September 11th…such an important date in our recent history. I find myself reflecting on the horrific events of that day. The sorrow, loss and terror we all felt that day, and even now, and the sense of helplessness are deeply ingrained in all of us. Our industry is so intertwined with the U.S. We are constantly watching them for trends, laws and changes in them such as Hours of Service, weights and measures, etc. We sometimes travel more in their country than in our own. In a sense, we feel very tied to them in many ways, so it is very natural for many of us to feel their loss so deeply. Let us never forget and stand strong with our American neighbours.
I write about attending industry events, seminars and conferences often, and maybe, quite frankly, be repetitive about them. However,
I really feel that the importance of these events can’t be stressed enough. For example, in just the next three months the industry is having The Toronto Transportation Club’s Night at the Races, The OTA golf Tournament. Also the Muskoka Golf Tournament hosted by the TTC, the OTA Big Wheels Bike and Car Rally, The Surface Transportation Summit, and The OTA Annual Convention. The Hamilton Transportation Club is hosting a luncheon featuring Mike McCarron which I am looking very forward to as well! All of these are fantastic opportunities for anyone wanting to network, meet and talk Trucking! I hope you attend some or all of these events and I hope I get to meet you!
For me, throw in some of my insurance industry events such as our Annual Broker Convention, Insurer Conferences and one or two more golf tournaments and the exposure is doubled! Because of the locations of these events and the different organizations that hold them, there are always different people attending. One might think that you would see the same faces at all the events, and I’m here to tell you that just doesn’t happen! It is really rewarding to make the time to attend these functions. I have recently begun to take some “newer” industry folks to some of these events and they come away wide eyed and appreciative to have met and listened to so many great individuals in their own industry. Until you expose yourself to what’s going on out there, you don’t know what you don’t know!
Have a safe Autumn Season and I hope you check back soon and often!
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