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Editorial: May-June-2010

Making glass connections


June 11, 2010
By Mike Davey

There’s a lot to look forward to as we swing into summer.  Although the
hottest season of the year won’t officially start until late June,
things are already heating up.

There’s a lot to look forward to as we swing into summer.  Although the hottest season of the year won’t officially start until late June, things are already heating up.

By the time you read this, I will already have attended two glass industry events that I’ve been anticipating for months. The first is the 2010 Ontario Glass & Metal Association (OGMA) golf tournament, taking place at the Cardinal Golf Club in Newmarket, Ont.

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Frankly, I’m not much of a golfer. However, I am a people person and I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone in attendance. It’s a social event, of course, but those are important. It’s an opinion so widely held that it has almost become a cliché, but we can make some of our best industry contacts at social events. Paradoxically, I’ve often found that more business gets discussed over dinner and drinks than it does in the boardroom or on the shop floor.

The second event is the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturer Association meeting, slated for June 3 to 5 at the Pillar and Post Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The program holds a lot of interest. There will be a session on branding, technical updates on window and door issues, and updates on building code and standards. The presentations will be rounded out by presentations on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) window installation personnel certification program, also known as the Fenestration Installation Technician (FIT) program, and info on Energy Star.

I can’t wait to absorb some good, solid technical information. But once again, there will be a strong social component to this event. I have a feeling that I’ll come back from this event with a very large suitcase full of article ideas from my readers in the window and door industry. Needless to say, the potential for networking will be enormous.

There’s also going to be a table-top trade show. Add it all together and it doesn’t get much better for those of us interested in windows.

Publication deadlines prevent us from bringing you coverage of these events in this issue. However, by the time you read this there will be extensive coverage of both on our web site, found at www.glasscanadamag.com.

There’s another event that I’m really looking forward to, slated for the end of September. Glass Connections 2010 will be the inaugural conference and trade show for the Canadian Glass Association (CGA). Glass Connections 2010, which will be held in Vancouver, will be an intensive one-day session focused on the latest technologies for the glass and metal industry that can be used to improve the productivity (and hence profitability) of glazing building envelopes.

Glass Connections 2010 promises to be a pivotal event for glaziers, architects, engineers, designers, spec writers, commercial construction contractors and building owners. You can find more information on the upcoming event on page 7 of this issue. I hope to see you there.


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