The fenestration industry in British Columbia has experienced a turbulent implementation of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) portion of the building code, said Al vancouverDueck, president of Duxton Window and Doors and a member of Fenestration Canada.

Codes were among the topics of discussion at Fenestration Canada’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), held last week.

Fenestration Canada’s Vancouver AGM connected with a regional group – Fen BC – and once again generated strong representation from window and door fabricators. “Fen BC has broader experience with NAFS implementation, and this allowed an effective and integrated discussion amongst the various industry stakeholders, especially during the Fabricators Council meeting session,” said Dueck in a statement.

Marketing and communication is another big focus for Fenestration Canada. Laura Weil, the sales manager at Euro Vinyl Windows in Woodbridge, Ontario, is the newly appointed chairperson of the group’s marketing and media committee, and she’ll be leading some big initiatives.

“It is one thing to evolve; it is another to let people know we did,” says Stephane LaBelle, the marketing and business manager for industrial machinery manufacturer Groupe Eugenie. “Our main goal is to en​sure that our current and future members are well informed about the association’s efforts including updates with the always evolving meeting and seminar experiences.”

Labelle says a big step toward achieving that goal is a new website, which will go live soon. It will feature an up-to-date members ​portal, members directory, easily navigated news and events bulletins. ‘It will be a game-changing tool for our members and our image,” LaBelle says.

LaBelle says the big Win-Door show, scheduled for November 3-5 in Toronto, is another major focus for the association. Look for “big changes,” he says.

“The Win-Door show, like every trade shows, needs to be in a constant state of improvement to remain relevant,” LaBelle says. “This year’s show will feature big changes. A different layout, an improved ‘new product’ section, exhibitors showcases and a defined focus on educational seminars​ are just a couple of these great changes. The​ Win-D​oor show will definitely be the place to be this year for people in our industry.”

Attendees look forward to the show every year as an opportunity to stay relevant and meet with industry peers.

“Our business is based on relationships, knowing products and participating in the changes and growth of the industry,” says Ted Paetkau, principal of Fenestration Components International. “So, I attend primarily to connect with others in the industry, to discuss the business of the industry, especially from other regions and how this may effects our industry. By participating in the meetings I find the information can be crucial to staying in touch with what is happening and what to expect down the road.”

Pierre-Luc Bellavance of Quebec-based Lepage Millwork says the show is an opportunity “to keep well informed on all news standards/regulations, along with great networking. The Fabricators Council gives us the opportunity to try to control our industry a little bit more.”

Thanks to the hosting efforts of Terry Adamson, chair of the Fen BC board of directors and the technical director at Westeck Window & Door, some attendees took a tour of Westeck’s  manufacturing facilities.

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