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VITRUM™ Glass Group is pleased to announce Glass Talks 2023 will be held on Thursday, May11th, 2023.  This is an annual half-day architectural event hosted by VITRUM™ Glass Group, Canada’s leading glass fabricator. This year’s event will consist of four educational presentations, a total offering of four AIBC Core LUs.

Along with the four informative presentations, you will have the opportunity to interact with primary glass suppliers and other key players from within the architectural design industry. This free event is being offered exclusively to professionals in the building design industry – Architects, Spec Writers, Engineers, Glaziers, Builders and Developers.

Date:             May 11th, 2023
Time:            8:00am – 1:00pm (Doors and breakfast open at 7am)
Location:    Spanish Ballroom, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, BC




FIRST 100 ATTENDEES – will receive a $5 gift card from Starbucks as gifted by our Gold Sponsor Guardian Glass

DURING GLASS TALKS – our Gold Sponsor Vitro Architectural Glass will be giving away 2 Hawksworth Gift Cards, valued at $250 each





  • Description

    VITRUM™ Glass Group would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your co-workers to attend Glass Talks 2023. Glass Talks is an annual educational conference hosted by Canada’s leading glass fabricator, VITRUM™ Glass Group.

    This half-day, highly informative conference will offer in-depth discussions on some of the most topical issues in the industry today. Led by a team of experts, each session will guide us through some of the most prevalent issues, challenges, and opportunities facing design professionals, builders, and developers.

    Along with the 4 illuminating presentations, you will have the opportunity to hear from primary glass suppliers and others key players from within the architectural design industry.

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

    Space is limited – REGISTER TODAY and guarantee your seat at this year’s conference.

    For more information, please contact Mikhala Vail – or Maria Manning – – 604-882-3513

    Glass Talks 2023 is eligible for up to 4 AIBC Core LU’s

  • Schedule
    7:00amRegistration Open, Tabletop Exhibits Open, Breakfast is Served
    8:00am – 9:00amSession 1: Performance Criteria for Next Generation Facades presented by Brandon Andow, PhD, AIA, NCARB from HKS Inc.
    9:00am – 10:00amSession 2: Glass Door Solutions presented by Jim Beaulieu from Assa-Abloy
    10:00am – 10:15amCoffee Break, Tabletop Exhibits Open
    10:15am-11:15amSession 3: The Sound of Designing with Glass presented by Rosa Lin, M.A.Sc.
    11:15am-12:15pmSession 4: Panel Discussion: What’s Next for Architectural Glass
    12:15pm-1:00pmGlass Talks 2023 Closing Remarks, Tabletop Exhibits Open


  • Sessions

    Engaging Educational sessions

    Attend four AIBC accredited sessions led by industry experts. Featuring focused educational content that is highly relevant for the architectural, building, and glazing community. You must be in attendance for the full event to receive the four AIBC Core LU credits.


    Presenter: Brandon Andow, PhD, AIA, NCARB, HKS Inc.  

    Enclosure systems must satisfy dynamically changing and often conflicting requirements to control daylight, heat gain, visual and thermal comfort, privacy, views, renewable resources, weathertightness, fire, and life safety, all while serving as the primary design element of the architecture. This talk will dissect the existing state-of-the-art performance and define evolving and emerging criteria for next generation high-performance facades.


    Brandon Andow is the Facades Studio Practice Leader and a Principal at HKS. He leads the development, analysis and implementation of performance facades and building enclosure systems across sectors. Brandon is committed to creating cost-effective, transformative, low-carbon facades that improve occupant health and experience.



    Presenter: Jim Beaulieu, Assa-Abloy

    Learn about the industry standards used in the design and specification for glass and the different types of door construction. This course further dives in with a breakdown of the components used in a glass door system and includes detailed information about the various types of mechanical & electronic hardware products used on glass openings.

    Jim Beaulieu is the ASSA Abloy Glass Solutions and Aluminum OEM Specialist with over 30 years industry experience in the sales, technical applications, training and specifications for glass opening applications. Jim is also a hardware consultant writing hardware specifications for all door types, not only glass doors, and so understands fully the necessity of continuity, compliance and function for complete building security and accessibility. Jim has consulted on multiple major commercial properties and some very challenging projects such as the 52-story downtown Toronto office tower CIBC Square and Canada’s largest commercial, retail and residential property at $14.5 billion “The Well”.



