The world class city of Calgary in the Canadian Province of Alberta is well-known for a variety of international attractions including the city itself, the nearby mountains, Lake Louise and Banff National Park, along with the "greatest outdoor show on earth"the annual cowboy "Stampede." But a week before that, Calgary will play host to a stampede of another kindof auto and flat glass and metal companies, as the first major glass exposition and educational event will take place there. Glass Expo Calgary will debut June 25 and 26 at the Coast Plaza Hotel near the airport in Calgary.
The educational event is sponsored by the Glass and Architectural Metals Association of Canada, the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association, the Glass Trades Association of Edmonton, the Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta, the SAIT Glaziers Apprenticeship Program and the Glazing Contractors of BC. It is co-sponsored by USGlass magazine, BC Glass & Glazing CANADA, Window Film and Windshield & Glass Repair magazines. Members of these groups and their employees, along with readers of any of the sponsoring publications, can receive free admission to the seminars, demonstrations and trade show.
Minutes from adventure in an unspoiled mountain playground, Calgary is clean and safe; a big city without big-city problems. Visitors are inspired by its beauty, romance and heritage.
Visit the Calgary Zoo, one of the top ten zoos in the world, the Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park, complete with dinosaur replicas. The Calgary Science Centre offers some of the worlds finest interactive science displays and exhibits. The Western Heritage Center, Fort Calgary ( the "F" Troop of the Northwest Mounted Police), Heritage Park Historical Village (the Williamsburg of the North) and Glenbow Museum all feature insights into the citys history. Canadians Olympic park, the site of the XV Olympic Winter Games is also open. The Calgary International Jazz Festival will also be in progress during Glass Expo Calgary.
Visitors will have a difficult time choosing from among the many day-trips available from Calgary. The world-famous sites of Banff National Park, Kananaskis and Lake Louise are within a few hours drive. Choose among:
Drumheller 90 minutes
Edmonton 3 hours
Jasper 4 hours
Kananaskis 1 hour
Lake Louise 3 hours
Waterton 2 ½ hours
No area of North America beats Calgary when it comes to outdoor sports either. From skiing to swimming, golfing to hockey, Calgary offers something for everyone.
Alberta is the only province in Canada without a provincial sales tax. In addition to a very favorable exchange rate on the Canadian dollar, foreign visitors can also apply for a rebate on the national Goods and Services Tax.
Major airline carriers provide non-stop service to Calgary from centers around the world. The airport is less than 20 minutes from downtown and the highway system is very well-maintained. Glass Expo Calgary has made arrangements with the Coast Plaza Hotel for a free shuttle to carry passengers between the airport and hotel.
Flight Times from Other Cities:
Chicago 3 hours 45 minutes
Dallas 3 hours 45 minutes
Denver 2 hours 15 minutes
Edmonton 45 minutes
Los Angeles 3 hours
Minneapolis 2 hours 45 minutes
NYC 4 hours 50 minutes
San Francisco 2 hours 50 minutes
Seattle l hour 15 minutes
Toronto 4 hours
Vancouver 1 hour 15 minutes
All those involved in any aspect of the auto and flat glass and metal industries is invited to attend. For companies within driving distance, this event is your opportunity to bring everyonefrom managers and officers to CSRs and installersfor the finest in education at little or no cost. Glass Expo Calgary is the best way to make sure your entire staff receives the latest in industry education. Plan to come if you are involved with:
The Coast Plaza Hotel at Calgary
1316 -33rd Street NE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2A 6B6
Rates: $99.00 (CND) single/double(approximately $60 USD)
The Coast Plaza Hotel is Calgarys premiere corporate hotel. It is located just ten minutes from Calgary International Airport and downtown Calgary.
Each guest room at the Coast Plaza is equipped with data ports, voice mail and in-room coffee and tea service. The indoor pool, sauna and fitness center as well as an all-day restaurant round-out the hotels full menu of amenities. The hotel offers free shuttle service to and from the airport. And, if youre driving, you can park for free!
For Reservations: Call 800/661-1464 and say you are with the Glass Expo. For discounted rates, you must make your reservation by May 28, 1999.
