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CGA Newsletter: February 2020


February 6, 2020
By Canadian Glass Association

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Canadian Glass Association
The Canadian Glass Association is Canada’s only national organization dedicated to the interests of Canadian architectural glass contractors. We are presently investigating ways to restructure to serve our membership better and to identify initiatives appropriate for a cross-country organization to pursue. Suggestions and feedback are welcome – please contact CGA president David Langton at dlangton@compglass.com to have your say.


Fenestration Association of B.C.
FenBC is getting ready for 2020. Our FenBC Technical Conference is Feb. 27 at the beautiful Northview Golf Course in Surrey. The agenda will include our popular keynote breakfast, “The Code Talkers.” We will have two streams of information sessions: one stream for the commercial sector and one for the residential sector. Our keynote lunch speaker is Margaret Webb from the newly formed Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance. The agenda will also include discussions on acoustics, field testing, air leakage, high performance coatings and much more.

May 14 will be the annual FenBC Golf Tournament, also held at Northview Golf Course. And save the date for the FenBC Industry Conference on Oct. 29, again at Northview Golf Course. Yes, we really like it at Northview Golf Course.

We are working with Morrison Hershfield to revise the Glazing Systems Specifications Manual. The expectation is to have it completed by the middle of 2020.

FenBC is looking for supporters to re-establish the Canadian Glass Association as the national entity representing the commercial glazing contractors industry in Canada. If you are interested in participating, please call Zana Gordon at 778-571-0245 for more information. Thank you to David Langton (Competition Glass and FenBC chair), David Vadocz (RDH Building Science and FenBC Technical Committee chair), Brett Patrick (Morrison Hershfield) and Brent Harder (Ferguson Glass) for their support in keeping CGA active. FenBC will be working to re-develop the CGA with a new set of bylaws regarding membership and a new mission statement. Also, a big thank you to Glass Canada magazine for its continued support of the CGA as we evolve.


Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta
January’s PGAA directors meeting was held on Jan. 15. A few ideas were brought to the table regarding what PGAA is going to adopt as its objective(s) for the new year. The first idea was the thought of constructing an Alberta glass convention which would be held in Red Deer (sponsored by the PGAA) with a theme centered around the state of the glazing industry. The intention would be to bring industry experts, suppliers, contractors, installers and others together to discuss current issues, solutions, ideas and trends in the industry. The initial thought was to combine this event with the association’s annual golf tournament in August. This may not come to fruition this year due to the timeline, but a committee will be formulated for the development of the occasion and details will be provided in the near future.

The second idea was to develop a Project of Merit award for Alberta glazing contractors. Draft templates and overview documents were displayed at the directors meeting last week. The objective of this award would be to recognize projects that our association members have completed; projects that reflect the effort in design, workmanship and performance of deserving glazing contractors and their partners and suppliers. Applications would be received by the PGAA board and each submittal would be judged by a third-party panel. This award is currently still in the design stage and further details will be provided as the award is advanced.

Now that the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is up and running with the glazier program in Edmonton, the Glazing Trades Association (Edmonton’s local association) will be sending out a letter to more than 250 glass shops located north of Red Deer and in northeastern B.C. and Saskatchewan with the intention of promoting the school program. This letter will provide clarity on the transition from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to NAIT in Edmonton. Alberta’s apprenticeship programs are still running strong.

The next PGAA meeting will be the annual general meeting which will be held on March 18. The annual golf tournament will be held in August of 2020 (date and
location still to be determined). The PGAA has developed a mission statement. It is: Mantra: educate, collaborate and advocate. PGAA: education, liaison between the GTA and GAMA, and advocacy of contractors to the province.


Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association
The AGMCA is pleased to announce our upcoming Glazing Contractor Appreciation Days, to be held at the Glazier Training Centres in Toronto on May 6, and in Ottawa on June 17. We invite all of our member glazing contractors to come out and see what we are teaching the glaziers of tomorrow. We will have a gourmet BBQ food truck on hand for a complimentary lunch. We expect a great turnout of all of our glazing contractors, owners, managers and staff members. Please plan on attending to meet and greet some of your friends and enemies in the glass business and to say hello to our volunteer directors. Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Toronto Training Centre (May 6, 130 Toro Rd.) or the Ottawa Training Centre (June 17, 199 Colonnade Rd. S.) To register to attend, get further information or to see how your company could possibly participate in these events, please send us an email at info@agmca.ca.