Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 18, 2008 11:24 ET

Economic Conditions is Focus of Trucking Leaders Convention That Opens Thursday in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2008) -

Attention: Business Editors

The growing economic crisis and how it impacts Ontario carriers is the key issue to be discussed by presidents, CEOs and senior managers of the country's trucking industry who will be in Toronto this week to attend the 82nd annual convention of the Ontario Trucking Association (November 20 - 21, Doubletree Hotel by Hilton - Airport, 655 Dixon Road). http://www.ontruck.org/convention/

The two-day convention, the largest of its kind in Canada, is the place where industry leaders meet to discuss important industry issues. 'Regaining Our Edge' is the theme of the 2008 convention. View OTA convention program: www.ontruck.org/convention.

Feature sessions:

- Award winning industry forecasters James Meil (chief economist, Eaton Corp), John Larkin (managing director transportation Stifel, Nicholaus & Company) and Robert Hickey (senior director, CIBC), will assess issues directly related to trucking and highlight how the industry is fairing at home and south of the border.

- Canada's leading automotive industry analyst, Dennis DesRosiers, answers the question: "Is The Auto Sector Coming Back?" Hear leading North American shippers at the session, "What Customers Want Going Forward", to find out what shippers expect from their carriers in 2009 and beyond.

- How are the country's leading trucking CEOs dealing with the changing economy on both sides of the border? Ron Tepper (Consolidated Fastfrate), Darshan Kailly (Canadian Freightways) and Doug Duncan (FedEx Freight) weigh in on how they are rethinking the way they do business.

- Is this a good time to invest in safety? High profile industry leaders, Don Streuber (Bison Transport), Wendell Erb (Erb Transport), Mark Seymour (Kriska Transportation) Evan MacKinnon (MacKinnon Transport) and Dan Einwechter (Challenger Motor Freight) discuss how investing in safety produces a payback for truck fleets.

- Other not-to-missed topics headlining this year's convention include: "Trends and Practices in Third Party Logistics" and "How to Protect Yourself from Organized Crime". Plus many more outstanding sessions!

- The 2008 convention will also feature fantastic breakfast and lunch speakers including: Former Undersecretary of U.S. Homeland Security, Asa Huthinson, CTA News editor Mike Duffy and renowned sales and marketing expert Dr. Kerry Johnson. The entertainment this year will be highlighted by award winning Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald and the musical group Great Big Sea.

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is a business association representing motor carriers operating into, out of and within Ontario. The trucking industry is one of Ontario's largest employers. Trucks haul 90% of all consumer products and foodstuffs produced and consumed in the province and 80% of Ontario's trade with the United States. Founded in 1926, the association's membership comprises trucking companies of all sizes, shipping all types of commodities, from all regions of North America. OTA is a member of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

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