Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 18, 2005 16:38 ET

Trailmobile-OTA Service to Industry Award Goes to John Cyopeck, Canpar Transport Ltd.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 18, 2005) -

Canpar President and CEO Raised $1.3 million for Trillium MRI centre

John Cyopeck, CEO of Canpar Transport L.P. today was presented with the 2005 Trailmobile Service to the Industry Award, the highest honour bestowed on an executive in the Ontario trucking industry. The award was presented during a special ceremony held at the Ontario Trucking Association's 79th annual convention (Nov. 17-18).

The Trailmobile Service to Industry Award honours an individual who, by their commitment, vision, leadership and unstinting service, has made an outstanding contribution to the development and success of the truck transportation industry. The selection was made by a panel of Mr. Cyopeck's peers, most of whom are previous winners themselves. The award is a beautiful charcoal portrait of the recipient.

CEO of Canpar Transport, one of the country's largest courier/small parcel companies, vice-chair of the Ontario Trucking Association and Chairman of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Cyopeck, 61, has spent almost 50 years in the in the industry and is a well-respected and well-liked member of the carrier community. He is not one to shy away from a challenge and is widely credited with engineering the turnaround at Canpar in the 1990s (he joined the company in 1989) before being purchased by the Transforce Income Fund in 2002, where it continues a stellar performance.

In 1999 Cyopeck received the Award of Lifetime Achievement, presented to Canadian business leaders who have dedicated their careers to the field of transportation and in the process have made a significant contribution to the industry. And in 2000 Mr. Cyopeck was the first ever recipient of the Courier Executive of the Year Award presented by the Canadian Courier Association.

Mr. Cyopeck is also one of the Canadian trucking industry's foremost philanthropists, having raised this past summer $1.3 million for the Trillium Health Centre's new MRI clinic, after having been diagnosed with a brain tumour and undergoing surgery at the centre.

"Everyone in the industry has been inspired by John," says David Bradley, president of the Ontario trucking Association and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. "Not just because his fundraising campaign was so successful but because it is so typical of him. He is emblematic of the generosity of spirit of the trucking industry."

Over the years Canpar has supported dozens of charities and road safety initiatives, including The Children's Wish Foundation, Child Find, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the R.I.D.E Campaign, Reach for the Rainbow, Toshiba Breath of Life Challenge, and Heather Funston Memorial Scholarship.

John Cyopeck takes tremendous pride in being a part of the Canadian transportation industry and feels a great sense of accomplishment knowing that his company adds value not only to North American Commerce but also to the health and well-being of his fellow Canadians.

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."

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