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Live Session with The Honourable Tony Clement

Speaker: The Hon. Tony Clement

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


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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!






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Max Perilstein

Max Perilstein has the glass and glazing industry in his blood. Thanks to roots that harken back more than 120 years and a passion for the industry today, what goes on in the present and future of the glass industry is always something at the forefront of Max’s world.

Max’s great grandfather Harris Perilstein arrived in North America in 1898 with only $34 dollars and glasscutter in his pocket. He started a glass company in Philadelphia, PA USA and delivered his material by bicycle. Fast forward to today and Max’s current role in the glass world. He is the founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm that focuses on the glass and glazing industry and specializes in market research, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management.

For the past 30 years Max has been involved at some of the highest levels in the glass and glazing industry including time as Vice President of Marketing for Arch Aluminum & Glass, and Chief Marketing Officer for Vitro America.

Max served 4 years on the Board of Directors of the Glass Association of North America and during that time oversaw the explosive growth of the annual BEC show, taking from 200 people to a high of more than 800 in 2007. Max still serves on the planning committee of that event and moderates at least one panel discussion each year. Max is also very involved with GlassBuild America and lends his expertise to the National Glass Association staff with regards to the planning and execution of that event.

For many, Max is best known through his blog “From the Fabricator” which is now going on its 16th year after being the first such industry piece of its kind. The blog is published 48 weeks a year and retransmitted on In addition, in 2021, Max launched a monthly podcast also named “From the Fabricator” that features multiple guests from various segments of the glass and glazing world.

Max considers himself an enthusiastic and independent observer of the industry and the people and products that make the glass world go.

Max is a graduate of Ohio University. He and his wife Beth live with their 2 children in New Baltimore, Michigan.

The Hon. Tony Clement

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

​During his time in the House of Commons, Mr. Clement served as both Minister of Health and Minister of Industry, playing a lead role in getting Canada’s economy back on track after the most significant global economic recession since the 1930s.

On May 2, 2011, Mr. Clement was re-elected for a third consecutive time. Shortly after his re-election, he was asked by the Prime Minister to take on the responsibilities of President of the Treasury Board. In this capacity, Mr. Clement lead the development and implementation of a cross-government spending review—looking at transformational ways to support and deliver services to taxpayers in the most effective and efficient means possible. This follows through on the Government of Canada’s commitment to eliminate the deficit and continue to strengthen the economy.

Within the federal government, Mr. Clement chaired five different committees of Cabinet and served on the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning, chaired by the Prime Minister.

Mr. Clement’s dedication to public service spans three decades. During his eight years as an Ontario MPP, he held prominent Cabinet positions in the Ontario government, including Minister of Health and Minister of the Environment.


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