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Canadian Glass Association Newsletter – October 2017

October 10, 2017  By CGA

The CGA for the past few years has contracted GANA to act as our executive director and handle the day-to-day operations of the association. Under the new executive elected at the Annual General Meeting in Burnaby, B.C., in June, many cost-cutting measures were instiuted.

Canadian Glass Association
The CGA for the past few years has contracted GANA to act as our executive director and handle the day-to-day operations of the association. Under the new executive elected at the Annual General Meeting in Burnaby, B.C., in June, many cost-cutting measures were instiuted., the major one being the ending of our working agreement with GANA.  At this time, the CGA has decided to get our hands dirty and do much of this management in-house. The CGA is now taking a closer look at what it does. With our “hands dirty” approach we will try to work closer with provincial and national associations such as Fenestration Canada, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and Construction Specifications Canada.  The key will be to give membership in the CGA a value for those who want a national perspective.  Products used today on construction projects in the commercial and residential sectors share many of the same components but live under different code requirements.  Starting the process to address this will take some time and as such no Glass Connections conference will be held in 2018.

Fenestration Association of B.C.
It had to happen sooner or later. The great weather streak for the FenBC golf tournament was broken on May 11. What started as a light sprinkle turned to a spring shower then developed into varying degrees of storm weather. But our FenBC golfers persevered. Some did leave the course in dismay but those that stayed had a great time.

The FenBC sponsors were Cardinal IG (Top Tier sponsor – golf clubs), Vetrotech Saint Gobain (air cannon – a new addition to our sponsorship package), Cascade Aquatech (putting contest), PFG Glass (beat-the-pro and the wine draw), Oasis Windows (scorecard – also a new addition) and Veka Canada (trivia contest – another new addition).


FenBC has been quite busy. We are updating our Glazing Systems Specification Manual to reflect the new National Building Code. Our conference takes place Oct. 26 at the Sheraton Guildford in Surrey, B.C. This year we have changed the format. The new format will include three streams of educational programming.  Check out for details.

We recently published an informational resource to assist architects with understanding NAFS labeling and Part 5 compliance for commercial glazing products. This guide is available on our website. Click on the news announcement link to download the guide.

As the administrator of the BC Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) funds, FenBC has recently funded a project aimed at helping Canadian window manufacturers increase their share of the growing demand for Passive House windows. The project aims to equip Canadian window manufacturers with the tools to derive Passive House window data from their existing NFRC-based simulation data. For more information check the news and announcements on the FenBC website.

Congratulations to the FenBC president, David Langton of Competition Glass, for his appointment as the new president of the Canadian Glass Association.

Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta
Since our last update, the PGAA board has met twice and held our annual golf tournament in Lacombe on Aug. 17. While attendance was down for this years’ event, sponsorship was up, with proceeds again benefiting our Master Glazier Program. Our sponsors this year included:

  • Gold sponsors: Alberta Glass Company, Alpine Glass, Ferguson Corporation
  • Silver sponsors: All Glass Parts, Apex Aluminum, Oldcastle Building Envelope, Metro Glass Products
  • Bronze sponsors: Capilano Glass 2000, Flynn Canada, Grant Metal Products, Kawneer, Supertint, Tremco Commercial Sealants, WesternOne Equipment Rentals
  • Hole sponsors: Alumicor, Beacon Glass, Cal-Tech Glass Services, Cascade Aquatech, Desa (two holes), Insul-lite Manufacturing, Samuel & Son, South Hill Window, Supertint, Leyden’s Glass, Vitro Glass, Vitrum

Plus we would like to thank all those who have donated over $40,000 in material for the Door and Related Hardware course, including All Glass Parts, Alumicor, Apex Aluminum, Desa Glass, Kawneer, Metro Aluminum Products, Metro Glass Products and Stanley Access Technologies.

 Development of the Master Glazier Program is progressing with our second course, Doors and Related Hardware, being offered in December along with our first course, Reading Division 8 Plans, being rerun. We are in development of two new courses, Specialty Glazing and Structural Glazing, both expected in the new year with five further courses to follow in 2018 and 2019. The MGP is being developed to help journeypersons take the next steps in their careers within our industry.

 This fall, both of our locals – the Glass Trades Association in Edmonton and the Glass and Architectural Metals Association in Calgary – will be back in full swing with dinner meetings and other events. Our calendar can be found at

 The PGAA is actively seeking a new secretary.

Ontario Glass and Metal Association
The Ontario legislature is scheduled to vote on the new Bill 142 Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017, during the fall.  Updates to follow in the next edition.

The OGMA held its fall tournament at the prestigious Country Club in Woodbridge on Sept. 21. Not only was an outstanding day had by all, the OGMA made a significant charitable donation to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital at the event.   The OGMA also presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to long serving industry member, Frank Fulton.

Details of the Fall Seminar will be sent to members as the November date approaches.

Remember that under the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act companies had until the end of 2016 to put accessibility policies and procedures in place.  Are you in compliance?

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