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Dolores Primo was given the Ontario Glass and Metal Association's Lifetime Achievement Award at its spring golf tournament May 26. The presentation marked the first time a woman has won the award. Ennio Rea of Trulite, an OGMA director, noted Primo's many groundbreaking accomplishments over a remarkable 38-year career.
Prompt Payment Ontario, a construction industry group dedicated to reforming Ontario’s system for paying contractors, met with legislators in Queen’s Park all day May 11 to push for the quick release of the Reynolds Report, which contains the findings of the Construction Lien Act review and was submitted to the Ontario government in late April. The group hopes the swift release of the report will get prompt payment reforms onto the Ontario government’s agenda before provincial Parliament breaks for the summer. The Ontario Glass and Metal Association is a member of Prompt Payment Ontario.
April 21, 2017 - The Ontario Glass and Metal Association presented its Awards of Excellence to two Ontario companies at the Top Glass trade conference on April 20. TAGG Industries won the award for Excellence in Architectural Glass Execution, and Perkins Plus Will won Excellence in Architectural Glass Design. TAGG won for its work on Google's Canadian headquarters in Kitchener, Ont., and Perkins Plus Will won for Mohawk College's David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre.
The Ontario Glass and Metal Association will once again honour outstanding achievement in the glass construction industry with its Awards of Excellence at Top Glass. Awards are presented in two categories: Excellence in Architectural Glass and Metal Design and Excellence in Architectural Glass and Metal Execution. The awards recognize an OGMA member company’s performance on an outstanding glazing project. Nominations are judged by an OGMA director and a panel of two architects.
Let’s take a look at some more of the technical documents available through IGMA that support glass design, specification, energy efficiency, glazing procedure, performance data, testing, certification and quality assurance, including field studies along with other guides relating to the manufacture, fabrication, design and end use of insulating glass units
The use of commercial glazing in residential applications is becoming more and more common for many new single-family construction styles. There is a sector of the custom home building market that is designing structures that take advantage of natural lighting, for instance, window walls that open up for maximum use of living spaces.
Canadian Glass AssociationAs spring 2016 approaches, the CGA committees and board of directors are hard at work on a number of fronts.  Among other projects, the CGA board is working on an extensive overhaul of the CGA website, canadianglassassociation.com, which will include a publication store and an updated project showcase.
Feb. 25, 2016 - Each spring, the Ontario Glass & Metal Association recognizes individuals that, throughout their professional career, have made lifelong and/or outstanding contributions to the glass and metal industry. Criteria for consideration include significant accomplishments through OGMA (and its predecessor MTGA) or other industry-related associations, as well as tenure in the industry.
Feb. 25, 2016 - The insulating glass industry has seen many new technologies enter the market to address energy efficiency, day-lighting, as well as the aesthetic needs of the commercial and residential fenestration markets. Combine this with the number of retirements of our most experienced industry leaders and the industry is certainly facing an incredible amount of change over the next few years.  So how do we manage the potential loss of capital knowledge in our industry in a time when architects and engineers are pushing the building envelope?  This was a subject of great discussion at the IGMA Board of Directors Strategic Planning Session held in early January 2016.
As we reflect upon another year, we must pause to give thanks we live in such a wonderfully diverse, dynamic and tolerant country. Canada provides its citizens the opportunity to prosper, the tools to succeed and the security and freedom we all need to lead a safe and happy life. Although the recent changes in national government bring some uncertainty, there is a sense of renewed optimism looking towards the future.
Canadian Glass AssociationAs the CGA begins 2016, its committees and board of directors are hard at work on a number of fronts.  Among other projects, the CGA board is working on an extensive overhaul of the CGA website, canadianglassassociation.com, which will include a publication store and an updated project showcase.
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.

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