Association News
Jason Neal, 44, assumed the duties of executive director of SAWDAC in March. His previous experience was mainly in the world of software sales management, including time at Electrolux and Research In Motion. Neal has a B.A. in Economics from Laurentian University.
Fenestration Canada's Fabricators Council met June 9 at the association's Annual General Meeting in Mont Tremblant, Que., to discuss important issues and initiatives concerning Canadian window and door fabricators. The meeting was chaired by Lisa Bergeron of Jeld-Wen and included about 15 fabricators and invited guests.
June 9, 2016 - Both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Code Council (ICC) now accept FenestrationAssociate® and FenestrationMaster coursework as continuing education credits. The AIA accepts the FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster coursework as 11 and 13.5 Learning Units (LUs)/Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) hours, respectively. This means that completion of the courses allows professionals to fulfill most of the annual requirement for AIA continuing education (18 LU/12 HSW hours), while also earning a professional certification. The ICC has also approved FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster coursework as 1.10 and 1.35 continuing education credits, respectively, which may be self reported to the ICC.
May 12, 2016 - The Vinyl Institute has announced that it has expanded its representation of vinyl industry interests in North America by establishing the Vinyl Institute of Canada as a self-funded business council.  This new arm of the Vinyl Institute significantly expands the scope of the organization's efforts, and provides considerably broader representation of the vinyl industry's interests, including broadening markets for vinyl product sales.
Fenestration Canada, partnered with buildAbility to present a seminar on fenestration energy design, performance and regulations on March 24 in Toronto.  Jeff Baker Fenestration Canada’s technical consultant delivered a comprehensive presentation explaining fenestration fundamentals. Topics such as heat transfer, how low-e coatings work and how different spacer and frame materials perform were discussed. Performance indicators and regulations were examined and explained. 
Canada’s oil barometer of prosperity has seen pricing go from record highs to record lows. Housing prices in major centers like Toronto and Vancouver seem to defy all logic. Costs of raw materials change daily due to the heavy influence of currency exchange fluctuations. Change is in the air and you can count on it. What was apparent yesterday may not be so tomorrow.
Mar. 3, 2016 - 2016 will be an exciting year as we host the WinDoor North America trade show for the first time in Montreal. The Palais des congrès de Montréal is a top-notch venue and we plan to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the lovely and lively city of Montreal.
Jan. 14, 2016 - Fenestration Canada invites members to nominate candidates for the C.P. Loewen Award.
Jan. 7, 2016 - This seminar, sponsored by Fenestration Manitoba, will provide architects, engineers, builders, and fenestration industry professionals with a solid understanding of critical fenestration thermal performance issues they face on a daily basis. The seminar will focus on a number of key areas:
Jan. 7, 2015 - Darrel Kane has stepped into his role the new executive director of the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada, replacing David Mitten, who retired at the end of the 2015. Mitten announced his retirement early in 2015 and the association embarked on an executive search to find Kane. Kane comes to SAWDAC from ICI Paints with significant experience running non-profit organizations at the University of Waterloo.
Dec. 9, 2015 - December is always a pretty busy month for everyone, but Fenestration Manitoba president Ryan Dudeck was pretty pleased with the turnout at the organization’s 2015 AGM on December 3rd. It was held at the Clay Oven restaurant in downtown Winnipeg, just down the block and within view of the interestingly fenestrated Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Nov. 26, 2015 - Fenestration Manitoba will hold its Annual General Meeting in conjunction with a relaxed and fun networking get-together at the Clay Oven in Winnipeg, Dec. 3. The event starts at 5:30. Registration is free for FenMan members and $20 for "future members."
There has always been interest in what is happening in the industry in general and the differences experienced in the various regions across the country. I recently reached out to several individuals and companies across Canada to elicit their take on current and future business activity. Here are some of the responses. First I asked about the general business climate in the market. “Business has been strong since May and remained so all summer. Increased competition however has put a strain on margins.” – a fabricator in Atlantic Canada “Sales in Ontario started slowly due to weather concerns but have rebounded strongly during the summer months.” – a fabricator in Ontario “Demand for new homes is down year-to-date in Manitoba. The renovation market has remained strong but increased competition is creating a consumer buying market.” – a fabricator in Manitoba “Single-family home construction remains strong, while custom home builds had a very slow start. Multifamily market is strong with condo, apartment and townhome construction doing very well.” – a fabricator in B.C. “Skittish, due to oil pricing and the trickle-through effect on the whole economy – a supplier in Alberta Next, I asked for forecasts for the balance of 2015 and beyond. “U.S. exchange rates will continue to have a major impact on the price of raw materials, primarily glass and hardware – a fabricator in Ontario “Renovation will remain strong in 2015 and beyond providing our economy does not go into recession.” – a fabricator in Manitoba “Results for 2015 should remain strong for the balance of 2015 and housing starts are forecasted to increase from 18,700 units in 2015 to 19,200 in 2016 – a fabricator in B.C. “Unless oil pricing shows a dramatic improvement, we expect volumes to suffer by as much as 30 per cent in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.” – a supplier in Alberta “Even with an unstable economy being projected, it seems that most window and door manufacturers are optimistic for 2016.” – a supplier in Ontario “Prediction for the balance of 2015 is that we will experience a very busy season and we are predicting slightly higher volumes for 2016. Manufacture-direct and the influx of the non-regulated supply of window and door products could adversely affect the market.” a fabricator in Atlantic Canada “The focus is on developing value-added products, increasing productivity and improving margins.” – a fabricator/supplier in Ontario “As the U.S. emerges from the downturn, additional opportunities are present for those companies looking to expand their sales and territories.” – a supplier in Quebec “New product introductions that better suit the changing consumer trends (more minimalistic designs) will be important to ensuring future growth.”  – a supplier in Ontario “Better than 2015 but company growth might have to come from new development and new business rather than organic growth. Lots of question marks remain for 2016.” – a supplier from Quebec Undertaking this endeavor has reinforced my belief that events such as Windoor and the Fenestration Canada AGM are critical to the industry and all its stakeholders. Many thanks to the following contributors: Westeck Windows in Alberta, Extreme Window and Entrance in New Brunswick, Mennie Canada in Ontario, De-Mar Window Hardware in Ontario, TruTech Doors in Ontario, Fenestration Components International in Alberta, Paramount Windows and Doors in Manitoba, AquaSurtech in Quebec, Sunview Patio Doors in Ontario, ODL Canada in Ontario, Westech Building Products in Alberta, and Vitre-Art in Quebec.Skip MacLean is president of Fenestration Canada. He is business development manager for Tru-Tech Doors and has over 40 years’ experience in the window and door industry.
New executive director hired
Sept. 28, 2015 - The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance has issued a comprehensive report to members ahead of its Oct. 5 Fall Conference in Denver, Colo. The newsletter includes updates on the activities of many committees and an itinerary for the conference.

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