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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.
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.

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