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August 21, 2014
Fenestration Canada has scheduled a series of information seminars designed to update window and door fabricators, builders, specifiers, architects and code officials dealing with the compliance of fenestration products to provincial building codes referencing the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-08).


July 22, 2014
(Ottawa, ON) – Fenestration Canada announces changes to the Executive serving the association for 2014-15.

Al Dueck, President of DUXTON Windows & Doors has resigned effective July 15, 2014

“The past 2 . years have been an excellent experience, working and getting acquainted with a group of very dedicated professionals within the industry. However, I have become aware that I need to find a better balance between immediate family and a young, growing business. It has been my special pleasure to participate in the creation of our own Ottawa office. Robert Rivard, Executive Director, and his team have made a significant impact and did an excellent job organizing the AGM in Winnipeg. I intend to make ongoing efforts to continue to give back through continued involvement as the importance of the Fenestration Canada continues to grow.” 


April 29, 2014
Fenestration Manitoba Golf Tournament
Fenestration Canada members registering for the AGM will also have the opportunity to participate in Fenestration Manitoba’s Annual Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place the day before Fenestration Canada’s Annual Meeting Conference Program at the Rossmere Country Club on Wednesday, June 11th. For club details, please visit www.rossmere.ca.


April 28, 2014

2014 ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE
June 12-14, 2014
The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB


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HURRY – Rooms are filling up quickly!


Fenestration Canada's 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference is fast approaching, rooms are filling up and we wish to remind all delegates of the advance hotel reservation deadline of Monday May 12th, 2014 for those wishing to take advantage of our special group rate of $149/night for single or double accommodation.


Registration information, program content, forms and link to a room reservations portal are all available on the Association’s website. Delegates can also register online using a credit card by following the prompts at www.fenestrationcanada.ca under “Meetings and Seminars” Please click here for the 2nd notice and click here for the updated program.



March 26, 2014
Dear ENERGY STAR Participants,

Do you have questions about the online application process for the ENERGY STAR 2013 Awards? Join the ENERGY STAR team for an information session followed by Q&A. See below for dates, times and information on how to join the meeting.


March 24, 2014
The eagerly anticipated nominations for the 2014 ENERGY STAR Awards are now being accepted!

Once again we are using an online submission process.

This system allows candidates to enter their submissions and upload supporting materials electronically (digital files and documents, images, presentations, audio and/or video). The process is secure and will protect all files and documents from unauthorized access. Participants can select more than one award category.


March 24, 2014
We invite members to nominate candidates for the prestigious 2014 C.P. Loewen Award. If you know of an outstanding individual who has made a notable contribution to promoting the fenestration industry in Canada and the association’s mission and objectives nationally, we ask that you click here to download and complete a nomination form and return it no later than Friday, May 9th 2014 for review and consideration by the nominating committee. For a list of past recipients, please click here.


March 12, 2014
The 2014 AGM and Conference will be held June 12 - 14th in one of Canada’s truly unique cities. Winnipeg has been described as the "cultural cradle of Canada" and offers an array of talented artists, significant architecture, award-winning musicians and athletes, and legendary festivals and cultural events. The city is experiencing an unprecedented amount of change with significant investments in new infrastructure and attractions. With one of the largest French-speaking communities outside Québec, Winnipeg remains an important crossroads of culture, commerce and tourism.


March 12, 2014
Fenestration Canada gratefully acknowledges the support it receives from the following program sponsors. Please click here for a complete list.


March 5, 2014
(Ottawa, ON) – Fenestration Canada has become a member of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA). The Alliance is a national organization solely dedicated to the advancement of energy efficiency and conservation in Canada.


March 5, 2014
Fenestration Canada has been receiving phone calls and e-mails daily about NAFS requirements in building codes in various provinces being delayed. These rumors are just that - rumors. After considerable review across the country as of March 1, 2014 this is the status:


Skip MacLean, President, Fenestration Canada - February 7, 2014
2014 arrives with a full agenda for Fenestration Canada and its members! Code implementation, extreme weather from coast to coast, webinars and website improvements and additions, planning for both our AGM this spring in Winnipeg and for Windoor this fall, which will be 20 years strong. The year has barely started and we have several committee sessions under our belts!


Roto Group - January 27, 2014
Roto North America experienced exponential sales growth in the US market in 2013, with its master brand ROTO, as well as with its FASCO brand. Roto grew by 47.2%, and Fasco by 14.4%, respectively.


Roto Group - January 23, 2014
Roto North America experienced exponential sales growth in the US market in 2013, with its master brand ROTO, as well as with its FASCO brand. Roto grew by 47.2%, and Fasco by 14.4%, respectively.

