Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 15, 2006 10:56 ET

Ontario Trucking Association: Media Advisory-US Ambassador Wilkins Talks Border Issues with Canada's Trucking Industry Leaders on Thursday

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2006) - US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, will talk about the current situation at the border and the future of Canada-US relations when he addresses Canada's trucking industry leaders attending breakfast on November 16 at the 80th annual convention of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA).

Mr. Wilkins will speak on Thursday, November 16 at approximately 8:35 a.m. in Hall A at the Toronto Congress Centre (650 Dixon Road, Toronto). The breakfast event runs from 7:45 am to 9:15 am. He will be introduced by OTA President David Bradley, who is also CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

The annual two-day convention draws over 4,000 presidents and chief executive officers of leading trucking companies from across Canada and the United States.

Approximately 80 per cent of Ontario's trade with the United States is carried by truck with more than 4 million trucks crossing the Ontario-U.S. border each year. OTA members haul 75% of the province's goods moved by truck, generating about $5 billion a year in sales. In Ontario, the trucking industry employs more than 200,000 people, almost 5% of the province's labour force.

Media Availability: Ambassador Wilkins and OTA President David Bradley will be available to media following the breakfast event.

Note to Editors: Convention sessions, including the one where Ambassador Wilkins will speak, are open to members of the working press. Please contact OTA's Communications Department for details: Rebecka Torn (416) 249-7401, (Ext. 224); cell: (403) 993-6666. For complete convention information, please visit: www.ontruck.org.

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. The Globe & Mail has stated that "OTA and CTA have been among the most successful lobbyists in the land."

Contact Information

  • Media Contact: Ontario Trucking Association
    Rebecka Torn
    Communications Manager
    (416) 249-7401 Ext. 224
    Website: www.ontruck.org
    Media Contact: U.S. Consulate General
    Nicholas J. Giacobbe
    Public Affairs Officer
    (416) 595-1721 Ext. 216