Manitoba awards industry best

WINNIPEG — Clayton Gording of YRC Reimer was recently selected as the recipient of the 2009 RBC Royal Bank / MTA Service to Industry award for dedicating his working career to the trucking industry.

The Manitoba Trucking Association held their annual awards banquet on Oct. 29, and as well as Gording, the association honoured a few other of the industry’s finest.

Gording was born in rural western Canada and was raised in a farming community. His career in trucking began after he graduated from post-secondary studies and began in an entry level clerical position. He showcased his skills and his career flourished, and eventually became Terminal Manager. His successes in that position led to him to larger terminals, and he settled into a 16-year career as terminal manager at the company’s largest terminal in the country.


Martin Thibodeau of RBC Royal Bank at left with
Clayton and Lorraine Gording.

In 2001, he assumed responsibility for terminal operations, line haul operations, vehicle purchasing and company-wide vehicle maintenance as vice-president of Terminal Operations for the Western Region. Two years ago, to culminate his career, Gordon was promoted to the position of President at YRC Reimer, a position he still holds today.

During the same ceremony, Dale Bjorklund of Payne Transportation was presented with the Shaw Tracking / MTA Manitoba Dispatcher of the Year award.

The MTA was overwhelmed with letters in support of Bjorklund’s nomination, including ones from his co-workers, customers, and even one from the president of Payne Transportation, Tom Payne Jr.

Bjorklund sas been employed at Payne Transportation for six years and Payne describes Bjorklund as having a “gregarious personality” and “very well-liked among his co-workers and contacts.” One of his co-workers says, “Dale excels in all of the areas a driver expects of an efficient dispatcher.” Customer service is his top priority; he goes above and beyond what is required on a daily basis to make both drivers and customers happy, a trait that can be a challenge in the world of dispatching.

During the banquet, Roger Gagne of Grote Industries was presented with the 2009 Payne Transportation / MTA Associate of the Year award, and

Dennis Barkman of Penner International was re-presented

with the 2009 Volvo Trucks / MTA Driver of the Year award.

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