Canada’s WinDoor 2017 trade show, scheduled for November 28-30 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, will feature a greatly expanded educational program.

It’s divided into three tracks — Technology, Codes and Standards; Business, Sales and Marketing; and Manufacturing and Operations.

One important presentation will touch on all three tracks. It’s the keynote address on November 30 with Debbie Scharf, Director of the Equipment Division of the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada. She’ll discuss the development of a “national roadmap” to speed up the adoption of high-performance residential windows in Canada by 2030.

The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which came out in December 2016, seeks 30 percent of energy reductions from building efficiency.  The framework calls for an average window U-factor of 1.6 by 2020. By 2025, it seeks a U-factor of 1.2. for windows. By 2030, the plan demands a 0.8 U-factor for windows, and they must be able to be manufactured and installed cost-effectively. Barring new advances in glass or framing technology, that could means triple-pane windows would be mandated in Canada by that time.

Here’s a look at the seminars that will be offered in each track.

Technology, Codes and Standards

On November 29, the first session in the track — “Is NAFS Certification Inevitable? To Lead or to Follow?” – will feature Mike Bruno of Everlast,  Jeff Meursing of Intertek Testing Services NA Ltd.,  Tracy Rogers of Keystone Certification Inc. and Terry Adamson of Westek Windows. They’ll discuss the future of certification programs in Canada.

Next, Jeff Baker of WESTLab and Jean-François Kogovsek of Maxam Marketing will host “Not Code Compliant Will It Stop Me from Selling My Window, Doors or Skylights?”

Baker returns to the podium for the day’s third session, “Canadian Energy Codes: Where Are They and Where Are They Going?” That’s followed by “PVC Windows: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” which will be hosted by Mark DePaul and Jean Marois of ENERGI Fenestration Solutions.

On November 30, Robert Jutras of CLEB Laboratory Inc. will lead “The Impact of Fenestration on the Overall Thermal Performance of the Building Envelope.” Later that day,  Louis Moreau of  AGNORA takes the stage for “Why Size Matters: A Large Glass Presentation,” which will focus on that company’s innovations in the use of huge lites.

Business, Sales and Marketing

The track opens on November 29 with a session on growing your business led by Export Development Canada, which helps Canadian companies sell beyond Canada’s borders, including into the United States. That’s followed by a session on cybersecurity hosted by Timothy Banks of Dentons Canada LLP.

Next will be a panel discussion on succession planning with Alex Shteriev of Beacon Corp., Michael Lobraico of  NCI Solutions and Mike Bruno of Everlast. Then, Steve Hopwood of National Resources Canada hosts a talk that looks ahead to Energy Star for 2020.

On November 30,  a session titled “Fenestration Communication: Getting the Right Messages in the Right Channels” will present strategies for reaching the proper audiences through digital, print and video. It will include a panel discussion with Pascale-Anne Giguere of CAVAVIN, Patrick Flannery of Fenestration Review and Stéphane Labelle of ECC Solutions Inc.

The final session in the track looks ahead to the future of housing and construction with Aaron Goertzen of BMO.

Manufacturing and Operations

This track opens on November 29 with a session on career-advancement strategies called “Moving from Shop Floor to Supervisor.” It’s hosted by Greg Dickie of  Atlantic Windows and Doors and Jesse Blanchard of ENERGI Fenestration Solutions.

Next, a session on workplace safety features a panel discussion on return-to-work services offered through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), an independent agency of the Ministry of Labour in Ontario. Panelists include Heather Campbell, work transition manager; Kelly Harris, return-to-work manager; and Martin Robert, manager of WSIB’s Workwell program.

That will be followed by “What Do You Want? Good Materials, on Time OR to Save Money?  The Answer is YES!” It’ll be hosted by Chad Metcalf of Value Stream Solutions Inc.

The day’s last session will focus on the principles of aluminum corner crimping. Heinz Hunke of Pressta-Eisele will be the presenter.

On November 30, Bill Lingnell of  IGMA will conduct a session titled “Special Considerations and Guidelines for Triple and Multiple-Cavity Insulating Glass Units.”  The day will close with “How Can We Help Each Other: An End-User Panel Discussion.” It will include Fenestration Canada president Lisa Bergeron of Jeld-Wen Canada; Kazim Kanani of Quadrangle Architects Ltd.; Delores Pianof Spaces Custom Interiors; Jennifer Weatherston of Reid’s Heritage Homes; and Tim Wickens of Tim Wickens Architect.

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