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OBAC names Ritchie executive director

OTTAWA, Ont. -- The Owner-Operators' Business Association of Canada (OBAC) has officially appointed Joanne Ritchie...

OTTAWA, Ont. — The Owner-Operators’ Business Association of Canada (OBAC) has officially appointed Joanne Ritchie as its new full-time executive director.

Ritchie takes over the reins from interim executive director Leo Van Tuyl.

“We are entering a new era in trucking where shippers are beginning to accept the true cost of safe, efficient, and responsive trucking services. OBAC will be working hard to ensure owner-operators can provide that service and are adequately compensated. We will make sure that the voice of the owner-operator is heard loud and clear,” says Ritchie. “I welcome the challenge of working with OBAC in making owner-operators a recognized voice within the Canadian trucking industry and helping them profit in this difficult and demanding business environment.”

Ritchie was most recently the Trucking Industry Analyst with Industry Canada’s Automotive and Aerospace Branch where she worked on key issues such as border security, safety and regulatory reform.

“Joanne has certainly gained the confidence of the group over the past couple of years,” says OBAC’s vice president, Don Robertson of Duncan, B.C. “Her dedication and commitment to this cause are beyond question, and her honesty and integrity inspire confidence in everyone she deals with. In short, I think her appointment is one of the best decisions our board of directors could possibly have made.”

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