OTA Launches ’Taking the Stage’ Mentorship & Empowerment Program for Women in Trucking Sector


The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is excited to introduce its new Taking the Stage leadership and mentorship program for women within the trucking industry. The program is designed as a platform to allow women to connect and engage and continue developing leadership skills while simultaneously strengthening the future leadership of our sector.

This program is an extension of OTA’s LEAD program – focused on education and leadership and is custom designed and facilitated by The Humphrey Group, which has successfully run OTA’s Next Generation Program for a decade. The program will provide a purpose-built space for women to come together to enhance their leadership skills, and allow them to:

  • Develop their own leadership identity within the workplace.
  • Develop methodology designed to unleash their authentic self.
  • Unlock methods to develop and distinguish their presence.
  • Continue growing your network through relationship building.

A major component of this program will a focus on mentorship, which has been consistently identified as a key need for emerging leaders within our sector. Mentorship provides invaluable guidance, fosters professional growth, and helps to accelerate career development through personalized support and sharing experiences.

OTA is excited to announce our initial list of fantastic women leaders from our industry who have volunteered to act as mentors for the program in 2024:

  • Michelle Arseneau, Managing Partner, GX Transport
  • Heather Mewhinney, Director of Human Resources, Kriska Transportation Group
  • Alma James, Manager, Sales Operations Canada, Navistar Canada
  • Claudia Milicevic, President, LoadLink Technologies
  • Susan Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Moore Brothers Transport Ltd.
  • Kate Rahn, Canadian Sales and Marketing Manager, Peterbilt Canada
  • Jennifer Shannon, Chief Executive Officer, The Shandex Group
  • Julie Tanguay, Chief Executive Officer, E.G. Gray Transportation Ltd.

OTA is continuing to engage with and expand our group of mentors for the program, and individuals interested in potentially becoming a mentor can contact lak.shoan@ontruck.org for more details.

Members are encouraged to view the program brochure here for all the details: OTA Taking the Stage and Mentorship_public. program Members in good standing can register for the program at a cost of $1200 can register here.

Spaces for the 2024 program will be limited, so register soon to take part! The program begins in June.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to lak.shoan@ontruck.org, and questions relating to program registration can be sent to otaevents@ontruck.org.

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