Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 15, 2007 13:00 ET

SLH Transport Inc. Driver Named 2007 Ontario Truck Driver of the Year

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2007) - Jeffrey MacLean, a professional transport driver who drives for SLH Transport Inc. in Vaughan has been named the 2007 OTA/Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year. Mr. MacLean has driven 2 million collision-free kilometers during a career that has spanned 35 years on the road.

Each year the award goes to a professional transport driver who has a collision-free driving record and is an exemplary truck driver both on and off the road. Mr. MacLean was presented with his award at a luncheon today on the opening day of the 81st annual convention of the Ontario Trucking Association (Nov. 15 -16, Toronto Congress Centre). A keepsake trophy, cash prize and a trip to the Ontario Trucking Association convention were all part of the award presented to Mr. MacLean today.

Mr. MacLean is an active participant in truck driving championships - he has earned ten 1st place finishes at provincial competitions. Driving championships are held to put to the test a transport driver's skill and knowledge. It also includes a pre-trip inspection as well as a written and driving course.

At the 2006 National Truck Driving Championships he was presented with the Grand Champion trophy. He also served as media spokesperson at both national and provincial level competitions.

Mr. MacLean has also been recognized for safe driving with awards from the Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario (THSAO). He is also committed to the 'Fuel Economy Challenge' a program designed to promote excellence in saving fuel through the use of good driving habits. The program rewards fuel savings earned as a result of skilled use of progressive shifting, proper speed management and gentle acceleration and stops.

"Jeff is vigilant in protecting the well being of the motoring public through his defensive driving techniques," says Gord M. Gillespie, President, SLH Transport Inc. "He has a strong, professional work ethic and is a great ambassador not only for SLH, but our entire industry. His knowledge, skills and experience are second to none and we are extremely proud of his accomplishments over his 35 year career on our team. We congratulate Jeff on this achievement, and wish him continued success in the years ahead."

"Mr. MacLean exemplifies the qualities of a professional truck driver both on and off the road," says OTA President David Bradley. "It is a great honour to present him with this prestigious award in recognition of his achievement."

Mr. MacLean lives in Brampton. He has three adult children and a granddaughter.

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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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