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.
We have a number of committees that have been set up to assist and represent members on the development and support of building codes, energy codes and fenestration standards across Canada. We are always looking for new members to join our committees on a voluntary basis to help provide input and contribute to finding solutions to challenges that lie ahead. Our committees include: 1) Technical Services; 2) Membership & Marketing; 3) Government Relations; 4) Finance; 5) Education; 6) Media Relations and 7) Governance.
These Committees continue to do a significant amount of work on behalf of the association and the industry. By getting involved, you can increase your membership value and help contribute to finding solutions that will help the fenestration sector as a whole.
Our annual conference in St. John's NF was very well attended with a record 187 registered delegates and participants. Those who attended were able to benefit from timely updates on codes, standards and the regulatory environment across Canada. There were also a number of marketing and economic updates to round out the presentations. All presentations are posted on the members' portal of the association's website for access and reference by members. Ample opportunity was also provided for social networking à la Newfoundland style for the enjoyment of all. Additional coverage and photos are available on the Fenestration Canada website. Mark your calendars now as our 2014 AGM is slated for Winnipeg, Manitoba for June 12-14 at the Fort Garry Hotel.
WINDOOR 2013 is scheduled for Nov. 12-14, 2013 in Toronto. Our Show Committee is busy with programing elements to make the 2013 Win-door Show successful for everyone. We anticipate having excellent exhibits and a larger number of attendees coming out to make purchases and learn about technical information and codes pertinent to today's changing industry.
We continually look for innovative ways to reach out to new businesses and individuals to participate in this event - either as an exhibitor or an attendee. We also encourage all fenestration industry associations to consider holding their meetings at/during our tradeshow to capitalize on the opportunity to have their business sessions, attend the show, network with businesses and individuals and attend the educational conferences.
Our Technical Advisor, Jeff Baker continues to concentrate his efforts on codes and standards work, to ensure that code bodies understand the industry and our technical issues, so that we are represented and people and organizations are educated about windows, doors and skylights. In concert with this work, our Technical Committee is active in providing input and opinion on key issues that potentially impact our products.
Members are always encouraged to visit the Fenestration Canada website at www.fenestrationcanada.ca for regular updates and access to important industry information in the members' login area. During this past year, we transitioned to a new management arrangement and have moved office locations. Please note our new association coordinates and contact information for your records. We now have a dedicated full-time Executive Director who along with his staff is working hard to keep the information current and provide members with access to informative presentations, newsletters and sector developments.
Fenestration Canada is also pleased and privileged to have established very good working relationships with partner and affiliated associations in British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec along with IGMA and SAWDAC at the national level. We look forward to continuing to partner and enhance the co-operation between the key organizations within the sector.
In closing I would like to thank all our volunteers for their contributions. We have a special group in our association and their commitment to enhancing our association is impressive! I also encourage anyone who would like to get involved with our committees and help us find solutions for the challenges at hand — to contact our Executive Director — Robert H. Rivard at firstname.lastname@example.org
As your newly elected President, I welcome your input and look forward to another successful year ahead.