Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

August 29, 2005 09:00 ET

Ontario Trucking Association: Trucker & Friends Donate Over $1 million to Hospital for MRI Facility

MILTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 29, 2005) -

Largest, Single Industry Fund-Raising Effort

Today is a special day for one Canadian trucker, his friends in the trucking industry, for the communities of Mississauga and Etobicoke, and for the Trillium Health Centre which desperately needs a facility to house its new MRI. John Cyopeck, CEO of Canpar Transport L.P. in Mississauga, who launched his "Delivering a Dream Campaign," last April after learning he had been stricken with a brain tumour, will hand over a cheque to the Trillium Health Centre, for $1 million culminating the largest fund-raising effort of its kind in the Canadian trucking industry.

John Cyopeck has it all. The 60 year-old Mississauga resident who started out driving truck almost half a century ago is now the chief executive officer of a major Canadian transportation company, Canpar Transport L.P. He is married to a beautiful lady. Between them they have four children, the youngest being 10 years old. He has many, many friends inside and outside the trucking industry. He holds the prestigious role of chairman of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, and in 2006 is slated to become chairman of the Ontario Trucking Association. His life, he says, has "been truly blessed; I have been fortunate in my life and have had one of the greatest careers anyone could ask for."

But, John Cyopeck also has brain cancer. In February of this year, shortly after learning of his diagnosis, John underwent surgery at the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga where he both impressed and amused his doctors before, during (he was awake the whole time) and after the surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery did not remove the tumour completely and John has since been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment at Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital. He is doing remarkably well.

While it would be understandable if someone in John's position modified their lifestyle in order to save their strength and energy for the tough battle with this insidious disease, John, who has missed a grand total of 3 days of work (following his surgery) thought more needed to be done for those less fortunate that him that have also been stricken with illness. "I feel compelled to assist those who are directly affected by stressful and often life-threatening delays," he says.

In April at the Trillium Health Centre Foundation Annual Gala, John stunned the attendees by pledging, with the help of the trucking industry, to raise $1 million for the facility to house the Trillium's new MRI. (That same evening, Mississauga businessman, Harold Shipp, also pledged to match all donations up to $6 million).

John kicked off the campaign by personally donating $100,000 and since that time, John's friends in the trucking industry from across Canada, needed little prodding to get behind the campaign. Says David Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance and president of the Ontario Trucking Association, "John says he has been blessed, but it is also we who are lucky enough to be counted among his friends who are blessed."

Canadian Trucking Alliance
Ontario Trucking Association
555 Dixon Road
Toronto, ON M9W 1H8
Tel: 416-249-7401

Contact Information

  • Canadian Trucking Association
    Rebecka Torn
    Manager, Communications
    (416) 249-7401
    Canpar Transport L.P.
    John Cyopeck
    President & CEO
    Cell: (416) 991-5751