*Program is subject to change without notice.

February 28, 2018
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg

5:00 – 7:00 pm Pre-event Networking Mixer
March 1, 2018
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg
Stream 1 Stream 2 Stream 3
7:45 – 8:15 am Registration and Networking Breakfast – Viewing of Exhibits
8:15 – 8:30 am Conference Opens

  • Welcome:  Conference Chair, Al Dueck, Duxton Windows
8:30 – 9:30 am Opening Plenary – Taking Advantage of Automation

This session will begin with a panel of experts discussing how window and door manufacturers can take effective, viable, profitable steps toward automation. Following the panel presentation participants will have a chance to brainstorm and offer feedback while facilitators capture the information. A synopsis of the discussions will be provided following the conference.

9:30 – 10:30 am Case History of ERP Implementation and Benefits

The world of “software automation” is continuing to offer efficiency and competitive advantages but the road to get there can be tricky. Terry Adamson, Westeck, will lead us through a description of their implementation including some of the lessons learned from that process. The goal of this session is to give our industry some valuable tips on how to proceed more successfully with this inevitable element of success.


Real World QC: Realities of Product Testing with Success


Cold Climate Installation for Performance/Durability

Canada offers numerous circumstances where more effective methods of completing “cold climate window and door installation methods” can and should be in place. This session will incorporate the latest information on the topic and seek to develop a stronger base for the future.


10:30 – 11:00 am Coffee and Networking – Viewing of Exhibits
11:00 am – 12:00 Noon Making Automation Pay-Off

Automation is coming, like it or lump it, grow with it or get killed by it? This session will feature experts who have real experience in working with window and door manufacturing companies and who have worked through a variety of automation installations, ranging from basic to extensive.



Developing an Innovation Process/Culture

Clearly, there are organizations that are very successful at “breaking new ground” – whether through products or processes. This session will present some key concepts on how window and door manufacturing organizations can look at effective ideas to advance their in house innovation capabilities.


Meeting Industry Performance Targets

The Paris Accord has set in motion some commitments by the Canadian Government and in turn is challenging industries such as Fenestration to achieve higher performance. This session will start with a brief set of comments by the Federal, Provincial and Industry experts followed by a “table by table” brainstorming session on how to vigorously attack those goals.


12:00 Noon – 1:30 pm Keynote TBA
1:30 – 2:30 pm Case History of Process Engineering

Featuring experienced industrial engineer(s) with hands-on experience with window and door manufacturing will lead a practical discussion on methods for streamlining flows and taking advantage of newer technology.


Utilizing Software for Achieving High Performance

There is an increasing proliferation of software within the industry ranging from Therm to Windows to Inventor to other 3D systems. How does our industry seek out and implement the best such practices and advance our success with this increasingly accessible set of tools/weapons.


Implementing NAFS Within the Factory

New building codes have been in place for a number of years and yet implementation is not proceeding quickly. This session will incorporate a real world expert on how to expedite implementation and develop systems – from testing to software to printing/attaching labels.

2:30 – 3:00 pm Coffee and Networking – Viewing of Exhibits
3:00 – 4:00 pm AAMA 450 Engagement

NAFS has engaged our industry into providing physically tested, validated frame configurations which are quite challenging at times. The AAMA 450 “system” created another pathway but seems to be an incomplete process that cannot accommodate all configurations. This session will feature an engineering expert from Intertek followed by a “table by table” discussion session to develop recommenations on how best to proceed.

Continuous Improvement

FenCon17 offered 3 different CI sessions. This FenCon18 session will focus on updates and progress reports from those sessions. How have they evolved? Have they progressed? What has been learned? What more can be accomplished?



Human Resources

The “post-Justin world” may well need to deal with a larger number of employees who are “enjoying the weed”, at work as well as at home. How does the owner/manager deal with these circumstances? What tools do you have – practically and/or legally to “control the damage”?


4:00 – 5:00 pm Networking Mixer – Viewing of Exhibits

*Half Day Workshops – New in 2018. Extra registration fees apply.

March 2, 2018
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg

9:00 am – 12:00 noon CME: Launching CI at Your Operation

‘Intro to Lean Principles’ half-day workshop: The core concept of Lean is to create a better flow‎ of information, product or service and to spend more time adding value for the customer and less time on wasteful activity. This ‘hands-on’ workshop will help anyone that has a passion for operational excellence understand the basic principles and tools of Lean or continuous improvement through presentations, discussions, examples and simulation exercises.


  • Ian Marshall, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (Manitoba)
Best Practices: ERP

Implementation Presentation by a system supplier with real world experience in implementing ERP systems in the window and door manufacturing world. This session will provide practical, solid ideas on what to do before, during and after installation and how to prepare your window and door manufacturing companies to take this step.

1:00 – 4:00 pm CME: CI for Management

‘Intro to Lean for Leaders’ half-day workshop: Lean is a proven strategy for maximizing the potential of employees to deliver more value to customers, in less time and with less effort. Lean has been applied successfully in all industry sectors and sizes of business. This interactive workshop will provide business leaders with a basic understanding of Lean and what to consider when engaging the workforce in continuous process improvement.


  • Ian Marshall, Canadian Maufacturers and Exporters (Manitoba)
Best Practices: FRP Door Panel Finishing

Door panels have shifted toward fiberglass skins to a great degree. Additionally, the variety of factory finishes from color to wood-grain stain options has also continued to evolve. A combination of finish suppliers and door panel suppliers will provide very practical, hands on ideas on how to perfect the process.