AMTA elects new board of directors

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BANFF, Alta. – The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) recently elected new members to its board of directors, but not before speaking briefly about the recent challenges facing the association.

Challenging time for AMTA

At the association’s annual general meeting, outgoing president Wayne Pedersen said the last five months have been among the most trying times in the AMTA’s history.

He explained that, in December, the association became aware of some “potentially disastrous” issues with the group’s partner – the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). WCB collects membership dues from the province’s trucking companies and passes that funding on to the association.

But Pedersen said the relationship was in jeopardy due to a lack of communication and some poor accounting on the association’s part.

Shortly thereafter, former executive director Kim Royal and manager of injury reduction and training, Spencer Hempstock, were released by the association.

Pedersen said the AMTA’s relationship with the WCB has been smoothed over and will only get stronger.

“We stepped in and made some very timely changes. We didn’t sit around waiting for the situation to go further,” Pedersen told members.

“We can now see a light at the end of the tunnel and this time it’s sunshine and not a train.”

New members

Having addressed that issue, the association proceeded to elect some new members to its board of directors.

Three new directors at large were elected.

They were: Bob Hill with Hill Bros. Expressways (two-year term); Greg Sokil with Sokil Express Lines (two-year term); and Gordon Mackan of SGT2000 (one-year term).

Meanwhile, Jim Davis, of Economy Carriers, became the association’s new president, with Pedersen taking on the role of past-president.

The new president-elect was Henry VanSteenbergen of Legal Freight Services.

Also appointed to the board were: Guy Blasetti of Big Horn Transport (regional director for Red Deer); Lyle Rosenau of Rosenau Transport (regional director for Southern Alberta); and Wes Schneider of Rainbow Transport (regional director for Edmonton).

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