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MONTREAL, Que. - After seven years as the executive vice-president of the Quebec Trucking Association (QTA) Claude Pigeon has resigned.He announced his impending departure in May and his last day on t...


MONTREAL, Que. – After seven years as the executive vice-president of the Quebec Trucking Association (QTA) Claude Pigeon has resigned.

He announced his impending departure in May and his last day on the job was June 7. As for why he left the QTA, Pigeon, who by trade, specializes in association management, says only, “I feel the time has come to leave. I will take some time to enjoy myself and then decide what comes next.”

He could not say whether he would eventually return to the trucking industry. Asked about milestones marking his tenure, Pigeon wouldn’t be specific. “I don’t want to displease anyone because there are so many important issues we worked on. I wouldn’t want to leave anyone out.” He does say, however that Bill 430 ranks as one of the big successes. He also cites the, “good relationships we have developed over the years with our government counterparts. We have a good trust with them and the table is open to discuss anything with the industry.” The biggest challenges to the industry are still safety issues and Bill 430. “Give a chance to that Bill and the relations to it,” he says.

About his colleagues he says, “It is teamwork and there are many volunteers and staff who work so hard for the industry.” Also, he says, “I am going to really miss the people who want to make things change for the better for the industry and (its) public image. I have a lot of respect for these people.”

The association has named Diane Cloutier as his interim replacement until a permanent successor is found. n


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