TORONTO, ON – The Toronto area’s International Centre will be at the centre of the trucking industry once again, as the Truck World trade show opens its doors April 14-16.
It’s where suppliers display their best and brightest, and in many cases offer the first look at new equipment.
The bi-annual event that traditionally attracts 20,000 visitors celebrates drivers as much as trucks. Sharing the spotlight will be the winner of the 2016 Highway Star of the Year Award. “This is one of the highest honors for a Canadian trucker, and clearly one of our favorite moments on the Today’s Trucking calendar,” says Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith. The winner, selected from candidates across the nation, takes home $10,000 in cash and other prizes.
The world is coming to the event in other ways as well. This year’s Truck World will also feature Desi Trucking magazine as an official South Asian media partner, reflecting an increasingly diverse workforce.
“Growing ethnic communities are an important part of the trucking industry and it’s time to make a better effort at bringing the whole industry together under one roof,” said Joe Glionna, vice-president of Newcom Business Media, which hosts Truck World.
Maintenance issues will take centre stage on April 13, a day before the show opens, at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. The new summit will bring together industry stakeholders, service professionals, manufacturers, researchers and enforcement officials under one roof to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues and point the way forward. “Canada’s maintenance managers and service professionals deserve a premier educational event dedicated to their needs,” says Rolf Lockwood, Newcom Business Media’s vice-president – editorial.
One of the biggest draws of the summit will be a five-person morning panel discussing trucking’s electronic revolution. The talk will be followed by a keynote presentation on fleet maintenance from Ryder System’s Bill Dawson, vice-president of maintenance operations and engineering. Smith will moderate a panel discussion on the causes and solutions of wheel losses, as highlighted in this edition of Today’s Trucking.
The educational opportunities extend into Truck World as well. Murray Mullen, chairman and CEO of Mullen Group, is the keynote speaker at the 2016 Kickoff Breakfast.
In Hall 4 on Friday and Saturday, a show favorite returns for the second year with the Driver Recruitment Pavilion. As the intensifying driver shortage continues to dominate industry headlines, the hall is sure to be packed with carriers and potential recruits, and could even change someone’s career path right on the spot.
“It’s very popular,” says Truck World show -manager Joan Wilson. “Really a show within the show.”
Wilson adds that the exhibitor list -continues to grow for Truck World 2016, with more than 400 booths dotting the International Centre’s tradeshow floor. All that it’s waiting for is you.
Hosted by Newcom Business Media, Truck World is endorsed by the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA), the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).