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CGA Newsletter: June 2019

May 28, 2019  By Canadiann Glass Association

The Canadian Glass Association is considering organizing and funding industry support to update the withdrawn CAN/CGSB 12.20 standard for structural design of architectural glass.

This standard has been allowed to lapse since the federal government stopped supporting standards development in 2002. Feedback we have received from around the industry indicates some interest in seeing this standard updated and referenced again rather than relying on U.S.-dominated ASTM and ANSI standards in our codes.

As Canada’s only national organization for architectural glass contractors, the CGA is uniquely positioned to lead this effort. We’re inviting input from everyone in the industry as to whether you’d like to see us undertake this effort. We envision a fundraising drive would be necessary followed by formation of a technical committee to advise CGSB and work on the standards updates.

Please contact CGA president, David Langton of Competition Glass, ( to share your thoughts on this potential initiative.


Fenestration Association of B.C.
Thought leaders and fenestration gurus from Vancouver and beyond converged at Surrey’s Northview golf course on Feb. 28 for the Fenestration Association of BC’s annual Technical Conference and AGM. Back by popular demand, FenBC’s Code Talkers panel discussion returned to tackle the labyrinth of code interpretation and compliance issues facing western Canada’s building envelope industry.  Moderated by Ply Gem’s Dave Goldsmith, the panel consisted of Al Jaugelis and David Vadocz of RDH Building Science; Centra Construction Group’s Anton Van Dyk; Gary Brown of SGB Services; Thomas Zaremba of Roetzel;  and Vetrotech Saint Gobain’s Joseph Taylor.

 Arthur Huard of VIG Technologies provided an eye-opening presentation on vacuum insulated glazing sparking massive audience engagement that will be covered in further detail in a future update from FenBC.

RDH’s Graham Finch gave the keynote presentation “How the New BC Energy Step Code Will Impact Window Selection and Detailing” to provide more insight into where things are going in the window industry with a vision ahead for the next 10 or 15 years. According to Finch, triple glazing will occupy the greatest amount of space across the residential and commercial sectors.

Provincial Glass Association of Alberta
At the PGAA’s annual meeting on March 20, a new board was elected. The board was elected for a two year term, with exceptions as noted. Your new board is: Trevor Whyte of Griffin Glass, president; Jonathon Greenland of Alumicor, first vice-president; Keith Wallace of Metro Glass, second vice-president (returning); Gary Porter of Alberta Glass, past president; Mei Whyte of Metro Glass, treasurer; Taylor Wight of Layton Consulting, secretary (returning); Dwayne Stolz of Leyden’s Glass & Mirror, director-at-large (returning); Ross Wady of All Glass Parts, director-at-large (returning); and Brad Simpson of Beacon Glass, director-at-large (returning). Congratulations to the new board.

Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association
It was great to see so many of our member glazing contractors at the Top Glass show in April. By all accounts, the show was a huge success and it was nice to have so many members of our industry drop by our booth to say hello. Top Glass provides an excellent forum to meet and greet our members and to talk about what is affecting them in the day-to-day running of their businesses. We look forward to participating once again at next year’s show!

As a reminder to our membership, be sure to check out our News section at for new and useful membership benefits. Some of these benefits include: membership with Two Grey Suits, a comprehensive online training course on employee engagement; an ever-expanding training library of e-learning webinars on critical HR topics; the HR Power Centre for dealing with the day-to-day people management issues that inevitably arise; and, when you need answers fast, you can talk to a senior HR Professional 24/7 through the TGS HR Hot Line.

Our members can also take advantage of AGMCA’s Commissioner for Taking Affidavits services (by appointment only).

Please contact our office for more information regarding Two Grey Suits, or to set up an appointment for Commissioner for Taking Affidavits services.

The AGMCA is continuously trying to improve and enhance services available to our membership.

Ontario Glass and Metal Association
OGMA President Andrew Dolphin and director Steve Gusterson had the honour of presenting the prestigious Awards of Excellence at the Top Glass show on April 17.  The award for execution was presented to Angelo Cairo of Stouffville Glass for the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study Building at the Schulich School of Business at York University, designed by Baird Sampson Neuert Architects and supplied by Oldcastle Building Envelope.  The award for design was presented to Cannon Design for the York University Student Centre in Toronto installed by Applewood Glass & Mirror and supplied by Alumicor. The OGMA thanks the two architects who judged the project submissions: Adrian Phillips, senior project manager at the University of Toronto, and Paul Marcoccia, project architect with the City of Vaughan. LEE BAKER:  At the spring golf tournament, Frank Fulton had the pleasure of presenting long-time OGMA director and friend Lee Baker with OGMA’s prestigious lifetime achievement award. Lee worked for many years in sales at Tremco and has also served as chairman of the Canada and Toronto Construction Associations. •

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