Fenestration Canada – October 2015
By Skip Maclean
Windoor equals opportunity
By Skip Maclean
When I think back on past Windoor shows, I can always think of at least one reason why participation paid off. As each November approaches I anticipate the hum of the show floor as attendees enter the exhibit hall to search out and validate required products and services. There was always something good to take from every show.
Whether it was the renewal of old acquaintances, the instant feedback and gratification of new product launches, establishing new contacts, discussing current developments and challenges or simply celebrating another successful year with customers and suppliers, some key to success has always emerged.
Ideas and information are what Windoor is truly about. The exchange of ideas between fenestration professionals cannot be downplayed or dismissed. Many long-standing relationships have developed at the show and still exist today. Vendors, customers, owners, tradesman and other stakeholders gather to learn, teach and participate in matters that impact our industry.
New products! What exhibit would be complete without new products? This year’s show will have an expanded Innovation Station, located central to the exhibit booths and adjacent to both the Fenestration Canada and educational areas. Exhibitors will have an additional opportunity to promote their new product or service through short product demos in the education theater as well as placing product samples or literature in the continuously displayed Innovation Station.
Discussing solutions for improving window and door processing, disseminating technical information and helping understand codes and standards are another key area of Windoor activity. The educational center will again be a hub of significant activity as many fenestration professionals gather to hear presentations on subjects and matters that affect our businesses and industry.
Organizations like Fenestration Canada are only as strong as their members. Several committees are driven by the hard work of a few dedicated and passionate volunteers. Members from the Windoor, Marketing, Membership, Education and Technical committees have contributed their time and efforts to ensure the best Windoor experience possible. There are several changes to this year’s show and the format is designed to improve value. These changes are a direct result of surveys conducted immediately after last year’s show.
Opportunity is what Windoor brings. The opportunity to celebrate as an industry. The opportunity to discover what new products and technologies are available. Windoor brings window and door fabricators together through the Fabricator Council and other interactive and information sessions. Thursday morning’s breakfast session will provide key economic information from Scotiabank.
Recognizing that our marketplace is changing, the Windoor, Education and Technical committees have prepared information-packed seminars designed around needs particular to the fenestration industry.
Windoor will kick off this year with a special presentation from Argo great Michael “Pinball” Clemons. Don’t miss this high-energy presentation at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
If you are not a member, contact us and let us show you the value of membership. Networking, technical resources, education, government relations, Windoor North America – together we can accomplish so much.
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.