WINNIPEG, Manitoba –Trucking industry leaders bid a fond farewell Thursday night to Manitoba Trucking Association executive director Bob Dolyniuk, who retires next week after 17 years at the helm and 43 years in the industry.
The celebration held at The Metropolitan Theatre attracted leaders from trucking, government and academia.
“No one put forward a vision of trucking better than Bob, and I don’t mean just for Manitoba but across the country. The MTA has been seen as a leader not only for its day-to-day activities but to the degree to which it is connected to the issues,” commented Steve Ashton, Manitoba’s long-serving minister of infrastructure and transportation.
“One thing about Bob is that he was always a straight shooter. If he has one major legacy, it’s the respect he developed with everyone he dealt with. He was tough but fair and someone you could trust,” Ashton, who has dealt with Dolyniuk on a variety of issues over the years, added.
Dolyniuk thanked the many industry leaders who supported him during his long career, which started as a dock worker and led to the province’s top trucking job.
“It was a long journey for me. From my first entry level position to corporate positions I had the opportunity to gain a wealth of experience and it culminated in my current and last position. It has been a journey I am absolutely very thankful of…A person does not build a career on their own but with the support, guidance and cooperation of others. Many in this room have helped me on my journey,” Dolyniuk said.
But after 43 years in the industry, one is deserving of more than just a single celebratory send off. The MTA’s Annual Spring Fundraiser on May 2 will include another retirement send off for Dolyniuk. To register, contact Laura La Palme at 204-632-6600 or email email@example.com
Stepping into Dolyniuk’s position as head of the MTA is current general manager Terry Shaw. For exclusive, in-depth interviews with both Dolyniuk and Shaw see your next issues of Truck West and see also www.trucknews.com