November 4 - 5, 2015
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Toronto

Conference Highlight Video


Next Generation

(Open to ALL member and non-member carriers, sponsors and supplier members.)

The trucking industry is changing rapidly and is facing a unique set of challenges  just as  a new  generation of trucking industry executives and managers prepare to receive the baton  and run the next leg of the race at their companies. OTA has created an exclusive  forum and agenda for the future leaders of the industry and the association. Alongside both mentors and peers, participants in the Next Generation program can openly and casually discuss the issues that really matter to them. The trucking industry is in need of fresh perspectives and there’s no better place for up-and-coming transportation professionals to share with like-minded peers their experiences as well as their thoughts and ideas about the future direction of the industry.

For more information on the OTA Next Generation program and events contact Lak Shoan by phone at (416) 249-7401 ext. 235 or email at

“It was great for me to finally meet some of the younger faces of the industry as the majority of the people that I work with on a day to day basis are more well established in their careers.
-Ryan Tilley, The Tandet Group

“This program really benefits those who want to be more involved in the “Big” picture within their companies.”
Cody Hall, J&R Transport

“There are many avenues and programs on leadership out there. What makes this program unique is that it’s specific to the trucking industry. It can be very hard and intimidating for younger individuals coming into the industry. But the OTA has provided a platform in which current and future leaders can network, collaborate and create new friendships.”
-Brendan Lofgren, National Truck League

This year’s program includes…

Onsite dinner event:

Meet up and network with like-minded, up-and-comers in a private room at the Ritz Carlton. Here’s a chance for next generation program participants to take a load off, have a drink and a bite to eat while getting to know each other better.

Limited sponsorship spots are available for this event however, company must be a current conference sponsor to be able to sponsor. Please call Joanne Benac @ 416-249-7405 or email for more information.

Leaders Building Leaders
Preparing for Leadership

This engaging session will help emerging leaders to understand what it takes to be a great leader and to reflect on what impact they would like to make at their organization.

Click here to download (PDF) ”Leaders Building Leaders” Session details and Agenda.

Program Content:

You will hear Success Stories from senior industry leaders and how they have made a significant impact

 Think about the impact you want to make and reflect on your personal leadership capabilities

  •  How to Transition from Managing to Leading
  • What differentiates star leaders from the rest of the pack
  • How to accelerate your development
  • Hear from colleagues about current challenges and lessons learned
  • Develop your personal leadership development plan

The workshop will begin with a keynote address, followed by a 90 minute panel discussion with an all-star list comprising some of trucking’s most successful executives:

  • Rob Penner, President and COO, Bison Transport
  • Scott Tilley, OTA Chair, and Co-President, Tandet Group
  • Dan Einwechter, CEO, Challenger Motor Freight
  • Mark Seymour, President/CEO, Kriska Transportation
  • Murray Mullen, Chairman, CEO and President, Mullen Group

 The panel will be followed by an in-depth and revealing discussion on leadership philosophies, and leadership building activities designed for participants to gain practical tools to continue their ascent up the leadership ladder.

The workshop will also include a continental breakfast and invitation to OTA’s signature walk-around reception and lunch where carriers, suppliers and allied trades members can network and discuss the day’s events.

Information about the Instructor:

Glem Dias
Program Director
SEEC Global Talent Centre


Glem Dias is an award winning Talent & Leadership Strategist. He is the Director of the Global Talent Centre at the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), York University.

Glem has led full life cycle talent strategies at  Pitney Bowes US, Walmart Canada and Morgan Stanley India.  He was the Global Director of Strategic Talent  Management at Pitney Bowes Inc. His diverse experience comes from industries such as Investment Banking,  Software, Telecommunications, Pharmaceuticals, and  Retail. He has worked in the US, Canada, India and has done assignments in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin  America. He was also responsible for Executive and  high-potential development at Wal-Mart Canada.

He is the recipient of: 2008 Pitney Bowes Impact Award for diversity leadership; 2009 Talent Management Award and 2010 Innovation in Employer Branding Award by the HRPA; 2011 Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award; 2012 Diversity Champion Award at  Pitney Bowes Canada.

Glem is a regular keynote speaker at leading Talent  Management conferences and has facilitated over 75  workshops on a global basis. His best practice work around emerging leader development has been published by the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD) as a chapter in their book: Integrated Talent Management ‘Scorecards. He has served on multiple industry committees including the Federal Government’s External ‘Advisory Committee on Talent Management.