History of AWMAC Ontario Chapter

In 1956 it was recorded that a group of woodworkers came together to form a Millwork Association. The original association in Ontario was named the Architectural Millworkers of Ontario (AMO) and was active as an association in the late fifties early sixties.

Member companies included Syd Thompson with Jones Wood, Welsh Custom Woodwork, Laidlaw Lumber, Rathburn Millwork and Ken Watson with Gardener of Galt.

On November 7th, 1966 the AMO have the first recorded Registration at the Ontario Registrar of the not for profit formed association of Millworkers – Woodworkers and related industries to be known as “ARCHITECTURAL MILLWORKERS OF ONTARIO”.

The British Columbia woodworkers association, Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC), invited various reps from across Canada to attend their meeting on September 25, 1970 in Vancouver, BC. The AMO was represented at that meeting by Doug Wignal of St. Catharines.

In 1972 the first AWMAC Quality Standards Manual was released. The Architectural Millworkers of Ontario worked in conjunction with the national AWMAC association but continued as an independent association. The AMO was an active participant and promoted the standards manual in Ontario.  

The offices of the AMO were held at 223 Church Street in Toronto until 1989 when the Toronto Construction Association was contracted to provide administrative services.

In 1990 Werner O. Schmidt (Blier Construction) of Ontario, became the President of AWMAC and held that position until 1991.

In 1994 the Guaranteed Inspection Service Program (GIS) was designed as a tool to monitor architectural woodwork projects from shop drawings through to installation.

Under the leadership of Ken Jackson (Mirmil Products), AMO President in 1999, the Architectural Millworkers of Ontario changed their association name to the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada – Ontario Chapter.

Under the leadership of then National President Vince Parolin (Art Magic Carpentry) , the first national board meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia was held in 2002 with the Atlantic Chapter being established the following year.

In (2015), AWMAC Ontario Chapter President Peter Galagher of Convoy Custom Interiors hired Laurie Suikki as Association Manager and the Chapter offices were moved to Convoy Custom Interior offices in Vaughan. Ontario.

The Ontario Chapter of AWMAC has continued to grow through the years. In 1999 when AWMAC Ontario was formed there were 48 Members at the time of this recording, there were over 140 Members.

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.
2017 – Peter Gallagher, Convoy Custom Interiors Inc.
2018 – Ian Christie, Upper Canada Forest Products