Firstly, I would like to thank Terry Adamson for leading our association forward as President in the past few years but especially through such a challenging year with many different changes. I am looking forward to having Terry as part of our strong Fenestration Canada team and I have no doubt that he will continue to do great things in his new role.
It is with great honour and pride that I represent Fenestration Canada in my new role as President. I look forward to continuing to work with a great Board of Directors to progress forward this year. I would like to thank our volunteers for making the association stronger and of course to all of our members who support us and look to our association to represent them within our industry.
Our job as an association is to make sure we are at the forefront of change and that we get back to connecting with our members. This will be made possible this year thanks to the addition of new team members which will strengthen our association and the connection we have to our members. It is important to me that I continue the legacy that those before me have paved and that we make the association stronger.
2020 was a challenging year for our industry and despite these challenges, I believe that we have made great progress with the support that we have provided to our members. This year, we will continue to provide members with the high level support you expect as we continue to offer timely educational content, events and online resources as we get back to seeing each other in person once again.
My door is always open to support our members. We are always looking for new faces to join the various committees and task groups. Participation is crucial for not only your membership value but also to Fenestration Canada as it is our member volunteers who provide invaluable input when putting together events and information that goes out to our membership. Reach out to us if you are interested in getting involved.
Thank you again for this great opportunity. I look forward to moving forward with the association in 2021.
The Everlast Group of Companies is proud to announce the opening of a new sales, service & distribution centre in Saskatoon. This new and expanded presence follows up with the years of high quality products and services sold through the Alberta Vinyl Windows & Doors (AVWD) brand.
To support and grow this business we are thrilled to announce that Deepak Dhand of Saskatoon has joined the Everlast team as Regional Manager – Prairies. Reporting into our Calgary office, Deepak will be directly responsible for the sales, service and distribution of our product in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He comes to us with a lifetime of window & doors experience, most recently as top salesperson for Ply Gem Canada in the Saskatoon market.
Continuing to serve our existing customer base in Saskatchewan is Bruce Beilhartz, also based in Saskatoon. Bruce has very capably carried the AVWD banner for the past 12 years and is looking forward to assisting Deepak grow the Everlast and AVWD brands throughout the Prairies. Bruce is a seasoned window professional and has worked decades with some of the best customers in Saskatchewan.
Everlast will be opening its new distribution centre on Faithfull avenue in early April and will be open for COVID-19 safe customer visits shortly after.
Our friends at CFIB have created a 2021 COVID-19 Business Operations Guides specific to each province. Inside you will find useful information on government relief programs , templates, posters, FAQ and much more. Access the documents by province here.
Please note this is a members only resources and you must login to access it.
Today Fenestration Canada is announcing an important addition to its team to help member companies successfully navigate the challenges presented by the accelerating pace of change in the regulatory environment. This addition will help us to achieve our strategic plan to enhance our capability to provide members with educational and technical support, and to engage meaningfully with regulators and other industry stakeholders.
In 2020 we added a full-time Technical Director to serve as a knowledge resource and provide relevant technical education to our members. In 2021 we will strengthen this capability by adding a second staff member, thereby creating a Technical Department.
To create this department, we had to recruit the best candidate possible and the person who would best complement our current team.
Today, we are happy to announce the addition of Terry Adamson to our technical team. Terry Adamson has spent a lifetime in the fenestration world. With 35 plus years in the business, and an extensive resume of experience he easily relates to all parts of the industry. Starting his career on the loading dock, he quickly moved up through the business holding all production positions as well as most management roles, landing as General Manager with the last ten years as Technical Director of Westeck Windows, Chilliwack BC. With a passion for the technical side, he participated extensively in industry Associations, 11 years with Fenestration BC, and 7 years with Fenestration Canada, holding the President’s role with both groups. Always eager to talk fenestration, and a soft spot for smaller manufacturers struggling with the challenges we face, it was inevitable that his career would take him to a role where he is able to provide support to all manufacturers.
Terry Adamson will officially join the team in May of 2021.
Also effective immediately, Mr. Adamson will resign from his role of President of the Board at Fenestration Canada and Mike Bruno, Everlast Group of Companies, currently first Vice-President will complete Terry Adamson’s mandate before starting his own.
Cam Drew, Thermoproof Windows and Doors, will move from the position of 2nd Vice-President to first Vice-President, therefore the nomination process to fill the role of second Vice-President has started.
Please also note that the nomination process to recruit new board directors will begin shortly.
We invite any member who might be interested to submit a nomination form.
How Fenestration Canada adapted in 2020 despite COVID impacts
Toronto, ON: Fenestration Canada announced the accomplishments and success of 2020 with the impact of COVID-19 on the association.
“2020 brought many challenges for our industry but we quickly adapted and pivoted to help our membership and our association” says Stéphane Labelle, Executive Director.
This news comes in the wake of many recent initiatives and accomplishments of the company, including:
Successfully creating Marketplace by WinDoor, an online platform which fully replaced our in person WinDoor show in 2020. The Marketplace launched in November 2020 and will continue to stay open until November 2021 and onward. The Marketplace will be the main educational platform for 2021 including exhibitor booths which can be viewed at the attendee’s convenience.
The creation of the HUB on our website continues to provide relevant COVID-19 news to our industry.
We are excited to announce the maternity leave of Lindsay McGhie of Centennial Windows, our 2020 WinDoor Chair. We wish her and her family the best. She has done an outstanding job as our 2020 WinDoor Chair.
As Lindsay steps down as WinDoor Chair, Dan Darcy of Darcy Associates will take over the role and we are excited for his involvement as he is a long time member of our Event Committee.
“WinDoor 2020 adapted into something none of us would have expected at the beginning of the year – Marketplace by WinDoor. I’m proud to have been a part of the team that stood up to the challenge of a virtual event and saw the week become a great success – and it’s not over yet. We have more educational and supplier content coming throughout 2021” says Lindsay McGhie, 2020 WinDoor Chair. “I’m leaving the committee in the exceptionally qualified hands of Dan Darcy and I know he will be ready for any challenge 2021 brings.”
I am pleased to step in as chairperson of the Windoor/Marketplace says Dan Darcy, 2021 WinDoor Chair. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lindsay McGhie who has done a “Bang Up Job” for the past year and wish her all the best in her new chapter of motherhood.