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CGA Newsletter: April 2019

March 15, 2019  By Canadian Glass Association

National activities of the Canadian Glass Association are on hiatus pending discussions of a new direction for the association. To help chart a course forward, please contact David Langton at

The CGA website at has been taken down for now. Information about the association is on the FenBC website at

Fenestration Association of B.C.
FENBC held its Technical conference and AGM on Feb 28.  The conference was well attended and packed with information.  At the AGM the current chairperson David Langton of Competition Glass gave the president’s report on the activities of FENBC over the past year.  We are working on a “Coles Notes” version of many fenestration topics that continue to create some confusion or discussion.  Once these documents are completed, they will be available for members only.  However, we will encourage members to share them. Our website is going to get a few minor changes. Mainly a more accessible “members only” page.  We have worked with the Ministry of Energy and the ICE Funds to promote and encourage the development of window systems that meet either Energy Star Most Efficient or Passive House standards. As of today we have given out awards to three companies for completion of either new Passive House or energy-efficient window systems. We also worked with the Ministry of Energy and the ICE Funds to partner with RDH to develop a Canadian methodology for window U-values in Passive House buildings. This project is due to be completed very soon. FenBC has engaged Morrison Hershfield to update our Glazing Systems Specification Manual to reflect the 2015 National Building Code. This project is due to be completed soon. FenBC held a very successful conference in October 2018.  FenBC videotaped all the sessions and they are now available for members-only viewing.  This is another initiative to increase member benefits.  FenBC is also taping the sessions from our Feb 28 conference and they will also be posted for members only.  FenBC has continued working on establishing relationships with associations with members in the fenestration industry.  Last year FenBC became a member of the American Façade Tectonic Institute, the Building Officials Association of BC, and the BC Building Envelope Council.  We have continued to grow our relationships with the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, Fenestration Canada and the BC Manufacturers Alliance.  We are currently working on membership with the Certified Energy Advisors Association. FenBC held its annual elections and the following persons comprise the new board of directors: James Bates, (JTB Installations and Consulting), Mark Frampton (Excalabor Glass), Murray Frank (Constructive Home Solutions), Dave Goldsmith (Plygem), David Langton (Competition Glass)Cam Leslie (All West Glass), Jason Loutet (Intertek), Peter Kuschnir (Starline Windows), Calvin Marshall (Retrotech Windows), Carlos Mueller (Atlas Meridian), Rich Porayko (Construction Creative), and Amy Roberts (PFG Glass). FenBC chair David Langton would like the thank the following resigning board members for their time and service: Frank Hua (Frank Hua Engineering), and Jean-Francois (J.R.) Robert, (Blackcomb Glass)

Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association
From time to time the AGMCA will use this space to turn the spotlight on its volunteer directors or its member companies. This month, we salute John Bastedo of National Contract Glazing in Ottawa, Ont.


National Contract Glazing (NCG), was founded in May of 2000 by John Bastedo, and Jean Guy Tremblay. John and Jean Guy first met while the pair worked at St Lawrence Glass, and a strong relationship was developed that would last many years, and is still strong today. From humble beginnings as a two-man team in a 1,200-square-foot shop on Lancaster Street, John and Jean Guy have today assembled a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to the success of NCG, operating out of an 8,000-square-foot facility on Industrial Ave. NCG specializes in the design, fabrication and installation of aluminum curtainwall, windows, skylights, storefront and glazing in both the private and public sector market in eastern Ontario. John began his career in the industry in 1982 when he answered an ad for a sales position with Ford Glass. After some time with Ford, John moved on to Preston and Leiff, then to St Lawrence Glass, back to Ford (by then AFG) as manager, then on to LBL where Jean Guy was a site superintendent. John became a director of the AGMCA in 2013, and is currently our vice-president. John has been involved in many committees but perhaps his most important role is on our negotiating committee. With 2019 being a contract year, John will be busy again. John has done a lot of tireless volunteer work on behalf our association, and is dedicated to the health of our industry. He can be reached at john
For more information on our association, please contact us by email or through our website at

Ontario Glass and Metal Association
TheOGMA voted in its new board for 2019 at our meeting on Feb. 28. Here are your leaders for the next year: Andrew Dolphin, president (BV Glazing); Jeff Makimoto,  vice-president (TAGG Industries); Brian Wiles, treasurer (Walker Glass); and Lee Baker, secretary. The Spring Seminar takes place April 12 at the Richmond Hill Golf and Country Club. Golf season is just around the corner – mark May 30, in your calendar now and plan on being out at Pipers Heath Golf Club in time for lunch that day. While you’re at Top Glass, don’t miss our Awards for Excellence presentation. The Awards for Excellence are annual awards that recognize excellence in the design and execution of a building that incorporates the use of architectural glass and metal.

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