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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

OGMA Newsletter – October 2016

Please see Frank Fulton’s “You Bet Your Glass” column for a full update on the prompt payment process. The Construction Lien Act review report is due to be released at the end of September. The OGMA will be meeting with Prompt Payment Ontario within days of the release of the report to determine next actions […]

OGMA Newsletter – August 2016

It is with great sadness that we bring the news of the passing of our long time friend and industry colleague, Jim Epworth, founder of Upper Canada Glass in Oak Ridges, Ont.  Jim left us in his 84th year on June 11 and is survived by Joyce, his wife of 62 years, sons Howard and […]

OGMA Newsletter – June 2016

The legal review of the Construction Lien Act has been ongoing but the review group requested another extension to the end of April 2016. Prompt Payment Ontario has begun the lobby effort by mailing letters to all MPPs requesting their release of the report to PPO and to a timely vote in provincial parliament.  A […]

OGMA Newsletter – April 2016

The legal review of the Construction Lien Act is now well underway and the review group was to have prepared their recommendations for submission to the Ontario government by the end of March 2016. The OGMA has teamed up with the Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) group to represent our interests in bringing fair payment terms […]

OGMA Newsletter – February 2016

The legal review of the Construction Lien Act is now well underway, an information package has been completed by the legal review group for distribution, and the review group is preparing their recommendations for the Ontario  government.  Their submission has been delayed until March, 2016. The OGMA has teamed up with the Prompt Payment Ontario […]

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