"This is an exciting development and affirms the strategic direction we have undertaken to be market-driven, which results in creating superior customer value with our product and service portfolio" said Chris Dimou, President & CEO of Roto Frank of America and Roto Fasco Canada.


January 23, 2014
Editor and associate publisher of Window & Door John Swanson passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Details for the funeral service and a wonderful obituary can be found on on the Window and Door website.

Window and Door has set up a memorial page where you can post your remembrances, which you can find here.


January 15, 2014
June 11th - 14th, 2014 at the Hotel Fort Garry in Winnipeg, MB


January 14, 2014
Antonios Bountzouklis, from Roto Frank Spain, will join Roto Frank of America on February 1 as the Market Product Manager of European Products, as well as the Area Sales Manager for Central America.


Skip MacLean- President, Fenestration Canada - January 13, 2014

(Ottawa, ON) – The National Fenestration Rating Council has announced that Jeff Baker of WESTLab has been elected as the new chairman of the organization at their meeting in Dallas Texas on January 8th.



Archive 2013


December 19, 2013

Fenestration Canada has completed two important tools for the Fenestration Industry. The NAFS online calculation tool and a NAFS labelling guideline document. This webinar will be the official launch of both tools for the industry. A demonstration of the NAFS online calculation tool and discussion of the labelling guideline will be presented. These tool will be of great interest to manufacturers, builders, specifiers, and building code officials dealing with the compliance of fenestration products to the provincial building codes referencing NAFS-08 and the Canadian Supplement to NAFS-08. Please join Fenestration Canada for this informative presentation.



November 21, 2013
The 2013 Win-Door North America show held November 12 through 14, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre demonstrated continued industry strength with exhibitor floor space sales up more than 8% over the 2012 show. Registrations were on par with previous shows and exhibitors were impressed with the quality of the visiting manufacturers and dealers.

The strong educational program organized by Fenestration Canada and the Win-door Show Committee certainly attracted many attendees. Vitally important topics dealing with code changes, new technologies and research to guide future business planning drew significant crowds to the Seminars.


November 6, 2013
Don’t miss them! (Click here for more)

Win*DOOR North America 2013, November 13-14, 2013 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Hall E (Free Parking)


October 30, 2013
SUNLITE I.G. MANUFACTURING

It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing of Alexander (Sandy) MacKay on the night of Sunday, October 20, 2013 Sandy is a Past President of the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association CWDMA - (now Fenestration Canada).


October 21, 2013
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) would like to invite your organization and its members—as important stakeholders in the development of the National Model Construction Codes—to take part in the fall 2013 public review of proposed changes to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes.


October 21, 2013
The five-year term for the current standing committee members of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) will expire August 31, 2014. As a result, the CCBFC is issuing a call for volunteers to serve on these technical committees in the next Code development cycle. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to submit their application via the National Codes website. New appointments and re-appointments will be effective September 1, 2014.


October 21, 2013
The Fenestration Manitoba executive team of Al Dueck, Ryan Dudeck and Aurelle Robin are pleased to announce the next stage in the development of our industry association. Ethero Events & Management has been appointed as association managers for Fenestration Manitoba in order to grow the young organization.


October 3, 2013


October 3, 2013
As you may have heard, the ENERGY STAR program in the U.S. has been shut down due to their budgetary situation. (click here for more)


September 16, 2013
Members are advised that CSA has been preparing to update Table A1 in the Canadian Supplement with new data that is in line with the climate data in the National building code.  CSA did so in late July, but without any announcement. Purchasers of the standard who elected to receive the update would have been notified by CSA directly, however it is possible that not all purchasers have done so.  Furthermore, the notice may have gone to someone in their company who has not notified the users of the update.


September 10, 2013
The information seminars in London and Toronto Ontario are now at full capacity and we cannot accommodate further registrations for these locations. There is still limited space available for the Ottawa seminar scheduled for September 19th and those who can make it there are welcome to attend.

For those who were not able to get in, we wish to advise that there will be a recap presentation of the information presented at the upcoming WinDoor 2013 show in Toronto. Please check the website for the educational seminar line-up for dates and times.

For any questions, please contact the association office in Ottawa at 613.424.7239 or email info@fenestrationcanada.ca


September 10, 2013
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Robert H. Rivard - August 21, 2013
Significant changes to the Ontario Building Code and NAFS-08 are scheduled to be implemented on January 1, 2014.  All companies including window & door fabricators, sellers and renovators will be affected.

