Canadian Glass Association Announces Newly
Elected Board Members
January 6, 2010
The Canadian Glass Association (CGA) announced its newly appointed
board of directors for 2010 during its annual general meeting, which
was held recently in Pickering, Ontario. The board members will
hold their positions for two-year terms. The following were elected:
- President: Richard Verdon, RSVP Agency Inc., Ottawa,
- First vice president: David Langton, Competition Glass
Ltd., Kelowna, B.C.;
- Second vice president: Fred Fulton, Glassopolis, Toronto;
- Past president: David Husson, DH Glass Solutions Inc,
- Treasurer: Stephen Hargrove, Wescom Glass & Aluminum
Ltd., Calgary, Alberta;
- Technical committee chair: Leonard Pianalto, Read Jones
Christoffersen Ltd., Vancouver, B.C.; and
- Membership Committee: Steve Peterson, Automated Entrances,
"Our new board has more than 60 years of combined experience
in the glass industry and their knowledge and skills will be a tremendous
asset to the association," says Zana Gordon, CGA executive
director. "These people are business owners or employees of
companies in the glass industry who volunteer their time because
they believe in giving back to the industry," she says. "We
are all working together for the betterment of the Canadian glass
Also during the board meeting, the CGA decided to help set up local
associations for glass companies in provinces and territories that
currently do not have an association representing them.
According to an association announcement, Gordon told the group
that she has spoken to several glass shop owners in these areas
who want to join but do not have the resources to establish an association
for themselves. She says that the CGA bylaws dictate the membership
to the CGA is through affiliated glass industry associations. Joining
a glass association in any province automatically entitles individual
companies to a membership in the national association.
"These companies are interested in apprenticeship training
and other resources that the CGA offers so we needed to amend our
bylaws so we can reach out to all of the people who don't have access
to a provincial association," says Gordon. Presently, only
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario have glass associations
that are recognized members of the CGA.
During the meeting the directors passed a motion to take the initiative
and set up chapter associations in Manitoba, Quebec, the Atlantic
Provinces, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The CGA will
cover the costs, of about $200, to register each association and
develop their constitution, set budgets and write their bylaws.
CGA president Richard Verdon says he will personally travel to many
of these locations to assist them with their start-ups.
"It's very important that we have representation from all provinces
and territories in Canada and I am looking forward to visiting them
to let them know that we can all work together toward the betterment
of our industry," he says.
The CGA plans to convene a special resolution meeting in April to
vote on changes to the bylaw that will allow individual members
to join until an association is established in their area, including
the United States.
"That will allow glass shops to benefit from the resources
and programs we now offer immediately," says Verdon. "This
is the ultimate goal of CGA. To reach out and help all glass professionals
across the country.
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