Organizers call Toronto installment of Driving for Profit series a success

TORONTO, Ont. — The room at the Sandman Signature Hotel was abuzz with transportation executives, stakeholders and media as the fourth and final session in the Driving for Profit Seminar Series got underway Oct. 21.

Mark Seymour, president of Kriska Holdings, and Len Anderson, partner of KPMG Enterprise, were back for an encore performance after a well-received presentation in Kingston in August. Seymour offered up many practical solutions and systems to make any company better, trucking or otherwise. Len Anderson, trusted advisor to Seymour, interacted with both him and the audience for over an hour, offering business advice that covered everything from securing the right customers to hiring staff. To see excerpt of the Kingston presentation, watch the Transportation Matters video here.

Gary Lindsay, president of NAL Insurance, likened the information in the presentations to a sequel of the advice given in the popular book entitled 1000 Things You Never Learned in Business School by William N. Yeomans.

Other presenters included Stephen Laskowski, senior vice-president of the Ontario Trucking Association, who pinch-hit for OTA president David Bradley after a last-minute flight change. Laskowski presented on the OTA’s position on the state of the transportation industry, where the industry is heading and what the industry needs to pay attention to.

Hugh Loomans, president and CEO of The Sylvite Group of Companies, discussed alternative fuels and green initiatives. Loomans bought Sylvite in 1983 and has been working for the last quarter century towards strategic growth and forming an integrated, international and multi-faceted company, and discussed not only alternative fuels, but other ways of operating a green company.

“We were very pleased with the professionalism and effort displayed by the Driving for Profit partners. KRTS Transportation Specialists and NAL Insurance consistently arranged for top-notch people who delivered exceptional presentations to the audience,” said Nevio Turchet, manager of SelecTrucks of Canada, which sponsors the seminar series.

Building on the success of the first year of the Driving for Profit Seminar Series, the dates for next year have been selected. Year two will begin Feb. 3 in Cambridge, Ont., followed by a stop in Toronto May 5, Hamilton Sept. 15 and returning to Toronto Nov. 3. For more information or to register, visit or call 800- 771-8171.

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