Behind the headlines (June 01, 2007)

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For the second consecutive year, our research arm, Transportation Media Research, has partnered with the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council to produce the annual Driver Satisfaction Survey.

The research will investigate company driver and owner/operator attitudes on issues such as employer selection, training needs, and recognition.

Also included with this year’s survey will be a comprehensive section examining the role of a career path in recruitment and retention.

Transportation Media Research is also preparing to launch its annual Equipment Buying Trends Survey, in coordination with more than a dozen major industry manufacturers.

The survey examines fleet and owner/operator buying intentions and perceptions on a range of products from trucks and engines to tires and motor oil.

Editorial director Lou Smyrlis has been invited to speak on industry trends at the Supply Chain Innovation Forum hosted by the Ontario chapter of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (North America) in Brampton, Ont., on May 31. Also speaking at the event are Lynda Harvey from the Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada, Aaron Lalvani with the Retail Trade Advantage; and The Honourable Donna Cansfield, Ontario Minister of Transportation.

The following week, Smyrlis will be the keynote speaker at the Tuesday Luncheon of the 23rd Annual Business Conference of the Heavy Duty Distributor Council, to be held in Markham, Ont. And on June 6th Smyrlis will moderate a panel investigating the impact of security on logistics and trade.

The event, put on by the Toronto chapter of the CITT, will be held in Woodbridge, Ont.

On June 11, Smyrlis will be in Ottawa to provide the wrap up for the CILTNA’s annual conference.

Later in the month, Smyrlis has been invited to speak to Seneca College supply chain management students. has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 business Web sites, qualifying for a Kenneth R. Wilson award.

Last year, was named one of the Top 5 business sites at the KRW awards ceremony. Since then, the Web site has been enhanced with the additions of: An editors’ blog; the Cyber CB message board; a career site for non-driving trucking jobs; and an RSS news feed.

The site continues to deliver daily news coverage of the Canadian trucking industry as well as a Feature of the Week.

Also up for a KRW award is an article written by executive editor James Menzies. The article ‘Speed Limited,’ which explored the Ontario Trucking Association’s controversial speed limiter policy was named one of the Top 10 articles in the business press in the Best News category.

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