Are You Ready for the Big Chair?

TORONTO – Would you like to play a bigger role with your company, maybe even leading it one day, and do you believe your ideas can help shape its future?

If so, mark your calendar, because the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has an event in less months to provide up-and-coming managers and executives an exclusive chance to hear from those who already answered those questions and made their way to the top of the trucking industry.

OTA has assembled a panel of heavy-hitting trucking industry leaders who will be attending the 89th annual Executive Conference on November 4-5 for a new workshop entitled “Leaders Building Leaders.”

It will be held on November 5th from 9:00am-2:45pm at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Toronto.

This session is designed in partnership with the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), and developed for senior leaders within the trucking industry to impart their leadership lessons to the next generation of managers and executives, according to OTA. They’ll share personal success stories and insights into what it takes to be a great leader and how they were able to make a significant impact to the success of their businesses.   

The workshop will begin with a keynote address, followed by a 90-minute panel discussion with an all-star list of trucking’s most successful executives and decision makers

  • Dan Einwechter, chairman, CEO, Challenger Motor Freight
  • Murray Mullen, chairman, CEO and President, Mullen Group
  • Rob Penner, president, cheif operating officer, Bison Transport
  • Mark Seymour, president, CEO, Kriska Transportation
  • Scott Tilley, OTA chair, and co-president, Tandet Group




Following the panel will be an in-depth discussion on leadership philosophies as well as leadership-building activities designed to provide practical tools to help participants continue their ascent up the leadership ladder, according to OTA.

Other key topics and themes for the panel and throughout the session will include:

  • Transitioning from managing to leading – What separates managers from leaders?
  • What differentiates the best emerging leaders – What do great leaders do?
  • Defining career moments – How do you become a great leader?
  • Accelerating personal development – How do you get the big chair?

Award-winning talent and leadership strategist, Glem Dias, from the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University, will moderate the workshop.

It will also include a continental breakfast and invitation to OTA’s walk-around reception and lunch where carriers, suppliers and allied trades members can network and discuss the day’s events.

To learn more about the session or register for this workshop visit the OTA Convention website

For more information contact OTA’s Lak Shoan at


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