Fenestration Canada in collaboration with major door supplier members has scheduled a series of information seminars designed to update door pre-hangers on building code compliance, testing requirements and provide a general interpretation on the Ontario Building Code and NAFS-08. Seminar locations include London - September 12th; Ottawa – September 19th and Toronto – September 27th. Registration fees are $50 / members; $75 / non-members plus HST. Seating is limited!


Reg Pollard and Family - August 6, 2013
It is with our deepest sadness and regret that we are writing to inform you of the sudden passing of our son and brother Michael Pollard, President of Pollard Windows.


July 11, 2013
Fenestration Canada is launching a Fabricators' Council which will be spearheaded by a leading fenestration manufacturer. Lisa Bergeron, Government Relations Manager for JELD-WEN of Canada has accepted our invitation to chair this council.


July 3, 2013
A group of investors, including members of the Loewen family, have reacquired the company from a Danish firm, the Winnipeg Free News reports. Click here to read more.


Skip MacLean, Fenestration Canada President - June 26, 2013
Fenestration Canada continues to be very active in all aspects of the industry to ensure our members are well represented and receive value for their membership. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated Executive Committee and Board of Directors from across the country who are working actively on behalf of our members.


June 10, 2013
Fenestration Canada’s Annual Meeting Program was held at the Hotel Sheraton Newfoundland from May 30th to June 1st, 2013. A record number of 187 delegates / 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 and participants were also provided with timely updates on technical issues, trends and topical subjects.


May 27, 2013
Win‐Door North America 2013, the 18th annual tradeshow sponsored by Fenestration Canada, is busily planning for an exciting industry event November 12 – 14, 2013 in Toronto, ON. Win‐Door North America is the place for learning about and showcasing new products, meeting fellow industry professionals and educating yourselves about technical information and codes pertinent to today’s changing industry.


May 3, 2013
Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, after his courageous battle with heart and lung disease on Friday, April 26, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Stevens) Strassburger for 53 years.


PPG Industries - April 2, 2013
PITTSBURGH, March 7, 2013 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) industrial coatings business has published a new data sheet that categorizes PPG architectural powder coatings according to American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) performance standards.

The data sheet details formulations and suggested applications for four PPG powder coatings – ENVIROCRON(R) Durable, Envirocron Ultradurable, CORAFLON(R) and DURANAR(R) coatings – and classifies them according to AAMA 2603, 2604 or 2605 performance specifications.

Envirocron Durable powder coatings are formulated to meet the specifications of AAMA 2603, which is the least rigorous of these standards and typically associated with coatings for low-rise and residential buildings.


Fenestration Manitoba - April 2, 2013
Mar. 25, 2013 – Thanks to the key efforts of a small group of people and a base of support within the industry, Fenestration Manitoba is approaching its first anniversary with a special announcement: The Manitoba fenestration golf event is back, thanks to the important return of both Aurelle Robin and Brian Epp to the executive team and event organizing.

Make sure to note June 11, at the Rossmere Golf and Country Club, on your calendar.  June 11 will“double up” as both FenMan’s first AGM as well as golfing event.


Yvan Houle- President, Fenestration Canada - April 2, 2013
(Ottawa, ON) – Announced at the WinDoor show in Toronto last November, the Executive Committee was given a mandate by the Board of Directors to look for an alternative solution to the existing management structure under the Wood Manufacturing Council. Members subsequently endorsed the initiative at their fall meeting held during the association’s WinDoor show.

The Executive Search Committee has worked very diligently, examining various options including a complete structural re-organization. The objective was to seek the services of a quality individual that would be completely dedicated to a cost-effective management approach solution and lead the association to fully realize its potential as THE national trade association for the fenestration industry in Canada.

After an extensive search process, Fenestration Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert H. Rivard as its new Executive Director effective immediately.


March 8, 2013
Port Elgin, NB - Atlantic Windows is thrilled to announce the appointment of Adrienne Burgess as Ontario Sales Manager and Chris Kilgour as Ontario Sales Representative beginning February 25, 2013. With over 43 years combined experience in the Window and Door Industry, Adrienne and Chris are well known for their exceptional customer-focused service and in-depth knowledge of both renovation and new construction market requirements in Ontario.


March 6, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, ONT – March 2013 – Farley Group Inc, formerly known as Farley WinDoor Ltd. one of Canada’s largest fenestration manufacturers, has successfully exited CCAA Proceedings. After an extensive restructuring which saw the consolidation of the company’s manufacturing facilities and its exit from the entry door market, Farley’s refinancing proposal was approved by the Court on February 27th, 2013. “In order to exploit our strengths and maximize economies of scale, we took a serious look at our production and transportation models, consolidated manufacturing activities, and eliminated redundancies,” said company president Dominique Van Voorhis. “We received a number of strong refinancing proposals from various sources and are extremely pleased with the Court’s decision.” With its streamlined operations and new lease on life, Farley has committed to focusing on delivering superior quality products within industry-leading lead times.


