Planning for November’s WinDoor show was a major focus of the first day of Fenestration Canada’s annual general meeting, taking place this week in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Jason Wadel of Veka Canada, left, Laura Weil of Euro Vinyl Windows and Stephane Labelle of ECC Solutions listen intently during a Fenestration Canada meeting.

As of early June, 70 exhibitors have signed up, according to WinDoor organizers. That’s well ahead of the pace for last year’s show, which was held in Montreal.

“The numbers are very good,” said Fenestration Canada executive director Cindy Gareau.

This year’s show is scheduled for November 28-30 at Toronto’s International Centre, which is within a 15-minute drive of most of Ontario’s door and window manufacturers.

WinDoor planners are also seeking to expand exhibitors beyond door and window companies to tool businesses, health and safety operators and more. They’re also hoping to reach out beyond fenestration firms to architects and designers.

The big Construct Canada show will be going on in Toronto at the same time as WinDoor, and organizers discussed linking up with that exhibition in some way.

The education program for WinDoor and Fenestration Canada in general is looking to expand as well. Multiple learning tracks were discussed, encompassing technical codes, business and marketing, and manufacturing and operations.

Possible educational topics included a discussion of the differences between Passivehaus construction and net-zero homes, the properties of lean manufacturing, and the latest version of Fenestration Canada’s North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) online calculator.

On Friday, Fenestration Canada announced that WinDoor will return to Montreal in 2018.

Membership Update

Later in the day, Fenestration Canada’s membership committee held a meeting. The organization has added 16 new members in the past year, and five former members have departed.

However, Mike Bruno, the co-owner of Everlast Windows, cautioned that Canada’s softening housing market could lead to more companies dropping their membership as bankruptcies and mergers accelerate.

“I think keeping current members will be more important than attracting new ones,” Bruno said.

He added that Fenestration Canada should present more value propositions to prospective members beyond networking and knowledge of codes.

“The important question I hear is ‘how do I run my business to save costs?’” Bruno said. As an example, he cited the possibility of a large pooled insurance program for manufacturers to lower prices.

Fenestration Canada Names New Board

Lisa Bergeron of Jeld-Wen Canada was elected president of Fenestration Canada for 2017-2018. Jennifer Small of ScreenCo will be first vice president, and Terry Adamson of Westeck Windows will be second vice president. Ryan Dudeck of Paramount Windows and Doors was elected treasurer. Allan Doyle of Global Windows and Doors will serve as past president and ex officio.

New directors are Ron Cauchi of North Star Windows and Brad Fevold of Marvin.

Fenestration Canada’s annual general meeting continues through Saturday.

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