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66 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
Glass Talk Episode #38: Feeling The Heat: Jonathan Layton and Taylor Wight, Layton Consulting
Thermal modeling for façade component certification is going to become a bigger and bigger part of our business as energy efficiency standards continue to tighten. Jonathan “JoMo” Layton and Taylor Wight join GlassTalk to talk about the importance and uses of modelling in today’s design process and how it might influence our efforts in the future. We discuss the new NBC tiered codes; Layton’s experiences modelling designs around the world; the differences between Passive House and NFRC standards; the need to change our approach to solar heat gain; thermal bridging and more.
41 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
Glass Talk Episode #37: CI and Lean: Great ideas, but how do they work in fenestration fabrication? - Aynsley Dueck, Duxton Windows and Doors
Aynsley Dueck is operations manager at Duxton Windows and Doors and has focused on bringing Continuous Improvement and Lean processes to her operation for several years now. She talks about just what these concepts are and how they can be applied to window, door and commercial façade manufacturing environments. We cover how to deal with the disruption and change that comes with reforming your processes; how to get employee and management buy-in and how to avoid some common pitfalls. We also look at some of the tangible and less-tangible benefits of CI and Lean, and pick up some specific tips from Aynsley that they’ve discovered in their CI journey.
31 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Glass Talk Episode #36: Wood You, Could You? – Samuel Doyon-Bissonnette, Unicel Architectural
With prescient timing, Samuel Doyon-Bissonnette, co-president of Unicel Architectural, has recently developed and brought to market a Passive House-certified stick-built curtainwall system using engineered wood. The timing is great because recent changes to codes and standards allow architects to do more with wood construction than ever before. Also, wood answers many questions about energy efficiency and embodied carbon. Samuel discusses the opportunity for wood curtainwall and some of the unique features and challenges of working with this material.
38 minutes | May 6, 2022
Glass Talk Episode #35: The Other Pandemic – Jan Chappel, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Last year in Ontario, 30 percent of all the working people who died from opioid overdose worked in the construction industry. It’s clearly time for we who employ tradespeople to pay some extra attention to this issue and be prepared to help those in our companies who struggle with substance use and misuse. To help, Jan Chappel, a senior occupational health and safety specialist with CCOHS, joined Glass Talk to give us some advice on what to look for in employee behaviour that might indicate a problem; how to address the issue; and where to find the resources both you and your employee might need.
47 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Glass Talk Episode #34: Here’s to your Health – Vincent Couturier, Unicel Architectural
Hospitals and other health care facilities are commissioning some of the best glazing projects in Canada today. Not content any more with square brick facades, the healthcare industry has become a prime target for architectural glass companies looking for opportunities to apply their very best creativity and technology. Vincent Couturier, COO of Longueuil, Que., fabricator, Unicel Architectural, joins Glass Talk to share knowledge gained from his experiences delivering award-winning solutions to this lucrative sector. Couturier talks about the special needs of the healthcare industry, including designs that are easy to clean and don’t accumulate dust; the need for enhanced sound control; solar heat gain considerations; extra privacy needs; and the concept of “behavioural glazing” to deal with the habits of patients who might be destructive. Fascinating stuff!
55 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Glass Talk Episode #33: A Fond Adieu - Margaret Webb, FGIA (retired)
Margaret Webb has retired after 22 years of dedicating inordinate amounts of time, energy, passion and expertise to this industry. She was instrumental in creating not one but two industry associations: the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance then the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance. GlassTalks was fortunate to get Margaret to step back into the industry for a brief moment following her retirement to reflect on her time, tell a few stories and share a few opinions about how things are and how they ought to be.
65 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Glass Talk Episode #32: Trading Up – Monte McNaughton, Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Monte McNaughton joins Glass Talk to explain the new agency, Skilled Trades Ontario, which replaces the Ontario College of Trades as the skilled trades regulator in the province. McNaughton explains his the reason for the change and the direction the new organization will take in trying to smooth the path for apprentices to move through the system, and in trying to attract new workers to the trades. Following McNaughton’s interview, a panel of industry voices joins the podcast to discuss his comments: Ian Howcroft, president of Skills Ontatio, Angelo Cairo, president of Stouffville Glass and Brett Lucier, president of Provincial Glass.
