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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.
June 9, 2015 - The Canadian Glass Association hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the CGA Glass Connections Conference in Saskatoon, SK. Filled to maximum capacity, it was the largest AGM the Association has held to date.
The Fenestration Canada Annual General Meeting and Conference being held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, June 4 to 6, will see us open our doors to all fenestration manufacturers and stakeholders with an incentive of free Affiliate status privileges for the balance of 2015.
The Canadian Glass Association is hosting its Glass Connections Conference June 3 to 4 at the Sheraton in Saskatoon, Sask. At just $220, it is a steal with top-notch speakers and a sold-out exhibitor tabletop show, provided in a condensed two-day format.
April 22, 2015 - Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) held its 2015 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala on April 18th at the International Centre. CEO’s premier event of the year recognized 12 engineering firms that have applied outstanding professional leadership and engineering innovation to improve the economic, social and environmental quality of life in Ontario and around the globe.
April 7, 2015 - The National Glass Association and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance are pleased to announce the appointment of Michele Nosko as Membership & Marketing Director. Nosko returns to the NGA\WDDA after five years as marketing and membership director for the United Motorcoach Association.
2014 was a very good but challenging business year for most B.C. manufacturers.
The CGA has organized another Glass Connections Conference, set for June 3 and 4 in Saskatoon, Sask.
Feb. 20, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 78th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.
With the holiday season just passed and the promise of a New Year ahead, it is important we reevaluate our lives and businesses and ensure we maintain the values that define who we are.
The CGA’s Glass Connections event program
Feb. 6, 2015 - The Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association (AGMCA) is in search of an individual with demonstrated leadership and administrative skills who can work effectively with the association’s board of directors and various industry-related committees. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the collective bargaining process.
Feb. 4, 2015 - Barry Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer of Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO), has announced the appointment of Diane Lee as communications coordinator.

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