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OTA convention one for the ages

TORONTO, Ont. -- The Ontario Trucking Association will mark its 80-year history during the association's convention...

TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association will mark its 80-year history during the association’s convention in Toronto from Nov. 16 to 17.

The trucking industry will celebrate 80 years of history with a number of special happenings at the convention including: the unveiling of a history book Trucking and Triumphs – 80 Years of the Ontario Trucking Association and a display of antique trucks on the convention floor.

Presidents, CEOs and senior managers of the country’s trucking industry will converge in Toronto for the two-day convention, which is largest of its kind in Canada, and a place where industry leaders meet to discuss important industry issues.

Business sessions to address current and important issues in trucking will include: Fuel Prices; The Qualified Driver Shortage; What’s New at the Border; Changing Cultures, Changing Thinking on Safety and Compliance; Wall Street Outlook on Trucking; Economic Forces Impacting Trucking’s Customers; MTO and Regulatory Matters; and the Leadership Imperative (Understanding Behavioral Differentiation).

As well as a number of industry leaders and experts, delegates will be treated to entertainment from comedians Shaun Majumder (This Hour has 22 Minutes, Just for Laughs) and Jeremy Hotz (The Newsroom, David Letterman, Jay Leno); while Canadian music legends Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman close the convention at the gala dinner on Friday.

A series of awards will also be presented including: Bridgestone/Firestone Canadian Truck Hero; CTA/Volvo Trucks Canada National Truck Driver of the Year; OTA/Cancom Tracking Dispatcher of the Year and Trailmobile Service to Industry award.

The 2005-2006 OTA Road Knights Team of road safety ambassadors will be presented with a special recognition award at lunch on Friday to mark the conclusion of their two-year term of service.

For further information or to register for the convention, visit

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