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CGA Newsletter: December 2013

December 9, 2013  By CGA

On October 10 the CGA hosted the Glass Connections Show in Calgary. A
good crowd of 82 people registered to hear five very informative guest

Canadian Glass Association
On October 10 the CGA hosted the Glass Connections Show in Calgary. A good crowd of 82 people registered to hear five very informative guest speakers. Judging by the feedback from the registrants, the show was a great success. On Nov. 5, the CGA board held its monthly meeting and it was decided that we are going to keep up the momentum with these Glass Connections Shows. Tentatively, we will have a show in Halifax in October, followed by another in 2015, likely in Ottawa. Details to follow.

Recently, the CGA obtained a letter from the Alberta government looking for input on delivering skills training. The federal government is changing the way it trains unemployed and under-employed workers. It is moving funding to a new program called the Canada Job Grant. This new program would see provincial governments, along with the federal government and perspective employers, each giving $5,000 towards skills training for applicants. It appears the method of skills training is going to be changing. If this concerns you, you may wish to find out what the changes are going to be in your jurisdiction and then provide your input.

 Finally, we would like to wish all our friends and colleagues in the glazing industry a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta
The results of the fundraising efforts from the annual PGAA golf tournament are in. The goal was to raise $50,000 to go towards the creation of the Master Glazier Program. We raised $50,320.00! A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, We had two gold sponsors (Oldcastle Building Envelope and Vitrum Industries), nine silver sponsors and 99 bronze sponsors! Also a huge thank you to all our volunteers that helped to make this such a great event. We are well on our way with the creation of the Master Glazier Program and hope to be offering courses in late 2014.

Douglas Cake  
Douglas Cake accepts the OGMA bursary
from president Steve Ringler. Cake has work experience with Millenium
Glass, Harding Glass and Impact Glass.

Ontario Glass and Metal Association
At our fall golf tournament held at the Carrying Place Golf Club in Kettleby, Ont.,  president Steve Ringler presented the winner of the OGMA’s Award of Excellence bursary to Douglas Cake. Doug recently successfully completed the glaziers apprentice program at the Ontario Industrial Finishing Trades School.

The Workplace Safety and Prevention Services group held its third meeting in October at Alumicor with 12 member representatives in attendance.  The topic presented by Michael Wilson from Workplace Safety and Prevention Services was on machine guarding covering a wide range of applications. The next session will be held on January 21, 2014, from 9:00 until 12:00 and the topic will be on dealing with violence and harassment in the workplace.  If you are interested in attending, contact Steve Ringler at

Details on the 2014 Race Nite will be in the next issue.

Due to a schedule that didn’t suit many of our members, we have chosen to cancel the Detroit Red Wings hockey game trip this year.

The OGMA is excited to be partnering with Glass Canada to bring an architectural glazing event back to Ontario. It has been a long time since IMAGE went away, leaving a real void in the community here for networking and marketing opportunities. We encourage all members to attend. Watch this space for further announcements about OGMA participation in Top Glass.

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