November 10 - 11, 2021
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Toronto

Conference Highlight Video

  • November 10 - 11, 2021
  • Ritz Carlton Hotel, Toronto
  • 181 Wellington Street West
  • Toronto, ON, M5V 3G7


Alumni Agenda

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

7:00pm – Alumni Dinner (Location TBD)

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You spent your career in the Ontario trucking industry as an owner or senior manager of an OTA carrier or allied trades member. Whether still active in the business or retired, OTA Alumni is a great way to keep in touch with other industry pioneers you’ve gotten to know over the years (or have yet to get to know!).

Each year after the chairman’s reception at convention, the OTA Alumni and their spouses gather for an exclusive dinner dedicated to the men and women who built the foundations of this great industry.

The OTA Alumni, volunteer-led and in existence for over 20 years, is a social group for industry people over 55 years of age.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

OTA Board of Directors Meeting and AGM
12:30 to 13:30 -- OTA Board of Directors Luncheon with Team OTA and Sponsors
13:30 to 16:00 -- OTA Board of Directors Meeting and AGM

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Breakfast with The Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, Ontario
08:30 – 9:45

Listen to Transportation Minister Mulroney as she discusses the important issues related to trucking. Immediately after, OTA will honour the 2021 graduating class of the Next Generation program.

09:45-10:15 - Exhibit Walkabout with Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, Ontario
09:45 – 10:15

Immediately after her address, The Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, Ontario will be doing a walkabout of the exhibit floor to meet our ELD exhibitors. Minister Mulroney and her team at the Ministry of Transportation have been the driving force behind the transition to electronic logging devices in Ontario and will be keenly interested in the support and dedication the ELD suppliers have shown to the province and the trucking industry.

10:15-11:30 - Leading Remote Teams: Maintaining Engagement, Productivity, and Happiness

Speaker: Eric Termuende
Future of Work and Leadership Expert

A globally recognized thought leader, bestselling author, and speaker, Eric Termuende brings a fresh perspective to workplace culture and the future of work. His actionable and entertaining keynotes combine research, storytelling, and case studies to help leaders attract and retain top talent and build teams that thrive. Audiences will leave energized, empowered, and equipped with the tools needed to build trust, remove friction, and create a culture of experimentation within their organizations.

Builders' Luncheon
12:00 – 13:30

*** OTA will honour the Pioneer and Half-Century Club inductees.

*** New Members of the association will be recognized and welcomed.

Luncheon is hosted by: Wendell Erb, OTA Chairman

13:45-15:00 - 50 Shades of Beige: Communicate with the Cross-Cultural Advantage

Speaker: Tina Varughese
Cross-Cultural Communication and Diversity Expert

An Indo-Canadian daughter of first generation East Indian parents, Varughese says her cultural background allows her to find “the best of both worlds” and shed light, knowledge, and, most importantly, universal humour into the changing workplace. Her highly entertaining, interactive, and practical keynotes leave attendees inspired to think, behave, act, and communicate with intention.

15:45-17:00 - Don't Judge The Things That You Don't Understand

Speaker: Clint Malarchuk
Former NHL Goaltender | Mental Health Advocate

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, and as stress-ridden as that of an NHL hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career nearly cut short by a skate slicing across your neck. Clint Malarchuk shares his extraordinary and heart-wrenching life story—which includes his long battle with alcoholism and almost ending his life by a gunshot to the head—in his relentless effort to help end the stigma of mental illness and to help others who may suffer as well.

18:00-22:00 - Awards Night hosted by Colin Mochrie & Debra McGrath