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‘Driving Change’ at OTA annual convention

Set for Nov 12-14, 2003, the 77th annual convention of the Ontario Trucking Association will be at a new venue, the Toronto Congress Centre (650 Dixon Road), minutes away from Pearson International Airport. “Driving Change” is the theme of this year's convention.

Presented in a choice of four different “highway” groupings, 17 seminars will address issues in trucking:

Hwy #1 — External Forces

  • Managing Load Brokers from Their Perspective
  • What's Your Company Worth (Evaluating Your Business with Confidence)
  • Family Business Succession
  • The Latest Technology for Transportation Management
  • Ask a Legal Expert (a panel of seven lawyers will take questions)

Hwy #2 — Canada-US Trade

  • The Canadian Dollar: Outlook & Strategies
  • Canada-US Relations: The Mood in America
  • Canada & US Pre-Notification Rules
  • At the Bridges: Canada-US Border Crossing Developments

Hwy #3 — Managing Risk

  • Security & Cargo Theft: An Insider Perspective
  • The Next “SARS”: Is Your Company Prepared?
  • Ontario Insurance Reform
  • Protecting Your Corporate Image Under the Media Spotlight

Hwy #4 — Human Resources

  • Driver Shortage by the Numbers
  • WSIB & Disability Claims: Employee Return-to-Work Challenges
  • Screening Your Drivers for What You Really Want
  • Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Drivers

An addition to the convention is the OTA Executive Forum, where some of Canada's trucking industry chief executive officers will share their strategies for success.

In conjunction with the 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 November 12-13 in Toronto.

For complete information, phone 416-249-7401 or visit OTA's web site at

TMCA will focus on ‘Creating the Edge’

The eighth annual conference and educational forum of the Transportation Marketing & Communications Association (TMCA) will be held May 2-4, 2004, at the Miramonte Resort, near Palm Springs CA. “Creating The Edge” is the conference theme.

This event will feature an agenda of interactive sessions, workshops, and presentations supported by keynote speakers, session presenters, and facilitators for mid- to upper-level marketing and communications professionals.

Also on the schedule is an awards gala May 4 to honor recipients of TMCA's Tranny award. A call for entries in the 2004 awards program will be made in December.

The conference registration fee is US $495 for TMCA members or $690 for non-members who register before March 19, 2004. After this date, the conference registration fee is $545 for members and $740 for non-members. The non-member rate also includes annual membership dues for an entire year. The registration fee for guests is $165. To register for the conference, phone 952-442-5638, ext 5, or visit the association's web site at

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