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OTA shortens 2004 fall convention

TORONTO, Ont. -- The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has announced it will shorten its annual fall convention to...


TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has announced it will shorten its annual fall convention to two days.

“The move to a two-day convention from the traditional three-day program is in keeping with what business executives and senior managers are looking for today,” says Scott Smith, chair of the Convention Advisory Committee, and President of J.D. Smith & Sons.

The 2004 convention is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

“The new format retains the most popular features of the OTA convention, makes it easier for members to participate, and gives sponsors a bigger bang for their buck,” says Smith. “The new format is a win-win for sponsors and convention attendees.”

The CEO Forum, introduced for the first time at last year’s convention, will figure prominently, say organizers. The 2003 CEO Forum brought together a panel of some of the industry’s most successful CEOs to share their keys to success and received rave reviews from convention attendees.

The new convention format will unfold as follows:

Convention Day 1 (Thursday)
* Convention Awards Breakfast (official kick off)
* Three plenary sessions
* Luncheon: featuring popular guest speaker
* CEO Forum
* Chairman’s reception
* Hot Stove Lounge: featuring sports celebrity(ies)

Convention Day 2 (Friday)
* Six plenary sessions in the morning
* Luncheon: with popular guest speaker
* Six plenary sessions in the afternoon
* Gala Banquet Reception
* Gala Banquet: featuring popular entertainer

For more information contact the OTA at (416) 249-7401 or visit www.ontruck.org.


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