FenCon19 Program
*Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pre-Event Mixer
Assiniboia B (Lower Level) | Delta Winnipeg |  350 St. Mary Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre

Stream 1
Equipment & Processes
Stream 2
Design & Culture
Stream 3
7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am Location – York 1
Opening Keynote – Economic Outlook
In his opening plenary presentation, Glen Hodgson will begin by discussing the economic outlook for 2019, and the many risks to the outlook ….read more

9:30 am – 10:30 am Location – York 2
Building an Operationally Excellent Organization
This interactive workshop will focus on building a long term sustainable operational excellence system that delivers results ….read more



Location – York 3
ERP ImplementationMatt Batcha will lead a very interactive session with software professionals from a variety of different manufacturers and operating with a variety of different systems.….read more


Location – York 4
Expert, Advanced Insights into True High Performance IG’s and Windows
A combination of very experienced, highly knowledgeable experts will present some of the very latest advances in high performance insulating glass.….read more


10:30 am – 11:00 am Location – York 1
Coffee Break and Viewing of Exhibits
11:00 am – 12:00 Noon Location – York 2
Plant Automation : How to Improve the Decision Making and Implementation ProcessThorwesten will review how their process on analyzing production flows has affected their customers and some examples of how this is evolving in time.….read moreSpeaker:

Location – York 3
Operating Window Hardware Workshop:
This workshop will provide market insights that will help grow your business.  Industry trends for window and door performance, codes, consumer preferences, and manufacturing efficiencies ….read more

Location – York 4
Solving Worker & Leadership Shortages: Discover New Ways to Staff your Workforce
In a world where factory employment has sometimes been hard to fill, Cheryl Partridge of Opportunities for Employment (OFE) and Todd Leroy of Loewen Windows will bring two different approaches to addressing the problem.….read moreSpeakers:

12:00 Noon – 1:30 pm Location – York 1
Luncheon Keynote – Continuous Improvement
Billy Taylor, a very experienced factory leader, is bringing a powerful message of engaging employees first and foremost on the Kaizen journey. ….read moreSpeaker: Billy Ray Taylor, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Location – York 2
Plant Automation: New Innovations and Concepts to consider
The team of Paul Breault, PM Automation and Sanjay Parikh, Joseph Machine Company will lead a workshop with a combination of real world implementations as well as some development concepts that are “on the board”.….read moreSpeakers:

Location – York 3
Kaizen Success Reporting: Décor Cabinets and DUXTON
2019 will create some continuity from the past but also add some new “spins”.  Aynsley Dueck, DUXTON Operations Manager, will be providing another up-date on the progress in a younger, mid-size manufacturing environment….read moreSpeakers:

Location – York 4
Cold Climate Installation for Performance and Durability
Jon Eakes continues his review and discussion of how to further develop and refine window installation techniques with further research input from a combination of Red River College and George Brown College.….read moreSpeaker:

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Location – York 1
Coffee Break and Viewing of Exhibits
 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Location – York 2
Developing a Lean Strategy for your OperationLean is a proven strategy for delivering more value to customers, in less time and with less effort. Lean has been applied successfully in all industry sectors and sizes of business. This interactive session will provide business leaders with an understanding of how to engage employees and successfully lead a Lean enterprise transformation.

Location – York 3
Implementing NAFS Program. Practical “how to” session
Location – York 4
Workshop: FRP Door Panel Finishing – Paint, Stain and other Options
Maria Jasminez, an experienced professional in finishing solutions with Aquasuretech, will lead a workshop on finishing fiberglass door panels.….read moreSpeaker:

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Location – York 1
Post-Event Mixer
 and Viewing of Exhibits

Thursday, March 7, 2019
RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre

Location – York 2 Location York 3
8:30 am – 11:30 am Learn how to use “Toyota’s Kata System” to take Continuous Improvement to the next level and beyond


Warren Peters, LEAN Consultant

Steve Derksen, Barkman Concrete

Accelerating Continuous Improvement – The Management Challenge for 2019 & Beyond

Our ability to compete and win, depends on how rapidly we continuously improve. ….read more


David Hogg, LEAN Consultant

11:30 am Bus trip to pre-selected tour site and lunch.
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Tour and presentation:

OmniGlass Pultrusion Facility

Providing the window and door manufacturing industry with a full product range of fiberglass lineals. OmniGlass has pioneered the development of fiberglass pultrusion – with our perfected technology let us partner with you to build a better window & door.
Join us for a plant tour of our pultrusion and leading-edge manufacturing process in a state-of-the-art controlled fiberglass environment.
For more information on OmniGlass click here.
Tour and presentation:

Building Envelope Technology Access Centre (BETAC), Red River College

BETAC provides a multidisciplinary environment to facilitate advancements in building envelope technology primarily for durability and energy efficiency, while addressing the building’s intended use, life service and climate zone location. Download an overview of BETAC here.

Tour Coordinator:

Rob Spewak, Research Manager, Red River College

2:30 pm Optional bus ride back to Delta Hotel or directly to the airport.