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Jan. 28, 2016 - The passion in the room was palpable at times when Geza Banfai, a veteran construction lawyer with McMillan in Toronto, addressed a gathering of the Ontario Glass and Metal Association at Richmond Hill Golf Club to update members on the Ontario government’s review of the Construction Lien Act and the potential for prompt payment legislation in the province. The OGMA is a member of Prompt Payment Ontario, a construction industry lobby group seeking reform of the existing rules and new laws to help smooth the flow of payment through the contracting hierarchy. Banfai gave a background presentation from his vantage as one of the drafters of the original Construction Lien Act back in the early ‘80s, then answered questions and led a lively discussion of what the glazing industry needs to see in the future.
Jan. 26, 2016 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has opened registration for the AAMA 79th Annual Conference, to be held Feb. 14-17 in Huntington Beach, California.
Dec. 3, 2015 - The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is pleased to announce that Sara Neiswanger has been appointed as the new Account Executive for the Association. Neiswanger will replace Ashley Charest who has previously served in the position. Neiswanger brings with her a wealth of expertise in administration, event planning and membership management. She has held the position of technical resource coordinator for GANA for the past six years. In addition, Neiswanger has served as the Executive Director for several clients under Centric Management and Consulting, a for-profit subsidiary of GANA, specializing in association management services. 
As we near winter and reflect upon what I hope for many was a successful 2015 it is very difficult to predict what the New Year will bring. Many external factors significantly impact our forecasts and hopes for a strong business climate in 2016. Potential glass shortages, a weak Canadian dollar, low resource pricing, international trade pacts, skill shortages, export opportunities and rising raw material costs all present unique challenges and opportunities.
Canadian Glass AssociationIn order to work better in concert with the Ontario Glass and Metal Association, the Canadian Glass Association has agreed to move its Glass Connections Conference to Sept. 13 -14, 2016, still at the Westin Ottawa hotel in Ottawa.
Nov. 18, 2015 - With the constantly changing laws and regulations regarding workplace safety and workers health, a glazing contractor owner or manager cannot possibly stay up to date and in compliance without the assistance of a professional in this field.
Oct. 20, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has added Diana Hanson, regulatory affairs manager, to its ranks. Hanson comes to AAMA with association experience as a founding member of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA).
When I think back on past Windoor shows, I can always think of at least one reason why participation paid off. As each November approaches I anticipate the hum of the show floor as attendees enter the exhibit hall to search out and validate required products and services. There was always something good to take from every show.
IG Certification Programs are now recognized and required by fenestration certification and rating programs such as Energy Star, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association and the National Fenestration Rating Council, recognizing the critical importance of the IG unit on the overall durability and performance of fenestration systems.
Canadian Glass AssociationThe 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.
Sept. 28, 2015 - The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance has issued a comprehensive report to members ahead of its Oct. 5 Fall Conference in Denver, Colo. The newsletter includes updates on the activities of many committees and an itinerary for the conference. 
Aug. 27, 2015 - The OGMA will be holding its fall tournament on the New Course at Hidden Lake Golf Club for the first time this year.
After completing a successful Annual General Meeting in Vancouver – one of Canada’s most breathtaking locations – it is easy to feel enthusiastic about the future of our industry. Mother Nature was kind, the sun bright and by all accounts attendees were well-served for the time and expense in attending.
