Session Descriptions

Economic Outlook 2019

March 6, 2019 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am
In his opening plenary presentation, Glen Hodgson will begin by discussing the economic outlook for 2019, and the many risks to the outlook. While the consensus among economic forecasters is for continued solid growth in the global, U.S. and Canadian economies (although slower than in 2018), the Trump Administration’s approach to trade in particular has heightened global disruption, spooked financial markets, and added to the level of economic risk. The trade talks between the U.S. and China will provide an early indication of where 2019 is headed. Glen will then discuss longer-term structural forces that are quietly influencing our world, like demographics. He will conclude with some thoughts on what all of this means for you and your business.

Building an Operationally Excellent Organization

March 6, 2019 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
This interactive workshop will focus on building a long term sustainable operational excellence system that delivers results. The workshop will provide an overview of the four components of Operational Excellence: Strategic Planning and deployment (Hoshin Kanri), Cross Functional Management, Daily Management and Small Group Activities. The workshop will further dive into Daily Management systems; the leadership linchpin of sustainable Operational Excellence systems designed to maintain and enhance company performance. Vern will share critical factors for success from his personal experience leading an organizational transformation as well as from his broad and diverse consulting engagements.

ERP Implementation

March 6, 2019 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Matt Batcha will lead a very interactive session with software professionals from a variety of different manufacturers and operating with a variety of different systems. The objective will be to highlight some of the special sessions BEFORE FenCon19 and come prepared to discuss alternative solutions to expedite and improve implementation. Every company has similar issues and yet there is an opportunity to learn from each other. Success in a big way will revolve around prepared attendees and the engagement. That happens before, during and after. Its truly a case where a sharing of ideas and solutions will create stronger, better success.

Expert, Advanced Insights into True High Performance IG’s and Windows

March 6, 2019 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
A combination of very experienced, highly knowledgeable experts will present some of the very latest advances in high performance insulating glass. Special focus will be placed on a more recent development with “Thin glass” and the latest breakthroughs that have been achieved with this technology as well as some of the goals that are still to be accomplished.  More recent advances in dynamic glazing will also be addressed.  This is truly an opportunity for A more sophisticated discussion and look in to the future of ever higher performance solutions in an “environmentally challenged world” – pre and post Paris Accord.

Plant Automation: How to Improve the Decision Making and Implementation Process

March 6, 2019 | 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Thorwesten will review how their process on analyzing production flows has affected their customers and some examples of how this is evolving in time.  An experienced technician will discuss their automation systems and how it can be implemented in various factory settings.

Operating Window Hardware Workshop

March 6, 2019 | 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
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 can offer opportunities that align with your strategic goals.  Examples of how these trends are driving product innovation will give a deeper understanding of growth opportunities.  And considerations regarding supply chain service and capabilities will help demonstrate the need to create strategic industry partnerships that will benefit your business.  

Stephan Nies will present the benefits of a tilt and turn windows and how easy it is to install the hardware, if it’s the right one. Tilt and turn windows are easy to handle and can nowadays be added with a lot of reasonable features, starting with all kind of safety aspects and finally they can be combined with electronic comfort features to create the right room and personal comfort.  We will demonstrate the assembling of a standard Tilt N Turn window together with our local partner FENTRO from Manitoba.

Solving Worker & Leadership Shortages: Discover New Ways to Staff your Workforce

March 6, 2019 | 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
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. Cheryl will discuss the creative ways in which OFE delivers “non traditional” or recent immigrants to the work place. Todd will discuss the success they have enjoyed with greater focus on – and adapting the workplace for – greater participation by women as well as their success in advancing them into leadership positions.

Luncheon Keynote – Continuous Improvement

March 6, 2019 | 12:00 Noon – 1:30 pm
Billy Taylor, a very experienced factory leader,is bringing a powerful message of engaging employees first and foremost on the Kaizen journey. Billy is VERY passionate about the need to keep the focus first and foremost on the most important element of any organization – the people. Billy will bring some insights on his journey and some critical tips and ideas on how to make sure that the “kaizen journey” is more than “just talk” and in reality has full engagement and support of the entire team. Gary Glowa, Inkster Park Millwork, “I’ve heard him once and I’d come to another conference . . just to hear him a second time!”

Plant Automation : PM Automation & Joseph Machine Company : “Plant Automation : New Innovations and Concepts to consider”

March 6, 2019 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
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”.  Both companies have developed and implemented some high impact systems with considerable in plant experience. Joseph Machine Company has a newer system in design which Sanjay is seeking discussion and engagement from window and door manufacturing personnel.

Kaizen Success Reporting: Décor Cabinets and DUXTON

March 6, 2019 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
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 and how the CI program has evolved and positively impacted the business. Frank Schaeffer, a Plant manager with extensive experience with larger cabinet operations, will discuss some very innovative tactics and ideas that Décor Cabinets has implemented and how it has created surprising results at their facility.

Cold Climate Installation for Performance and Durability

March 6, 2019 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
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. Jon has been fine tuning a model which he will be presenting as well as engaging further discussion as a follow up both to FenCon18 and a small industry meeting at WinDoor. Attendees may be interested in extending this portion with a tour of the Red River College test facilities on March 7th.

Workshop: FRP Door Panel Finishing – Paint, Stain and other Options

March 6, 2019 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maria Jasminez, an experienced professional in finishing solutions with Aquasuretech, will lead a workshop on finishing fiberglass door panels. FRP door panels, be they smooth panel Or woodgrain finish, have become an ever more important part of the fenestration industry’s set of solutions. However, there are a range of issues that arise in the finishing process and Maria will lead the discussion with some practical tips and “Do’s and Don’ts” on advanced preparation from experienced door fabricators.

Accelerating Continuous Improvement

-The Management Challenge for 2019 & Beyond
March 7, 2019 | 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Our ability to compete and win, depends on how rapidly we continuously improve. Everyone must be laser-aligned on a vision (True North), that everyone knows, that everyone can state, and everyone needs to be able to describe their role in achieving this vision. This workshop will share the thinking; and the kind of management & leadership that winners have found to evolve a culture of respect, trust, and collaboration. It will mean a renewed emphasis on Purpose, Processes, and most importantly – the People. This workshop draws from the lessons learned first-hand from the ‘81/’82 & ‘08/’09 recessions. It will highlight what can work in an environment – where no person/family/company/ or country is the same.