual delicious dinner provided by the course kitchen, some OGMA business was conducted. Ennio Rea of Saand started things off as usual with an off-colour joke. Then Steve Ringler of Oakville Glass and Mirror, OGMA president, introduced the OGMA’s bursary winner for 2013, Doug Cake. Cake was presented with a $500 cheque to be put toward his continuing education as a glazier. Ringler told the crowd of 108 that Cake signed as an apprentice in 2009 after completing a pre-apprentice class at the Ontario Industrial and Finishing Skills Centre. He has been active in the field, working for Millenium Glass, Harding Glass and Impact Glass, each for approximately one year, and is very close to having the required hours to write his College of Trades exam. In his advanced level training Cake received the highest mark for his class. Steve Laird, one of Cake’s instructors, said “All in all Doug has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him well in the future.”

Following this, Doug Morris of Morris Glass and Windows got up to announce a donation to a new charity for the OGMA: the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. Shannon Boeckner was there from the hospital to accept the $1,000 cheque and thank the association, describing how its money would be pvut to work assisting children with disabilities. According to the hospital brochure, Holland Bloorview is Canada’s largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital, handling 600 inpatient and 52,000 outpatient visits each year. Boeckner invited all OGMA members to visit the facility and see the work being done there.

Your editor was then given a chance to inform the group about a new trade show hosted by Glass Canada for the architectural glass industry being planned for next May. Members were asked to stay tuned for more details.

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