Patrick Flannery

Patrick Flannery

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Fenestration Canada held its Edmonton Regional Event April 9 at Durabuilt Windows. About 60 attendees heard a day of educational presentations and participated in lively discussions about everything except the Oilers.
In it's first-quarter report to shareholders, Montreal-based Richelieu Hardware announced it purchased three window hardware distributors in Canada with a view to increasing its presence in the fenestration market. 
FenCon19 took another step forward with a 50 per cent increase in attendance (to about 200), an expanded two-day slate of events, a venue upgrade and another strong lineup of expert educators and speakers. Fenestration Manitoba, with the tireless help of Duxton's Al Dueck, is seeing involvement from new partners and new faces at its flagship annual event.
Did you watch Black Mirror on Netflix? God, I loved that series. I’ve always been a total nerd for science fiction and those episodes were the finest example of the genre since Twilight Zone. Science fiction in its purest form is about taking one advancement in science or technology and imagining what the effects will be on a future society, or maybe just one person.
Bill Fast, retired founder of Willmar Windows and C.P. Loewen award winner, was thanked by Fenestration Manitoba at its Holiday Networking Event on Dec. 11 for his generous donation of 50 backpacks towards the association's drive to help the homeless through Siloam Mission. The donation was valued at $2,000 and led all donors. In all, FenMan collected 347 backpacks, each packed with items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels and other essentials to make life a little easier for Winnipeg's homeless.
Fenestration Canada has responded to Natural Resources Canada's discussion paper on future window and door code requirements and energy regulation. In a document authored by FenCan technical consultant, Jeff Baker, the association has laid out its position on several issues that will influence policy going forward. The response was submitted as part of the industry consultation period that has been extended to the end of the year. 
In its fall economic statement, the federal government has announced its intention to allow businesses to write off the entire cost of machinery used for manufacturing and processing the same year it is put into use. This is up from the 25-per cent writeoff allowed in the first year presently.
Fenestration Canada's Fabricators Council, a closed group for fabricator members only, has quickly become one of the more influential bodies within the organization. Gary Blad of Loewen Windows sits on the Council and gave Fenestration Review an update on what was discussed at this years' WinDoor in Quebec City.
Fenestration Canada holds committee meetings in conjuction with WinDoor where important work is done to advance the industry and the association. Fenestration Review sat down with Technical Committee chair Robert Jutras of UL/CLEB to discuss the activities of this group, which informs members about upcoming changes to industry standards and sends representatives to standards-making bodies to provide industry input to their deliberations.
Privately, many wondered how WinDoor's first edition in Quebec City would be received. Would the added distance from the big centres of Toronto and Montreal depress attendance? With over 750 window and door industry folk walking the show floor on the first day alone, the answer turned out to be a resounding "No." Organizers and exhibitors were pleasantly suprised at the robust turnout that included many new faces not always seen at the show's traditional venues.
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