By Allan Doyle, Fenestration Canada president
The current year has been a very busy and productive year at Fenestration Canada. The spring meetings at the Fairmont, Mont-Tremblant were an excellent networking and education event and an introduction to our new association management team at Zzeem. The prospects for membership growth and development have never been better or more clearly focused with Zzeem at the controls.
Now that the fall season is here, the Fenestration Canada team is fully engaged with hosting WinDoor North America, the annual trade show of the window and door industry in Canada.
WinDoor 2016 is heading to a new venue in Old Montreal, the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. This is a “new event” with a new layout, an ambitious and revitalized education program, and new networking and social events. Fenestration Canada is proud and enthusiastic to welcome the collaboration and support of AVFQ – Association de Vitrerie et de Fenestration du Québec as a partner in the promotion and content development of the show in the province of Quebec. With the support of the AVFQ we are expecting tremendous support from the fenestration industry in the province. Special thanks to Gilbert Lemay, AVFQ vice-président à la direction and his team at AVFQ for their support in this new and exciting venture. This is a unique collaboration for Fenestration Canada and AVFQ.
Stéphane Labelle of Groupe Eugénie and chair of the WinDoor committee has worked hard to create a new show, with a new image and layout in the heart of Old Montreal. Follow his WinDoor blog at www.windoorshow.ca. The WinDoor Show Committee is looking forward to hosting members of the Fenestration industry across Canada at this new location from Nov. 15-17. If you have never been to Montreal, this is a tremendous opportunity to experience one of the great cities of the world and discover new opportunities to learn and grow your business.
Your show committee has promised two great events that will provide many opportunities to network. After a day of committee meeting we open the show with a cocktail reception and head out to Old Montreal for, “Doors Open Montreal,” a downtown dining tour. After a jam packed schedule on Wednesday, the show committee will be hosting the “After Hours” show floor party. Both events are new to the WinDoor schedule and the show committee anticipates great participation from both attendees and suppliers.
If that wasn’t enough, Steve Alward of Atlantic Windows and the Education Committee supported by Jeff Baker of Westlab and J.F. Kogovsek of Maxam Marketing, have lined up an impressive technically focused education program. Nine education sessions are planned with presentations in either English or French, or offered in both French and English. Also back by popular demand is the Q&A panel discussion with the test labs.
If you are looking for information on triple glazing, NetZero Homes, changes to the installation standard, code and standard updates, social media, mulling guidelines, etc., we will have an expert to get you informed. You also do not want to miss Stéphane Labelle, your show committee chair, and Laura Weil of Euro Vinyl Windows and Doors as they give you the rundown on the power and potential of social media.
As part of the education presentations, Steve Alward and J.F. Kogovsek will be introducing a new initiative by the Education Committee. For now, we are calling it “Train the Trainer.”
Fenestration Canada will be producing a series of presentations on various topics that are of current interest to the window and door market. The first presentation on the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) and the Canadian supplement was presented to a group of building inspectors in New Brunswick. These supplments are designed to allow our members to make presentations in a professional manner with content that is created and approved by Fenestration Canada’s technical experts.
This is one more way we are offering value to our membership. Don’t miss Steve and J.F. at Windoor.
The show committee has listened to the concerns of past attendees and has revamped the show. The improved layout, expanded educational content, added networking opportunities are all designed to make your WinDoor experience educational and profitable. All we need now is your presence. Register online today.
Image: The 2016 Fenestration Canada WinDoor show committee, chaired by Stephane Labelle