February 26, 2013
Join us for a Webinar on March 26



Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/926161834

Ontario Green Energy Act Now Includes Windows Ontario announced in late December that windows would now be a regulated product under the Green Energy Act. The changes in the Act took effect on January 1, 2013, but the implementation for windows was delayed until January 1, 2014.


February 15, 2013
WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO (February 7, 2013) –  Royal Building Products announced today that Chris Bitsakakis has been appointed vice president and general manager of its Window & Door Profiles business, effective immediately.

“We are excited to have a leader of Chris’ caliber join our business,” said Mark Orcutt, executive vice president – Building Products.  “Chris brings a solid combination of sales, manufacturing and financial experience to this role, and we are counting on him to help position the Window & Door Profiles business to take advantage of the emerging recovery of the North American housing market.”


February 11, 2013
Fenestration Canada gratefully acknowledges the support it receives from program sponsors.

For a complete listing of meeting sponsors, please click here.


February 11, 2013
The Fenestration Canada Annual Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s NF from May 30th to June 1st, 2013. Attendees will be able to take advantage of a very informative and exciting program. Delegates will be updated on technical issues, trends and topical subjects. Ample networking opportunities and fun-filled activities are also scheduled amongst the beautiful and historic setting.

A suppliers’ reception and showcase opportunity will provide additional exposure to supplier members who are given an opportunity to display their products and featured services.

The Annual Meeting Program will provide ample opportunity for attendees to network with industry peers, enjoy good food & drink as well as be entertained. Optional golf and group activities are also integrated into the program to help round out the meeting experience for all to enjoy!

For more information about the meeting including registration, program, hotel reservations and more, please click here.


February 6, 2013
MDL Doors Inc. announced January 31, 2013 that it will not be re‐opening its plant in Brussels, ON. On January 23 an early morning fire destroyed most of its operating facilities. No one was in the building at the time and there were no injuries.

MDL Doors operated a 60,000 square foot manufacturing facility and warehouse in Brussels. For the past 29 years the manufacturer of pre‐hung steel and fiberglass doors grew steadily; eventually employing 100 people.

Mervin Lichty, MDL Doors President and founder said, “This has been a difficult time for me, my family and our employees. So much hard work and commitment has been destroyed. If I were a younger man I would re‐build but at this stage in life I’ve decided it would be too much for me. It has been a great journey with an unfortunate ending. I am deeply saddened.

"I wish to offer my thank you to all employees, suppliers and customers who helped me build my dream. I send my best wishes to all of you. No one ever expected an ending like this.”

MDL Doors has made arrangements to transfer orders to Masonite International.


Archive 2012


November 28, 2012
Over 2800 Industry Attendees and 20% increase in space; Win-door again proves its value for the entire Fenestration Industry! Win-door continues to be strong and recently played host to over 150 exhibiting companies in Canada and North America's most focused International fenestration trade show. “Trade participation was up 10%, and space demand was up 20% from the previous show” stated Show Chair Matt Kottke. “By the show’s close on Thursday, reports were very positive, noting overall the quality of the attendee’s was excellent. Many of our exhibitors had excellent results as well”. Click here for press release. Click here for Glass Canada coverage of the show. Click here for photo coverage (the password is WINDOOR).


November 28, 2012
As announced at the Fenestration Canada Fall Meeting in Toronto at Windoor 2012, the  Executive Team has been given approval by the Board of Directors to look for an alternative solution to the current management structure.  This may go as far as hiring a full time Executive Director and a dedicated office for the benefit of the members.  This decision will be based on the viability and quality of the individuals that may be available to us.


November 12, 2012

Join us for a Webinar on November 28


Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/930920602
The approval of the 2010 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) that includes the reference to the National American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) has changed the code requirements for windows, doors, and skylights. This webinar will review the code requirements across the country and what it means to the construction/remodeling professionals regarding fenestration products.

Title: Building Codes in Canada: Are you ready? presented by Jeff Baker
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST


September 27, 2012
The 18th annual Win-Door Show, set for November 6 to 8 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, continues to grow in popularity. More than 160 companies will be exhibiting to more than 2,500 attendees. Click here for more info.


August 15, 2012
Fenestration Canada wants to recognize industry leaders from the past during a special ceremony at Win-door 2012 on November 7th at Toronto Convention Centre. We want to maintain and nurture the links with those who had a part in building our great industry. Pioneers are individuals who have demonstrated dedication to the industry and/or the association and who have been recognized leaders in the industry. The Pioneer designation recognizes the nominee’s efforts to promote and to better the objectives of the industry and association nationally. The individual need not be retired. You will be asked to provide a brief description of the nominee’s personal involvement, leadership, contributions made, and length of service to industry and/or CWDMA/Fenestration Canada.

