It is with great sadness the Ontario Trucking Association is announcing the passing of William (Bill) MacKinnon of MacKinnon Transport. He was 90.

Bill was an industry pioneer and key builder in the success and growth of OTA for over 50 years. Bill was the chair of the Ontario Trucking Association in 1976 and is the longest serving board member in the history of the association. He served a second term a few years later when the incumbent was not able to take the role. Bill also served as chair of the Canadian Trucking Association.

He was the recipient of the Service to Industry Award in 1980. Bill was a tireless supporter of the OTA and passionate about all trucking issues throughout his entire career. He will be greatly missed.

MacKinnon Transport first rolled into the trucking industry June 4, 1929 when Bill’s father, founder Alexander (Leslie) MacKinnon purchased a used 1928 Chevrolet straight-back to haul livestock, coal, fertilizer and other farm supplies.

When Bill turned 15, he obtained his driver’s licence and later purchased a second truck to begin growing the family business. Over the next several decades Bill guided he company into one of the most respected carriers in Ontario.

The family will be arranging for Bill’s memorial services at a later date. OTA will be sending this information to the membership as it becomes available.

OTA sends its heartfelt condolences to Bill’s son Evan, grandson Alex and his loving wife Lois.

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