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FenCon19 – Time to start spreading the word

December 10, 2018  By Al Dueck Duxton Windows and Doors

Fenestration Manitoba has been spearheading the development of a short but intense manufacturing-focused conference very centrally locatedin a North American context and in a very cost-effective location, format and context.  Each of the first two years included a three-stream day of one-hour sessions with lots of focus on manufacturing, automation, continuous improvement (or Kaizen) as well as a few additional topics such as materials and finishes.  Each year also featured a keynote speaker with a focus on the future and how it will impact our manufacturing activities.  Each initial year also resulted in a very positive rating from sponsors, exhibitors and attendees.  FenCon 19 intensifies those primary elements with a few additional features and components.

  • Re-located to the downtown Winnipeg Convention Centerlocated in the very heart of the city, close to the Exchange District
  • Opening key speaker –Glen Hodgson– a highly accomplished author and economist from Ottawa, Ontario
  • Kaizen keynote address fromBilly Taylor, a recognized leader in Manufacturing with a focus on absolute importance of PEOPLE
  • An expanded team of very experienced Lean educators – includingDavid Hogg- delivering even more Continuous Improvement content
  • Addition of an manufacturing experienced educator –Vern Campbell- focused on Operational Excellence
  • A deeper dive into the requirements for effectivewindow and door installationwith special focus on Cold Climate settings
  • Internationally recognized experts –Robert Clarke and Steve Selkowitz- providing up to date insights into cutting edge Insulating Glass technology
  • Software technology . . BACK on the table -Matt Batcha,Fenetech– leading a workshop with industry implementation experts
  • A workshop on finishing both smoothskin and wood grain detailed fiberglass door panels
  • Cutting edge plant tours with industry specific focus includingOmniglass Pultrusion, originator of thin wall window pultrusion technology.


“We are excited about the opportunity to deliver a short, cost effective, manufacturing focused conference which continues to attract primarily owners and manager of window and door manufacturing enterprises from all parts of North America,” says, Nancy Zubruski, Executive Director, Fenestration Manitoba.  “A majority of the attendees have kept coming back and are a truly reflection of delivering excellent educational value, both in the classroom and from informal interaction!”

“FenCon 2019 takes another BIG step forward with both higher caliber speakers and simply a “CAN’T miss” Manufacturing Happening for anybody who is really serious/focused on taking their Team/ their operation forward in a turbulent world where the best trained will keep winning.  Manufacturing is BACK in North America but investing Leadership time in the best concepts Is absolutely key to the success of your team.  FenCon 19 is a remarkably short, cost effective, impactful event you simply can’t miss!” –  Cam Drew, Thermoproof Windows & Doors – Vancouver Island,


“LEAN manufacturing is very important to us and FenCon 19 has an excellent focus – we definitely will be there!” Brad Begin, Alpen Windows – Colorado, “FenCon 19 has added some very powerful speakers and we want to be there as part of the latest manufacturing technology.”


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