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CGA Newsletter: October 2015

October 16, 2015  By National Glass Association

Canadian Glass Association
The CGA has partnered with the Glass Association of North America to offer several manuals. During the last CGA board of directors meeting, it was confirmed that the association would work in partnership with GANA to sell GANA Manuals to CGA members at a reduced rate, and in Canadian funds.

The manuals that will be offered are:

  • Glazing Manual
  • Engineering Standards Manual
  • Fully Tempered Heavy Glass Door and Entrance Systems Design Guide
  • Laminated Glazing Reference Manual
  • Protective Glazing Manual
  • Project Managers Reference Manual
  • Fabrication, Erection and Glazing Hours Manual
  • Guide to Architectural Glass
  • Sealant Manual

The CGA website is undergoing an overhaul in the next few months to be able to accommodate immediate online sales and downloads. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

The CGA Technical Committee is hosting a call for volunteers to serve on the group. We hope you will consider sending one of your technical staff to serve on the Technical Committee and help to bring your expertise to both the regulatory bodies governing codes and to the members of the CGA. If this is something that you would be willing to do for your industry, please contact us at The first meeting has not yet been scheduled, but will be held via conference call. The chair of the CGA Technical Committee is Brent Harder, Ferguson Corporation.

Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta
This bit of news will touch on the PGAA’s progress with the Master Glazier program. The first of nine courses in the MGP is complete and we expect to have the Division Eight, Blue Print Reading course ready for enrollment the last half of October. There are a few more details to be ironed out but our educational provider, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, is confident we will be able to take applications for this course this October. The PGAA will provide complete course details to our members and other interested parties soon. While the courses being developed for this program are aimed at journeyman glaziers wishing to upgrade their skills with a view to obtaining master glazier status, the courses are open to anyone wishing to upgrade their skills. This latter group could include estimators, spec writers, suppliers and anyone requiring AIA learning credits to maintain their educational certification. SAIT and the PGAA are starting development mid October of course number two, Doors and Related Hardware. The PGAA is supplying three subject matter experts to develop this course. Tom Woodman and Lynn Allan from Capilano Glass in Edmonton and Jim Brady from Desa Glass in Calgary will provide the industry expertise to develop this course. These PGAA volunteers will spend about two to three hours every two weeks for about three months with a targeted course completion date of January, 2016. We expect the development of course number three to follow shortly after.

The PGAA board thanks our educational partner SAIT and the PGAA volunteers who are making this extraordinary initiative a reality.  

Ontario Glass and Metal Association
The legal review of the Construction Lien Act is now well underway and an information package has been completed by the legal review group for distribution. The outcome of this review could be the most important piece of legislation in decades and could make a huge difference in your ability to be paid for work.  We’ll only get one shot at this and your input could make the difference. The OGMA has joined Prompt Payment Ontario, a lobby group formed to make sure opinions from the Ontario construction industry are heard in this process. As an OGMA member, you are invited to respond to PPO’s online survey to make sure the glazing industry’s voice is included. We strongly urge you to visit and take 20 minutes to answer the questions.  

The OGMA Fall Seminar Will take place on Oct. 29 at 11:30 at the Richmond Hill Golf Club. Our sponsor and presenter will be ICD who will be educating attendees on the use, benefits, and limitations of opaci-coat spandrel coatings.

If you are conducting business in the glass industry in Ontario, the OGMA is the voice that represents your interests at the provincial and federal level.  Protect your business interests by becoming a member or as an associate member if you are a consultant to the industry.  Please visit for more information.

OGMA fall golf was held Sept. 17 at the New Course at Hidden Lake Golf Club, one of the latest additions to the ClubLink stable of courses.  About 100 members and guests had an outstanding day of golf followed by an outstanding dinner.  We proudly made a donation of $2,000 to the Southlake Regional Health Centre for the purpose of purchasing equipment for cancer patients.

After a year of preparation, the OGMA/WSPS safety manual is now ready for use by the metal and glass industry.  The manual was created by qualified health and safety professionals and is a timesaving tool enabling glass shops to establish their own company program. Not only will this support a company’s efforts to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses, it will also lower costs and time related to WSIB claims. Additionally, the health and safety manual provides proof of compliance with the new OHSA Regulation 297/13.

If you are conducting business in the glass industry in Ontario, the OGMA is the voice that represents your interests at the provincial and federal level.   Protect your business interests by becoming a member or as an associate member if you are a consultant to the industry.  Please visit the OGMA website for more information.

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