Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 19, 2008 17:00 ET

Julie Tanguay Takes Helm as OTA Chairperson, Seeks Responsibility From Supply Chain

1st woman to hold position in association's 82 year history

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2008) - Julie Tanguay has been named chairperson of the Ontario Trucking Association. She is the first woman to hold the position in the association's 82 year history. The announcement was made today following an election held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Ontario Trucking Association (November 20 - 21, Doubletree Hotel by Hilton - Airport, 655 Dixon Road.). 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

Julie Tanguay was born into the trucking industry. In 1987, at the tender age of 23, she along with her sisters Laurie, Wendie and their mother Jean took over the family trucking business from her father and in the intervening years Julie has overseen its growth from 30 vehicles to a fleet of over 180 vehicles today. "Trucking has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember," says Tanguay. "Still, if you'd asked me a few years back whether I would ever become chair of the Ontario Trucking Association, I'd have said 'no way'."

"It was pretty intimidating (coming onto the board) at first; there were all these legends of the trucking industry and then there was me, the only woman," she recalls now. "I don't think I said a word for the first couple of years - I listened and learned - but gradually I became more comfortable, got more involved in the activities of the board, became a member of the executive committee and here I am."

In the past few years, Tanguay has become one of the most effective and passionate leaders at OTA. She has been an ardent supporter of the OTA's efforts to make the activation of speed limiters mandatory; she has said she wants her fleet to be violation-free; and she wants to run a profitable business.

'Responsibility' is a word you will often hear Tanguay use to describe the solution to most of the industry's problems. "It's true, I think every company, every person in the supply chain has to take responsibility for their actions and act responsibly, whether its carrier owners, fleet managers, drivers, third parties and intermediaries, shippers or suppliers," she says. "Unless those who should be taking more responsibility do so, voluntarily or by regulation, we will continue to experience problems in the marketplace. There are still too many people out there trying to make a quick buck off the industry by shirking their responsibility, or by trying to shift the responsibility to someone else. The industry has been preyed upon for too long."

"OTA has always been about responsible trucking, so I am not covering any new territory here, but if during my tenure as chair, I can keep the spotlight on the need for all those with a stake in the industry to take responsibility for their actions; and if I can lead by example, then I will feel I have made a contribution," she says.

On being OTA's first woman chair, Julie Tanguay, says that despite the strides made by women in the trucking industry (she says there are more women running trucking companies today than at any time in the industry's history), "although I don't want to dwell on it, it's still a big deal and shows how our industry is changing. It's a big honour for me to be the first woman chair."

In addition, to running her business and serving on the boards of both OTA and CTA, Julie is also completing a certificate in the OPM Management Program at the Harvard Business School of Executive Management, which often finds her flying to different parts of the US on weekends to participate in study groups with her classmates. She will graduate in 2009.

Julie Tanguay is married. She and her husband Rob (who also works in the business) have 3 children and 1 grandson. Julie and Rob like to golf and enjoy mini getaways on Rob's Harley. They reside in Aylmer, ON.

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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Contact Information

  • Ontario Trucking Association
    Rebecka Torn
    Communications Director
    (416) 249-7401 ext 224
    1-866-713-4188 (FAX)
    Email: rebecka.torn@ontruck.org