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As part of FGIA’s strategic objective focused on delivering purposeful and valued events, the Summer Conference will be transitioned into a fully virtual event beginning in 2025, allowing for a focus on two in-person conferences each year: the FGIA Annual Conference and the FGIA Fall Conference. This announcement was initially communicated in December and again during the Opening General Session at this month’s 2024 Summer Conference in Montreal, QC. FGIA is excited to move forward with this new format starting next summer.

This new format for the summer event will not simply transfer the in-person conference structure to an online experience. Instead, it will focus on delivering high-value information through speakers, industry reports and presentations in an accessible online format. Participants will hear the latest updates and news from various speakers and industry key players.

Two tracks will be offered with topics addressing residential and commercial markets. Within these tracks, we will be covering fenestration, insulating glass, components, testing, codes and regulatory topics. Because the goal is to deliver a learning experience addressing the most critical topics to our industry and our members, working meetings will not be part of the schedule. An example of a residential topic could be a panel discussion on color trends in residential markets, and an example of a commercial topic could be high-performance glazing trends.

Additionally, the overall schedule will be shorter than an in-person conference – most likely two days with a concurrent track spanning over roughly five hours each day. The shorter program and online format will also prompt development of a modified sponsorship menu and reduced registration fee.

The first FGIA Virtual Summer Conference will take place June 16-18, 2025. Follow the FGIA events page for further details.