Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ, its newest natural gas fuel product, at the American Trucking Association’s TMC Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. The proprietary technology was developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.
BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has announced that Cory Paterson will be joining its team as Director of Policy as of Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Mr. Paterson will be responsible for, among other duties, advancing BCTA’s policy positions and the interests of its members with governments, the business community and key stakeholders. He brings to this role more than 15 years of extensive policy, research and advocacy experience along with an established network within government, the BC business community, and many other organizations with which BCTA regularly interacts.
His policy, research and advocacy experience comes through a diverse work background that includes two provincial governments (BC and Alberta), the federal government (based in BC), and industry – such as Devon Canada, a major oil and gas producer, and Enbridge, where he has spent the past four years in the company’s Vancouver office.
Mr. Paterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from eCornell University.
BCTA looks forward to Mr. Paterson’s contribution as he applies his experience in working with governments and public policy development to the varied and challenging issues he’ll face on behalf of BC’s road transportation industry.
By Alexander Whiteman
Intermodal traffic on North America’s railways lost out to cheaper trucking alternatives last year. More haulage capacity opened up, pushing full-year revenues at intermodal operators down across the board. Of the six major North American railroads, only Norfolk Southern (NS) and Canadian National (CN) reported volume growth. Warren Buffet-owned BNSF does not report its numbers.
MGT’s 2016 Truckers Appreciation Day started off as an unseasonably cool day with a threat of rain. However, attendees were not deterred and came out in droves. Truckers and management staff didn’t let the cool weather thwart this 12th annual event in recognition of the hard working trucking community, and more than 1000 attended.
At its meeting of April 14, Ontario Trucking Association’s Board of Directors endorsed Stephen Laskowski, a 20-year veteran of the association and its current Senior Vice-President, to succeed David Bradley, who will be retiring at the end of 2017. In the meantime, Laskowski will assume the role of President, with Bradley retaining the CEO role.
By R. Bruce Striegler
“Robot highway from Canada to Mexico proposed for self-driving trucks,” read the headline on a May 2015 Canadian Press story in the Globe & Mail, followed a few days later by, “The World’s First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Hits the Road,” in Wired magazine. Welcome to the world of autonomous vehicles (AV), the rapidly emerging transportation revolution that until recently was only heard about in university labs or engineering research institutions. Not anymore though, as almost daily, stories of autonomous vehicles are appearing in media around the world. Perhaps the first question is, exactly what is an autonomous vehicle? The simplest answer: a vehicle capable of fulfilling the traditional actions of a manned car or truck, but able to sense its surrounding environment and navigate without direct human input.
By Alex Binkley
The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association has issued a call to federal and Ontario cabinet ministers to intervene in a dispute that threatens to disrupt container shipments in the Greater Toronto Area. The request was sent to Labour Minister Kellie Leitch and Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and their provincial counterparts Kevin Flynn and Steven Del Duca.
For the eleventh consecutive year, a day of appreciation focused on the numerous truckers entering the two terminals forming Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGT), including Sections 62 (Racine) and 77 (Cast).
On June 3rd, 2015, truckers from surrounding provinces as well as local areas participated in this annual event by stopping by the two terminals to have coffee and donuts in the morning. At mid-day, the MGT Executive showed their gratitude by serving the trucking community and invited guests a BBQ. Also to show their appreciation and gratitude, MGT cooler bags were distributed to each trucker.
“The right mode at the right time,” has become the mantra at the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA), an approach to business that’s driven by strong customer demand.
“Almost all of our new customers are looking for an integrated set of transportation options,” said HPA President & CEO Bruce Wood. “And the Port of Hamilton is well positioned to respond to evolving customer needs.”
By Louise Yako
When the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) released the BC on the Move 10-year transportation plan on March 18, the BC Trucking Association (BCTA) was glad to see not only plans for infrastructure improvements, but also the more important message that BC’s economy depends on a safe, reliable and efficient transportation network.