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May 17, 2018 - It’s safe to say that Glass Day, presented by Burnaby B.C.’s Garibaldi Glass, is the most successful and informative educational fenestration event in western Canada and beyond. It’s a bold statement. The Mobius brothers (introductions not required, everyone knows them) and their team welcomed over 400 glazing contractors, architects, designers and glass professionals from across Canada, the US and even Europe to this year’s event. Attendees were treated to a fabulous Cinco De Mayo lunch complete with icy cold Coronas in between plant tours, networking and a variety of rotating AIA/AIBC accredited seminars that were being held in Garibaldi’s top notch conference rooms, training room and full size theatre.
It was a great day of spirited conversations among all levels of the Canadian architectural glass industry at Top Glass on April 17 in Mississauga, Ont. Despite the truly unbelievable bad weather in southern Ontario, 315 attendees managed to get to the International Centre, tour 61 exhibitors and sit in four cutting-edge educational sessions. Attendees were about evenly split between architects/specifiers and glazing contractors. 
Apr. 9, 2018 - Glass Day is the commercial glass and glazing industry's learning and networking event of the year. Hosted by Garibaldi Glass, an award-winning glass fabricator with over 50 years of experience, Glass Day is an annual event hosted at Garibaldi's Headquarters in Burnaby, B.C. located at 8183 Wiggins Street. This year the event will take place on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 1:00PM – 7:00PM.
With 12 days left to go until Canada's architectural glass event, Top Glass organizers are announcing the show floor is sold out with 65 exhibitors in 17,000 square feet. Top Glass takes off April 17 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. Find show details and register for free at topglasscanada.com.
Mar. 22, 2018 - The Ontario Glass & Metal Association will hold its 2018 Two-Topic Spring Seminar on April 12 at the Richmond Hill Country Club in Richmond Hill, Ont.
Mar. 21, 2018 - Cutting-edge industry trends can pose challenges and opportunities for organizations, but only if they know how to take advantage of them.
The glass and contract glazing industry in Canada is a sizeable entity employing thousands and one would expect it to have a voice that represents our collective interests on a national basis. In the United States, the National Glass Association recently merged with the Glass Association of North America to create a formidable national presence. I hate to tell you that Canada’s national voice is today on life support.
Here are some highlights from the technical meetings at our very productive and enjoyable Winter Conference in Tucson, Ariz.
Each year Top Glass is proud to host the Ontario Glass and Metal Association’s Awards for Excellence.
Efforts are ongoing as the CGA board works on a new mission and focus for the association. We are determined to deliver value for our members and do what we can as a national association to help the architectural glass industry across the country.
Mar. 8, 2018 - Dean Lewis of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) passed away March 7 after battling cancer. He spent 45 years in the fenestration industry and was 69 years old.
Feb. 21, 2018 -  Janice Yglesias has been promoted to be the American Architectural Manufacturers Association's (AAMA) executive vice president, as approved by the association's board of directors. Yglesias previously served as association services director before taking on this new position.
At the tender age of 12, Ted Redlarski ran his first business: a small shop repairing bikes. It was a first money-maker. Later, while still in college (age 19), he became one of the youngest company presidents in his native Poland to helm a construction company.
As 2017 approaches, the name of Ottawa’s oldest, largest and most diversified glass company is taking on new meaning. Centennial Glass is about to enter the second half of its first century – it’s 50th anniversary – and it’s thriving under careful management that welcomes new efficiencies while maintaining quality workmanship and excellence in customer service.
There was a chocolate cake on a side table at the Glass 8 office at the eastern edge of Winnipeg. It said ‘Congratulations, Glass 8’ in blue icing. It was explained that the cake was a gift from a client. Not bad for a Thursday.
When National Contract Glazing’s John Bastedo is asked what’s unique about the company, he doesn’t hesitate. “It’s the people,” the vice-president states firmly. “We have a process to put a job through, with many people involved. Each job is passed on, and this keeps us on top of jobs and also shows contractors we are on top of things, which builds our credibility. We are proud of our excellent track record of project completions ranging from less complex store-fronts and entranceways, to multi-story, multi-phase contracts in both the private and public sector.”
In my previous two columns I told you about Fred Fulton’s early days in Toronto, his beginnings in the industry with Pilkington Glass, the start up of Sealite Glass, and the establishment of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association of Canada.
There are many stories out there of businesses with humble beginnings that went on to become major success stories. These stories have some elements in common – hard work, risk-taking, seizing opportunity and forging new ways forward, just to name a few. While some business histories may add in these elements, embellishing here and there, all of these elements and more are truly part of the story of Windsor, Ont.-based Contract Glaziers, which began in 1971 as Windsor Glass.

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