Fenestration Canada: More chances to meet
Fenestration Canada continues to provide opportunities to get together.
July 5, 2022 By Laine Atkins
This summer update looks a lot different than last year! It was such a pleasure to see our members at our Spring Conference in PEI in early June. The support from our sponsors was overwhelming and it was great to see how strong our first full-scale in-person event was after two years being away from our colleagues. About 100 members attended from right across the country.
We provided great educational content for attendees, rounded up and, in some cases, presented by our technical department, Al Jaugelis and Terry Adamson. Our topics are always chosen with the current interests of Canada’s window and door providers in mind. For this year, the top-of-mind issues were the release of the 2020 National Building Code, the ever-stricter energy efficiency standards and the supply of skilled labour. Accordingly, Jaugelis provided a comprehensive overview of the NBC changes of interest to fenestration companies; Jonathan “JoMo” Layton and Taylor Wight of Layton Consulting explained building envelope thermal modelling; and Jason Neal of the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada joined Adamson to talk about what SAWDAC is doing to promote great installations and train the next generation of window installers.
The supplier’s showcase was busy and buzzing with 20 exhibitors. We really recommend this opportunity to anyone looking to reach Canada’s top fabricators and dealers. The tabletop format is smaller and more intimate than a big show and our members really appreciate the support shown to the association by the exhibitors.
Our evening at the RedShores racetrack was full of fun, even for those who didn’t know a thoroughbred from a quarter horse. The track staff did a great job of welcoming us and putting on a delicious meal.
We started the conference off the only way you can in P.E.I. with a dinner of fresh lobster. The President’s Dinner was also a chance to honour our colleague, Adrian Edge of Innotech Windows Plus Doors, with the President’s Award. Edge has worked hard to help launch our B.C. chapter and has made a significant impact for our association and our industry despite only being in it for three years. Getting the award was a well-deserved achievement for this rising star in the Canadian fenestration business.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kelowna for our 2023 Spring Conference from May 23 through 25. Planning is already underway and more information will be posted at fenestrationcanada.ca. Hotel bookings are already open!
We are excited to keep this momentum going with our chapter events throughout the year, with our next regional event taking place in the prairies. Special thank you to our chapter event sponsors for these events: Sherwin-Williams, Veka and OpenJanela. We look forward to seeing our members in each region and providing quality, timely education content.
Now is the time to secure your booth for WinDoor, happening from Nov. 9 and 10 at the Palais des Congres in Montreal. We have secured our host hotel, the Humaniti Hotel Montreal Autograph Collection, and bookings are open. Our events team is working hard to provide a great education lineup, booking exhibitors and sponsors as well as putting together our first-of-its-kind event, the VP’s Auction. Tables and tickets are available and if you have not already received your call from our president, Mike Bruno, we are sure you will soon! Event information is on our website at windoorshow.ca and you can contact me to secure your booth or sponsorship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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