OTA Workshops: The Anatomy of a US Truck Accident-From Catastrophic Loss through Trial

Everyone has read or heard about the experiences of carriers who suffer a catastrophic loss in the US – but what if it happens to you?

James Girman,  founding shareholder, Pion, Nerone, Girman, Winslow & Smith P.C. will be part of the much anticipated OTA Council Summit on June 22 in Toronto speaking about how to handle a catastrophic loss, step-by-step from the day of the accident onward.

Girman’s workshop will be part of the Compliance and Freight Policy Session agenda and include an overview of pre-suit activity, what to expect once a suit is filed (driver deposition and company representative deposition) and how to prepare for trial.

Girman has litigated cases in state and federal court representing individuals and businesses in cases involving commercial motor vehicles, premises liability, wrongful death, product liability, personal injury and breach of contract. Prior to beginning his law career in 1990, Girman worked as a Detective with the District Attorney of Allegheny County.

Be sure invaluable insight into this issue from a legal expert who understands the issue from all sides. Special thanks to Trucking Industry Defense Association for arranging this event.

Click here to register and identify the Compliance and Freight Policy Session to be part of this session.

Changes at the Border That Can Cost You Or Improve Your Bottom Line

Are you ready to move in-transit through the US?  Have you been receiving ACI AMPS penalties?  Wonder what the new Gordie Howe Bridge in Windsor will look like?

On June 22 the OTA Council Summit will be hosting  a Cross-border Council workshop. This is an excellent opportunity to learn what is changing at the border at how it will impact your operations.  Three separate sessions will focus on major border issues, such as CA-US-CA in transits, ACI Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPS), upcoming regulatory changes, the Gordie Howe bridge and live wait time technology to help you plan your routes.

This week, a six month in transit pilot launched allowing Canadian trucks to transit through the US. Learn how to prepare now for this opportunity and significantly cut-down fleet miles.

The workshop will also focus on the ACI AMPS penalties.  A preliminary analysis of 30 carriers fines will reveal where the problems reside in the system and what can be done from a carrier perspective to reduce your exposure to these fines.  Dominion Consultants will also explain the appeals process.

For the first time, Gordie Howe bridge plans will be shared with industry.  Come learn what to expect of the new infrastructure at North America’s busiest border crossing.

NITTEC will be on hand to demonstrate the real time border technology that can help you anticipate delays and accidents on major routes from ON-US.

USCBP and CBSA will demonstrate the future changes expected for the border and our moderator Oryst Dydynsky will walk you through step-by-step what you need to know now to continue to be a player in the cross border freight market.

Click here to register and be sure to identify the Cross-border Council workshop to be part of this event.

Stop the Threat of Cargo Theft! The Latest Security & Prevention Tips to Prevent Becoming a Victim

Why should you care about the growing problem of cargo crime? Cargo crime is one of the most lucrative criminal activities in Canada, and thieves are becoming more organized and sophisticated than ever before.  Estimates put the cost of cargo crime to the industry at upwards of $5 billion dollars.  This workshop at the upcoming OTA Councils Summit on June 22 will give you the goods on the tools, trends and tips needed to secure and protect your operations.

As part of the much anticipated Summit in Toronto, OTA will present two panel sessions that feature industry experts from the carrier, law enforcement, software -infrastructure and personnel community.

Trends, Best Practices and Regional Differences in Cargo Crime – Carrier and Law Enforcement Community: Members of the law enforcement community are at the forefront of preventing cargo crime in your community.  The York, Peel and Halton regional police will present recent case studies and seizures in their regions while highlighting regional differences across Ontario.

Participants will also hear from the carrier community on what they have done to prevent cargo crime in their operations.  Industry experts will discuss how to implement the right security measures; maintain a secure facility and personnel; and if theft occurs, what steps you can take to address it.

Strategies, Security – Infrastructure, Software and Personnel –Birdseye Security, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and Pardon Services Canada (PSC): This panel will feature members from the security, software and personnel field including Mike Grabovica of Council Summit Platinum sponsor Birdseye Security. Mike will highlight security and operational solutions that will create efficiencies in the prevention of cargo theft and reducing yard safety concerns.

Wayne Hummel of IBC is a veteran of over 30 years with the police working with the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and Provincial Auto and Cargo Theft Team.  Wayne will discuss the IBC Cargo Crime program, current stats, and MO’s of cargo thefts that are currently happening.

Matching employers with the right personnel is important for your businesses.  Charles Mercier will describe how PSC can help carriers with the recruitment and retention of drivers by assisting in areas such as criminal background checks, pardons, FAST card applications, and appeals.

These are just two of 16 workshops taking place at the OTA Councils Summit. Cost to attend the event is $50 per person which includes breakfast and lunch and access to all topics being discussed. The networking luncheon will feature David Bradley, CTA & OTA CEO being interviewed by Lou Smyrlis, publisher and editorial director of Truck News, on a wide range of industry topics and issues.

To register click here and identify Cargo Crime Council session to be part of this event

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