DAILY NEWS Feb 15, 2013 12:49 PM - 0 comments

Ontario Trucking Association shakes up events line-up for 2013

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TORONTO, Ont. -- The Ontario Trucking Association has decided to shake up its events line-up for 2013.

“Whether you’re an industry veteran or newcomer rising up the succession ladder at the family fleet; prefer black ties and fine dining or jeans and hot wings; enjoy the links in spring or riding Harley’s in the autumn, we’ve packed this season with something for just about every type of trucker,” OTA officials said in a release.

OTA’s Board of Directors Spring Retreat and Golf will take place at Red Leaves in the heart of Muskoka May 30-31. Organizers say the event is “designed with networking in mind,” providing attendees with access to the OTA board and a broad collection of carriers under one roof.

The OTA’s inaugural Cross-Ontario Motorcycle and Car Rally will take place at the Horseshoe Valley Resort Sept. 12. Officials say the event is for bikers, hot-rod and classic wheels enthusiasts in the trucking industry.

“The moderately-routed, fun-filled adventure ride through the hills and valleys of Ontario will culminate at Horseshoe Valley Resort where guests will enjoy great food, drinks, music and showing off their paint and chrome,” OTA officials said, noting that a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the OTA Education Foundation.

OTA Annual Convention and Executive Forum, set to take place Nov. 13-14, is moving to a new location this year: the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto.

Organizers say the event will feature “fresh, contemporary elements aimed at new visitors to convention and those working their way through the family business or corporate ladder in the trucking industry.”

An offsite dinner at a hot local watering hole will be a new feature along with the classic reception for traditionalists.

The rest of the program will continue to focus on high-level business speakers and motivators culminating with a Thursday evening industry dinner celebration featuring a prominent speaker.

The night will conclude with the event’s first-ever fundraising Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament. Event sponsors will receive preferred pricing for tickets for employees and customers, according to organizers, who note that a portion of the proceeds will once again benefit the OTA Education Foundation.

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