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CGA Newsletter – August 2017

August 2, 2017  By CGA

The CGA’s annual Glass Connections conference took place June 7 and 8 in Burnaby, B.C.

Canadian Glass Association
The CGA’s annual Glass Connections conference took place June 7 and 8 in Burnaby, B.C.  The event, which drew 85 registrants, featured 15 tabletop exhibits from a wide array of suppliers to the industry.  These exhibitors were also key sponsors of the event.  The conference began with its membership meeting, at which the board of directors for the 2017-2018 term were elected.  The individuals serving CGA in the coming year are:

  • President: David Langton of Competition Glass, Kelowna, B.C.
  • Vice-president: Keith Wallace of Metro Glass Products, Edmonton, Alta.
  • Treasurer: Angelo Cairo of Stouffville Glass, Stouffville, Ont.
  • Secretary: Garry Parsons of Desa Glass, Edmonton, Alta.
  • Director: Wes Penteliuk of Penwest Sales, Saskatoon, Sask.
  • Director: Brent Wihlidal of Glacier Glass Service, Regina, Sask.
  • Director: Mike Higgins of Northfield Glass Group, Moncton, N.B.
  • Director: Zana Gordon of the Fenestration Association of B.C., Langley, B.C.
  • Past President: Jim Brady, Cal-Tech Glass Services, Calgary, Alta.

A lively reception followed the meeting and kept attendees engaged in conversation well into the evening.

The second day featured six diverse presentations that included important updates to standing topics of discussion, such as sealants and fire-rated glazing as well as new information on glazing and certification matters.


Many thanks again to our sponsors and exhibitors.  We look forward to seeing the industry again next year at the next Glass Connections conference. More information on dates and location will be provided in the future.

Thanks to our sponsors

  • Safti First
  • Tremco
  • Cascade Aqua-Tech
  • Alumicor
  • Bezdan Geo    
  • CRL-US Aluminum    
  • Grant Metal Products/C Jay Supply
  • Guardian Glass
  • Kuraray America
  • Lenmak Exterior Innovations
  • Mainstreet Computers
  • Metro Glass Products    
  • Sage Glass
  • Sika Canada
  • Vitrum Glass

CGA TECHNICAL COMMITTEEThe CGA technical committee provides technical assistance to the Canadian Glass Association’s board of directors.  While the technical committee formally meets a few times a year, most issues are dealt with by email correspondence in the interim periods.  Over the years, the technical committee has worked with the CGA directors on some of their publications, advisories, glazing manuals and conferences. The committee is also active in participation on industry glass committees and the Glazing Industry Codes Committee, acting as a technical resource and assisting with other technical information.

The technical committee is currently drafting a wired glass advisory based on recent code changes. Look for that update to be available on the website in the near future.

The committee’s goal is to have representation from the majority of the provincial glass associations that are part of the national CGA. Below is the current roster; we are always looking for additional volunteers to sit on the committee.

  • Chair: Brent Harder of Ferguson Corporation, Calgary, Alta.
  • Rob Botman of Glassopolis Specialty Glass, Toronto, Ont.
  • David Vadocz of Berkeley Vadocz Engineering, Surrey, B.C.
  • Andrew Crosby of Read Jones Christoffersen, Kitchener, Ont.

Contact Brent Harder today if you are interested in getting involved:

Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta
The PGAA board met for our 2017 AGM and board meeting in March in Red Deer, Alta., and again in May in Edmonton for our board meeting ahead of Skills Canada.

The Calgary Construction Association Career Expo in Calgary and Skills Canada in Edmonton were both very successful with about 3,000 students through both venues.

The Master Glazier Program’s second course, Doors and Related Hardware, is now being offered and development is underway on two more courses – Specialty Glazing and Structural Glazing – to be added to the curriculum in 2017. This will leave us with five more to develop in late 2017 and 2018. We are in the planning stages for our 2017 golf tournament, looking for a strong event to help build our war chest as we move towards the end of development of the MGP. It is hoped that the program will be fully offered by the end of 2018.

The PGAA is actively seeking a new secretary.

Ontario Glass and Metal Association
CLA UPDATE: We’ve been duped.  For where things stand please check out Frank Fulton’s You Bet Your Glass column in this issue.

FISHING DERBY: Scheduled for August 10, this years’ derby has unfortunately been cancelled for this year due to the unusually high water conditions on Lake Ontario.

FALL GOLF:  The OGMA will once again hold our fall tournament at the prestigious Country Club in Woodbridge on Thursday, Sept. 21.  Mark your calendar now.  Details will follow as the date approaches.

OGMA/WSPS SAFETY PLAN: For the past four years, the OGMA has worked with Workplace Safety Protection Services to create a health and safety plan designed specifically for glass shops and glazing contractors.  They are offering their plan to OGMA members for about half what they usually charge for similar plans.   Contact the OGMA and we’ll arrange the contacts.

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