I am honoured and excited to be Fenestration Canada’s President in this important and dynamic time for our association. We have a clear mission to support our members across Canada by providing education in business and technical matters, creating networking opportunities, and influencing governing bodies on policies, codes and standards. We are connecting fenestration industry stakeholders and proactively advocating for consistent, reasonable and enforceable regulations.
I follow in the footsteps of our now Past President, Lisa Bergeron of Jeld-Wen Canada. Lisa was a strong and vocal president, with tremendous experience in navigating our industry. She is well connected to key stakeholders outside our organization and she proudly represented Fenestration Canada and our members as an association with purpose. Thank you Lisa for your service and your commitment to our industry.
One of our goals as an executive over the past few years, has been to strengthen our geographic presence, representation and influence. Just this year, we have had a Regional Event in Moncton, New Brunswick, a Spring Conference in Calgary, Alberta and we will have WinDoor in Quebec City, Quebec. Each event brings with it education on issues relevant to both local and national stakeholders. By focusing on the entire country, we can engage fabricator and supplier members to share best practices on how to deal with fenestration challenges in different climates and regions, throughout various value chains and within different competing and regulatory landscapes.
Fenestration Canada and its members have a collective voice in raising important challenges that our industry faces in light of government climate change goals. We all know that these goals are important to the future of our country and planet Earth, and that buildings, and hence fenestration products, play a major player role in energy conservation. We as an association have the responsibility to serve our members and ensure that energy efficient fenestration products continue to advance at an achievable and sustainable pace. As part of this responsibility, in the past year we have created a nationwide task group specifically targeted at NRCan’s aspirational goals where we as Fenestration Canada, are voicing the concerns of our industry. The goal is to help support climate change with realistic and feasible manufacturing targets and considerations.
This push for energy efficiency is only beginning and installation plays a key role in the performance of our members’ products. In Ontario, we are soon reinstating the CSA FIT certification exam, which in turn is another step on the path of standardizing best practices. We have put a group of experts together to develop FenCan training and education for the installation of fenestration products to support the exam, and we have a qualified group updating and improving the exam itself with relevant questions. As climate goals and incentive programs develop in other provinces, Fenestration Canada will have the template to support our members across the country.
Our association is on the right path. In this past year, we achieved several goals including defining what we do, who we are and why we exist through our member value proposition. This has given us a clear direction for our strategic plan and provides a framework for what we should be doing. As we attract and retain members, we now have a story to tell:
“As a FenCan member your company has an opportunity to influence standards and to advocate for consistent and achievable regulation. It has access to industry-specific education to help you face your business challenges, and is part of a strong, supportive network of industry leaders.”
This is a time of change for the world, our country, and the fenestration industry. We can all sit on the sidelines and complain about what change comes our way, or we can get involved, have a voice, and volunteer our time for the better of our window and door manufacturers, suppliers, affiliates, and related associations. Because at the end of the day, this is our passion and our livelihood. I am up for the challenge, are you?
President, Fenestration Canada