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AWMAC Ontario Annual Al Sparling Memorial Golf Tournament – Friday June 21, 2019

This year AWMAC Ontario will once again be hosting our Annual Golf Tournament at Nobleton Lakes Golf & Country Club on Friday June 21, 2019!!

As many know this day is filled with great golf and fantastic food, all while enjoying the camaraderie of AWMAC Members and Guests!!

Register before May 31, 2019 to receive Early Bird Registration, click here to complete the registration form. 

There are many sponsorship opportunities available – see registration form for a complete list.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Below are details of AWMAC Ontario's most recent events:


AWMAC National Convention, May 23-26, 2019

The BC Chapter hosted the National Convention in Victoria and celebrated all that AWMAC has become over the past 50 years!! And what a great celebration.

A HUGE Thank You to the BC Chapter for hosting such a great event!!! So much work, time and planning goes into each convention and when it all comes together so wonderfully it really shows the dedication of the AWMAC Members involved!!

BC chose the Inn at Laurel Point as the venue and what a beautiful hotel, situated right in Victoria Harbour! Every room had a water view!!

The Partners Showcase on Thursday night was attended by many of the guests who reconnected with old friends and introduced themselves to new ones!

On Friday the National AGM was attended by the voting members in attendance. There has been a change this year in the National Board of Directors, with Larry White of Upper Canada Forest Products, gladding handing the torch to Rudy Bardeck (Apollo Industries) as the new President. Also moving into a new position is Jeff Clermont of Brenlo, who is now the Vice President with Peter Gallagher of Convoy Custom Interiors taking his seat as the Ontario National Director.

Kerry DePape (RL Cushing Millwork Company) of Saskatchewan stepped down this year from the AWMAC National Board at the AGM. As many of you are aware, Kerry DePape passed away shortly after the National Convention. Kerry will be greatly missed by his family and so many friends, colleagues and work associates. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

The President’s Gala was held on Friday night and in true AWMAC fashion, it was a superb celebration of AWMAC’s accomplishments both over the past year and the past 50 years!! The Life Members that were present were thanked for their great contribution to our association and remembrance of many AWMAC contributors was also celebrated!!

New to this years National Convention was an award for the best GIS Project Nationally. Each chapter submitted one winner (from the past 2 years) of their Chapter GIS Project Award to National. The National GIS Committee reviewed all project and Nick Anastas (Archmill House) the National GIS Chair had the great please to announce the winning project - the Calgary New Public Library to Executive Millwork, from the Southern Alberta Chapter. Congratulations to Executive Millwork for such a spectacular project!

After all the announcements were completed, Ian Christie (Upper Canada Forest Products) the Ontario President then took the podium and announced the location of next years National Convention – Toronto, Ontario!! Yes Ontario AWMAC Members, we are up next year to host our fellow members from across this great country!!

On Saturday the dinner was held at the Butchart Gardens just outside Victoria. WOW!!!! If you have never visited the Butchart Gardens – even if you are black thumb – include them on your visit when you go to Victoria, BC. Absolutely breathtaking!!! AND to top the evening off, we all watched the Toronto Raptors win their semi final series!!! It doesn’t get any better than that!!



AWMAC Ontario Apprenticeship Contest, March 23, 2019

The AWMAC Ontario Annual Apprenticeship Contest was held on Saturday March 23, 2019 at Conestoga College and what a fantastic event!!

The participants were controlled and professional throughout the entire contest.

This year there were nine contestants representing Conestoga College, Georgian College, Humber College and Mohawk College/ Crescent Cabinets.

The participants included Jennifer Norman, Fernando Sanchez, Kaitlyn Hall, Dan Miller, Nick Downward, Mark Bocock, Rachel Hawker, Noah Skerritt and Amanda Trautrim. They all worked hard and made this event the absolute success it was – Thank You to all our 2019 Participants!!!

This year Jennifer Norman placed first, Dan Miller placed second and Amanda Trautrim placed third!!

Jennifer Norman’s cabinet will be representing Ontario at the AWMAC National Apprenticeship Contest – Good Luck Jennifer!!!

AWMAC Ontario would like to thank all those who helped ensure that this event ran smoothly, provided materials, time and their expertise!! Especially Steve Bader of Conestoga College who gave up his entire Saturday, starting at 6:00 am opening the College doors to 8:30 pm when he locked them after we all left!! 

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AWMAC Ontario AGM & Awards Dinner, February 28, 2019

On February 28, 2019 AWMAC Ontario held is Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner. This year the attendance to this event was the best it has been in years!!! Thank you to all those who participated.

At the AGM the Board of Directors gave a State of Union and advised that AWMAC Ontario is progressing forward in all areas and growing both in membership and in GIS Projects!!! There have been a number of new initiatives introduced over the past year and to date all have been a success. We intend to continue with all of the, including Manufacturing CEU’s, the Student Tool Box Kits, SSQ and more!!

There has been a bit of a change in the Ontario Board of Directors this year. Jeff Clermont is moving to VP of AWMAC National and is leaving the Ontario Board. Thank you Jeff for you many years of work, time and support of AWMAC Ontario and all the best at National!!  Carlo DeFrancesco from Green Valley Woodworking will be takin Jeff’s seat on the Board of Directors. Phillip Roy of Formica will also be rejoining the AWMAC Ontario Board – welcome back Phillip.

Here is the AWMAC Ontario Board of Directors for 2019/20:

Photo courtesy of Woodworking Canada

Onorio Centofanti, Carlo DeFrancesco, Peter Gallagher, Karyna Cheng, Ian Christie, Bert Kleiser, Nick Anastas, Phillip Roy, Dawn Modestino, Mike Sanchez.

The Awards Dinner followed the AGM and the AWMAC Member Projects that were showcased were all amazing!!! AWMAC Ontario Members are truly talented Woodworkers!!

Thank you to the staff at Oakdale Golf and Country Club for once again providing a superb meal!

This years winners of the AWMAC Ontario Project Awards included:

Commercial Projects up to $100,000.00: Lakeview Millwork
Commercial Projects from $100,000.00 to $250,000.00: DCL Woodworking
Commercial Projects over $250,000.00: Allwood Carpentry Manufacturing
GIS Projects: Woodlogix
Export Projects: Convoy Custom Interiors
Residential Projects: Allwood Carpentry Manufacturing
Institutional Projects:  Second Generation Furnishings
LEED Projects: Allwood Carpentry Manufacturing 

CONGRATULATIONS to all the AWMAC Ontario Project Winners. The decision making was extremely hard and there were so many great projects submitted for these awards!!!

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