Fenestration Canada: Building on a strong WinDoor
By Lisa Bergeron
WinDoor 2017 – a resounding success!
By Lisa Bergeron
One could feel the vibe and excitement in the air at WinDoor 2017. From a Fenestration Canada perspective, we can honestly say that it was a resounding success. The atmosphere on the show floor was positive and exhibitors on the whole were happy with the traffic. Many thanks to the WinDoor Committee for working diligently with Zzeem to deliver an event that surpassed our expectations!
The Main Event was so appreciated by attendees that it was truly the buzz of the show the next day. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, Fenestration Canada put on a top-notch event that we trust will become a staple of the WinDoor show when it is in in Toronto.
Our membership has grown in 2017 and once again, Fenestration Canada is going on the road. In 2016, we headed west to provide education seminars and a networking opportunity for our B.C. members. This year, we are heading east.
On April 10, we will hold our Eastern Canada Regional Event at the Crown Plaza in Moncton, N.B., where we will be addressing a plethora of topics touching today’s current challenges for fabricators as well as the challenges of tomorrow. If you are in Atlantic Canada, you need to attend this event.
Our Spring Conference, which takes place June 4 to 6, will be packed with education and networking opportunities. This year, Calgary will host the conference and our Conference Committee is working hard to make it a stellar event. This year, the theme is ‘’The Business of Fenestration.’’ We are excited about the program including a great party at the Welcome Event! As always there will be a broad range of speakers discussing real issues facing fabricators. You’ll hear about how the legalization of cannabis will impact your business and get a cross-country review of what’s brewing on the horizon for manufacturers. If you are a window and door fabricator and you want to have your voice heard, you need to attend.
We will end the year in 2018 with the return of WinDoor to ‘’la belle province’’ where Quebec City will host the show Dec. 3 to 5. The WinDoor Committee is rising to the challenge and we are confident that this will once again be a resounding success. With education and networking being the pillars of the show, we will be sure to feature the unique character of Quebec City in our networking events. There is nothing quite as magical as old Quebec around Christmas time.
This is an exciting and important time for members. Governments are unveiling their plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fenestration products are part of the solution. While they may appear at a first glance to be very lofty goals, these aspirational targets will undoubtedly make our industry more resilient and better prepared to meet the opportunities that building more efficient products will bring. Fenestration Canada is at the forefront of these discussions representing the interests of our members and the sector.
Fenestration Canada is very involved with the GreenOn window rebate program to resolve some of the technical issues with the specifications requirements. Our webinar on the subject on January 19 was attended by a record 130 people and we had outstanding participation from our members. We will continue to deliver these type of information webinars as new developments become available with these types of programs.