Passing of Jim Shepherd

In Memory of Jim Shepherd

With heavy hearts the family of Jim Shepherd announces the sudden passing of their beloved husband, father, and grandad on Friday, December 8, 2017, at the young age of 65. He is survived by his wife and best friend Marilyn, his devoted son Steven (Julie), his cherished daughter Lynne (Stu), and his grandchildren Cavan, Sam, Tatum, Allie and Jack. Jim and Marilyn married in his birthplace of Dundee Scotland, where he enjoyed playing soccer and working. He then answered the call of many and moved to Canada to pursue his career as a semi-pro soccer player and forge a new life for his family.

Jim was an industry veteran and role model for many individuals in the glass and aluminium industry across multiple decades, continents and countries. Jim was an inspiring leader who brought a balance of humour and honour in every situation he crossed. Jim began his glass and aluminium career over 35 years ago in the manufacturing side of the business and worked his way through many leadership positions as Supervisor, Plant Manager, Vice President of Operations & finally as Executive Vice President.

Jim had worked for industry giants such as Antamex, Alumicor and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope. During his career Jim carved a niche as a unitized manufacturing expert and completed many mobility assignments, such setting up manufacturing plants in Calgary, England & Houston. He played an instrumental role in many notable and landmark curtainwall projects across North America and Europe, specifically but not limited too; Canary Wharf (England), ExxonMobil Headquarters (Houston), The Bow (Calgary), GTAA Pearson Terminal 1 (Toronto), AGO (Toronto) and many, many more. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

Jim and Marilyn Shepherd

Passing of Doug Hotham

In Memory of Douglas Harold Hotham September 13, 1927 – October 18, 2017 Having just turned 90 a month earlier, Doug passed away peacefully after a brave battle with cancer on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. He is survived by his wife Norma, sons Brent (Kate) and Greg (Janine), Toronto Maple Leaf Alumni. Doug loved his […]

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 […]

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 […]