October Newsletter

AWMAC Ontario Chapter News Update – October 2014

What’s New?

Manufacturer Standards Questionnaire (MSQ) Seminars

On September 11th and 25th, AWMAC held seminars to introduce the new AWS Manual Edition 2, 2014, and the new MSQ. In total, 31 members attended to understand the correct formatting for the new MSQ test that must be written by all Manufacturing Members before October 2015.

Any project that is tendered after October 1st, 2014 will need to adhere to the new manual. For GIS projects that are 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 more info and request the new MSQ, click here.

Electronic Version of the New Manual Now Available

All Manufacturer Members will receive one complimentary AWS Edition 2 manual and can purchase additional copies through the AWMAC office. Members can now download an electronic version of the new manual at www.awmac.com/aws . You can also register for a discount code to obtain an exclusive purchase price. The code will be sent to you within 24 hours to download a copy of the manual.


Upcoming Events

Seminar: Due to popular demand by members, the Fall social event has been replaced with an educational seminar on the Construction Lien Act. This seminar will be held Thursday, November 27 at the Toronto Construction Association from 9 am to 12 noon. Michael Swartz, Partner at WeirFoulds LLP, will review the purpose, timing, limitations and holdback of liens; trusts (how they differ from liens); personal liability; and breaches of trust. This is also the last opportunity this year to attend an AWMAC event and have your $200 participation fee refunded. Click here for registration.

Plant Tour: The next AWMAC Board of Directors meeting will be November 19th at Brenlo Limited (7000 Tranmere Drive in Mississauga). Members are invited to an Update and Brenlo Plant Tour from 4:30 pm – 6 pm. Please RSVP to Hermia at (416) 499-4000 x182 or email gis@awmacontario.com

2015 Golf Tournament: Save the date - Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at Piper's Heath Golf Club.

Lunch and Learn - Guarantee and Inspection Service (GIS): Please help to promote the GIS program by inviting architects to contact our office to set up a Lunch and Learn. AWMAC will coordinate the meeting, provide lunch and present an overview of how the GIS program can support architects to achieve project plans and specifications, and help avoid problems such as cost overruns, delays and loss of reputation.

IIDEX Canada: AWMAC will be exhibiting again at IIDEX Canada which is Canada's National Design and Architecture Exposition & Conference. The 30th annual show will be held concurrently with Construct International on Wednesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event brings together the multidisciplinary design and architecture communities for a sourcing, networking and education event. Members are encouraged to visit the show and drop by the AWMAC booth.

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


Other News

AWMAC will be donating $1000 to the Al Sparling Memorial Fund from its 2014 golf tournament proceeds. Al’s wife, Sylvia Sparling, has chosen Conestoga College as this year’s recipient for the donation in honour of her husband who was Professor of Woodworking at the Woodworking Centre of Ontario at Conestoga College until his untimely death in 2011. In 2001 Alan Sparling became AWMAC Ontario’s first President from an Associate member company as well he was instrumental in the development of the Architectural Woodwork Standard Edition 1. Conestoga College will distribute the endowment to a student in the Woodworking Technology (co-op) program.

In preparation for 2015 AWMAC seminars, members are asked to provide suggestions for seminar topics. This is your association, make it work for you!

Members are also asked to nominate member companies for the 2015 Architectural Woodwork Awards in February 2015 (details to follow). Awards will be given to those companies who have demonstrated superior performance in the manufacture and installation of architectural woodwork in the following categories:

  • Commercial Project ($0 - $100,000.00)
  • Commercial Project ($100,001.00 to $250,000.00)
  • Commercial Project ($250,001.00 and up)
  • Projects manufactured, installed and receiving a Guarantee Inspection Service certificate, with no monetary cap
  • Export Project
  • Residential
  • Retail
  • Institutional (hospital, school)
  • Contact Hermia regarding your nominations or click here.


Welcome New AWMAC Members

Education Sector Member: Wood Manufacturing Council

For a full list of members, click here.


Contact us

Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada – Ontario Chapter
70 Leek Crescent
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1H1
Telephone: 416-499-4000 x182
Fax: (416) 499-8752