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Glazing contractors, glass fabricators, architects and specifiers will want to join Glass Canada's Winter Webinar, Certified Quality: How contractor certification works in the architectural glass industry, on Jan. 24 at 2:00 pm. Registration for the interactive online session is free, and will feature Jeff Dabala of AMS Certification and Peter Neudorf Jr. of Ferguson Neudorf discussing the North American Contractor Certification program and how it applies to our industry. The webinar is presented free courtesy of Vitro.
Dec. 14, 2016 -  As you know, the Attorney General has announced that the Government will introduce prompt payment legislation in spring 2017, as recommended under the Construction Lien Act Review Report. The voices of all Ontario construction-families have been heard. Prompt payment legislation will help trade contractors and suppliers to run businesses with more certainty, provide more competitive bids and meet financial responsibilities in a timely fashion.
Dec. 14, 2016 - Dip-Tech has released the new INTERIORI – a powerful business development tool for glass processors with Dip-Tech digital in-glass printers. 
Jim Brady, general manager of Desa Glass in Calgary, Alta., has announced he is leaving the company. Brady is familiar to many in the industry across the country due to his intense involvement in several associations, including his recent terms as president of the Canadian Glass Association. Brady issued the following statment in an email to industry contacts:
Large protests took place at Queen's Park in Toronto on Nov. 30 over proposed ammendments to Bill 70 that would allow individuals issued a Notice of Contravention by the Ontario College of Trades to appeal that notice to the Ontario Labour Relations Board. In theory, the OLRB could overrule the Notice and allow non-certified tradespeople to perform tasks set aside for licenced trades. The OCT oversees certification of skilled trades in Ontario and the OLRB is part of the Ministry of Labour tasked with adjudicating legal labour disputes. Architectural Glass and Metal Technician is a designated non-compulsary trade under the OCT.
Andrew Dolphin, production planning manager at Trulite in Woodbridge, Ont., discussed architectural glass and metal fabrication in a featured interview with Manufacturing Automation magazine. He discusses Trulite's processes and some of the new equipment he is using to improve efficiency and quality at the glass fabricator.
Glass Canada reported in the October 2016 Canadian Glass Association newsletter that Dennis Haatvedt plans to step down as executive director of the Architectural Glass and Metal Contractors Association at the end of the year. This report was in error – Haatvedt is leaving his seat on the CGA board, but not his position at AGMCA.
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has released the most comprehensive industry-wide set of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for aluminum extrusions manufactured in the United States and Canada.
AmesburyTruth has named James Larson Chief Operating Officer.
Oct. 6, 2016 - EY is recognizing an impressive group of Ontario entrepreneurs for their financial performance, vision, leadership, personal integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. The firm named 50 finalists across 10 categories in its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ontario 2016 awards program and AGNORA President, Richard Wilson, has been selected in the manufacturing category for deploying leading edge technology and top-performing equipment to fabricate the largest architectural glass in North America.
Oct. 6, 2016 - Allan Windows Group and Global Architectural Metals Group, two dominant forces in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial and residential glazing, cladding, railing, skylight and entry systems, have announced that they have merged all of their respective operations under one name brand.
Oct. 6, 2016 - Glass 8 Inc. has announced that Phil Gussakovsky has been appointed General Manager of Glass 8 Inc. effective immediately.
Sept. 8, 2016 - On July 25, 2016, Ron Johnson, Jeff Koller, Ian Cunningham, and Sandra Skivsky from PPO met with David Phillips, Minister Naqvi's new chief of staff, and Delia Greco at the offices of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. This was PPO's second meeting with representatives of the Attorney General's office since they received the report from CLA review co-counsels Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel on May 2.
July 21, 2016 - PPG today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell the assets of its flat glass manufacturing and glass coatings operations to Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., a leading producer of flat glass and specialty products. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions. 
July 14, 2016 - The merger of the two businesses of Dorma and Kaba to form dorma+kaba, announced at the end of April 2015, was completed on 1 September 2015. dorma+kaba Group thus becomes one of the top 3 companies in the world for security and access solutions, with total sales of more than CHF 2 billion (EUR 1.9 billion) and more than 16,000 employees in around 50 countries.

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