Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 16, 2006 08:27 ET

Ontario Trucking Association: Trucking Leaders in Toronto for Canada's Largest Trucking Convention

80th convention features commemorative book & antique truck display

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2006) - Presidents, CEOs and senior managers of the country's trucking industry are in Toronto to attend the 80th annual convention of the Ontario Trucking Association (November 16 - 17, Toronto Congress Centre, 650 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. To register for convention: www.ontruck.org/convention

This year the industry celebrates 80 years of history with a number of special happenings at the convention including: the unveiling of a history book Trucking & Triumphs - 80 Years of the Ontario Trucking Association and a display of antique trucks on the convention floor.

Convention delegates will hear from these feature speakers/entertainers: US Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins; Ontario Minister of Transportation Donna Cansfield; Schneider National Logistics chief Tom Escott; Fed Ex Freight CEO Doug Duncan; Knight Transportation CEO Kevin Knight will provide insight to attendees. Before delegates turn in for the night Thursday they can join in the laughter as comedians Shaun Majumder (This Hour has 22 Minutes, Just for Laughs) and Jeremy Hotz (The Newsroom, David Letterman, Jay Leno) perform. Canadian music legends Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman close the convention at the gala dinner on Friday.

Business Sessions address today's most important issues in trucking and these will include: Fuel Prices; The Qualified Driver Shortage; What's New at the Border; Changing Cultures, Changing Thinking on Safety & Compliance; Wall Street Outlook on Trucking; Economic Forces Impacting Trucking's Customers; MTO & Regulatory Matters; and the Leadership Imperative (Understanding Behavioral Differentiation).

A series of important awards will also be presented including: Bridgestone/Firestone Canadian Truck Hero; CTA/Volvo Trucks Canada National Truck Driver of the Year; OTA/Cancom Tracking Dispatcher of the Year and Trailmobile Service to Industry award.

The 2005-2006 OTA Road Knights Team of road safety ambassadors will be presented with special recognition at lunch on Friday to mark the conclusion of their two year term of service.

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.

Note to Editors: Media passes available for members of the working press. Please contact Rebecka Torn at (403) 993-6666 for details.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Trucking Association
    Rebecka Torn
    Mgr. Communications
    (416) 249-7401 x 224
    Cell (403) 993-6666
    Website: www.ontruck.org