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The winter months are key planning months for most organizations and Fenestration Canada is actively planning in several areas including education, governance, membership, our AGM and, of course, WinDoor17.
This past fall, I attended GlassBuild and WinDoor on behalf of SAWDAC. While both shows try to accomplish the same objectives, each has a very different feel, which was great to experience. At GlassBuild I connected with the National Glass Association in the U.S. and we are looking to share some best practices between our associations.
Feb. 3, 2017 - Carol Hochu, President & CEO of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Joe Hruska as Vice-President, Sustainability, effective February 16, 2017. In this role, Joe will lead the development and execution of CPIA’s sustainability, advocacy and partnership programs to promote solutions that increase the recycling and recovery of plastics at their end-of-life and reduce marine litter.
Dec. 8, 2016 - It took more than the bad traffic prior to a Jets home game as well as a Standing Rock protest at the intersection of Portage and Main to slow down the nearby FenMan AGM on December 1st, in downtown Winnipeg. Approximately 30 people attended the meeting at the Clay Oven Restaurant at Shaw Park (where the Winnipeg Goldeyes play baseball when it’s not winter).
The National Glass Association\Window & Door Dealers Alliance is pleased to announce its board of directors for the 2016-2017 term. The 2016-2017 term began on Oct. 21, during GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo.
The first item for my inaugural column is to thank Skip MacLean of Trutech Doors for the last three years of exceptional leadership and vision at the helm of Fenestration Canada. It was under Skip’s direction that Fenestration Canada moved to Zzeem Association Management and initiated the revitalization of the WinDoor Show.
Sept. 1, 2016 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has announced the introduction of a new offering from the association's education program. The "Fundamentals of Fenestration" provides basic terminology and standards for windows, doors and skylights, covering both residential and light commercial products, as well as commercial and architectural applications. The online course is designed for use by several audiences, as well as qualifying for continuing education credits.
By the time this article is published, I will officially be past president of Fenestration Canada after three years as president. I will remain active on the executive team and with the association in general.
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.

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