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The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Emerging Technologies Committee was chaired by David Cooper of Guardian. Co-chair Helen Sanders of Technoform was unable to attend. The committee was meeting at its Summer Conference in Victoria, held this year as a joint event with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.
Attendees at the joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Summer Conference in Victoria got a dose of adrenaline from the Day 1 keynote speaker, Patrick Moore. Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace who left the organization over its opposition to plastics and now works with the Vinyl Institute, delivered a provocative talk challenging a swath of environmentalist shibboleths, including dismissal of climate change as an urgent problem.
Margaret Webb and Janice Yglesias, executive directors of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the American Architectual Manufacturers Association, respectively, opened the first day of official business at the joint AAMA/IGMA Summer Conference with a report to membership. Most of the discussion addressed progress and plans for the merger of the two association, which members will vote on in July. If approved, the new merged organization will be called the Fenestration Glazing Industry Alliance.
Sixty-four golfers (and some additional supper guests) were lucky enough to enjoy some amazing summer weather with clear blue skies during the2019 golf outing at the St Boniface Golf Course for the second year in a row. Conditions on the course were excellent and based upon early feedback, the participants simply enjoyed an outstanding day!  Amazingly, Roland Tokar, Tokar Agencies, stepped up again to assist with the front promotion of the event following the very first such event some 25 years prior.
The 2019 Fenestration Canada Spring Conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., welcomed a healthy crowd of around 140 window and door business leaders for two days of education sessions, committee meetings and ­– most crucially ­– informal networking giving everyone a chance to reconnect and update relationships. Considering the quality of the conversations and the opportunity to meet new people at these events, one wonders how the people who don't come out stay competitive. Granted, your customers aren't there, but there's just so much to be learned and discussed and thought about in one condensed and intense period of time.
Second City and CBC alumnus Deborah Kimmet will provide the keynote speech as part of Fenestration Canada's Summer Conference, June 3 to 6 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. The conference will feature educational sessions, social events, committee meetings and presentation of the C.P. Loewen lifetime achievement award.
Jon Eakes, known to some as CBC's Mr. Chips in the late '70s, will present a nationwide window installation discussion following up on initial research done at the National Research Council from 2005 to 2013. Eakes has been leading research into new window installation methods aimed at reducing water ingress around sills.
Fenestration Canada is planning a mission to Birmingham, U.K., May 21 through 23 to meet with British counterparts and attend FIT 2019, the U.K.'s largest show for the window and door industry. Interested members are all invited to join the trip.
April 16, 2019 - The Fenestra Purchasing Co-op is pleased to announce and welcome Alumican Doors Inc. of Montreal, QC, as the latest Member to join our Co-op.
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.
Mar. 26, 2019 - Three years ago, the leadership at Fenestration Manitoba realized there was a need for a new annual event. Inspired in part by the extraordinary CME Manitoba group, we chose to launch an educational manufacturing conference with a pure focus on fenestration. The somewhat natural and easily marketable descriptor – FenCon - was the natural outcome!
Mar. 14, 2019 - Fenestra Purchasing Co-op is pleased to announce and welcome Gentek Building Products Ltd. of Burlington, ON, as the latest Supplier Partner to join our Co-op.
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.
Fenestration Canada will host a one-day education and networking event in Edmonton on April 9. The day will include updates to code changes, discussions of high-performance window design, a presentation of a novel installation approach and a Q&A session with a panel of industry experts. Special effort has been made to include content of specific interest to Alberta fenestration manufacturers and dealers.
Fenestration Canada’s board of directors has been hard at work over the past six months to improve our management structure so we can provide better services and added value to our members.
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