Fenestration Canada: We’re ready to welcome you back to WinDoor
October 13, 2022 By Mike Bruno, Fenestration Canada president
We’re gearing up to welcome you to Montreal this year for WinDoor 2022. We are looking forward to being back in a vibrant city for the show and hope that you will join us. Exhibitors have gone big with their booths and we expect a regular WinDoor attendance, finally bringing us back to pre-COVID times. But first, an update on what we’ve been up to.
Our Ontario Chapter event held on Sept. 14 was a huge success. Over 50 attendees joined us at the Courtyard Marriott near Toronto. Terry Adamson gave a technical department update and we were joined by Andrew Howse, senior advisor for energy efficiency standards, and Sheerish Rambaruth, code advisor in code development and advisory, from the Ontario government. The two spoke about codes in the Ontario energy efficiency regulation and the Ontario Building Code. We were also joined by Daniel Dicaire from Ottawa Community Housing who shared some valuable insights and asked for industry feedback in his talk about the $1 billion in funding that Ontario Social Housing has for high performance windows in the next five years. With the funding, the government hopes to transform existing buildings into high-performance buildings and eliminate 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from their portfolio. The presentation and discussion was a great chance for Ontario members to showcase their technology and let Dicaire know what the industry has to offer for retrofits. We ended the event with a tour of UL’s facility in Scarborough. Two more in-person chapter events are coming to Calgary on Sept. 29 and Vancouver on Oct. 3.
If you have not attended one of our chapter events yet, know that they are free to all members and non-members and are a great way to connect with your industry and gather some quality education presentations and factory tours. These events are listed on our website and there is no charge to attend.
We are currently putting together education sessions for our WinDoor show in November. Expect very informative content. Two new task groups launched this summer, one looking into on-site air and water leakage testing as well as another reviewing operable guards language in the 2020 NBC.
The show takes place over two days, Nov. 9 to 10 at the Palais des Congres in downtown Montreal. We are working hard to bring you timely education content and great networking opportunities. Registration is now open on our website, windoorshow.ca.
In 2021, we threw a hybrid event and brought WinDoor to the Congress Centre in Toronto for two days. Last year we honoured seven prominent leaders in the Canadian window and door industry during the Hall of Fame dinner. The Main Event gala took place at the Embassy Grand Convention Centre in Brampton, Ont., and for those who were unable to join us because of COVID, we livestreamed the event. It was great to see some faces in person after two years, and we’re looking forward to seeing even more this year.
I can’t forget to mention the Vice-President’’s Auction Event, our main event in Montreal, which you don’t want to miss. Cam Drew, our vice-president will host the evening with all proceeds going toward an industry scholarship fund, so bring your chequebooks to bid on some great items both live and at a silent auction. Tables and tickets are still available but the event will sell out so book your ticket now! Did I mention it’s an open bar?
Laine Atkins, our event manager is still able to accommodate WinDoor booth bookings as well as sponsorship opportunities so please reach out to her. We appreciate the support of our members.
It looks like a very busy fall coming. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.
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