HALIFAX, N.S. – The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) opens its annual conference here today, but delegates can relax – there will be no speeches on the perennial problem of the driver shortage, or on the ELDs.
That is according to Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the APTA, who said the association has had enough discussions on those issues over the past few years.
“The driver shortage, we beat that one to death. I don’t even want to talk about that,” Picard told Truck News, adding that it is the same with the ELDs.
The two-day conference, instead, will focus on emerging technologies.
Yves Provencher, senior manager for business development at the Lion Electric Co., will present the Future of the Electric Truck.
Another key speaker is Brian DePratto, senior economist at TD commercial banking. He will provide the economic and industry outlook, while the Canadian Trucking Association will offer its take on the federal regulatory affairs.
Senior provincial and city leaders are also expected to attend.
Motivational speaker Nick Bontis will wrap up the conference with the keynote address on changes in the workplace.