Longtime dispatcher earns Dispatcher of the Year status

TORONTO — With three decades of dispatching under his belt, Bill Temple of Gore Bay, Ont. has a good idea on what a top dispatcher needs to do.

At the 82nd annual convention of the Ontario Trucking Association, the Manitoulin Group of Companies dispatcher was named Ontario’s 2008 OTA/Shaw Tracking Dispatcher of the Year.

Temple has devoted the lion’s share of his entire career to the field of dispatch, having spent 30 of his 38 years at Manitoulin at the dispatch desk.

Temple started his in career in the 1970s loading freight on to trucks at JET Transport in Mississauga, Ont. When Manitoulin bought JET Transport in 1992, Temple was offered a position in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island. In his role, he is responsible for dispatching loads to over 100 drivers who transport freight to destinations throughout North America.

“The award goes to a dispatcher who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to customer service, safety, driver well being, courtesy, team work, problem solving and community service/volunteer work,” says OTA President David Bradley. “Dispatchers perform a critical role in the supply chain and it is a pleasure to recognize one of the best.”

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