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Truck World 2014, A Weekend Success

Gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser meets with fleet managers at Truck World 2014.

TORONTO, ON — Wandering amidst hundreds of exhibitors spread around 300,000 square feet of exhibition space, visitors to last week's Truck World 2014 show seemed like a pretty happy bunch.

The show kicked off with the Fleet Managers’ Breakfast, which featured guest speaker Hayley Wickenheiser.

The Canadian women’s hockey star and gold-winning Olympian wowed fleet managers in attendance at the Truck World opener, posed for photos and signed autographs.

Held at the International Centre near Toronto's Pearson International Airport on April 10th through the 12th, Truck World 2014 featured several new and useful elements, including the Recruitment Pavilion.

The show's seminar program began later that afternoon with a session produced by the Transportation Maintenance and Technology Association. Jim Pinder, the fleet director of Erb Group of Companies will moderate the panel presentation and the question and answer period.

Available on panel was Eddy Tschirhart, a consultant with the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association, Jake Francis, the health and safety and customer service manager for Carrier Centres, and Robert Monster, the senior vehicle standards engineer with the Ministry of Transport Ontario.

The knowledgeable panel led the audience through the new PMVI structure, how the rules are changing and what you can do to adapt the changes into a working shop.

The next morning there was a session on fuel saving technologies moderated by Rolf Lockwood and presented by Mike Roeth of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, who talked about technologies such as 6x2 axle configurations, tire-pressure maintenance systems, and idle-control devices.

Another seminar was held on Saturday the 12th, led by writer and editor Jim Park, who talked about driverless trucks, platooning, GPS-controlled engines and transmissions and how all these technologies will affect drivers.

Truck World will re-appear in Toronto in April 2016. 

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