Events & Shows
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. 
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.
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 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!
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.
Feb. 20, 2019 - The interest and desire to succeed in manufacturing in North America has rebounded in recent years or even months. However, it is also clear that North America will need to use its strong set in technology and education in order to succeed through ups and downs.
Feb. 20, 2019 - Dave Hogg, experienced LEAN educator comments “Innovation is the buzzword of this century - and its pursuit is already accelerating in preparation for the decades to come. It’s increasingly separating the competitive company from the non-competitive, every day.”
Feb. 11, 2019 - Its quite fascinating to hear Billy Taylor talk about his journey in manufacturing and how he personally has been able to impact operations while developing and refining his very real experiences in leading, not just theories! In fact, Billy has most recently Been promoted to global director for diversity and inclusion at Goodyear and in this role has the opportunity to have even more powerful impact on the success of the business.
FenCon19 attendees will be able to choose between a tour of a local fibreglass lineal pultrusion plant and a look inside Red River College's Building Envelope Technology Access Centre on March 7 in Winnipeg. On the final day of the event, attendees can board buses to OmniGlass and the college for lunch and a two-hour excursion.
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