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Trucker Shows Cabinet Minister a Thing or Two About Trucking


Minister McIver gets a driver's eye view of the industry.

CALGARY — Trimac driver and Road Knight Dennis Hokanson played tutor to the king yesterday.

Hokanson was tapped by the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) to tour Cowtown in a state-of-the-art KW pulling a pair of super-b’s while that province’s Minister of Transportation Ric McIver rode shotgun.

The event, orchestrated by the AMTA, provided the cabinet minister with a driver’s eye view of the industry as well as a lesson in how to share the road safely with trucks.

The trip began at Trimac’s Learning Centre and continued about an hour along Calgary’s busiest roadways.


NOTHING MACGYVOR’D ABOUT IT: On hand for the well-orchestrated event were, from left, AMTA Executive Director Don Wilson; Minister McIver; AMTA President Dan Duckering; Trimac CEO and President Ed Malysa; and Driver Hokanson.

A statement from the AMTA mentioned that the ride-along also provided Minister McIver with a “guided tour of a modern tractor-trailer which features the latest safety devices and environmental technology." The KW was outfitted with satellite-tracking gear, anti-rollover devices and a variety of eco-enhancing technologies.

As a Road Knight, Hokanson is one of four truck drivers who travel the province to raise awareness of trucking and safety around trucks.
He has accumulated three million collision-free kilometres during a 15-year career.

Photo credit: Photos courtesy of AMTA/Beyond Words Communication.
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NOTHING MACGYVOR'D ABOUT IT: On hand for the well-orchestrated event were, from left, AMTA Executive Director Don Wilson; Minister McIver; AMTA President Dan Duckering; Trimac CEO and President Ed Malysa; and Driver Hokanson.

"Driver Hokanson" ???? Really????

Guess he doesn't deserve the respect you showed the others by using their first and last names.... Pathetic...

could Trimac take Ontario cabinet ministers on a trip across ontario TransCanada, particularly former Minister Wynne. PLEASE

I wonder if anyone wood take them free loaders we got in gov. and take them for a ride in a working mans truck on this goat trail they call ahighway 43 in northern alberta and see if there back can handle the road. Id glady do it .If one of them politions would volenteer.