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A full menu at WinDoor 2017

WinDoor 2017 will serve up all the education you can eat.

October 19, 2017  By Patrick Flannery

Following up on the momentum from last year’s jolt of energy in Montreal, Fenestration Canada has doubled down on 2017 WinDoor with a move to a new venue and a massive expansion to the education program. After a year’s hiatus, the association is hoping Ontario manufacturers and dealers will be excited to turn out to take in all the changes.

Location, location, location
First the venue shift. For the first time, WinDoor will be hosted at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. The move out of downtown will put the show less than 15 minutes’ drive away from the fenestration fabricating hotbed of Woodbridge, with easy access from several major highways and next door to Pearson airport.

Choose your stream
In accordance with its mission to be the industry’s education resource, Fenestration Canada has blown up the education program from a few single sessions per day into three full streams, each with four sessions per day. Attendees can choose sessions in the Technology, Codes and Standards; Business, Sales and Marketing; or Manufacturing and Operations streams.

The keynote event will take place across all streams on the Thursday morning. Debbie Scharf of Natural Resources Canada will outline the federal government’s plans for energy efficiency standards in fenestration going forward. Spoiler alert: they are tightening – a lot.


Tech talk
Confirmed presentations in the Technology, Codes and Standards stream include an update on efforts to have PVC re-designated as a non-flammable fenestration material in the National Building Code.

Tracy Rogers of Keystone Certifications, Terry Adamson of Westek Windows and Doors, Mike Bruno of Everlast and Jeff Meursing of Intertek will lead an interactive discussion of whether or not the Canadian window and door industry needs a standardized, third-party, national product certification program.

Louis Moreau of Agnora will share the experience of Canada’s largest-capacity glass fabricator and show how they have solved the problem of delivering big glass.

Better business
In the Business, Sales and Marketing stream, human resources expert Michael Lobraico of N.C.I Solutions will join Mike Bruno of Everlast and Alex Shteriev of Beacon Brokerage (a mergers and acquisitions firm) for a panel discussion on succession planning.  

Marketing experts Pascale-Anne Giguere and Stephane Labelle will join Fenestration Review editor Patrick Flannery for a discussion of what works and what doesn’t in B2B advertising and marketing communications in the fenestration industry.

Check your process
In the Manufacturing and Operations stream, Fenestration Canada has assembled an architect, a residential developer, an interior designer and a construction specifier for the End User Panel. This interactive discussion represents a chance to get pretty much the most important information there is: what our customers want from us.

We’ve heard a lot about Lean manufacturing processes and how to implement them on the production floor. At WinDoor, Chad Metcalf of Value Stream Solutions will turn to the window and door supply chain and tell attendees how to streamline and remove waste from procurement and logistics processes.

Aluminum is making a comeback and many fabricators are struggling with the corner crimping process. Join Heinz Hunke, one of the owners of Pressta-Eisele and a pioneer in corner-crimping machinery design, for a session full of specific tips on how to get your corners perfect, faster.

It’s a huge program. Better bring the whole company.

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