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Historic OTA convention starts this week

TORONTO, Ont. -- This week, about 4,000 leaders of Canada's trucking industry will be in Toronto from Nov. 14-16 to...


TORONTO, Ont. — This week, about 4,000 leaders of Canada’s trucking industry will be in Toronto from Nov. 14-16 to attend the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) 75th annual convention.

This year’s conference features an outstanding line up of thought-provoking speakers, first-class entertainers and will be where the industry celebrates business achievements with prestigious awards, according to the OTA.

Principal speakers this year include: global economic strategist Dr. Sherry Cooper and Ontario Transportation Minister Brad Clark who will deliver his Queen’s Park address on Thursday. Federal Transport Minister David Collenette will talk to delegates about Ottawa’s Vision for the Future of Freight Transportation on Friday.

Comedian Ron James of Second City fame entertains at the Thursday luncheon and leadership expert Bob Flynn invites delegates to check out their leadership style against proven models of excellence. Sports legends Terry Evenshen and Gord Stellick will appear on Friday.

Canadian music icon Anne Murray appears at the Gala Dinner on Friday, and Canadian entertainers Kim Mitchell and David Wilcox will perform at the Thursday night bash.

Back by popular demand is Steve Paikin of TVO’s Studio 2, who will act as moderator at a discussion of the Future of the Canada-U.S. border in the post-Sept. 11 World from a trucking perspective. And on Friday, truck engine manufacturers will talk to delegates about how recent technological advances are making today’s trucks “green machines”.


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