Fenestration body expands Canadian presence

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A new partnership between l’ Association de vitrerie et fenestration du Quebec (AVFQ) and the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) extends reciprocal benefits to the members of both organizations. The two associations will collaborate on education, advocacy, technical standards, research and product certification.

“Involvement in national Canadian codes and regulatory work is one of the core activities of FGIA that can also bring valuable information to AVFQ by making its members aware of the latest developments outside of the province of Quebec,” observes FGIA executive director Janice Yglesias.

“This collaboration agreement will serve both AVFQ and FGIA members well in the future, working together to meet their mutual needs,” says Gina Gaudreault, executive vice president of AVFQ.

The new partnership is in step with FGIA’s first anniversary, after it arose from through the merger of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) in January 2020. FGIA has also appointed Amy Roberts as director of Canadian and technical glass operations, replacing Canadian industry affairs director Marg Webb, who will be retiring later this year.

Roberts brings more than 20 years of experience in the commercial and residential window, glass and insulating glass manufacturing industries to her new role. She is based in British Columbia and has served on the technical committee and the board of the Fenestration Association of B.C.

“In 2020, when AAMA and IGMA combined the distinct strengths and knowledge of both organizations to better serve the glass and fenestration industries, both parties committed to making FGIA a resource for U.S. and Canadian markets and members alike,” Webb affirms. “Roberts’ addition to FGIA’s staff further cements this promise.”

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