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March 4, 2016 - The stage is set for the 5th annual Rangate Euro Tour, which takes place from March 9-19, 2016. More than twenty North American solid wood window and door makers will travel to over ten European production factories across four countries. Their journey concludes at Fensterbau, one of the world’s largest window  and door exhibitions. The TOUR provides a unique opportunity to bridge the gaps between North American and European fenestration knowledge, and connect with the people and technologies that power a growing market.
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.
Feb. 18, 2016 - Fenestration Canada is pleased to announce a number of exciting changes for their annual trade show – WinDoor North America. The Association has made significant changes to its signature event. For the first time in 22 years, the trade show takes place November 15 to 17, 2016, in a new location and under new show management – Zzeem Inc. In addition, the press conference will launch WinDoor’s fresh, new look and feel.
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.
Dec. 9, 2015 - IGMA is pleased to announce its 2016 Winter Conference, to be held in sunny Southern California at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in Indian Wells, California from February 29th through March 3rd. Additionally, if you register for the IGMA conference and get your hotel reservations in on IGMA's room block by December 15th, you will be eligible to win a new iPad Mini that includes a digital version of the IGMA Technical Binder!
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."
Nov. 26, 2015 - Roto Fasco Canada made its presence known at Windoor 20015, an event that is widely regarded as one of the best fenestration shows in the industry. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 3-5, Windoor drew more than 100 window and door fabricators and hardware manufacturers and hundreds of visitors from across Canada and the United States, and around the world.
Nov. 6, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) welcomed Ken Gronbach as keynote speaker for the AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference. Gronbach is a demographer, futurist and author who writes about how countries’ age curves interact to create the opportunities and challenges of the world we live in today and what the future will bring for people, profits and the planet. Gronbach spoke about his research and work on Mon., Oct. 19, during the conference.
Nov. 6, 2015 - The age of transparency is here, and it’s a major focus of green building standards and codes, said Aaron Smith, director of sustainable building solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. Smith, LEED® AP BD+C, gave a presentation called Opening the Door to Transparency - LEED v4, EPDs and HPDs at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2015 Fall Conference.
Windoor 2015 welcomed about 600 window and door fabricators to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Nov. 3 through 5. The show featured a new layout, new times and new approaches to speakers and product education. Exhibitors reported strong traffic and excellent attendee quality, especially on the second day.
Oct. 22, 2015 - Windoor show organizers have released the schedule for its new Innovation Presentations feature, where exhibitors will take the stage for 10 minutes to highlight their best and newest products. Windoor takes place Nov. 3 to 5 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
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.
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