Fenestration Canada will launch a new podcast series Aug. 28 designed to inform and entertain the Canadian window and door industry through conversations with prominent industry leaders. The podcast will be called Fenestration in Canada. Hosted by Fenestration Canada executive director, Stephane Labelle, and Fenestration Review editor, Patrick Flannery, the under-one-hour discussions will give listeners familiarity with the careers, business approach and perspective on current issues of some of Canada's most successful window and door professionals. 
July 31, 2019 - Fenestration Canada is pleased to announce that Eddie Choe, Director of Business Development, Trimlite Mfg. Ltd., has been appointed to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors in order to fill a vacancy in the Board.
FenCon20, a conference focused on educational and inspirational seminars and sessions on window and door manufacturing, will be happening for a fourth year following excellent growth of some 50% in attendance in 2019.  The timing of the event will spring forward to a mid May date, ensuring there are a reduced number of conflicts in a variety of other activities in the industry in Canada, the US as well as Europe. 
I am honoured to have served as president of Fenestration Canada for the past year. In some ways the year passed quickly and in others it seemed it would never end! But overall, we accomplished many initiatives, set new paths and strategic direction and evolved into a stronger, united, organized, efficient and influential Canadian industry association.
GreenON is over but not the mess it left behind
The 2010 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) marked a monumental shift in how doors are tested in Canada with the introduction of NAFS, the North American Fenestration Standard.
Jeff Haberer from Trulite and Paul Bush from Vitro chaired a joint meeting of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance Technical Services Committee and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Glass Council at their Summer Conference in Victoria. The room of over 50 delegates heard about progress on PIB migration, expansion of structural standards to address jumbo and thin glass, acoustical ratings, vacuum insulating glass guidelines and more. Bush noted that the IGMA's technical task forces have often done most of the heavy lifting to research and write AAMA standards for some time.
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.
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