History of AWMAC Ontario Chapter

The Ontario chapter of AWMAC began as The Architectural Millworkers of Ontario. The companies that initiated this loosely knit association in 1956 included Jones Wood, Welsh Custom Woodwork, Laidlaw Lumber, Rathburn Millwork and Gardener of Galt.

There is no recorded history of the Architectural Millworkers of Ontario during its early days, however it is understood that the after attending a meeting in Winnipeg in the late fifties, given by the Architectural Woodwork Institute from the US, these founders determined that they should form a Canadian woodworker’s association. They met in Toronto over a couple of months after the Winnipeg meeting and The Architectural Millworkers of Ontario was formed. 

This new Ontario woodworker’s association was active in the late fifties and early sixties with the first recorded registration of the AMO occurring on November 7th, 1966 at the Ontario Registrar for this not for profit association.

On September 25th, 1970, the BC woodworker’s association Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) held their first meeting with Doug Wignal of St. Catharines attending and representing AMO. Shortly after this meeting the first Quality Standards Manual of AWMAC was released in 1972 with revisions and up dates to this manual being released in 1978, 1984, 1991, 1998, 2004 and 2014.

In 1994 The AWMAC Guaranteed Inspection Service was introduced as a national program. In that same year the first east coast member, Bob Matheson joined the association.

The Architectural Millworkers of Ontario worked in conjunction with the national AWMAC association, but continued as an independent association until 2000. AMO then it changed its name to Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada – Ontario Chapter.

The first national board meeting was held 2 years later in Halifax, Nova Scotia with the east coast chapter being established the following year.

AWMAC – Ontario Chapter, has been an active association over the years with membership continually increasing.

Below is a list of the presidents of the AMO and AWMAC – Ontario Chapter over the past few decades.

1984 – John McDonald, Mirmil Products
1985 – John McDonald, Mirmil Products
1986 – Mario Borsato, Art Magic Carpentry Limited
1987 – Donald Brown, Shandon
1988 -  Werner O. Schmidt, Blier Inc.
1989 -  Werner O. Schmidt, Blier Inc.
1990 – John McKinney, Woodstock
1991 – John McKinney, Woodstock
1992 – Bernie Winkelmann, Patella Woodworking Inc.
1993 – Ken Jackson, Ellinger
1994 – Ken Jackson, El-Rod Holding
1995 – John Dooley, Dooley’s Millwork
1996 – John Dooley, Dooley’s Millwork
1997 – Vince Parolin, Art Magic Carpentry Limited
1998 – Vince Parolin, Art Magic Carpentry Limited
1999 – Ken Jackson, Mirmil Products
2000 – Ken Jackson, Mirmil Products
2001 – Al Sparling, Conestoga College
2002 - Al Sparling, Conestoga College
2003 - Al Sparling, Conestoga College
2004 - Al Sparling, Conestoga College
2005 – Carlo DeFrancesco, Green Valley Woodworking Limited
2006 – Carlo DeFrancesco, Green Valley Woodworking Limited
2007 – Carlo DeFrancesco, Green Valley Woodworking Limited
2008 – Dylan Kinch, Talon Millwork
2009 - Dylan Kinch, Talon Millwork
2010 - Dylan Kinch, Talon Millwork
2011 - Dylan Kinch, Talon Millwork
2012 - Dylan Kinch, Talon Millwork
2013 – Jeff Clermont, Brenlo Ltd.
2014 – Jeff Clermont, Brenlo Ltd.
2015 – Peter Gallagher, Convoy Custom Interiors Inc.
2016 – Peter Gallagher, Convoy Custom Interiors Inc.