A seconder is required for each nomination and a committee will review and accept nominations by September 15th. Successful nominees will be contacted at that time.

Click here for the Nomination Form. And to view the list of our Current Pioneers, click here.


July 18, 2012
Win-Door 2012 is approaching quickly — have you booked your hotel room? Click here to download information on hotels that are holding blocks of rooms for Win-Door attendees.


June 12, 2012
Fenestration Canada has updated the latest version of a training presentation designed to help de-mystify the sometimes complicated technical language that accompanies published reference material.

The presentation deck is designed to provide unbiased information to educate building code officials and related groups on specification issues related to fenestration products.

Fenestration Canada members can now download the presentation through the members’ login page on the website.


June 12, 2012

Fenestration Canada’s spring conference was held at the Fairmont Château Montebello from June 7-9th where 160 attendees enjoyed the beautiful resort setting and took advantage of networking opportunities to develop business contacts. The program was structured to keep delegates informed of the latest news, developments and events that can affect their businesses. The association is also committed to the promotion of the highest level of ethical and technical standards within the fenestration sector.


May 7, 2012
The Fenestration Canada Annual Meeting in Montebello QC is fast approaching and if you haven’t already done so, don’t wait any longer to register and make your room reservations at the Fairmont Château Montebello from June 7 - 9, 2012.  The hotel is an exceptional Québec resort famed for its rustic yet luxurious accommodations amidst beautiful surroundings.  A very informative and exciting program has been prepared for all who attend.


March 9, 2012
The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), in March 2011, undertook a review of the CGSB Standards for Glass and Related Products by means of surveys. The results of the Stakeholder survey indicated a number of CGSB Standards are in-use, are relevant and that there is some support by stakeholders to participate in a technical review of the standards. The CGSB operates on a revenue-dependent, cost-recovery basis, and therefore funding support to administer the standards development process to develop a new edition or reaffirmation of the standard is required.


March 9, 2012
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) has invited Fenestration Canada and its members—as stakeholders in the development of the National Model Construction Codes—to take part in the winter 2012 public review of proposed changes to incorporate energy efficiency for housing and small buildings into Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) 2010. FC members are invited to participate in this initiative by going to the members’ login page.


March 9, 2012
The 2006 Ontario Building Code (OBC) was updated on January 1, 2012. These changes introduced the Supplementary Standard SB-12 which changed the energy performance requirements for Part 9 buildings in the 2006 OBC. SB-12 introduced three possible methods of proving compliance with the energy performance requirement of the 2006 OBC. The three methods include:

  • Prescriptive Compliance Packages (Subsection 2.1.1),
  • Performance Compliance (Subsection 2.1.2), and
  • Other Acceptable Compliance Methods (Subsection 2.1.3).

These changes represent a significant change to the OBC and the guide is meant to help clarify the changes for fenestration performance.


March 9, 2012
Reserve the Dates: November 6, 7 & 8, 2012

Watch your mail next month for the new 2012 sales brochure and space application form.

In direct response to exhibitor and visitor comments, we've created a brand new floorplan with better feature areas, improved traffic flow and increased booth space.
View the Floorplan in Detail...

Plan Now to Exhibit
Year after year, WinDoor never fails to attract quality buyers. For you, that means solid leads, face-to-face contact with decision makers and direct access to markets across Canada.

Download The Space Application Form.


Archive 2011


December 20, 2011
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September 18, 2011
*FENESTRATION CANADA FALL MEETING AND WIN-DOOR SHOW PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

Key decision makers are coming from across Canada come to Toronto this fall to see the new products and services being showcased at the Win-door show. Win-door has become one of the industry’s most important events - and the reason for that is simple, its OUR show! This year’s show will showcase over 150 exhibitors, and features the machinery, hardware, systems, sealants, testing and technology that will drive the market in the months ahead. It's a great place to talk face-to-face with suppliers, see the latest products and connect with the entire window and door industry across Canada. It is your true “one-stop shopping” opportunity of the year.  For all the information on exhibiting or attending, visit  www.windoorshow.com

A comprehensive line-up of educational seminars and live demonstrations help to raise the bar on what this event has to offer. Included are the “Economic Power Hour”, an economic forecast from the Altus Group, and such seminars as “Ask The Inspectors: Forum on Code Changes”, “Glass Performance and Energy Efficiency: The Straight Talk”, and “New Code Changes: A Focus on Exterior Doors” 

FREE with your badge are plenty of features, seminars & events, great demos and testing info and of course, the products and services of our suppliers. Win-door, located in the heart of Toronto’s restaurant, entertainment, sports, and theatre district is an attractive destination point that sets the stage for hospitality activities with clients. When you are not on the show floor, or in one of our fact-filled seminars, we encourage you to take advantage of all this area has to offer. Learn More…..




