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Fenestration Canada: Join us at the CGC

The inaugural Canadian Glazing Conference promises to be a great event for commercial glaziers.

April 10, 2024  By Fenestration Canada

Fenestration Canada’s Canadian Glazing Conference is coming to Surrey, B.C.’s Civic Hotel Autograph Collection on April 9. The inaugural CGC event will encompass a diverse array of subjects related to the commercial glazing industry. Professionals in fenestration from across Canada will converge in Metro Vancouver to partake in this first-ever gathering.

The conference is scheduled to kick off with a presentation on glass technology energy performance by industry veteran, Geoff Shellard, Pacific Northwest architectural design manager for Guardian Glass. Shellard will share his insights on the trends that are driving innovation in fenestration and commercial glazing including float glass and coatings manufacturing, new products, designing with solar heat gain coefficient and new technology.

Other notable speakers at the CGC conference include Casey Anderson, marketing manager for ICD High Performance Coatings and Chemistries, manufacturer of the Opaci-Coat 300 water-based silicone glass coating. Anderson’s AIBC-accredited presentation, “Silicone Coatings: A guide to specifying spandrel and back-painted glass,” will provide specifiers, architects and designers critical education about specifying silicone-based glass coating technologies based on project-driven requirements. Attendees will learn about key technical, esthetic and performance considerations for spandrel and back-painted glass, including applicable standards. Product defense methods will also be addressed to improve communication between design and construction teams and strengthen their data-driven focus to utilize silicone-coated glass to meet design and performance goals.

Layton Consulting’s Anton Van Dyk is set to speak on “The Engineering Process: Before or after you quote a project.” Van Dyk’s presentation will cover the story of fenestration engineering and how structural engineering has been managed in construction. Van Dyk will discuss the transition from standardized fenestration systems to customization systems and how this impacts engineering. Attendees will learn how to identify who is responsible for code compliance and how responsibility is passed through the process. They will also learn how to navigate conflicts on codes and standards and who can make the decisions. We’ll also discuss how to dentify and assess specifications that appear to be “copy and paste” versus the request for project-specific structural design and thermal modeling. 


Fenestration Canada also welcomes back Don Welsh from Tormax Canada who will once again delve into the world of automated entrances and explore a wide range of pedestrian automatic doors. Welsh’s presentation will cover project requirements, building code compliance, site conditions, product applications, fire routes, barrier-free designs and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to be (re)introduced to the wonderful world of automated entrances.

Rounding out the free educational content is Sean Pander, green building manager for the city of Vancouver. Pander’s presentation will provide detailed insights into the process and procedures involved in constructing a commercial building in the beautiful but complex City of Glass.

In addition to the various presentations and talks, FenCan’s Canadian Glazing Conference will feature networking opportunities including coffee and a free lunch for all attendees. A growing tabletop trade show will allow exhibitors to have the opportunity to share their latest products and services from high-performance glass coatings to glazing hardware, tools and accessories. 

Fenestration Canada’s inaugural Canadian Glazing Conference is set to be a valuable forum for commercial glazing industry professionals. We hope it will demonstrate the many ways that the field of fenestration is evolving and highlight the important contributions that Canada’s glazing industry is making to the global market.

Registration is open for glazing contractors, glass shops, installers, window and door manufacturers, building product manufacturers, glass fabricators, architects, engineers, facade consultants and glass equipment suppliers. Limited tickets are available. Registration is priced at $150 plus GST. Fenestration Canada has secured a limited number of rooms at the exquisite Civic Hotel Autograph Collection. Visit our website for further details and secure your spot now. •

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