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Glass Talks 2017: 20 Years of Glass Fabrication

EventGlass Talks 2017 & 20 Year Celebration
DateThursday, June 15th, 2017
Time2pm ~ Seminar (AIBC Accredited Earn 1.5 Core LUs)
4pm ~ Tour (AIBC Accredited Earn 2 Core LUs)
6pm ~ Rock in the Parking Lot (Food, Beverages and Live Music)
LocationVitrum Glass Group
9739 201 St Langley, BC V1M 3E7  or call 604.882.3523


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  • Description

    Vitrum Glass Group would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your co-workers to attend Glass Talks 2017, an annual educational conference hosted by Canada’s leading glass fabricator.

    This information packed conference will offer in-depth discussions lead by industry experts, followed by an exclusive tour of Vitrum’s glass fabrication plant and Apex Aluminum Extrusions.

    Glass Talks 2017 will be immediately followed by ROCK IN THE PARKING LOTCELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF GLASS FABRICATION. Join Vitrum for an evening of live music, food and beverages,

    This free event is being offered exclusively to professionals in the building design industry and customers of Vitrum Glass Group – Architects, Spec Writers, Engineers, Glaziers, Builders and Developers.

    Space is limited – REGISTER TODAY and  get your ticket for this event.

    For more information please contact Michael Zizek – or call  604-882-3523

    Glass Talks 2017 is eligible for 3 Core LU’s

  • Schedule
    1:30pmRegistration Open
    2:00pm – 3:30pmEducational Conferences – 1 Continuing Education Credits
    3:30pm – 4:00pmWelcome from Vitrum President Thomas Martini and CEO Gemma Martini
    4:00pm – 6:00pmFacility Tour – 2 Continuing Education Credits
    6:00pm – Late20 Year Celebration – Rock in the Parking Lot (dinner, bar and live music)
  • Workshops

    Engaging Educational Workshops

    Choose one of four AIBC accredited workshops lead by industry professionals. Featuring highly focused educational content suitable for both the architectural and glazing community.  All workshops run concurrently from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Please select the workshop you wish to attend when registering. Space is limited in each workshop, please register early to ensure you get a seat in the workshop of your choice.

    W1 – How to Build a Glass House

    Presenter: Leonard Pianalto, Read Jones Christopherson
    This seminar will be aimed a discussing some of the interesting challenges that we face in projects involving glass. In this workshop participants will look beyond glass as a building envelope material and explore its uses as a structural building material including glass floors, beams, bearing walls, point supports, shear walls and roofs.

    Leonard Pianalto is a Project Engineer with over 20 years of experience specializing in the restoration of existing buildings. In his role as an Associate at RJC in the Building Science and Restoration Team, Leonard leads a team of 8 engineers. His work is focused in the areas of glazing and cladding, fall protection and earthquake design. In addition to his project experience, Leonard is passionate about making a contribution to industry and the community as reflected in his publications and committee involvement. He is also a part-time instructor at BCIT in the School of Construction and the Environment.

    W2 – Glass Production, Processing and Performance

    Presenter: Andre Kenstowicz, Vitro Glass
    An introduction to the different types of glasses that are available, with specific emphasis on coated glasses and their impact on energy and environmental performance. Additional topics include: thermal breakage, wind load, sound attenuation and size limitations.

    Andre Kenstowicz is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Andre joined PPG in 2012 (now Vitro Glass), serving most recently as an international sales support representative and export compliance coordinator for the flat glass business in Pittsburgh.

    W3 – Glass Selection for Facades: From Rendering to Reality

    Presenter: Steve Thomas, Guardian Industries
    This program discusses the foundations of the glass selection process and explores the aesthetic options available to meet project design and performance requirements, with a special focus on performance coatings and custom glass fabrication.

    Steve Thomas is the regional technical advisor at Guardian Industries offering technical service for architects, glaziers and other parties associated with the commercial glass industry. He has been with Guardian since 2012 and specialises in the structural, thermal, visual, acoustics, durability and sustainability aspects of glass composition.

    W4 – Storefront vs Curtain Wall

    Presenter: Randy Smith CTR, Apex Facade Systems
    What is a strorefront system? Where is it best used? What is a curtainwall? Where is it best used? In this seminar participants will explore the applications, uses and limitations for two of the
    most common glazing systems.

    Randy Smith recently joined Apex Aluminum Extrusions to launch their upcoming architectural glazing solution, Apex Facade Systems. Randy has over twenty years experience in the aluminum and glazing industry, beginning his career as a red seal journeyman glazier before moving into the role of architectural sales manager for Alumicor. Randy recently obtained his Certified Technical Representative designation with Construction Specification Canada.

  • Tour


    Join us for an in-depth behind the scenes tour of western Canada’s largest glass fabricator, while earning two AIBC Core LUs. You will have the opportunity to see the products you specify being created right in front of you. Tour highlights will include: Insulated Glass Units, Tempering, Laminated Glass, Custom Glass Fabrication, Silk-Screened and Spandrel Glass. To ensure a complete Fenestration experience, the tour will continue to Apex Aluminum Extrusions, BC’s only aluminum extruder, where you will see aluminum being extruded into architectural products, followed by fabrication and finishing.

    aibclogoVitrum Glass Group is proud to be a certified education provider of the AIBC.
    This tour is eligible for 2 Core LUs.

  • 20 Year Celebration

    Celebrate Twenty Years of Glass Fabrication

    We invite you to join us after the tour to celebrate Vitrum’s twenty years of glass fabrication with ROCK IN THE PARKING LOT. Featuring live music, dinner, wines from around the world, local craft beers and highballs. This will be a great networking opportunity and a chance to meet other members of the architectural and building industry.

  • Exhibitors




     Walker-Glass     APEX_Logo_PMS_200+K    Guardian-Sunguard-Logo

  • FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Is parking available?
    A: Yes, there is on-site parking at 9739 201 Street. 

    Q: Is the event accessible by Public Transit?
    A: Yes, we are only a 5 minute walk from the 501 bus route. Visit for schedules and maps. 

    Q: Where is the workshop located?
    A: Glass Talks 2017 is being held at Vitrum’s head office and manufacturing facility located in Langley, BC at 9739 201 Street. 

    Q: Do I need to print my registration and bring it with me on June 9th.
    A: No, to be as environmentally friendly as possible we have opted to forgo tickets and use an electronic registration system. When you arrive make your way to registration to sign-in and receive your pass.

    Q: My colleague didn’t receive an invitation, can he/she come?
    A: Yes, if your colleague is an architect, spec writer, interior designer, engineer, glazier, builder or developer, they are welcome to attend this event.

    Q: Do I need to be an AIBC member to attend this event?
    A: No, you do not. This event is open to all members of the design industry. The AIBC Continuing Education credits are an additional bonus for those members that need them, but in no way is this event limited to those members.