May 31, 2011
The Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association held its 2011 Annual Meeting at the spectacular Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta from May 26-28, 2011. Click "more" to learn about the new board for CWDMA, program highlights, C.P. Loewen Award 2011 winners, committee reports and much more.


May 31, 2011
CWDMA Board member M. Andrade Gienow Windows and Doors presented, on behalf of the CWDMA, the prestigious CP Loewen Award for 2011, recognizing outstanding dedication, commitment and accomplishment in window and door industry to Harvey Dunand, whose career spanned more than 30 years in the construction and fenestration industry.


May 10, 2011
CSA Standards is launching the Fenestration Installation Technician certification program this summer. Before the certification exam can be offered, it must be beta-tested to provide valuable feedback to assist in establishing the final exam questions and the pass/fail score for certification. If you are up for the challenge of beta-testing this brand new certification, sign up now! Exams will be deployed at testing centers throughout Canada starting in June 2011. Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2011. Special discounted Beta Tester Price: $250 Payment will be collected only if you pass the test and would like to obtain the certification. The Beta test will take 4hrs.

Download the Application Form.

Be one of the first to earn certification as a FIT-Level 1.


May 10, 2011
CWDMA is pleased to distribute this questionnaire to assist SAWDAC (The Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada) in determining the market need for a training program to prepare persons who will be required to obtain FIT Certification which is currently in draft form through the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) with support from CWDMA and government. The CSA FIT certification process involves taking an examination with over 100 questions to test and confirm the knowledge of people involved in the installation & servicing of windows, patio doors, doors & skylight installations. CSA will administer the FIT certification program but does not intend to offer preparation training for the FIT examination. Click here for questionnaire.


April 5, 2011
The first of a regular series of Technical Bulletins for Members has been posted on the members-only section of the CWDMA website. These bulletins are being co-ordinated by Technical Advisor Jeff Baker and will provide our member firms with informative and useful information on a variety of key technical subjects.


April 5, 2011
For the convenience and benefit of our members, CWDMA retained a leading expert to prepare a comprehensive summary of fenestration requirements in codes and regulation. "Requirements for Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights in Canadian Building Codes and Regulations, and Energy Regulations" is now available in the members-only section of our website – www.cwdma.ca.


March 3, 2011
IGMA has a series of informative webinars planned over the coming months. They have several webinars as part of their Preventing Insulating Glass Failures Educational Sessions. There is a session on Sealants March 10th, Thermal Performance April 28th and Gas Filling on May 24th. They also have a Preventing Injuries During Flat Glass Handling session on March 9th. Click here for more.


February 2, 2011
CWDMA Technical Consultant Jeff Baker has been participating in several meetings recently on the Model National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings and a second committee on Houses. The Model National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings is intended to help people design energy-efficient buildings that minimize air-conditioning and heating bills given construction cost trade offs. The Code contains cost-effective minimum requirements for energy efficiency in new buildings. The current edition is 1977, however a new edition of the code is scheduled to be released in 2011. It will be published in an objective-based format, which will offer new information to facilitate the evaluation of innovative products and systems.


February 2, 2011



The 2010 National Building Code will have significant ramifications for the door industry. Requirements for doors to meet the national building code have been part of the code for about 20 years, but they were never enforced. It is anticipated that the requirements in the 2010 NBC will be enforced, as the new version comes into effect across Canada. Building code officials are going to be aware of the new requirements, which indicate that there must be a clear indication on the door that it complies with the code, which means that doors will require a label to demonstrate compliance with the code. Several jurisdictions will begin using the NBC 2010 in 2011 or early 2012. Nova Scotia will be the first to adopt the NBC 2010 and it will go into effect on June 1, 2011.


February 2, 2011
Nominations for the 2011 ENERGY STAR Market Transition Awards are now being accepted by the Energy Star Program. The deadline to submit a nomination is March 14, 2011. The award categories are Energy Star Manufacturer of the Year (single product or multiple products); Energy Star Retailer of the Year (national or regional), and Energy Star Advocates – Utilities (large or local), distributors or general promoters, including governments or non-government organisations. Click here for more.


Archive 2010


November 29, 2010
Win-Door 2010 was officially opened by CWDMA President Kevin Pelley and Mike Nolan, President of the EMS Chiefs of Canada on November 16th.



