An official agreement for collaboration between the Fenestration Association of British Columbia (FEN-BC) and the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) was finalized on February 9, 2021. According to a statement released by the organizations, the collaboration enhances the reach and visibility of both organizations while ensuring efficiencies in monitoring codes and regulatory affairs in Canada.

In order to recognize the work of FEN-BC and FGIA and to support the publication and dissemination of the respective organizations’ products, the associations have agreed to collaborate in events, education, advocacy, technical standards, product certification and research.

“FEN-BC is an authority on fenestration and glass activities in British Columbia, so having discounted access to those association events is of great value to FGIA members doing business in that province,” says Janice Yglesias, FGIA executive director. “Offering reduced fees for FGIA conferences and education programs to unique members of these collaborating partner organizations may incentivize participation, creating a larger network of industry professionals and broader distribution of our organization’s technical work.”

“The initial primary focus of our collaboration is making FGIA’s IG Fabricators Workshop accessible to FEN-BC members,” adds Zana Gordon, executive director of FEN-BC, “but there is a considerable library of FGIA online education courses available as well which could be of great value to our members.”

The partnership also strengthens both organizations’ collective ability to influence Canadian code and regulatory decisions to affect positive outcomes for members and the industry, according to the organizations.

“Provincial associations are already tracking provincial developments closely so it would be duplicative for FGIA to invest resources in tracking this same information,” says Yglesias. “Instead, a more efficient approach is to share information with FGIA providing national Canadian developments to the provincial organizations in exchange for the provincial reports.”

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