A new year is upon us. We can now reflect on the past 12 months...
Earlier this year I reported on Fenestration Canada’s activities with the perspective of letting you know what activities the association was planning for 2014. Well I am happy to say that not only did this hard working team of board and committee members deliver what was asked of them, but they exceeded all expectations and demands. Many new challenges face our industry in 2015 and I am confident we have the right people in place to direct and guide us to a positive result.
The Technical Committee, co- chaired by Jean Marois (Royal Plastics) and Robert Jutras (Air-Ins Inc.) with the assistance of our Technical Advisor Jeff Baker (WESTLab and now chair of NFRC) includes some of the most respected technical minds in the fenestration industry. These are the folks that do all the dirty work, receive little of the credit but derive great satisfaction in doing the job right! Notable examples of what they have accomplished this past year include input on the NAFS Guidelines documents and use of the NAFS Performance Calculator which are available for public download from the association’s website. Plans are underway to schedule a series of half-day hands on workshops across the country to help members make effective use of the information being provided.
The committee contributes regularly to CSA A440 and also keeps members informed of developments on the Canadian Building Code and Energy Code fronts across the country. The committee also works in close concert with the Fabricators’ Council Canadian Building Code Compliance Subcommittee which endeavors to clarify and bring a common understanding and interpretation of NAFS testing requirements between labs and certifying agencies. A number of technical bulletins are being planned for release in this current year. A NAFS FAQ section will also be posted on the association’s website to help members better understand the standard, testing and compliance requirements.
Membership and Marketing - Chaired by Laura Weil (Euro Vinyl Windows) The committee has been tasked with providing editorial content and keeping membership up to date with the latest association and industry news. A new membership advantages folder was released at Win.door with great acceptance. Upcoming tasks include the promotion of our AGM in Vancouver, reaching out to non FenCan members to demonstrate the benefits of association involvement and working with the other various committees to promote their activities and endeavors. The committee is about to launch a fresh new- look FC website which promises to be easier to navigate, keep current and aid in the promotion of all that is Fenestration.
Fabricators take note! There is a tremendous amount of informative, educational and important work being tasked by our Fabricator Council chaired by Lisa Bergeron (JELD-WEN Canada). This committee has grown from a few collective voices raised at our 2013 AGM in St. John’s, NL to a real who’s who in window and door fabrication. Powerful tools such as the NAFS performance calculator, labeling guide lines documents and a task group compiling information from test and certification bodies can be directly attributed to the council efforts. The task group, chaired by Greg Dickie (Atlantic Windows) will have completed its findings early in the New Year and the results will be available to all Fenestration Canada members. Many thanks to Morgan Hanam (Fenestration Services), a long time Fenestration Canada supporter, for all his guidance in completing this task.
This council can be enormously effective in providing a voice to express concerns and assist in delivering information and tools to improve the position of window and door fabricators. I am delivering a shout out to all fabricators to become involved in this extremely important council. Fenestration Canada has been asked to contribute to code development for fire rated products which will soon be up for review. If this is an area you or your company is involved in please contact the FC office.
Our Education committee, led by J.F. Kogovsek (Maxxam Marketing) has had a busy year with planning and delivering educational seminars held at both the AGM and Win.door. As well as a very diverse program delivered for both events J.F. and Jeff Baker conducted 3 webinar programs in September dealing with NAFS and all of its nuances. These webinars attracted our largest audiences ever (over 600 participants) and reflect the interest, concern and impact, code change has on our industry. Anyone interested in becoming involved in this committee should contact the FC office, me or J.F. This is a very important component of our association and an excellent way to collaborate with all members of the industry.
Win.door 2014, our 20th Anniversary as “Canada’s Premier Window and Door Showcase” was held at the MTCC. Thankfully the massive snow storm that hit New York State stayed the course and for the most part let the party go on. Opening celebrations provided us the opportunity to honor four companies that have been with the show from the start. Amesbury/Truth, IGMA, Novatech and Trim Lite were all presented with plaques that recognized this achievement and our thanks. Win.door gives us the opportunity to meet with our peers, celebrate our industry and showcase the suppliers of window and door components and services crucial to fenestration fabrication. These companies are vital to our continued growth as an industry and should be celebrated for helping us solidify our reputation for building the best window and door systems in the world. A show survey was sent to all exhibitors and attendees to help the committee design a program that fits the needs of all participants. Please help us keep Win.door vibrant and important by providing us your feedback. The Win.door Show committee, led by new chair Rick Pries (Veka, Int.) has promised to deliver a new look, new approach to the 2015 show and I look forward to seeing the results of their planning.
Our upcoming AGM to be held in the majestic city of Vancouver, Canada has some big boots to fill after the stellar job our Manitoban members and sister association led by Al Dueck (Duxton Windows) performed this past June. Scheduled for June 4th to 6th, the ground work has begun and a program committee has been set up to ensure a relevant program and good time is had by all. British Columbia continues to be a hot bed for all that is NAFS and I am sure there will be lively, informative discussion and discourse. The AGM provides an excellent opportunity to not only rub elbows with your peers and other professionals in Fenestration manufacture but gives us the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences.
I can’t begin to tell you the wealth of networking contacts, business opportunities and general knowledge my involvement in Fenestration Canada has presented. I have to thank a certain lady for gently twisting my arm. There is no better opportunity to collaborate with the ladies and gents who shape our trade and get an insight on how these leaders handle challenges, adversity and opportunity.
I have been blessed with an eclectic executive team who provide wisdom well beyond my experiences, offer guidance and direction and take time from their own personal and business lives for the betterment of the industry. I look forward to working with Greg Dickie (Atlantic Windows) incoming President in June 2015 and the rest of the Fen Can team to ensure our members best interests are first and foremost. On that note, I would ask that you not only ensure your company is a Fenestration Canada member but that you get involved in the association and help us protect and preserve your interests.
Involvement can mean many things! Whether your interests are technical in nature, marketing, educational or manufacturing oriented, there is a place for you on one of our very active and productive committees and board.
Wishing everyone a safe, happy and prosperous 2015!