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Fenestration Canada: August 2012

Something for everyone

August 20, 2012  By Matt Kottke

Win-Door North America has become an event that people across Canada cannot wait to come to.

Win-Door North America has become an event that people across Canada cannot wait to come to.

Scheduled for Nov. 6-8 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, this national show has proven to be exactly what the fenestration industry is looking for. With new products and services being displayed, coupled with engaging and topical educational seminars, Win-Door has built a solid reputation for delivering a quality show year-in and year-out.

Held in the fall of the year, Win-Door is appropriately positioned to allow exhibitors and attendees alike to display new products and gather timely information so they can begin the upcoming construction season off and running. Attendees are treated to an outstanding line-up of quality exhibitors whose range of products includes extrusions, fibreglass pultrusions, hardware, machinery, computer software, weather-stripping and sealants. 


And when it comes to the audience’s thirst for knowledge, Win-Door delivers again. Win-Door, which is sponsored by Fenestration Canada, the national association of the Canadian window and door industry, continually reaches out to the market to learn what key subjects the attendees want to hear more about. This year the spotlight will be on new and changing codes and standards as well as Energy Star requirements. From manufacturers to retailers, to contractors and on down the line to the building inspectors themselves, the information they will gather at Win-Door relative to the impact of new codes and labelling requirements will be critical to their success in the coming year. 

An example of Win-Door’s willingness to provide the types of educational messages that their attendees desire can also be seen in the delivery of this information. For the first time, Win-Door will be offering a number of their seminars in both English and French to help avoid any translation issues and accommodate the diverse audience this show attracts.

“There is no show quite like Win-Door,” commented Jim Parker, Win-Door consultant. While the attendees like coming, and the exhibitors enjoy the audiences that Win-Door draws, an added perk is all  the additional benefits exhibitors receive, such as free material handling and drayage, free on-site crate storage, daily booth cleaning and much more. “Combine this with the free hospitality reception on the opening night, free lunches daily right on the show floor and free parking for exhibitors and attendees, it is hard to find any trade show that does more for its industry,” Parker concluded.

An example of just how popular this year’s show promises to be can be seen in the pre-show sales activity. “Exhibitors have been securing booth locations at a pace much stronger than in past years,” remarked Patrick Shield of Shield Associates, the show management team for Win-Door. “The phones started ringing early this spring as the details of this show started to take shape. Exhibitors don’t want to miss the opportunity to be on the show floor when the doors open, and are taking steps to increase their presence at the 2012 show.”

 Yes, Win-Door is certainly a special event and one that continues to deliver even when the show closes.  Held in the heart of Toronto’s restaurant, entertainment and theatre district, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre offers exhibitors and attendees a venue that provides unequalled opportunities to spend quality time with customers and prospects. Blocks of hotel rooms close to the convention centre have been set aside with special rates for Win-Door attendees. Contact the Fairmont Royal York or the Renaissance Toronto Hotel before Oct. 11 to get the Win-Door rate. Attendees are advised to deal directly with the hotel of their choice – Win-Door has not authorized any third-party agencies to book rooms on its behalf.

For more information about exhibiting or attending Win-Door, please visit or call 1-800-282-0003 to see how you can participate in Canada’s premier fenestration event.

Matt Kottke is the marketing support manager for Truth Hardware and chairs Fenestration Canada’s show committee.

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