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Fenestration Canada: October 2014

No longer a teenager

October 16, 2014  By Skip Maclean

In 2014, Windoor is celebrating its 20th anniversary. So much has changed over these years.

In 2014, Windoor is celebrating its 20th anniversary. So much has changed over these years. With that, new suppliers, product evolutions and industry challenges have developed.  As with most 20th anniversaries, there have been many great times celebrated during peak years as well as many trying times where the industry has pulled together to promote a community of best practices. From the show’s humble beginnings as a casual conversation over a few cocktails, Windoor has established itself as the premier window and door show in Canada. This year we will be recognizing the founders of the show, as well as the five exhibitors who have been with the show every year since the beginning.  To celebrate, we have added live entertainment featuring the Blus Brothers during the opening cocktail reception Tuesday evening.

Sponsored by Fenestration Canada, Windoor ties industry leaders together with an estimated 150 exhibitors, and 3,000 attendees for a show which not only provides great networking opportunities, but also offers necessary seminars to keep everyone on top of the latest industry standards and codes.  Be sure to participate as the industry experiences a monumental shift in traditional fabrication and product applications. Windoor is the most convenient way to stay informed while enjoying a great trade show and even free lunch and parking!

Scheduled for Nov. 18 to 20 in Toronto, a wide variety of exhibitors will be showcasing all aspects of the window and door industry, for instance:

  • Insulating glass equipment and components
  • Window and door systems in a variety of materials and finishes
  • Operating hardware
  • Fabrication equipment
  • Services, such as software and testing
  • Fenestration-related associations and trade magazines

The Windoor 2015 educational program promises to be very worthwhile. Fenestration Canada technical director Jeff Baker and J.F. Kogovsek of Maxam Marketing will discuss strategies for NAFS compliance and Baker will update attendees on changes to building codes across the country. These critical presentations are always packed, so arrive early! Andrew Peel of Peel Passive House Consulting will reveal his groundbreaking Passive House standard for green construction. David Mitten of the Siding and Window Dealers Association  of Canada will deliver and update on the popular Sill to Sash program and Steve Hopwood from the National Research Council will discuss the latest developments in Energy Star.

On behalf of Fenestration Canada, we encourage you to attend Windoor  2014.  For more information about exhibiting or attending Win-Door 2014, please visit or call 1-800-282-0003 to see how you can participate in Canada’s premier fenestration event.

Even with Windoor on the way, Fenestration Canada has found time for some other events. We hosted a series of webinars  designed to update companies and stakeholders dealing with the compliance of fenestration products to provincial building codes referencing the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-08). A total of 477 individuals registered for the English versions and another 136 registered for the French series of the webinars which were presented over a period of three consecutive days from September 15 to 17. Participants from all across Canada included a wide cross-section of the industry including fabricators, builders, specifiers, architects and code officials. Fenestration Canada members can now access the recorded webinars and download the presentation slides from the association’s website in the Member Resource Centre using their login information.

Skip Maclean is president of Fenestration Canada. He is business development manager for Tru-Tech Doors and has over 40 years’ experience in the window and door industry.

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