OGMA Newsletter – June 2017

OGMA Newsletter – June 2017

IN MEMORIAM: Long-time industry colleague, Dennis Haatvedt, passed away on March 23 at the far too early age of 58. Dennis was diagnosed with brain cancer about a year ago. Dennis was a long-term director with the Architectural Glass & Metal Contractors Association and for the last year of his working life, he served as their Executive Director. Prior to that, he spent about 35 years with AGC Glass, many of those as head of their glass shop division. Dennis was one of the good guys in our industry and he will be truly missed.

Barbara Jones, wife of Al Jones for the past 66 years and mother of Steven Jones of Parkway Glass, left us on April 10. Al worked for Sealite Glass back in the late 50s and early 60s. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been close to many in the industry for more than a half century.

CLA UPDATE: We’ve been duped. For where things stand please check out Frank Fulton’s You Bet Your Glass column in Glass Canada Magazine.

SPRING SEMINAR: On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Sergei Mihhailenko, P.Eng, and Les Szcepanski, P.Eng., presented an informative and entertaining presentation on the application of the new “CSA A500-16 Building Guards” standard at the Richmond Hill Golf Club. The standard, which will soon be adopted into building codes across Canada, governs the use of glass in railings and balustrades. The OGMA extends its appreciation to our co-sponsors for this event, Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions and Kuraray America Inc. Over 100 people from across Ontario attended.

TOP GLASS: OGMA welcomed members and visitors to this year’s Top Glass event held on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The show was the largest to date, was well run with many informative presentations and a lot of enthusiastic traffic. Everybody who’s anybody was there, including many glass industry dignitaries.

Angelo Cairo, OGMA President, and Steve Gusterson, OGMA Director, presented the 2017 OGMA Award of Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Execution to Noram Building Systems for their work on the Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library in Vaughan, Ontario.  The 2017 OGMA Award of Excellence in Architectural Glass & Metal Design was presented to the team at Diamond Schmitt Architects for their work on Lazaridis Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

SPRING GOLF: OGMA members have had nothing but rave reviews for the Pipers Heath Golf Club so we’re going to be holding our spring golf tournament there again on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Watch out for the flyer and make sure to book early. It’s always a sellout.

FISHING DERBY: Our annual fishing derby is back by popular demand. Plan on attending on August 10, 2017. Mark your calendar now, consider booking a boat for your company and a group of your best customers, and watch your email for details.

FALL GOLF: The OGMA will once again hold our fall tournament at the prestigious Country Club in Woodbridge on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Mark your calendar now. Details will follow as the date approaches.

AODA’s NEXT HURDLE: Companies had until the end of 2016 to put accessibility policies and procedures in place for the communication of information and employment practices. To find out your legal obligations, go to https://www.ontario.ca/page/accessibility-laws, then contact WSPS to help you put it in place if you have not done so already.

OGMA/WSPS SAFETY PLAN: If your company isn’t managing your workplace safety policies, if you have any injured employees on WSIB (40% penalty per dollar of wages), or if you are found liable for a workplace accident (average penalty between $60k-$120k), we have developed a program to assist you.

For the past three or four years, the OGMA has worked with WSPS to create a health and safety plan designed specifically for glass shops and glazing contractors. WSPS is offering its plan to OGMA members for about half what they usually charge for similar plans; the companies who have signed on so far have had nothing but great reviews for the program.

It’s a matter of time when, not if, you will have any accidents or fines. Being proactive, being up to date, being compliant with all the workplace legislation is a job you don’t have time to do, so let WSPS manage a big chunk of it for you. It’s a small price to pay for a lot of insurance. Contact the OGMA and we’ll provide you with contact details.

OGMA Newsletter – April 2017

IN MEMORIAM: It is with regret that we inform of the passing of Daren Jamieson in February 2017, at the far too early age of 54. Daren had worked in the industry in sales since he got his start as the western Ontario sales representative for Guardian Industries in 1993. He worked for a number […]

IG Fabricator Workshop

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance has extended an invitation to all OGMA members to attend their IG Fabricator Workshop at Exova in Mississauga, at the discounted IGMA members cost. The workshop takes place February 28, 2017, to March 2, 2017. For an outline of the program and to register, please visit the workshop website at […]

Passing of Daren Jamieson

It is with regret that we inform of the passing of Daren Jamieson in February 2017, at the far-too-early age of 54. Daren had worked in sales in the industry since 1993 when he got his start as the western Ontario sales representative for Guardian Industries. He worked for a number of glass companies over […]

New Standards for Building Guard Glass

by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, February 2017 Issue Requirement and reaction You probably remember all the kerfuffle brought on by mainstream media a few years ago over the epidemic of shattered glass falling from high rise buildings onto the heads of unsuspecting pedestrians. People were afraid to walk outside, Toronto politicians […]

OGMA Newsletter – February 2017

In addition to continuing to champion the interests of our industry in pursuit of Prompt Payment legislation and changes to the Ontario Construction Lien Act, the OGMA has a lot to offer its members coming up in 2017. Please mark the following event dates in your calendar and plan to attend. In case you missed […]

Understand Your Lien Rights

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this said over the years: “The owner didn’t pay me for the job so I slapped a lien on the building. At least I’ll get paid someday when he tries to sell it.” WRONG! At our winter seminar, Geza Banfai, Counsel with McMillan LLP, set the […]

Write Your MPP to Drive Home the Prompt Payment Message

As you know, the Attorney General has announced that the Government will introduce prompt payment legislation in spring 2017, as recommended under the Construction Lien Act Review Report. The voices of all Ontario construction-families have been heard. Prompt payment legislation will help trade contractors and suppliers to run businesses with more certainty, provide more competitive […]

OGMA Newsletter – December 2016

The OGMA held its fall tournament at the prestigious Country Club in Woodbridge at the end of September with over 100 members and guests coming out for an outstanding day on a renowned course followed by an exceptionally good dinner.  So impressed were all the attendees that the OGMA has already booked the same venue […]

I’ve Been Travelling

by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, December 2016 Issue Rambling man Another year has blown by and we’ll soon be looking at 2016 in the rear view mirror.  I’m still looking at the grass from above, so all in all, I don’t have much to complain about. After my rant about our […]

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