Putting your company in the best position to succeed means staying informed . But let’s face it, trucking is a busy job and you have a lot of stuff coming at you all the time. Sure, as a manager you do the best to stay on top of this rapidly-evolving industry with OTA’s flurry of updates and newsletters – and you try to network to gauge what other pros in your field are experiencing – but sometimes vital information is simply going to slip through the cracks.
To help fill those gaps, OTA is launching the 2015 Symposium Series – a succession of lively, one-day conferences over the spring and summer, each focusing on a specific area of your operations. There’s something for everybody no matter what sector you’re in and what company department you work with. Join us for informative updates on regulatory and policy issues; expert insights and analysis on evolving trends; and absorb innovative strategies to prepare your business for change so you can help take it to the next level:
April 29 – Building Bridges: The 21st Century Can-Am Border
As a result of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, there’s been a plethora of initiatives aimed at improving cross border processes in recent years. Those changes are continuing and new ones are always emerging. Join us for this exclusive opportunity to explore the impact recent cross-border initiatives have had on the highway sector and learn what else awaits trucking. (Moderated by CTA & OTA Vice President of Customs & Security Jennifer Fox).
May 20 – What’s Op With That? A Roadmap for Regulatory and Safety Compliance
Simply put, this event will make you run your business safely and more efficiently. All the key (and ever-changing) regulatory, safety and operational policy issues that impact the Ontario trucking industry, both domestically and internationally, will be covered. Areas of focus will be related to existing and future vehicle weights and dimensions, transportation of dangerous goods, hours of service compliance, carrier profiles/safety ratings, roadside enforcement and much more. (Moderated by CTA & OTA Vice President of Regulatory Compliance , Safety & Operations, Geoffrey Wood)
June 24 – Inducing Labour: A Business Case for HR
With the shortage of truck drivers and other staff in the transportation industry approaching its peak, recruitment and retention issues are as top of mind as ever for carriers. This exclusive symposium will focus on improving human resources management within your fleet. We’ll provide practical tips, strategies and case studies. Everyone will also leave with an HR Guide to help support your future HR efforts. (Moderated by Angela Splinter, President, Trucking HR Canada).
September 23 – Truck Talk 3.0: Economic Conditions & Trends in Trucking
Often imitated but never duplicated, OTA’s business conditions symposium is where the trucking industry’s pulse is taken and ideas take shape. Back by popular demand, a fully interactive format will be led by a panel of North American freight market experts who will digitally engage audience member participation. As a group, we’ll review the conditions that breathed life back into trucking, while examining what the future holds . We’ll cover capacity trends; consolidation heating up; driver shortage pitfalls; rising costs; shifting peak seasons; who’s winning the CND-USD tug-of-war, and loads more.
For registration and additional information click here.
* More details for each event, speakers and guest panelists will be released as the event date approaches. Themes and specifics are subject to change somewhat as OTA wants ensure we’re covering the most timely and relevant topics that matter most to you.
How’s this for great value: Each Symposium Series event is just $75 per person for a day of exclusive information, learning and networking that could save your company thousands of dollars. Each session is open to member and non-member carriers.
OTA Allied Trade members wishing to sponsor or display materials at these events could do so at a cost of $1500 per event. This opportunity is available to OTA members only.