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CGA Newsletter – June 2017

June 6, 2017  By CGA

Glass Connections is not just our name, it’s our game! Don’t miss the opportunity to join your peers in the industry on June 7 and 8 at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Center in Vancouver, B.C.

Canadian Glass Association
Glass Connections is not just our name, it’s our game! Don’t miss the opportunity to join your peers in the industry on June 7 and 8 at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Center in Vancouver, B.C. The Conference features a tabletop session that also includes billing as a Bronze sponsor. Greater sponsorship levels are also available and can be viewed on our website.  Please contact executive director Sara Neiswanger ( to find out more.

Highlights of the program include presentations on glazing restorations, passive house window certification, bird friendly glazing, and more. Visit CGA’s website for updates and to register (  

The CGA is pleased to welcome the Fenestration Association of B.C. provincial association and its members as a valued member and partner of the organization. FenBC was established through the merger of the Glazing Contractors Association of B.C. (GCABC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association of BC (WDMA-BC). FenBC represents all parties engaged in the commercial and residential sectors of the fenestration industry.  Zana Gordon, FenBC’s executive director, and David Langton of Competition Glass will be representing the association on the CGA board of directors.


Membership in CGA is available through a provincial association or as an individual company membership. Contact Sara Neiswanger for more information at

Did you know the CGA has an online bookstore? Manuals may be purchased online and will be shipped directly to your door.  Visit CGA’s library today at

Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association
The AGMCA is in search of an individual with demonstrated leadership and administrative skills who can work effectively with the association’s board of directors and various industry-related committees. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the collective bargaining process. The new executive director will take office ASAP.

Applications may be directed in confidence to the address shown below. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

AGMCA Search Committee
619 Liverpool Road
Pickering, Ont. L1W 1R1

The OGMA is sad to inform members about the passing of our long time industry colleague, Dennis Haatvedt, on March 23 at the far too early age of 58. Dennis was diagnosed with brain cancer just about a year ago. Dennis was a long-term director with the Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association and for the last year of his working life he served as their executive director. Prior to that, he spent about 35 years with AGC Glass, many of those as head of their glass shop division. Dennis was one of the good guys in our industry and he will be truly missed.

The wife of Al Jones for the past 66 years and mother of Steven Jones of Parkway Glass, Barbara Jones, left us on April 10. Al worked for Sealite Glass back in the late ’50s and early ’60s, and both Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been close to many in the industry for more than a half century.

Sergei Mihhailenko, P.Eng and Les Szcepanski, P.Eng. presented an excellent, informative and entertaining presentation on the application of the new CSA A500-16 Building Guards standard that will soon be adopted into building codes across Canada governing the use of glass in railings and balustrades on April 12 at the Richmond Hill Golf Club. The OGMA extends its appreciation to our co-sponsors for this event: Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions and Kuraray America. Over 100 people from across Ontario attended.

The OGMA greeted members and visitors to this year’s Top Glass event held on April 20. The show was the largest to date, was excellently run with a ton of informative presentations and a lot of enthusiastic traffic. Everybody who’s anybody was there including many glass industry dignitaries. OGMA president Angelo Cairo and director Steve Gusterson presented the OGMA Awards of Excellence. This years recipients were Diamond Schmitt Architects for the Wilfred Laurier University Lazaridis Hall (Award for Design) and Noram Building Systems for the Vaughan Civic Centre Public Resource Library (Award for Execution).

Back by popular demand, plan on attending on August 10. Mark your calendar now, considering booking a boat for your company and a group of good customers and watch your mail for details.

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

In case you missed it, companies had until the end of 2016 to put accessibility policies and procedures in place for the communication of all of your information and your employment practices to conform with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  To find out your legal obligations, go to, then contact Workplace Safety and Prevention Services to help you put it in place.

If your company isn’t managing your workplace safety policies, if you have any injured employees on Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits (40 per cent penalty per dollar of wages), or if you are found liable for a workplace accident (average penalty between $60,000 and $120,000), we have developed a program to assist you. For the past four years, the OGMA has worked with WSPS 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, and the companies who have signed on so far have had nothing but great reviews for the program. If you haven’t had any accidents or fines, congratulations, but it’s really a matter of when, not if. Being proactive, being up to date, being compliant to all the workplace legislation is a job you don’t have time to do.

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