WINNIPEG, Man. — The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) has announced the Canadian Truck and Heavy Equipment Show will not be held this year as planned.
The show will be postponed due to a lacklustre response, according to a letter sent to exhibitors by MTA general manager Bob Dolyniuk. The surprise announcement comes just weeks after the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) announced it has postponed this year’s Truxpo.
“As with any business matters, there comes a time when hard decisions must be made and we believe that we are at that juncture today,” says the letter from Dolyniuk. “As with our exhibitors, we believe if we are to present a trade show it must be a quality product and to have a quality product of that magnitude takes a critical mass. It is apparent to us that the lack of response is an indication that the support is not in place to develop the required critical mass.”
The MTA planned to incorporate the heavy construction industry into this year’s show, as well as a show and shine and a heavy equipment roadeo. However, Dolyniuk says some segments received no response whatsoever.
Bob Senkow, MTA president, says the show will return to Winnipeg in the future.
“The Canadian Truck Show is not dead by any means,” says Senkow. “We were extremely disapointed that the show had to be cancelled but the exhibitor list didn’t meet our expectations.”
However, Senkow insists the show will return, possibly as soon as next year. Senkow feels the uncertainty surrounding the economy is to blame for this year’s postponement.
“I think it’s a lot to do with the state of the economy,” he says. “Many carriers and manufacturers don’t know what direction they’re going right now.”
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