Congratulations to the 2010 Win-Door award winners! The James Parker Booth Awards presentations took place on Wednesday November 17th. Congratulations to Edgetech IG who took first place overall for the second year in a row. Trimlite was awarded second place in the large booth category and Apricot Coating Systems took the award for best small booth. Well done and congratulations to all the winners!

Retiring CWDMA Directors were also recognized on the 17th. Scott Target of Global Windows and Doors and Martin Tremblay of Servitek Fenestration Inc. received Service Awards in recognition of their hard work.

The CWDMA and Win-Door would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of Win-Door 2010:

Livingston International - EMS Novatech Group Inc. - Parking Richersons Enterprise Limited - Parking Royal Group/Thermoplast - Lunches/beer cups Truth Hardware - Badge lanyards/pillar wraps/EMS Trimlite - Registration desk Cardinal IG - Codes & Standards Update - by Jeff Baker, CWDMA Technical Consultant Screenco Manufacturing - Strategic Planning for Your Closely Held Business by Bob Langdon UltraFab - Economic Forecast by Peter Norman of Altus Group

The CWDMA Fall Meeting was held on Tuesday, November 16th, a change from its' traditional Thursday morning time slot. The CWDMA Board members and committee chairs presented an overview of their activities from the past year and highlighted upcoming activities and initiatives.

As always, the educational sessions were well attended. On Wednesday November 17th Jeff Baker, CWDMA Technical Consultant, presented an informative update on codes and standards. The focus was on NAFS testing requirements for doors and upcoming changes in the building code and NAFS that window manufacturers will need to meet to achieve compliance with the new building code. Click here to read more in Glass Canada

Returning speaker Bob Langdon offered two seminars, the first of which was: Strategic Planning for Your Business. In this program, Bob Langdon illustrated how to differentiate products and services in the marketplace, thus enabling a higher gross margin. Mr. Langdon's second seminar, Maximizing Profitability in a Recovering Economy, highlighted how to increase ones understanding of the P&L statement, thus enabling preparation of a viable financial business forecast.

Thursday, November 18 featured three well attended sessions: Peter Norman, General Manager of Altus Group Economics, presented an informative Financial Forecast. Mr. Norman is a specialist in economic and demographic analysis, construction economics, building products, technology studies and forecasting services. A welcome addition to the Win-Door program, Mr. Norman has a well-rounded background in the real estate and constructions industry.

Steve Hopwood from Natural Resources Canada covered new developments in the October 2010 ENERGY STAR specifications. He also provided tips on how to label for ENERGY STAR, discussed some of the do's and don'ts on submitting model information and outlined possible future changes. Miles Murphy, Product Manager for the CSA, reviewed the development of the first Canadian program to certify installers of windows, doors and skylights. This national initiative, known as the F.I.T. Personal Certification Program, has been developed to support the need for quality installations that meet industry standards and best practices, while promoting energy efficiency and consumer confidence. Miles provided a progress report to date that included timely information on the scope of the program, subject matter being developed for certification, knowledge and practice domains and more.


November 29, 2010
This public review focuses on recommended variations from the model 2010 National Building Code. The purpose of this public review is to gather feedback on 14 variations that we are recommending. The feedback you provide will be considered in the development of the 2011 BC Building Code expected to take effect in the fall of 2011. The opportunity to participate in the public review will continue from November 9, 2010 until December 21, 2010.


November 28, 2010
The Board of Directors for the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is developing a pilot program to conduct blind product rating verification. The move was prompted by NFRC’s desire to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an ENERGY STAR Qualified Certification Body.
Click here to read more


November 27, 2010
The prestigious CP Loewen Award was also presented on November 17th. The award, recognizing outstanding dedication, commitment and accomplishment in the window and door industry was presented to this year’s deserving recipient, Clare Knechtel of KML Millwork. Click here for Clare Knechtel’s Citation.


November 26, 2010
Coming early in 2011, the CWDMA will be featuring Technical Updates on the Members Only are of the CWDMA website. If you do NOT have a username and password for the “Members Only” access, please contact info@cwdma.ca to request the information.


October 3, 2010
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 CP Loewen Award recipient.


The prestigious C.P. Loewen Award is presented annually to an outstanding individual in recognition of his/her dedication and service to the window and door industry. Please nominate those you feel are dedicated to promoting the objectives and mission of the association. Whether their contribution be in the form of standards development recruitment, training or marketing, all aspects are crucial to the growth and development of the CWDMA. Please click here for the application form.


May 25, 2010
A new, harmonized performance standard for windows, doors and skylights has been developed and will be referenced in the 2010 National Building Code of Canada (NBC), replacing a number of Canadian standards, some of which were outdated. The standard is AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, NAFS - North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights.