41 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
GlassTalk Episode #31: 2021 In The Review – Navneet Matharu, Glass Canada
Glass Canada brand manager Navneet Matharu joins GlassTalk for a special New Year look back and look ahead. We talk about the supply chain issues that emerged in the second year of COVID; do some gossiping about what suppliers and contractors are saying; touch on the big news stories of 2021; and preview the year ahead in Canada’s commercial glazing B2B channel, including a preview of our exciting Top Glass lineup coming April 20.
48 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
GlassTalk Episode #30: Line of Site – Gavin Daly, Axis Communications
Keeping an eye (and ear) on your critical materials, equipment and personnel is more important than ever. Luckily, technology in site security systems is advancing quickly. Gavin Daly of Axis Communications joins GlassTalk to talk about the principles of security systems: what are the objectives? What is possible and not possible? What threats and opportunities should you consider? He touches on the other uses of site surveillance, too, including controlling access, identifying safety risks and improving operations. With possibilities for audio pickup, networked speakers, low-light and high resolution cameras, facial recognition and remote monitoring, it’s not about getting a grainy black-and-white video picture any more.
52 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
GlassTalk Episode #29: Get ‘em Young – Robert Bronk, Ontario Construction Secretariat
The Ontario Construction Secretariat is the liaison between the unionized trades and employers in Ontario, so their CEO, Robert Bronk, is well positioned to discuss the big topic bedeviling all of us these days – skilled labour supply. Bronk used to train glaziers, so he knows this industry. We had a wide-ranging conversation about the sources of the present skilled trades shortage; the need for greater awareness in Ontario’s schools and homes; the effects of the pandemic and recovery; the outcomes of pandemic-fighting measures on Ontario jobsites; prediction for inflation and supply shortages; and much more.
32 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
GlassTalk Episode #28: Where’s My Stuff? – Michael Gabert, Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
We know the pandemic has done SOMETHING to our supply chains. But what? Michael Gabert and the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors are tasked with understanding the prices and availability of all manner of construction supplies and generating accurate estimates and forecasts for their clients. So he was the perfect person to have on the podcast to explain why it’s so hard to get the things we need for our jobsites and plants. Michael discusses how negative effects from the pandemic snowball as they roll down the supply chain, starting at mines and ships and ending up as big delays on our loading docks. We get into inflation, interest rates, aluminum futures shipping containers and the outlook for our globalized trading system.
24 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
GlassTalk Episode #27: The Show Must Go On – Teresa Baker, The Buildings Show
The Buildings Show, Canada’s largest construction show happening Dec. 1 to 3 at the Toronto Convention Centre, has been a popular destination for glazing contractors because of the opportunity it affords to take in the broadest possible range of suppliers and conference topics out there. There’s always a nice selection of commercial glazing and façade construction products, but also HVAC, insulation, roofing, concrete and even property management solutions. This time, there’s a building envelope session but also many sessions aimed at “soft skills” in the construction industry: human resources, marketing, leadership, project management and other topics we know are critical but don’t always have time to think about. Since the Buildings Show is returning as a live event for the first time since the pandemic hit, we thought it was time to invite program director Teresa Baker to GlassTalk to give us the full FYI.
68 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
GlassTalk Episode #26: Doing it Our Way – Ryan Spurgeon, Antamex
The young president of one of Canada’s iconic architectural glass fabricators, Antamex, joins Glass Talk to share his experiences through a period of whirlwind change for the company. From struggles, to ownership by international giant, Oldcastle, to independence and restructuring, Spurgeon and his team have been on a wild ride for many years. Now Spurgeon is leveraging the lessons learned and the company’s legacy of expertise to position it for the decades ahead, with modern business practices, automation, investment and careful market position. You’ll learn something from Glass Talk’s conversation with Ryan Spurgeon.
