Star-studded lineup at this year’s OTA conference

TORONTO, (Sept. 27, 2004) — What do Hockey Night and Canada commentator Harry Neale and former Maple Leaf star Doug Gilmour have in common with the trucking industry? Well, not much, expect that the CBC mike man and hometown hockey legend will likely be making appearances at this year’s Ontario Trucking Association convention.

The two day convention — which will take place November 11 to 12 at the Toronto Congress Centre — features business seminars, forums, and many guest speakers for Ontario trucking fleet managers.

Feature speakers/entertainers this year include: U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Paul Cellucci (Opening Kick off Breakfast); Mack Trucks Inc. CEO Paul L. Vikner (Friday Breakfast); World renowned author/motivational speaker Dr. John Izzo; and a Hot Stove Lounge featuring Harry Neale, Christine Simpson of Rogers Sportsnet and perhaps Doug Gilmour, who was also invited.

Other guests include: Jessica Holmes of Royal Canadian Air Farce (Freightliner luncheon, Friday); and Juno award winners Blue Rodeo (Gala reception & dinner).

Some of this year’s business sessions address today’s most important issues in trucking. Topics include:

Let’s Talk Trucking Insurance Pricing; When Consignees are Liable for Shipper Payment Defaults; Improving Employee Relations and Reduce Turnover; Enhancing the Skill Level of New Drivers; Persuade Your Customers to Pay More; Cargo Loss Prevention; Detention Tracking Systems and Satellite Tracking Technology; and Federal and Provincial Labour Laws: What You Need To Know

Also, back again this year is the return of the popular Executive Briefing, where some of the most respected trucking industry leaders from both Canada and the U.S. share their strategies for facing the challenges of today’s industry. The two-part briefing looks at: Outlook on the Industry: TL/LTL; and Navigating Through the Perfect Storm:

The maintenance and IT conference will be held in conjunction with the 2004 OTA Convention. The Canadian Trucking Alliance has partnered with the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) to present a two-day conference and display for equipment, IT and logistics professionals.

Register to by visiting the convention web site at or contact Ontario Trucking Association at 416-249-7401 Ext. 232.

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