Fenestration Canada: June 2015
By Skip Maclean
See you in Vancouver
By Skip Maclean
The Fenestration Canada Annual General Meeting and Conference being held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in downtown Vancouver, June 4 to 6, will see us open our doors to all fenestration manufacturers and stakeholders with an incentive of free Affiliate status privileges for the balance of 2015.
This incentive applies to all non-Fenestration Canada members registering as delegates for the full AGM program. It is a great way to try on membership and see how it fits.
An informative program containing education, technical sessions, business development and networking opportunities are planned for the delegates while companions will be treated to a showcase of one of Canada’s superb natural locations. Full program, registration and hotel reservation details are posted on the association’s website.
Following its groundbreaking sessions in 2014, the Fabricators Council will continue to provide roundtable sessions open to fabricators only. Chaired by Lisa Bergeron of Jeld-Wen, these opportunities help us to determine future education topics and allow fabricators to voice their concerns, network with manufacturers across the country and provide a forum for action items such as the recently completed survey on compliance interpretation requirements.
Jean Marois of Royal Building Products and Robert Jutras of CLEB as co-chairs of the Technical Services Committee continue to provide the foundation of our association and promote the dissemination of technical information regarding fenestration products. They liaise with U.S. and international fenestration associations and effectively represent our industry from a Canadian perspective.
Our Education Committee led by Jean-François Kogovsek provides education topics and presentations determined by the changing trends in our industry. J.F has prepared an extremely topical line up of seminars and industry interactions for our upcoming AGM in Vancouver. The AGM will feature top industry speakers, relevant discussion and debate regarding changes and regulations facing our industry and a supplier’s tabletop showcase. Habitat for Humanity Canada will also be on hand to answer your questions regarding their initiative providing Canadians who are less fortunate with a helping hand through adequate housing and community services.
My term as president will come to an end in June. As I look back at the good work completed and consider the efforts required to move forward, I feel secure in knowing our industry and association are teeming with individuals who possess the skills, determination and drive to represent Canada’s fenestration industry at the highest possible level. It has been a privilege to have served with such a dynamic group. During my term as president I have made many friendships and developed key relationships that would likely never have been possible without the opportunities Fenestration Canada has provided. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the ever-changing landscape of window and door manufacturing. Our window and door manufacturers produce quality, energy efficient fenestration products designed for some of the most challenging climates and environments in Canada and beyond.
Our industry has a storied past – help us determine the future. Get involved! I believe our industry is a key driver of Canada’s economy and can be for many years to come. I encourage all manufacturers and stakeholders to join Fenestration Canada and lend their voice and support in maintaining a strong and vibrant position in Canada’s future. Take the time, invest in your business and investigate membership in Fenestration Canada.
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.