WINNIPEG, Man. -- The Manitoba Trucking Association honoured several members of the province’s trucking industry during its annual Fall Awards Gala last week.
Taking home the MTA-Payne Transportation LP Associate of the Year for 2012 was Geoff Bell of Arthur J. Gallagher (Canada) Group. Bell is a long-time industry veteran who has provided behind-the-scenes support to the MTA and its members. Bell's contributions include event organization, financial support, and acting as a knowledge resource for the MTA and its members. He is also a contributor to the MTA newsletter.
The MTA-Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year went to Ed Dueck of Big Freight Systems. Dueck, who celebrated his 36-year anniversary with Big Freight during the gala, has been a professional driver for more than 40 years, and has not had an accident, preventable or non-preventable, since 1976. Dueck's current run includes the northern US and Central Canada, and averages over 100,000 miles annually.
Helene Nadeau of La Broquerie Transfer was honoured with the MTA-RBC Royal Bank Service to Industry Award. Nadeau began in the trucking industry in the late 1980s, when she and her husband purchased La Broquerie Transfer. What began as a one-truck operation grew to become an eight-truck rural carrier.
“Nadeau and La Broquerie Transfer have long supported the MTA and its activities, including the Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championship and MTA conventions,” MTA officials said in a release. “One of the first women elected to the MTA's board of directors, Nadeau has ensured that the interests of small carriers were well represented on the MTA Board.”
Nadeau was also inducted into the MTA Pioneer's Club for 25 years of involvement in Manitoba's trucking industry at last week's event.
MTA-Shaw Tracking Distinguished Member Award was awarded to Big Freight Systems, which was recognized for its “generations of dedication to the efforts of the Manitoba Trucking Association.” One of the longest standing MTA members, Big Freight has participated in various MTA committees, including the Vehicle Maintenance Council and Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championship. It has been an active participant in a number of MTA events as well, including the provincial driving championships, driver recognition programs, and the MTA convention. Representatives from Big Freight Systems have been involved with the MTA at the board of directors and executive committee level, acting as active participants in the recent strategic planning process undertaken by the MTA.