Moving ahead with new resolve and conviction!
It is an honour and a privilege to take over as President of Fenestration Canada. The association is strong with a growing membership and active and engaged committees working on the 5 pillars on which our association is built.
The first item for my first Presidents Report is to thank Skip MacLean of Tru Tech Doors for the last three years of exceptional leadership and vision at the helm of Fenestration Canada. It was under Skips’ direction that Fenestration Canada moved to Zzeem Association Management and initiated the revitalization of the WinDoor Show. Skip has led our association through times of significant changes to window and door standards and the building codes. He has prepared the way and it is up to the current executive to follow the path.
As a way to cope with standard and code changes, Fenestration Canada now has an active Fabricator Council under the leadership of Lisa Bergeron of JELD-WEN. The Fabricators’ Council holds bi-monthly meetings. Current priorities include: The Installation Certification Course that Fenestration Canada has purchased from CSA (The FIT Program). A task force was formed to determine options and next steps. Another priority is to support code change requests for Combustible Windows. There is a research group that includes a number of Fenestration Canada members that is working on this issue and Fenestration Canada supports presenting a code change request based on this research in the name of the Fenestration Canada Association. The association will nominate representatives of the Technical Services Committee and the Fabricators Council to work with the code changes committee lead by participants of the research project.
The move to Zzeem Association Management was done with considerable thought and planning by the Executive team. We needed the resources and expertise to make our association world class. While still new to our industry, the team at Zzeem has provided the necessary planning and execution skills to move Fenestration Canada in the right direction. With the first 3 months focused on the transition, Zzeem is now engaged with a review of all Fenestration Canada policies including procurement, confidentiality/ conflict of interest, Anti-Trust, along with a review of the Bylaws.
In the last 3 months, Zzeem management has added 2 member focused programs. Perkopolis, where members can access discounts to a wide variety of products and services – tickets to events, travel costs, etc. HASCO health and safety consulting services, where members can access a suite of 35 Instructor-Led training program and over 300 online Health and Safety courses. These program improve the value proposition for being a Fenestration Canada member.
Education is a focus of Fenestration Canada in 2016. Along with the comprehensive, “Something for Everyone” education program offered at WinDoor 2016, Fenestration Canada is planning a series of education seminars across the country in the year 2017. The first opportunity being a Western Canada Technical Session at the Sandman Signature Langley on Oct 25. We have a great list of speakers that will provide content relevant to BC and Alberta fabricators and suppliers.
“Train the Trainer” is another initiative of the Education Committee. Steve Alward of Atlantic Windows, Jeff Baker of Westlab and J.F. Kogovsek of Maxam Marketing are developing a “Train the Trainer” toolbox that will enable members to educate architects, building officials across the country and help them better understand the fenestration industry.
Technical Services Committee is typically one of the most active groups in Fenestration Canada. Committee Chair Jean Marios of Energi Solutions de Fenestration is working on changes to the CSA A440 Canadian Supplement. The performance calculator will be updated shortly with the revised changes. The Committee is monitoring changes to NAFS.
Board of Directors Changes:
Coming off a very successful Spring Meeting in Mont-Tremblant, I was buoyed by the talent and the enthusiasm of the volunteers that make our many active committees. The board was strengthened by the addition of 3 talented and dedicated industry professionals. Terry Adamson - Westeck Windows, Gary Blad - Loewen Windows and Stephane Labelle - Groupe Eugenie. All 3 have immediately stepped in to participate on key Fenestration Canada committees.
In addition to the usual June and November Board meetings we have added 2 addition meetings. A teleconference in September and a Strategic Planning Session in March. With so much on the plate 2 meeting was insufficient and put too much on the Executive Committee.
The AGM committee is wasting no time getting things rolling for AGM 2017 in Halifax, NS on May 31 – June 3, 2017. Jennifer Small from Screenco Manufacturing Ltd. and the AGM committee have already secured a great location in downtown Halifax at the historic Westin Hotel. Jennifer will have lots of help planning this event from 2 key board members from Atlantic Canada, Kevin Pelley, President of Kohltech Windows and Entrance Systems, and Greg Dickie, President of Atlantic Windows. The team is really excited to host our AGM in Halifax with all that it has to offer. We will have lots of information available at Windoor to help you plan your spring working vacation in Halifax. Be prepared for one or two “Sociables!”
That’s all for now. See you at WinDoor!
Fenestration Canada President
Moving ahead with new resolve and conviction!