OTA convention offers range of guest speakers

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TORONTO, Ont. — The countdown to the Ontario Trucking Association’s 75th annual convention is on.

On Nov. 14 – 16 the Regal Constellation Hotel in Toronto will host information sessions designed to give delegates insight they can take back to the office and apply to their operation.

Some highlights of the show include Steve Paikin, host of TV Ontario’s political affairs show, Studio 2, leading a discussion on the rethinking of Just-in-Time delivery practices.

Federal transport minister, David Collenette, will share his views on topics such as infrastructure funding, truck-rail intermodalism, environmental sustainability and trucking hours of service.

Also offered will be discussions on emissions and the cost to be clean; current trends and best practices in safety; the current legislation governing freight brokers; leadership and e-trends update.

The convention will also feature numerous dignitaries and a great line up of thought-provoking speakers and entertainers including Kim Mitchell and David Wilcox on Thursday night and Anne Murray, who will perform on Friday night at the Gala Dinner Dance.

Global economic strategist Dr. Sherry Cooper, executive vice-president, Bank of Montreal Group of Companies/Chief Economist, BMO Nesbitt Burns will touch on “The Acceleration Age.”

Ontario Transportation Minister, Brad Clark will deliver the government’s official address to the trucking industry at the Opening Ceremony. Master of ceremonies, Mark Dailey of CITYTV, will oversee the opening where several industry awards will be presented.

Canadian Football Hall of Fame member, Terry Evanshen will show attendees the never-ending power of the human mind to overcome obstacles and media sports personality Gord Stellick, former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and assistant general manager of the New York Rangers will also be on hand

The full program and a registration form is available from the OTA Web site at www.ontruck.org.

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