Speakers

Terry Adamson, Westeck Windows & Doors

After 32 years in the fenestration industry Terry is the epitome of an industry ladder climber. He began in 1985 loading windows onto delivery trucks with an eye on a career with an opportunity to advance. With stops in production, operations, purchasing, sales, and spending eleven years as General Manager of Westeck Windows, his focus is always bettering the industry. He served for eleven years with WDMA-BC/FenBC to June 2015, and the last three years on the Board of Fenestration Canada, recently accepting the role of 2nd VP . Now as Westeck’s Technical Director, Terry understands the challenges facing manufacturers trying to work under very confusing code conditions, never reluctant to voice his opinion, or listen to others in the hopes of finding solutions.

Matt Batcha, FeneTech

Matt Batcha has been with FeneTech for fifteen years and is currently a member of FeneTech’s business development team focusing on the window and door industry. Prior to moving into business development, Matt served for nearly ten years as the software development manager. He holds a BS in computer science from Ohio Northern University and an MBA from Kent State University.

Paul Breault, Industrial Automation & Robotics

Paul Breault helps companies become more efficient by improving productivity and optimizing their production costs. He is curious and passionate about the world of industrial automation and has over 20 years of experience in industrial automation processes, automation machines and robot installation, machining automation parts and robotics and maintenance. Paul says when he looks at an industrial production line, optimization solutions emerge automatically in his mind. He likes working with people, complex projects and problems for which solutions are not clear.

Al Dueck, DUXTON Windows & Doors

Al Dueck, Owner and Founder of DUXTON Windows & Doors, has dedicated more than 25 years of his professional life to the window manufacturing industry. Graduating from the University of Manitoba with an MBA, Al has always been particularly passionate about product design and building envelopes. A large portion of his industry background involved leading edge glazing – technological advances offering greater energy efficiency, comfort, and durable warm edge configurations. Al is the founding president of Fenestration Manitoba and is also active within Fenestration Canada.

Aynsley Dueck, DUXTON Windows & Doors

Aynsley Dueck joined DUXTON Windows & Doors in 2012 as the second generation of the family business. Prior to joining the manufacturing industry, Aynsley graduated from the I.H. Asper School of Business as well as the Art Institute of Vancouver. In 2014, she completed her Yellow Belt in Lean Manufacturing, and is now working on her Green Belt.

Ralph Eschenwecker, Director, Business Process Improvement, Loewen Windows and Doors

Ralph Eschenwecker is a Leadership Service Provider specializing in delivering Corporate Improvement in all areas of Manufacturing Businesses. Ralph has an extensive background as a corporate excellence professional with Operations, Business Process Redesign (Lean), Engineering, Supply Chain, Facilities and Quality Systems experience in diversified high-tech industrial sectors and the business acumen required to thrive in today’s global environment. Ralph is a Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Engineers of Canada, and has an appreciation of data, process discipline and rational thinking. As a Leader, he has developed an appreciation of the power of team, inspired individuals, and a business aligned strategy driven by motivated people. Ralph believes the power of team is a given - it's a matter of crafting the right combination of skills and behavior and then facilitating the direction and guidance for amazing achievement. As a Colleague, Ralph values a team based, collaborative environment.

Dave Goldsmith, P.Eng., Senior Design Engineer, Ply Gem Canada

Dave has 27 years’ experience in fenestration design and manufacturing and is responsible for regulatory/code compliance and intergovernmental affairs at Ply Gem. He volunteers on the CSA Technical Committee on Performance Standards for Windows, Fenestration Canada’s Technical Services Committee, the NAFS Joint Document Management Group, the AAMA Document Management Committee and is on the Board of Directors for FenBC. In 2017 AAMA attempted to make changes to AAMA 450 Voluntary Performance Rating Method for Mulled Fenestration Assemblies in order to bring composite units into its scope but reached an impasse. For 2018, AAMA has asked Dave to chair a Task Group that will work on creating a new standard for composite units.

Ian Marshall, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Manitoba

Ian Marshall, Lean Champion, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, joined CME Manitoba Division in 2005 as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, a joint industry / government funded initiative aimed at helping Manitoba manufacturing companies improve productivity and achieve world best performance. In this role, Ian delivers the Lean Greenbelt and Blackbelt certification programs, assists public and private sector organizations on enterprise-wide Lean transformation and supports the five Manitoba Lean consortiums. Ian is a professional engineer and spent 12 years driving Lean initiatives in the automotive and aerospace divisions of Lucas Industries in the United Kingdom and across Europe. Moving to Winnipeg 20 years ago, Ian continued to champion lean manufacturing in the roles of Change Manager at Motor Coach Industries, Plant Manager at Monarch Industries and General Manager Imports at Palliser Furniture.

AJ Piscitelli, Fenetech

AJ Piscitelli is a member of FeneTech’s R&D group where he spearheads the FENml initiative to develop a baseline IoT communication standard to allow machinery, software, and suppliers to talk the same language. He has been with FeneTech for ten years.  Prior to becoming a member of the R&D group, AJ served as a project manager on many FeneVision ERP installations for window, door, and glass fabricators. He is a certified Project Manager Professional and received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Joseph A. Reed, P.E. – Senior Director, Intertek

Mr. Reed has continuous professional experience since 1988 and has been with Architectural Testing/Intertek since 2002.  He currently oversees the company’s Product Testing, Project Testing, Structural Systems Testing, Material and Components Testing and Engineering Services operations in York, PA.  He also serves as Task Group Chairman for ASTM E06.51.17 Task Group on Impact Resistance.   Mr. Reed is a licensed professional engineer in seven states.  He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and is also inventor or co-inventor on fourteen United States Patents.

Harry Schroeder, Manitoba Hydro

Harry Schroeder is an engineer at Manitoba Hydro focusing on building science and the practical implementation of energy efficiency in the building envelope. With almost 30 years experience in contracting, consulting, and project management, he is able to provide a unique perspective to the industry. He is committed to bridging the gap between research and practice through education and regular interaction with national committees as well as the local design and construction industry.