Conversation with Nathalie Thibault, IGMA president
By Patrick Flannery
Glass Canada sat down with Nathalie Thibault of Prelco, Insulating Glass Manufacters Alliance president, at the recent Summer Conference in Vancouver for a quick talk about the conference and the future direction of the association.
GC: IGMA has partnered with Facade Tectonics to offer an educational program before the conference. How has that worked out?
Thibault: The Facade Tectonics institute was very interesting. It provided us with a good idea of what is coming and the stakeholders provided questions to get us to think about what is next. Then we could say “This has been brought up, should we start lookiing at these things?” Oversized glass was mentioned and we brought that up in the Emerging Technologies Committee. There’s going to be some new things, some new technologies coming on. How do we address this, how do we develop new methods and standards that will be revolving around this. The conference was interesting in this regard because we had a good opening session that was related to our industry, then we can get into the details of what we want to address.”
Thibault: There are synergies with an organization like AAMA. You aren’t just going to be looking at insulating glass, you will be lookiing at the whole chain. Flat glass, other subcomponents, all the way to assembly and installation. I would encourage people to see this as an opportunity to be part of the whole supplier food chain.