Glass Expo Calgary 99 will offer those in the glass industry two days of education, exposition, and hospitality. "This event illustrates our commitment to providing educational opportunities throughout North America for people who usually lack access to or find it difficult to attend national shows," said Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine and BC Glass & Glazing CANADA. "A partnership exists between attendees and exhibitorsthe exhibitors work with us to spread the education aroundthey know that this is the ideal opportunity to promote their products to the western Canadian market.
"Attendees know they can get the best in education, close to home, without the cost and hassle of long distance travel. This partnership has been working extremely well for the more than six years that Glass Expos has been touring. "Were proud to bring education to all levels of the industry. It has been our goal since the first show we produced in Chicago 1994." Levy added that she expects to bring the expo to Calgary every three or four years, depending on evaluations from exhibitors and attendees. "Calgary is in the middle of quite a construction boom right now," she said. "And with the World Energy Conference coming next year, Calgary is awash in cranes and new construction the likes of which havent been seen before."
The event will feature many industry-specific demonstrations and workshops for the auto and flat glass and metal industries and will include an opening cocktail party on Friday evening. A networking breakfast sponsored by Joseph Taylor Inc. with keynote speaker Lyle Hill of MTH Industries will take place on Saturday morning. Jerry Wright of A&A Glass in Fort Worth, TX, will provide a motivational session on Working in the Glass IndustryTexas Style.
In addition, auto glass attendees will be able to attend a session conducted by Catherine Howard of NAGS, who will discuss NAGS pricing and how changes affect the Canadian market, a panel discussion about Safe Installation Prac-tices and a number of auto glass installations and repair demonstrations will also be held.
In addition to auto glass installations, demonstrations will also be held on Proper Mirror Installations, Shower Door Installations and Installing Window Film in Commercial and Residential Markets. Programs about working with Metal Suppliers, Job Cost Estimating for Contract Glazing, Marketing Value-Added Glass Products and Understanding the New Energy Efficient Glasses will also be included. At press time a special session about security glazing was also being planned.
As part of our commitment to make high-quality industry education affordable and accessible (bringing it right to your door), it is the policy of USGlass magazine not to refuse admission to the educational sessions to anyone in the industry due to lack of funds. Should someone in your company be in need of a scholarship to attend the educational program and seminars, please let us know and we will permit admission through our scholarship program.
Several of the seminars offered also provide continuing educational credits for architects and insurance agents.
We recognize that there are many people outside the glass and metal industry, such as architects, specifiers, insurance agents, building code officials and general contractors, that you may like to attend a session or two at Glass Expo Calgary 99.
Please feel free to invite these individuals at no charge AS YOUR GUEST. All you will need to do is provide their business card confirming their occupation and they will receive a daily registration at no charge as your guest.
Our seminar schedules are updated weekly and available on the USGlass web site at www.usglassmag.com. Check there often for final seminar information and times. You may also register online or by filling out the form on the opposite page. Also, most local suppliers have free passes to the seminars and trade shows, so be sure to ask them as well. For more information, call Michelle Robinson at 540/720-5584 or fax 540/720-5687, or you may e-mail USGlass at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 24
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Golf Tournament (Optional, additional fee required)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Installation Practices Program (optional special program presented by the Performance Achievement Groupadditional fee required)
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibitor Registration
Friday, June 25
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration Open
9 a.m. to 12 noon Tour of Local Business
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seminars, Demos and Workshops
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Glass Expo Calgary 99
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Welcoming Session featuring motivational speaker Jerry Wright of A&A Glass, Fort Worth, TX
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Welcoming Cocktail Party
Saturday, June 26
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast featuring Lyle R. Hill. Sponsored by Joseph Taylor Inc.
10 a.m. Coffee Break sponsored by Joseph Taylor Inc.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seminars, Demos and Workshops
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Glass Expo Calgary 99
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Customer Services Strategies (optional special program presented by the Performance Achievement Groupadditional fee required)
As of March 28, sales had been open for only four days and these fine companies had already become exhibitors at Glass Expo Calgary 99:
BC Glass & Glazing Canada®
Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association
Easi-Serv Products Inc.
Glass & Arch. Metals Association
Glass Trades Assn of Edmonton
Glazing Contractors of BC
Gold Glass Group
Grant Metal Products
GTS Glaspac Total
National Glass Ltd.
Performance Achievement Group
SAIT Glaziers Program
Windshield & Glass Repair®
Window Film magazine
Woods Powr Grip
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