By Skip Maclean
By Skip Maclean
Fenestration Canada’s Annual Meeting Program was held at the Hotel Sheraton Newfoundland from May 30 to June 1
Fenestration Canada’s Annual Meeting Program was held at the Hotel Sheraton Newfoundland from May 30 to June 1. A record number of 187 delegates and other participants were registered for the event. Delegates were treated to a sample of what Newfoundland has to offer in terms of lifestyle, scenery and entertainment, as well as timely updates on technical issues, trends and topical subjects. The array of presentations on the program schedule included a code panel discussion for a cross-Canada update on codes and standards related to the fenestration sector moderated by Jeff Baker, FC’s technical consultant. Panel members included Al Jaugelis for B.C., Jean-François Kogovsek for Quebec, Jeff Baker covering Ontario and Atlantic Canada and Steve Hopwood addressing the Energy Star Program. The panel addressed the latest issues involving building and energy codes and standards. The presentation helped de-mystify the sometimes complicated technical language that accompanies published reference material.
J.F. Kogovsek of Maxam Marketing gave the code conversation a marketing twist with “How to get your entrance door NAFS-08 compliant – without going out of business!” Margaret Webb, executive director of the Insulating Glass Manufacturing Alliance, gave an overview of new technical and guideline documents being published by that association. Al Jaugelis of RDH Building Engineering reviewed the key results of its research project dealing with the validity of the Energy Rating system for windows. Steve Hopwood of Natural Resources Canada highlighted the main developments with the Energy Star program. Don Mills of Corporate Research Associates gave a thought-provoking presentation called “Managing in a Chaotic Market Economy.” Neil Hardy and Joanne Slaney of the Altus Group presented “An Economic and Housing Forecast: Armageddon or plain sailing?”
The Annual Meeting Program provided ample opportunity for attendees to network with industry peers. Everyone enjoyed the good food and drink as well as the entertainment.
I was elected the new president of Fenestration Canada, replacing Yvan Houle of Portes et Fenetres President who becomes the immediate past president. Allan Doyle of Global Windows was elected as second vice-president, with Al Dueck of Duxton Windows moving up to first vice-president. Kevin Pelley of Kohltech International became treasurer.
Also elected as new board members were Jennifer Small of Screenco, Mike Bruno of Alumitex Windows and Doors and Mark Straub of Roto Fasco Canada.
Affiliate Association representatives on the board also include Terry Adamson from the Fenestration Association of B.C., Jim Krahn from IGMA, Ryan Dudeck from Fenestration Manitoba, Gilbert Lemay from the Quebec glass association and David Mitten from the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada. Jeff Baker of WestLab serves as technical consultant and Robert H. Rivard is executive director.
Fenestration Canada committees continue to do a significant amount of work on behalf of the association and the industry at large. All committee structures have been re-validated and new candidates recruited for participation. Representative members of affiliated associations were also invited to participate and contribute to the meeting deliberations, thus ensuring both a national and regional/provincial input to the discussion.
Win-Door 2013 will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Nov. 12 to 14. The education and show committees are hard at work putting together an impressive educational seminar lineup that will address current and upcoming issues of relevance to the fenestration sector.
The 2014 AGM will be held in Winnipeg at the Hotel Fort Garry, June 11 to 14, 2014.
As always, we invite members and potential members alike to visit our website regularly at www.fenestrationcanada.ca for important updates on activities as well as information and resource materials.