Norm Sneyd, one of the true “good guys” of trucking, officially retired from the OTA Board of Directors this week.
Norm, who retired as Vice President, Business Development at Bison Transport earlier this year, visited OTA’s offices this week for his last (virtual) board meeting to say farewell.
Sneyd’s career spans 50 years, 35 of which have been spent sitting on the OTA and CTA boards.
“I am honoured to having been part of these great associations, as I considered them instrumental in my career,” he said. “The first time I began working with OTA, I quickly realized the depth, commitment and expertise of the group. Throughout the years we have built and grown into the best industry team there is. Other industries can only dream of being represented the way trucking is.”
Sneyd, who was the recipient of the 2013 Shaw Tracking-OTA Service to Industry Award, is considered one of the most genuine, compassionate, funny and driven individuals to sit on the board.
He has been an effective and thoughtful champion of many of the association’s causes over the years, always placing an emphasis on safety and human resources.
Norm’s career in the trucking industry spans nearly 50 years, but he first got the itch for big wheels while driving part-time for the Simpsons department store in Toronto during his university years. He went on to drive for the household moving division of CP Trucks before stepping into an office job and working his way up to general manager. Norm then joined United Van Lines where he became a partner and helped grow the company into one of the most recognized moving fleets in Canada. He changed lanes a couple of more times after that and was named president of Highland Transport before settling into his current position in 2008 as VP Business Development at Bison Transport.
“I have loved every moment of being part of both OTA and CTA,” he told the board during the virtual meeting. Working with the staff has been a pleasure and you, the board, have always stepped up to support our industry. Your commitment has always been second to none.
“Thank you very much for the significant impact you have had on me and my journey.”