May 25, 2010
April 15, 2010 – The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) presented its 2009 Member of the Year Award this week to Jeff Baker, of WESTLab, during the NFRC Spring Membership Meeting in New Orleans. Roland Temple, a longtime NFRC member who retired last year and earned the first Member of the Year Award, presented this year’s honor to Mr. Baker.


May 25, 2010
The CWDMA’s Seminar series were once again presented through a series of webinars for 2010.
Last year the association decided to use the web-based seminars as a mean to reduce costs for the members, the feedback was very positive. As a result we used the same format in 2010.
CWDMA webinars were held the week of May 17th. For those who missed the CWDMA webinars, a voice recording and a pdf version of each presentation is now available on the members’ only area of the CWDMA website.


May 25, 2010
Your Feedback Urgently Requested
CSA's Job Task Analysis Committee has recently completed an analysis of the FIT Level 1 Technician job and is enlisting the help of subject matter experts (installers, technicians, contractors, supervisors, educators, architects, designers, etc.) to participate in a short survey (about 30 minutes) to confirm the results of the analysis and provide input.


April 13, 2010
The CWDMA 2010 Annual Meeting was held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario from June 3-5 at the beautiful Pillar and Post Hotel.


March 11, 2010
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) continues the development of an updated version of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB). In 1997 the Model National Energy Code for Buildings was published, but it was never adopted by any of the provinces. This code is for commercial buildings and multi unit residential buildings.


February 19, 2010
Job Task Analysis Committee

The scheme committee for the Fenestration Installation Technician (FIT) Personnel Certification Program is looking for 12 volunteers to serve on the Job Task Analysis (JTA) Committee.


Archive 2009


December 2, 2009
The Win-door show offers exceptional value for all. Over 2500 window and door manufacturers from around the world will attend, bringing together a multitude of industry experts to highlight new ideas and technologies. A comprehensive seminar series will include business management information, economic forecasts and the ever popular technical sessions. Industry specific updates on building code requirements regarding windows and doors, and Energy Star specifications will enlighten all who attend. Seminars are free with your registration badge. Click here for complete show information.


December 2, 2009
CWDMA President K. Pelley, Koltech International, would like to invite members to join one of our Committees.

The Committees do a great deal of important work on behalf of the association.

Email info@cwdma.ca if you would like to participate. Click here to review the list of Committees.


December 2, 2009
Your Industry. Your Business. Your Show.

"South Building Proves Popular With the Fenestration Industry"

“Win-door has proven to be strong, and effective in these very challenging times”… this was how this years exciting Win-door North America show was described by CWDMA President Kevin Pelley and many of the over 130 exhibiting companies in North America's most focused International fenestration trade show in 2009, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 17 - 19. Trade participation recorded over 2500 attendees plus exhibitors. “Like all shows in today’s marketplace – we faced the challenge of smaller attendee and exhibitor personnel numbers, but by all reports the quality was excellent!” stated Richard Lipman of the CWDMA.


November 30, 2009

Scheme Committee – Invitation and Application


Attached is an invitation and application Miles Murphy, Product Manager, CSA Standards to participate in the development of CSA’s exciting, new, national certification program for installers of windows, doors and skylights, the CSA Certified Fenestration Installation Technician (FIT) Personnel Certification program. Interested members could consider lending your time, expertise and support to the development of this credential. Based on the CSA A440.4 standard and industry best practices, the goal of FIT is to provide consistency of application, improve the overall quality of installations and to enhance consumer confidence in the industry.


August 14, 2009
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building, Hall E


Tues., Nov. 17, 2009 4pm-8pm
Wed., Nov. 18, 2009 10am-5pm
Thurs., Nov. 19, 2009 10am-3pm



July 9, 2009
Over the past sixteen months Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has conducted a consultation process with Participants and key stakeholders to develop a new version of the technical specification for ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors and skylights sold in Canada. NRCan would like to publicly thank everyone who has taken the time to work with us or submit comments over the past 16 months. The results of the consultation process are as follows, click here (Document updated on March, 2010).




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Win-Door 2009


20th Anniversary Win*Door North America 2014, Metro Toronto Convention Centre November 18th – 20th

20e anniversaire du Salon Win*Door North America 2014, Metro Toronto Convention Centre les 18 au 20 novembre

The 2015 Fenestration Canada Annual Meeting / Conference will be held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver June 4-7, 2015

L'assemblée générale annuelle et la conférence 2015 de Fenestration Canada aura lieu à l'Hôtel Fairmont Vancouver les 4-7 juin 2015.

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