    Presenter:  Rosa Lin, M.A.Sc.

    This presentation discusses exterior and interior noise control and acoustic considerations. A look at common noise control issues that are encountered for curtain wall systems and glazed facades. The effects on sound transmission of glazing assembly and composition is also covered.   Learn about the detailing, specifications and testing for interior noise control through glazed partition systems and glazed doors.  Interior room acoustic control for both glazed spaces will also be touched upon with common issues and solutions.

    Rosa Lin is an acoustic consultant with multidisciplinary, international and multi-lingual expertise. For over a decade, she served alongside passionate architects and engineers who dedicate themselves to bring joy, beauty, productivity and comfort to everyday spaces. She serves with both practical common sense and innovative technologies to optimize outcomes for every project.
    She delights in making sustainable design, modular construction, and biophilic “trends” more practical, code-compliant, and cost-effective so more projects can benefit and contribute to a better world.


    Presenters: Kreg Hatfield – Guardian Glass, Bryce Given – Vitro Architectural Glass, David Kidman – Glastech, & Mike Trussel – Vitrum Glass Group

    Architectural Glass is an integral part of the construction landscape.  In this changing world, more and more considerations need to be taken into account in design.  This panel discussion will go over what’s new and upcoming in the glass industry.

    Kreg Hatfield is the Regional Architectural Manager for the Western US and Canada for Guardian Glass. His team works with architects, commercial glazing subcontractors, facades consultants, and fabricators to help design the skin of the building to meet aesthetic and performance criterion, ultimately developing business pipeline for the organization.  Kreg has been in architectural sales for 15 years.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from Bowling Green State University.  During his free time, Kreg is an avid runner, family man and sports enthusiast.




    Bryce Given is the National Architectural Manager for Vitro Architectural Glass.   Bryce provides information to architects, designers, and contractors to help them make the best-value glazing choices while supporting the efforts of the regional glazing market.  Employed in the commercial construction industry for 17+ years, Bryce has experience at multiple levels of the procurement chain. Bryce has also served on the board of the Washington State chapter of the National Glass Association for the past 5 years and resides near Seattle with his wife and two young sons.




    David Kidman has been a member of the Glastech team for 9 years, where he is head of Project Management.  He has worked within the construction industry since 1989, originally beginning his career at the drawing board in his native UK within roofing and cladding.  Following a short period working in structural concrete he returned to school to study design where he specialised in glass making which then led him to London and eventually Abu Dhabi in the UAE where he spent 4 years building and jointly managing an architectural, decorative glass design and manufacturing facility.  He came to Vancouver with his family in 2011 to continue within the same sphere before side stepping several years later to the curtain wall and glazing industry with Glastech.



    Mike Trussel is the Sales Manager for Vitrum Glass Group.  Mike has extensive knowledge and experience with over 30 years in the glass industry.

  • Prizes

    prize sponsor

    Our Gold Sponsor, Guardian Glass is generously giving away $5 Starbucks gift cards to the first 100 attendees! These gift cards/vouchers will be distributed upon registration during the event.

    Vitro Architectural Glass, our Gold Sponsor is also graciously giving away 2 Hawksworth Gift Cards during Glass Talks valued at $250 each.  Winners must be present to claim the prize.

  • FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: My colleague didn’t receive an invitation, can they 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. Kindly have them RSVP to expedite their registration to Mikhala Vail – or Maria Manning – – 604-882-3513

    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.

    Q: I am a member of AIA, can I still receive credits?
    A: Unfortunately, Glass Talks is only accredited through AIBC, and is not eligible for credits through any other organization. Vitrum Glass is happy to provide a proof of attendance which can be self-submitted.

    Q: How do I receive AIBC credits?
    A: Attendees will have to register upon arrival at the event. This list will be submitted to AIBC as a record of attendees. You must be in attendance for the entire event to receive the 4 AIBC credits.

    Q: When will the credits be applied to my AIBC account?
    A: VITRUM™ Glass Group will submit our records to AIBC no later than 1 week after the event.

    Q: How & when will I receive a Starbucks gift card?
    A: The first 100 attendees to register during the event day will receive a Starbucks gift card courtesy of Guardian Glass. This will be distributed at the registration table.

    Q: How do I win the $250 Hawksworth Gift Cards from Vitro Architectural Glass?
    A: There will be 2 prize draws during the event.  Winners must be present to claim the prize.