Hodgson to deliver opening keynote at FenCon19

Glen Hodgson2Oct. 22, 2018 – Glen Hodgson has 36 years of experience in global and Canadian macro-economics, international trade analysis and finance, fiscal and tax policy, and other “big picture” topics.

Glen’s career has spanned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., the federal Department of Finance, Export Development Canada (EDC), and the Conference Board of Canada, where he was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for twelve years. He recently joined International Financial Consulting Ltd. as a Senior Associate, and the C.D. Howe Institute as a Senior Fellow. He has travelled the world and Canada as an economic analyst and public speaker, financial negotiator, and advisor to governments, businesses and international organizations.

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FenCon19 Hotel

Special Hotel Room Rates for FenCon19 Participants

*Book by February 12, 2019 to take advantage of this special room rate.

Delta Hotels Winnipeg
350 St. Mary Avenue
*The Delta Hotel is connected to the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre by a walkway.
Room Rate – $154.00 CAD per night.

Use this online link to book your FenCon19 hotel room by February 12, 2019.

Or call The Delta Hotel toll free number and speak to their Central Reservations department at 1-844-294-7309. Tell them you are booking under the Fenestration Manitoba room block.

More information at FenCon19.com

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FenCon19 registration up and running

The website for FenCon19, coming March 6 and 7 to the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, is live with online registration available. The event hosted by Fenestration Manitoba welcomes window and door fabricators from across country for superior education and networking opportunities. Read the full article here.
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Taylor to deliver keynote at FenCon19

Billy Taylor Headshot copyTaylor to deliver keynote at FenCon19

September 10, 2018 – In the on-going process of building a world class conference focused on window and door manufacturing, conference management has again secured an outstanding keynote speaker – Billy Taylor.

2019 will bring several important changes and improvements as the event moves to the newly expanded Winnipeg Convention Center in the very heart of city and near to the incomparable Exchange District as well as the Forks, home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights! Despite changes and advances, one thing won’t change as the event will once again feature an outstanding speaker. Gary Glowa, President, Inkster Park Millwork, “I would attend FenCon19 – if only to listen to Billy Taylor again, that’s how good he is!” Read More »

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Picture Gallery – FenCon18

The FenCon18 picture gallery is available for viewing.

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NAFS again? Why should my company attend a FenCon18 NAFS session?

Two one-hour sessions are designed quite simply to provide excellent education on the North American Fenestration Standards (NAFS)regulations and provide your company with some better ideas, steps, processes – of how to get on side with less headache and confusion and cost. And you get an opportunity to at least indirectly, help improve the regulations by giving committee members input – not just dance to their rules! There will be approachable, experienced people on hand to talk to in plain English about how make the process more profitable! Read More »

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FenCon Returns to Winnipeg

February 8th, 2018 by DWM Magazine

Fenestration Manitoba will present FenCon18 February 28-March 2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Last year’s first-ever FenCon drew about 150 people, and event chair Al Dueck of Duxton Windows and Doors says this year’s gathering could be bigger.

“Last year, we had a very solid turnout from literally coast to coast in Canada plus a mix of U.S. attendees, sponsors and presenters,” he said. “The feedback of ‘satisfaction’ from both attendees and sponsors was 90 percent  good or very good, and 90 percent  said they plan to come back.”

The event, which is organized by Fenestration Manitoba, will feature two days of educational sessions covering topics such as automation, energy efficiency, the recently updated North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), coatings, social media and more. There will also be tabletop exhibitors and social events.

“We are very pleased to note that the pre-registration to the event has even exceeded the kick-off level for 2017,” says Nancy Zubriski, executive director of Fenestration Manitoba. “We highlighted FenCon18 at WinDoor and found a real sound interest as there is now a much broader awareness of this manufacturing-focused conference.”

For more information or to register, visit the FenCon website.

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Rising Costs (or simply no access to capable workers???) FORCE the Issue – Use Automation to Survive! Answers at FenCon18

Written by Al Dueck, FenCon18 Conference Chair

North American window and door manufacturers are being confronted to a MUCH greater degree what with rising input costs as unemployment declines and as minimum wages are rising.  Additionally, the task of processing and delivering a high quality product on time is made ever more complex with growing sets of options and performance requirements.  And in today’s competitive world, every serious manufacturer will need to achieve greater efficiency/higher performance.  In addition to making a great product, manufacturers MUST take advantage of the latest technology in production equipment AND software technology! Read More »

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FenCon18 sneak peek: Integrating automation with industry 4.0 concepts explained

Written by Al Dueck, FenCon18 Conference Chair
Int automationThe fenestration manufacturing industry – including suppliers – come in many different sizes and “shapes” and yet all have the potential to benefit from the investments in technology. Klaes – a Rosenheim, Germany based company with 200 employees in 27 countries – has grown from start up to a global cutting edge status within the window, door and façade industry.

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FenCon18 offers roadmap to learn and help SOLVE the NAFs environment!

Written by Al Dueck, President, DUXTON Windows & Doors

There seem to be a LOT of people in Canada who are very frustrated by the state of the industry as it relates the NAFS regulation dilemma – or whatever you want to call it.  In a nutshell, a very important element of the Canadian window manufacturing and marketing environment began to change at least 10 years ago.  To this day, the response to those changes has been mediocre.  There is more than one theory but www.FenCon18.com will deliver some more important components to solving those issues.  Furthermore, several sessions at FenCon18 will solicit and entertain the input of window and manufacturing leaders! Read More »

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