Canadian Glass AssociationThe Canadian Glass Association hosted its Annual General Meeting on June 3 at the CGA Glass Connections conference in Saskatoon, Sask. Filled to maximum capacity, it was the largest AGM the association has held to date. In keeping with the record-breaking theme, the association also almost doubled the size of its board of directors, increasing from six to 10 members. The increase was due solely to interested participants who want to continue the growth and direction of the association, and each will serve a two-year term. The new board also elected its officers for the next two years: Chris Johnson, president; Richard Verdon, vice-president; Dennis Haatvedt, treasurer; and Brent Wihlidal, secretary.Due both to the active participation of association members, and the new individuals who are interested in growing the glass and glazing industry in Canada, the CGA has a host of notable achievements that it shared with the membership. The association has joined the GANA Glazing Industry Code Committee, which will provide CGA a voice and vote on code issues relating to the industry. It has re-established the CGA Technical Committee. The Committee will work on code positions within GICC, along with working on other technical issues as they arise in the association. We are also collaborating with GANA to provide CGA members the ability to attend GANA events at a reduced rate. The CGA has committed to working with the provincial associations to connect each other and the work that they do to serve all of Canada. CGA members will have access to GANA manuals at a reduced rate, providing a CGA member rate and a non-member rate.Ontario Glass and Metal AssociationThe Ontario Attorney General has commissioned a review of the Construction Lien Act. The OGMA has approached the commission to present the concerns of our industry to the review panel. In addition, we have invested $10,000 with an organization of construction trade associations called Prompt Payment Ontario, which was formed for the sole purpose of ensuring the interests of our industry and other trades are heard throughout the review process. 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. For more information, please read Frank Fulton’s column in the June issue of Glass Canada and get involved. We’ll only get one shot at this and your input could make the difference.We’d like to extend a warm welcome to members who have recently joined the OGMA: Abaco Glass, Gridline Design Drafting, Panda Windows and Doors/Façade Plus and Samuel Specialty Metals Ontario. Please extend them a greeting at an upcoming event.Race Nite took place on June 24 and was a resounding success. Everybody had an outstanding time in the posh surroundings of the Munning Room at the Woodbine Racetrack. Some even made enough money to take a day off.OGMA Fall Golf is just around the corner on Thursday, Sept. 17. For the first time, we’re going to be playing the New Course at the Hidden Lake Golf Club; one of the latest additions to the ClubLink stable of courses. Our Spring Golf event was sold out and we were forced to turn people away so make sure to book early when you get the flyer.Provincial Glazing Association of AlbertaOne of the initiatives of the PGAA is our participation in the Skills Canada competition. The annual province-wide event draws 10,000-plus high school students from all over Alberta. Its purpose is to introduce young people to the 80 trades that make up the event. While our glazing trade does not participate in the competition side of the event, we are able to introduce potential glaziers to the trade with our “Try-A-Trade” booths. The volunteer-intensive event was a huge success thanks to the 40-plus volunteers who assisted at our booths. Our glazier Try-A-Trade booths were among the busiest at Skills. Over 60 students attended the booths – an increase of 20 per cent over last year. These potential glaziers got a taste of the glazing trade with hands-on experience at three different stations. Station One was glass cutting, the second was curtain wall cap application and the third was base shoe glazing. These three stations kept our volunteers busy from opening to closing on both days and often there was a line-up to participate. For most of the students, this was their first exposure to the glazing industry. Every student who successfully completed the three stations received a t-shirt. The PGAA also added a women-only interactive booth that was new to this years’ event. The booth was separate from our main booth and required a duplicate set of displays for the ladies. Demonstrations were handled very competently by a group of female glaziers from PGAA member companies. Your association has put a lot of time and energy into this event. We need more trades people and Skills Canada provides an excellent opportunity to showcase our trade. Your support enabled us to attract these future glaziers. An event of this magnitude does not happen without the support of many dedicated people. Thanks to Lynn Allan, our PGAA director of education, Rick Makepeace, our Glass Trades Association of Northern Alberta president and Clint McCulloch, our Edmonton SAIT campus glazing instructor. To our participating PGAA members, thank you for allowing your staff to support the event. They were enthusiastic and represented the trade and your company well. We look forward to working with you at next year’s Skills.
Aug. 17, 2015 - The insulating glass market changed forever in the 1960s when what is now Quanex Building Products introduced the IG industry to what would ultimately become the first flexible, non-metal-based spacer technology. This game changing, warm-edge technology improved condensation resistance and provided a warmer edge of glass. Today, Quanex continues to drive warm-edge innovation with a variety of spacer products to help both the commercial and residential industries grow and reach new levels of performance.

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