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A whole new WinDoor

Canada’s fenestration show set for a Montreal debut.

October 17, 2016  By Windoor

WinDoor 2016 is heading to a new venue in Old Montreal, the Palais des Congres de Montréal.  This is a “new” event with a new layout, an ambitious and revitalized education program and new networking and social events.

Fenestration Canada is proud and enthusiastic to welcome the collaboration and support of the AVFQ, the Quebec fenestration association, as a partner in the promotion and content development of the show.  With the support of the AVFQ we are expecting tremendous support from the fenestration industry in Quebec. Special thanks to Gilbert Lemay, AVFQ vice-president, and his team for their support in this new and exciting venture. This is a unique collaboration for Fenestration Canada.

Stephane Labelle, chair of the WinDoor committee, has worked hard to create a new show with a new image and layout in the heart of Old Montreal. Follow his WinDoor blog at windoorshow.ca. The WinDoor Show Committee is looking forward to hosting members of the fenestration industry from across Canada at this new location on Nov. 15 through 17. If you have never been to Montreal this is a tremendous opportunity to experience one of the great cities of the world and discover new opportunities to learn and grow your business.  

Your show committee has promised two great events that will provide many opportunities to network.  After a day of committee meetings, the show opens with a cocktail reception and a trip out to Old Montreal for “Doors Open Montreal,” a downtown dining tour. After a jam-packed schedule on Wednesday, the show committee will be hosting the “After Hours” show floor party. Both events are new to the WinDoor schedule and the show committee anticipates great participation from both attendees and suppliers.


If that wasn’t enough, Steve Alward of Atlantic Windows and the Education Committee supported by Jeff Baker of Westlab and J.F. Kogovsek of Maxam Marketing have lined up an impressive, technically focused education program. Nine education sessions are planned with some presentations in either English or French and some offered in both French and English.

Back by popular demand is the Q&A panel discussion with the test labs. This event kicked off two years ago with Fenestration Canada members given an opportunity to sit in on a panel discussion with representatives from all of Canada’s major fenestration testing labs and certification bodies. The panelists answered questions collected from the industry in a survey by Morgan Hanam. The information coming out of that session provided crucial clarification for many questions around requirements for structural and air/water ingress testing, and provided a great deal of guidance for how fabricators can better meet those requirements and pass the tests. Having all the labs and certifiers together in one room was something you just can’t find anywhere else, and WinDoor 2016 will reprise that success.

Bill Lingnell, technical consultant for the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, will introduce new ASTM test methods for triple-glazed IGUs. Triple IGU is going to become more and more common as energy efficiency standards continue to tighten across the country. You will need to know how to make sure the units you buy or fabricate meet the tests.

The NetZero homebuilding concept calls for highly efficient residences incorporating renewable energy sources that produce enough energy to meet the needs of the home. Obviously, the windows and doors will be a big part of achieving this standard. The Canadian Home Builders Association has programs meant to promote NetZero building innovation and the companies that support it. Check out Andy Oding from the CHBA to find out more.

Changes codes and standards are always hard to keep on top of, but that is what Jeff Baker, Fenestration Canada’s technical consultant, does for a living. Catch his overview of code changes across the country for a quick update on NAFS adoption, energy standards and other regulations that affect your business, or soon will. Also, hear about coming changes to the CSA A440 installation standard.

You also do not want to miss Stephane Labelle, your Show Committee chair, and Laura Weil of Euro Vinyl Windows and Doors as they give you the rundown on the power and potential of social media.

As part of the education presentations Steve Alward and J.F. Kogovsek will be introducing a new initiative by the Education Committee.  For now we are calling it Train the Trainer. Fenestration Canada will be producing a series of presentations on various topics that are of current interest to the window and door market.  The first presentation on the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) and the Canadian supplement was presented to a group of building inspectors in New Brunswick.  They are designed to allow our members to make presentations in a professional manner with content that is created and approved by Fenestration Canada’s technical experts. This is one more way we are offering value to our membership. Don’t miss Steve and J.F. at WinDoor.

The Show Committee has listened to the concerns of past attendees and has revamped the show.  The improved layout, expanded educational content and added networking opportunities are all designed to make your WinDoor experience educational and profitable.  All we need now is your presence.  Register online today.  See you in Montreal.

Show schedule
Tuesday, November 15

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  •   Fenestration Canada committee meetings    
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm  •   Welcome cocktail reception
  • 6:30 pm – ?  •  Doors Open Montreal dining tour

Wednesday, November 16

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm  •  Trade Show    
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm •   Fenestration Canada committee meetings and education sessions
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am •   “New guidelines on triple glazing” – Bill Lingnell (concurrent session)
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am •   “CHBA NetZero homes program” – Andy Oding (concurrent session)
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm  •  Mulling guidelines panel discussion – Dave Goldsmith, Robert Jutras and Al Jaugelis
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm  •  “What’s social media and other marketing tips”  – Laura Weil and Stephane Labelle  (presentation in French and English)
  • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm  •  Networking extravaganza on the show floor

Thursday, November17

  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm  •  Trade show
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  •  Fenestration Canada committee meetings and education sessions    
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am  •  “Cross country codes update”   – Jeff Baker (concurrent session)
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am  •  “Get it in writing: A CHBA initiative and its impact on renovator selection by consumers” – George Torok (concurrent session)
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am  •  “Installation: What’s coming with the new changes”
  • 10:45 am – 11:30 am •   “Train the trainer” –  Jean-Francois Kogovsek (concurrent session, French)

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