60 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Glass Talk episode #25: From the fabricator - Max Perilstein, SoleSource Consults
Bringing the view from (barely) south of the border, industry influencer Max Perilstein joins Glass Talk to shoot the breeze about everything related to architectural glass and beyond. No one love the glass business more or has been commenting on it for longer, so tune in for Max's takes on the supply crunch, energy efficient glazing, the AGC sale to Cardinal, float glass production, training and labour issues, the return of live events and much more.
39 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Glass Talk episode #24: Future Facing – Francis Pomerleau, Pomerleau
We all know there’s a new world coming, but what will it look like? Francis Pomerleau, chief executive for national strategy at one of Canada’s largest construction contractors, has some ideas. Pomerleau has launched a brand initiative for Pomerleau locating the company’s focus in three key areas: collaboration, innovation and sustainability. He’s positioning the company to meet the next wave of challenges that will follow the pandemic, and beyond. He joined Glass Talk to share his insights with Canada’s glazing community, and weigh in on some of the big issues we’re all discussing.
21 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Glass Talk episode #23: The return of float glass – Glenn Leroux, Canadian Premium Sand
At Top Glass in April, Canadian Premium Sand burst on to the Canadian architectural glass scene with an announcement that it was finalizing plans to build a float glass facility north of Winnipeg using high-quality sand from its deposit near Wanipigow, Man. Whether the new facility will produce architectural glass or glass for solar panels remains uncertain, but either way the return of primary glass production to Canada is an exciting prospect. CPS CEO Glenn Leroux recorded a in in-depth interview with Glass Canada editor, Patrick Flannery, to introduce the industry to his company and discuss their plans. The video version of this interview was originally recorded to appear on CPS’s virtual booth at Top Glass.
34 minutes | May 7, 2021
Glass Talk episode #22: The Afro-Canadian Contractors Association – Sephton Spence, ACCA
Black Canadians have been part of our construction industry for as long as there’s been one, including many Black-owned contracting businesses. Now, a new organization known as the Afro-Canadian Contractors Association has come along to raise awareness of the good work they do, promote their inclusion and fair treatment and to help its members take advantage of the opportunities out there in our industry. Some grotesque incidents at Ontario jobsites last year attracted revulsion across the country, promoting construction leaders as high up as Geoff Smith at EllisDon to call for a focus on eliminating racism in Canadian construction. So it seemed like a good time to invite the president of the ACCA, Sephton Spence, to join Glass Talk to tell us all about the new association and the proud history of Black construction work in Canada.
58 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Glass Talk Episode #21: Twin Towers – Jay Polding, SolidCAD
Jay Polding of SolidCAD joins Glass Canada editor Patrick Flannery to talk about digital twinning. It’s the next iteration of building information modeling, turning the digital model of a structure into a living representation of the building including tracking of system performance, energy use, maintenance schedules, component failures and more. Building owners see their need for information about their assets’ performance growing, and the demand will shift downhill to façade fabricators and contractors in the years and decades ahead. Polding shares his knowledge of just what these systems are, how they are expected to help, and how your company can be ready for this next big trend.
59 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Glass Talk Special Episode: A Dream of Lower Energy Bills – Sanjana Bansal, Dream Energy, and Anne Folomo, Schooley Mitchell
Some energy markets across Canada are now competitive places with multiple providers making different offerings. But navigating these waters can be complicated and even risky without the right guidance. Energy broker Sanjana Bansal works with Anne Folomo and Schooley Mitchell to advise industrial clients on how to get the most zap for their buck when shopping for hydro and natural gas contracts. They have some great tips and some revealing perspectives on this less-understood aspect of our businesses.
51 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Glass Talk Episode #20: The Marketing Guy – Rich Porayko, Construction Creative
Rich is probably the only person in Canada who is both a writer and a glass guy. With over 70 articles under his belt and a new gig as the back page columnist for Glass Canada magazine, Rich also has a long track record as a marketing consultant with the likes of Binswanger Glass, Hartung, Garibaldi Glass, PFG, the National Glass Association and others. He’s seen enough to have some opinions and isn’t shy about sharing them. We get into the exploding market in sneeze guards, the possible future of office towers, the dos and don’ts of marketing a glass business and the forces in this country that are preventing industrial development like Xinyi’s float glass proposal.
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