CGA Newsletter: August 2018

Canadian Glass Association
July 31, 2018
By Canadian Glass Association
Canadian Glass Association


National activities of the Canadian Glass Association are on hiatus pending discussions of a new direction for the association. To help chart a course forward, please contact David Langton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Fenestration Association of B.C.

October 24 is the date for the FenBC Industry Conference at Sheraton Guildford in Surrey, B.C.  We are working on our agenda at this time. Please visit our website at fen-bc.org to get updated information.   If you are interested in sponsoring or being an exhibitor, check out the link on our website.

FenBC’s Annual Golf Tournament was May 17 at Northview Golf Course.  Thank you to our sponsors: Cardinal IG (Top Tier sponsor), PFG Glass (Air Cannon Sponsor), Cascade Aquatech (Beat-the-Pro Sponsor) and Vetrotech Saint Gobain (Trivia Sponsor) for your support.  

Congratulations to the winning foursome consisting of Chris Boswell and Ryan Knodel from Oldcastle, Tony Scigliano from Coniston and Blake Ashforth from Glastech Contractors. This team also won the trivia contest sponsored by Vetrotech Saint Gobain. The Cascade Aquatech Beat-the-Pro hole was won by the K&W Glass innovations foursome. The winner of the PFG Glass-sponsored air cannon long drive hole was Ryan Dennett of Greenlite Glass. The big winner of the day with the Cardinal IG-sponsored set of golf clubs was Chris Lambert of Kawneer. It was a great sunny day (not like last year’s monsoon!) and we all had fun.

Here in B.C. all the FenBC members are pretty busy so the association does not have much planned over the summer. Our Education Committee is working on educational webinars for the fall.  The FenBC Technical Committee is working on the October conference and the Glazing Systems Specification Manual (GSSM) in collaboration with Morrison Hersfield.  The Marketing Committee is working on ways to increase our profile here in western Canada and looking at our websites to make any necessary changes.

Prompt Payment B.C. is working hard here to get prompt payment provincial legislation that ensures participants in the construction chain receive timely payment for goods delivered and services rendered so that no individual or group of service providers carry an unfair burden of the construction risk and costs. The group is working to ensure legislation that removes unnecessary impediments to delayed payment is put in place. You can find out more at promptpaymentbc.ca.

 Here at FenBC we wish you all a safe and happy summer!


Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association

The AGMCA and its industry partners predict that over the next 10 years we will lose 20 per cent of our journeyperson labour force to retirement. This compounds the skilled labour shortage in our province.

The need to attract and retain new apprentices has never been greater. While trying to attract new candidates, we face stiff competition from other industries, other trades and indeed other companies within our own trade.

The AGMCA and its member employers are partners at the skills training centre located at 130 Toro Road in Toronto. The centre is run by the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI). Here, new apprentices are trained in the latest glazing techniques, using the latest technology. Through its Glazier Apprenticeship Committee, the AGMCA oversees the training and monitors the progress of the apprentices.

Employers need to view apprentices as an asset, not a liability. They are the lifeblood of our industry.

There are grants and/or tax credits available to all employers of current apprentices. Visit the FTI website at ftiontario.com for all the associated links or contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details.


Ontario Glass and Metal Association

TONY MENECOLA: The Ontario Glass and Metal Association presented its Lifetime Achievement award to Tony Menecola, president of Applewood Glass and Mirror, at its spring golf tournament on May 31 in Milton, Ont. Menecola is president of the Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association and the award was presented by that organization’s executive director, and long-time friend of Menecola, Noel Marsella. Marsella noted Menecola’s life-long involvement in the industry. Raised by his father, Lorenzo, a steel window manufacturer who immigrated to Toronto in the 1950s, Menecola started assisting his father when he was 12 and went into business with him in 1979. FISHING DERBY:  Things aren’t looking good for our annual fishing derby this summer due to circumstances beyond our control.  We don’t have a date confirmed but if we can pull it off it will take place in August and flyers will be sent out well in advance.

FALL GOLF:  Mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 20, make your plans, arrange your group and be at the Country Club in Woodbridge.  Keep your eyes out for notices as the date approaches.

CONSTRUCTION LIEN AMENDMENT ACT:  One component of the act came into effect on July 1 introducing new performance and labour and material payment bond wordings for all publicly funded work in the province. It is mandated that all public projects in excess of $500,000 are to be bonded (50 per cent performance bonds and 50 per cent labour and material payment bonds). New bond wordings will be provided in support of public contracts. A member bulletin on the topic will be sent to OGMA members in the next while.

AODA’s NEXT HURDLE:  In case you missed it, companies had until the end of 2017 to put a new set of accessibility policies and procedures into place. To find out your legal obligations, go to ontario.ca/page/accessibility-laws.

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