March 2015 Newsletter

Ontario Chapter


News Update | March 2015


On February 26th, the Annual General Meeting and Architectural Woodwork Awards was held at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, 

The membership voted in a new AWMAC Ontario Chapter Board of Directors:  

Peter Gallagher - President

Livio Passalent - Vice President and GIS Director

Rick Hurst - Membership Director

Robert Antonel - Secretary Treasurer

Philip Roy - Social Events Director

Jeff Clermont - Past President and National Director

Ian Christie - Education Director

Bert Kleiser - Director

Nick Anastas - Director


Manufacturer members who are interested in filling the two vacant positions on the Board should contact the office.

The evening’s main event was the 2015 AWMAC Architectural Woodwork Awards which recognizes superior performance in the manufacture and installation of architectural woodwork.  Congratulations to the following winners:

Commercial Project (up to $100,000)  
Project: SDI Marketing
AWMAC member: Green Valley Woodworking Ltd.
Architect: SGH Design Partners

Commercial Project ($100,001 to $250,000)
Project: Homewood Suites
AWMAC member: Woodlogix Interior Inc.
Architect: Royal Design Inc.

Commercial Project ($250,001 and up)
Project: Rosedale Golf Club House Renewal
AWMAC member: Allwood Carpentry Manufacturing
Architect: The Hicks Partnership Inc.

Export Project
Project: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
AWMAC member: Millennium Millwork Inc.
Architect: Beth Donner Design

Residential Project
Project: Garritano Residence
AWMAC member: Allwood Carpentry Manufacturing
Architect: Roth Knibb Architects Inc.

Retail Project
Project: Miele Showroom
AWMAC member: Archmill House Inc.
Architect: Gutersloh

Institutional Project
Project: River Grove Community Centre
AWMAC member: Second Generation Furnishings Inc.
Architect: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects


A special thank you to the sponsors whose generous contributions made for a great night:

• Formica Canada Inc. – Gallery Sponsor

• Richelieu Hardware Ltd. – Awards Sponsor

• Blum Canada Ltd. – Hors d’oeuvres Sponsor

• Hardwoods Specialty Products LLP – Hors  d’oeuvres Sponsor

• Woodworking – Cocktail Reception Sponsor




On Thursday, March 26th, there will be another MSQ Manufacturer Standards Questionnaire review for the new AWS Manual Edition 2 which all Manufacturing members must write before October 2015.  Any project that was tendered after October 1st, 2014 must adhere to the new manual.  For GIS projects that were tendered after October 1st, 2014, all Manufacturing Members will have to have a Manager that has successfully passed the new MSQ test before a GIS Certificate can be issued.  To find out more about MSQ, click here

The Saskatchewan Chapter will be hosting the 2015 AWMAC Convention at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon, SK on May 28 – 31, 2015.  Details can be found on the National AWMAC website.

The Ontario Chapter aims to educate architects and design authorities on the value of the Guarantee and Inspection Service (GIS) program and the updated Architectural Woodwork Standards Manual by hosting free Lunch and Learns.  You can get involved by:

• Booking a Lunch and Learn for your staff

• Volunteering to spread the message and present the Lunch and Learns and meet architects, specification writers and interior designers

• Sponsoring an event to gain visibility with these potential customers

These Lunch and Learns result in more GIS projects.  In 2014 there were 43 active projects and 11 closed with a GIS certificate being issued. The value of the projects was over $1.3 million.  Thirty more projects are being tracked for finalization later this year.


Earlier this year, the Chapter donated $1,000 to the Al Sparling Memorial Award from the proceeds of the 2014 AWMAC Golf Tournament.  Al’s wife asked for the donation to be awarded to Conestoga College’s Woodworking Centre of Ontario where Al Sparling was a Professor.  Last month, a generous AWMAC member, Pro-Ply Custom Plywood Inc. provided another donation to the College which will provide them with 40 copies of the 2nd edition of Architectural Woodwork Standards to be used as a teaching tool for its students.

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dick Stroink on February 26th at the age of 75.  Dick was a founder of Blum Canada, a long-time supporter of AWMAC as well as a Life Member of the Ontario Chapter.  A memorial donation was made to The Canadian Opera Company in lieu of flowers as per the family’s wishes.


Manufacturer Category: Tempo Designs Inc.

Associate Category: Precision Veneer Products Ltd.

For a complete list of members, click here.

Ontario Chapter

Contact Us:

Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers 
Association of Canada - Ontario Chapter
70 Leek Crescent
Richmond Hill, ON  L4B 1H1
Telephone: 416-499-4000 ext. 182
Fax: 416-499-8752