Fenestration Canada has a big event planned for its 50th anniversary — the WinDoor trade show, scheduled for November 28-30 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. And the association says the event could have its best turnout in years.

As of last week, 932 people had signed up to attend. With exactly two weeks to go until the show opens, that’s well ahead of last year’s pace, according to registration statistics provided by Fenestration Canada.

“We are tracking what appears to be ahead of last year,” said Cindy Gareau, the association’s executive director. “Hopefully the trend continues.”

The 2016 show in Montreal ended up with 1,155 attendees.

The party celebrating Fenestration Canada’s founding in 1967 is looking big as well. As of last week, 433 tickets and 33 table sponsorships had been sold for the WinDoor Main Event, scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, November 29. The party will be held at the Embassy Grande Convention Centre, which is a short distance from the International Centre. It includes dinner, an awards presentation and a performance by Jersey Seasons, a band that pays tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

The trade show floor will be bustling as well. As of Tuesday, 89 companies are set to exhibit at WinDoor, according to the latest update on the show’s website.

The exhibition hall also will include an industry-focused area called the Hub, a central gathering place for many of North America’s fenestration-related organizations. Associations scheduled to be in the Hub include Fenestration Canada, the Association de vitrerie et fenestration du Québec (AVFQ), Fenestration Association of British Columbia (FenBC), Fenestration Manitoba (FenMan), Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association (IGMA), National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), National Resources Canada, and the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada (SAWDAC).

There will be cash prizes every day in the Hub, as well as coffee and refreshments.

Education is a major focus at WinDoor 2017, too. A total of 19 sessions will be presented, up from eight at the 2016 show in Montreal. This year’s educational offerings are so large, they’ve been split into three tracks — Technology, Codes and Standards; Business, Sales and Marketing; and Manufacturing and Operations.

One major presentation will touch on all three tracks. It’s the keynote address on Thursday, November 30 by 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.

For more information on WinDoor or to register, follow this link.

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