It is a great privilege to serve as your President on this 50th anniversary of our association. Our organization is strong, vibrant and well positioned to face the challenges ahead as THE collective voice of fenestration in Canada.
The first order of business is to pay homage to Allan Doyle of Global Windows for a very strong year at the helm of Fenestration Canada. Your calm nature and excellent listening skills helped our board mature into a more focused group. We will continue to draw on your wisdom and experience as past President to help guide our decision making.
On behalf of the board, I would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Skip MacLean and Kevin Pelley who have now left the board after years of dedicated service to our organization. We will miss your passion and devotion but will look forward to your continued involvement on the various committees that you serve.
Change is in the air both locally, regionally and federally, and we know the next few years will be very challenging for the fenestration industry. Fenestration Canada is committed to closely monitoring potential changes that will impact our members. This includes participating in key stakeholder meetings, meeting with municipal and provincial regulatory bodies, and being a key participant in discussions with NRCan regarding their aspirational goals to support the Paris Accord agreement and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
It is in times of transformation where an association like Fenestration Canada is most valuable. While fenestration manufacturers may meet the challenges set out by governments, governments will need to support those who rise to the challenge by enforcing its regulations. As manufacturers, we also need to have one code enforced in the same manner across all jurisdictions. While this appears to be a monumental task, governments cannot put those manufacturers who do the right thing at a disadvantage against those who do not. Setting more stringent targets for our products without an enforcement plan will not be acceptable. As an association, we will engage governments for long-term resolution to this inequality that plagues our industry. We will work with our sister associations, as well as other trade associations, to create a united front where our goals align.
Our association has made great strides in the past few years and has grown into a much more structured organization that adds value to our membership. Our 2017-2019 Strategic Plan supports our Vision Statement which is “All fenestration industry stakeholders value and support membership in Fenestration Canada.’’ Our board is committed to this vision and developing the action plans to support it. With the help of Zzeem, we will build a platform that will keep our association relevant to the industry and to our members.
Fenestration Canada will continue to add services and grow membership. Our immediate challenge is to communicate efficiently and adequately the services and benefits that membership brings. We have some of the best resources in our industry that are available to our members. Our Marketing and Membership committee will be solicited to help build a strategy that will support our vision.
We cannot continue to grow as a dynamic association and maintain our relevancy without the support of our members and our sponsors. We are pleased to announce our first Premier Annual Corporate sponsor: ENERGI Fenestration Solutions. Fenestration Canada is only as strong as its members. Our members have a voice when they are engaged and active in the association through volunteering on a committee or task group, attending webinars, participating at events like our Annual General Meeting and Conference (hope to see you in Calgary) and WinDoor (Nov. 28 to 30 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.), and reviewing our informative white papers, reports and communiques.
Fenestration Canada is THE Canadian window and door association and the challenges facing us can only be addressed if we are facing them together. There is an old French saying: “Les absent ont toujours tort’’ (the absent are always wrong). This is not the time for you to be absent.
Fenestration Canada President