Cyopeck and friends donate cool million for MRI facility

Truck News

MILTON, Ont. John Cyopeck, CEO of Canpar Transport L.P. in Mississauga, who launched his "Delivering a Dream Campaign," last April after learning he had been stricken with a brain tumour, today handed over a $1 million cheque to the Trillium Health Centre, culminating the largest fund-raising effort ever in the Canadian trucking industry. The money will help build a facility to house the centre’s new MRI.

Sixty-year-old Cyopeck, a Mississauga resident who started out driving truck almost half a century ago, is now the chief executive officer of a major Canadian transportation company, Canpar Transport L.P. He also holds the prestigious role of chairman of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, and in 2006 is slated to become chairman of the Ontario Trucking Association.

In April at the Trillium Health Centre Foundation Annual Gala, John stunned attendees by pledging, with the help of the trucking industry, to raise $1 million for Trillium’s new MRI facility. (That same evening, Mississauga businessman, Harold Shipp, also pledged to match all donations up to $6 million).

Cyopeck kicked off the campaign by personally donating $100,000 and since that time, John’s friends in the trucking in industry from across Canada, needed little prodding to get behind the campaign. Said David Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance and president of the Ontario Trucking Association, "John says he has been blessed, but it is also we who are lucky enough to be counted among his friends who are blessed."

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