TORONTO, ON — David Bradley has announced he will be stepping aside as president and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the Ontario Trucking Association at the end of 2017.
The announcement, which came Friday from both organizations, gave no reason for his upcoming departure.
In a recent letter to OTA Chairman Scott Tilley, Bradley said, “It is with some amazement, but always with appreciation, that I think back on what a leap of faith it was back in 1991 to have entrusted such a young guy to represent such an incredible and important industry.”
In a letter to CTA chairman Mark Seymour, Bradley expressed similar sentiments.
“I am humbled by the trust placed in me and hope I have been worthy of it. The role – for me it has always been more than a job – has its challenges and requires certain sacrifices, but the rewards are enormous,” he said. “Getting to know the industry and Canada has been an amazing experience. Being able to view our industry through an international lens has led me to the unequivocal conclusion that Canadian carriers are second to none in service, innovation, safety and environmental stewardship.”
Bradley joined OTA as director of economics in 1985 after starting his career on Bay St. Six years later, at the age of 33, he was promoted to president of the OTA.
In 1997 he developed a plan to rejuvenate the national trucking lobby, which culminated in his taking on the additional responsibility of leading the newly formed Canadian Trucking Alliance. He continues in the dual CTA-OTA role to this day.
Bradley said there is still much to accomplish before the end of 2017 rolls around.
“There will be plenty of time for reflection down the road,” he said. “For now, it’s business as usual for me.”
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