Top Glass Conference & Expo 2022

Top Glass is Canada’s industry event for the commercial glazing industry. Hosted by Glass Canada magazine, Top Glass brings glazing contractors, curtain wall manufacturers, storefront fabricators, architects and building engineers together for a day of education, networking and review of the latest technology. Top Glass offers four one-hour sessions that can qualify towards continuing education credits.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?

  • Earn continuing education credits
  • Network with industry professionals
  • Browse the latest technology


WHO IS TOP GLASS EXPO FOR?

  • Architects and building engineers
  • Glazing contractors
  • Curtain wall and commercial storefront fabricators

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Top Glass is Canada’s industry event for the commercial glazing industry.

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Should provincial guidelines not allow for social gatherings at the time of the event,
your registration can be transferred to our next event date or refunded
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Schedule

9:00am

Tradeshow Opens

9:30am

SUPPLY AND DEMAND: Our challenge in an era of entangled global supply chains

Speaker: Tony Clement, Reshoring Canada

Before the pandemic, our biggest concern was finding the customers and making the sales. Now, with the phone ringing off the hook, the difficulty is getting the supplies and equipment we need. This global crisis has laid bare the downside of depending on offshore suppliers for critical products…but are our economies now irrevocably tied to the advantages of cheap labour, less regulation and scale of production that can be found overseas? These are questions that Tony Clement, as former federal Industry Minister, grappled with directly. Today, his concern with the state of our supply chains has led him to co-found Reshoring Canada, an information and advocacy group exploring ways to bring manufacturing back home. Join us at Top Glass to collect Mr. Clement’s insights, prescriptions and predictions for how and where we’ll get our critical supplies going forward.

The Honourable Tony Clement is a former Minister in the Harper Government federally, and Harris Government in the Province of Ontario.

10:30am

Coffee Break

11:00am

GOOD IDEAS: Collected strategies for making our businesses better

Speaker: Max Perilstein

Max Perilstein talks to glazing contractors and glass fabricators. A lot of them. All the time. For more than 30 years now. As author of the must-read weekly newsletter, From the Fabricator, Max collects stories and inside information from across the North American glass industry, keeping us up-to-date on who is doing what and how. In his time so far, Max has seen just about everything this crazy business has to offer – from rocketing success to crashing failure.

In this talk, Max goes fishing in his deep pool of experience and anecdotes to share some of the success stories and cautionary tales he’s seen over the years, and to suggest ways they might be turned into best practices and effective strategies for the glass business owners and managers of today and tomorrow. The mic will be open for questions, so this is your chance to interact with one of top influencers in the industry today!

12:00pm

Lunch

12:45pm

Codes and Standards Update

Presenter: David Heska, WSP

The rules for designing, making and installing glass facades are constantly evolving and today’s need to drive energy efficiency forward has accelerated the process. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. David Heska is here to help with an expert look at recent changes to the National Building Code and the standards important to the architectural glazing industry. He’ll draw on his diverse experience and the deep well of knowledge at WSP to not only explain the changes that are happening, but share some insight into likely future directions.

1:45pm

Coffee Break

2:15pm

RISE UP, GLAZIER NATION: Innovative solutions to today’s labour challenges

Presenter: David Schwieterman The struggle to find and retain skilled glass installers and fabrication workers is familiar to everyone in the architectural glass business. Increasingly, our old networks of trade schools, apprenticeship programs and recruiting struggle to meet the needs of our industry. It’s time for some fresh thinking. Glazier Nation is a new recruiting, training and placement service for skilled commercial glaziers that has put hundreds of glaziers into the trade across North America. As a partner in Glazier Nation, David Schwieterman has seen it all when it comes to skilled trades recruiting and has pioneered surprising tactics that are helping glass companies across the U.S. find the workers they need. Schwieterman will share his insights into the labour market, and describe some of the services Glazier Nation will soon be offering Canadians.

3:00pm

Bar Opens

4:00pm

Tradeshow Ends

Venue

The International Centre

The International Centre – Mississauga, ON

6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8

Sponsors

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