OGMA recognizes Hotham at Spring Golf

Patrick Flannery
June 03, 2014
June 4, 2014 - There was plenty new to talk about at the Ontario Glass and Metal Association's Spring Golf tournament on May 29, starting with the new venue at Piper's Heath Golf Course in Milton, Ont. - an entertaining but fair links-style track with terrific service that was in great condition for the day. The full complement of 144 golfers were still buzzing about the Top Glass event the day before in Mississauga, Ont., but the real highlight was the awarding of the OGMA Lifetime Achievement Award to industry veteran Doug Hotham.
Doug Hotham claims his Lifetime Achievement Award after a career spanning more years than most people in the room had been alive. He commented that the chipping around the outside of the trophy was something he used to do by hand.

OGMA membership director Doug Morris of Morris Glass presented the award, revealing Hotham as a man who has seen more change in his 50-plus years in the industry than most of us can imagine. Hotham started in the trade in 1941 at the age of 14 floral cutting mirrors, vases and other glassware by hand at London Glass and Mirror in London, Ont. From there he went to Canadian Pittsburgh Industries where he was trained at CPI's glass school for glass industry salespeople. His next stop was Upper Canada Glass, which took Hotham to his current home in Aurora, Ont. There, Hotham and his wife of 63 years, Norma, raised their sons Greg (an NHL hockey player with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins) and Brent, who is sales manager at Explore1 Glass and Door Services. Hotham eventually left Upper Canada Glass and worked at RMP, Commercial Aluminum and Galaxy Glass before landing at Indal's Tempglass where he helped develop its heavy glass division. In this role, Hotham was trained in Europe by Saint Gobain and began bringing heavy glass shower doors, entrances and squash court enclosures to Canada. "Despite what the guys at CRL will tell you, it was Doug who brought the first heavy glass entrance systems to Canada," Morris said. Walker Atlantic Glass finally lured Hotham away from Tempglass with an offer to help them set up their tempering furnace in Scarborough, Ont., where he worked on such projects as the barrel vault roof in Toronto's Eaton Centre and the interior glazing at the Rogers Centre. Hotham ended his long career in 1994 as heavy glass manager for Guardian. Hotham thanked the OGMA for the recognition and drew a standing ovation from the crowd.
Yasur Amnan was awarded the OGMA bursary of $500 to go toward his education as a glazier.

The OGMA's next event is a a fishing derby scheduled for Aug. 6.

For all the photos from the sunny day, visit the Glass Canada Facebook page.

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