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Ontario Truck Training Academy’s 1st Annual J
                                                               mingle with the hiring com-     even a block away), car-        had three radio stations        were able to converse eas-
                                                               panies. The recruiters them-    riers from the job fair had     live on the air; KX96 from      ily, audibly and comfort-
                                                               selves were very pleased to     their trucks and trailers       Ajax, 101.5 from Peterbor-      ably.
                                                               see the elevated numbers        on display. After the vis-      ough and 94.9 “The Rock”          The owners of OTTA,
                                                               of people interested in the     itors had an opportunity to     from Oshawa. During the         Dennis and Yvette Lagrois
                                                               transportation industry.        speak with the recruiters,      entire event the radio sta-     would like to thank all the
                                                                 Visitors arrived not just     they could hop on the free      tions encouraged people         companies that participated
                                                               from south-eastern On-          shuttle bus and go to the       to come and take part in        in making this Job and Ca-
                                                               tario but from all over the     parking lot full of trucks on   the Job Fair.                   reer Fair a huge success.
                                                               province. They came from        display. Yanke Group sent         Tanya from OTTA told          We look forward to next
                                                               as far east as Cornwall,        an “Owner Operator” Team        Ontario Trucking News           year and many more years
                                                               Amherstview, Warkworth,         show truck to the event (all    that there was a great deal     of this annual event.
                                                               Stittsville, Bridgenorth,       the way from Saskatch-          of positive energy between        Ontario Trucking News
 By Tanya Cullaton             of potential employees was      and Elgin. They came in         ewan). Bison Transport          the hiring companies and        would also like to thank the
 The Eastern Ontario           straight out the front door.    droves from as far north as     also sent a show truck and      the potential employees at      OTTA and the transporta-
Trucking Job and Career        People started to line up at    Sudbury to Severn Bridge,       trailer to the event from       the Job Fair. There was a       tion companies present for
Fair hosted by the Ontario     9am to get a glimpse and an     Bracebridge, Gormley and        their Manitoba Depot. Vis-      good mix of experienced         giving us the opportunity
Truck Training Academy         opportunity to speak with       Newmarket. And from the         itors who arrived early were    and recently trained drivers    to cover this event. It was
(OTTA) on March 25th,          the recruiters before the       west, people came in from       able to witness the mobile      which was much appreci-         very well run and it goes
2006 proved to be a huge       mad rush was on.                Ingersoll, Windsor, London,     truck wash in action mak-       ated by the companies.          to show, that advertising
success.                         Somewhere between             Guelph, Milton, Oakville,       ing sure all of the trucks        The vendors’ booths were      with Ontario Trucking News
 Before the doors even         2,000–2,500 potential job       and Hamilton.                   were sparkling clean.           very roomy, set in a large      really works! OTN
opened at 11am, the line-up    seekers came to meet and          Just down the street (not       Throughout the day we         octagonal room and people




TRIMAC TRANSPORTATION - Alan Campbell                          OK TRANSPORTATION lIMITED - laura Ann lobraico                  CANADA CARTAGE SySTEM Gord Russell
Trimac found the event well organized and promoted by          It was a great opportunity for OK Transportation limited to     I was extremely impressed. It was a very well organized
the O.T.T.A. It was attended by a wide range of individuals    participate in the OTTA’’s job fair. We enjoyed the chance to   event with great attention to details like the shuttle bus
that represented themany levels of experience found in the     meet potential new hires, and interact with our competitors.    and mobile truck wash. There was a good mix of new and
Transportation Industry today.Trimac left the conference       The excitement of the budding new drivers was evident,          experienced drivers. I was impressed by the number of
with many qualified leads and it wasencouraging to see          which leaves us at OK Transportation limited excited            attendees and also by their geographical distribution. We
so many individuals making the TransportationIndustry the      about what the future holds for our company, and the            got over 100 résumés from very good people, about 95%
career choice for their future.                                transportation industry.                                        wanted to work locally. It should be an annual event.




lIONS TRANSPORT - Chris Gleason                                SCHNEIDER NATIONAl TRANSPORT Brian Danjaw                       ITS
It was my first Job fair and I was very pleased. It was very    I really didn’t expect such a response. I was there from the    I have been involved with many Job fairs over the years
well organised and there was a good social atmosphere. We      beginning of the day and when I left at 7:30 pm, I had not      but I would have to say that this was one of the better ones.
needed 4 to  drivers and we had filled those positions by      sat down all day. I gave out at least 200 applications and      I found it to be well organized. Our host for the event was
the following Tuesday. I talked to between 50 to 75 people     have since had many phone calls. This Job fair was very         very curtious and professional. I would not hesitate to be
and. we received. more than 20 applications. The majority of   well-organised with large booths in a pleasant octagonal        involved next year.
the people I spoke to were new drivers.                        room.

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ob Fair Draws Visitors from All Over Ontario




 SGT 2000 TRANSPORT - Shawn Jamieson                               BISON TRANSPORT - Donna ferrari                               KRISKA TRANSPORTATION - Sara McInnis
 It was exceptional. I have 7 people at this moment filling out     There was a good mix of new and experienced drivers and       Kriska found the OTTA job fair to be a success. The event
 applications and 7 more will be doing so next week. There         it was a beneficial experience for them. We received 15-20     was well-attended with qualified candidates who were eager
 was a wide variety of students and experienced drivers.           résumés that day and have had many calls since then. I        to learn about top-notch companies. The job fair was filled
 It was a very handy location for us. I would like to see it       liked the truck-wash. There was a good turnout. We walked     with opportunities for anyone in the industry. Kriska would
 happen again, perhaps in the summer. It was very well-run.        away with good results. It was my first Job fair.              like to thank the OTTA for hosting this event and making the
                                                                                                                                 day such a success!




                                                                   MACKIE MOvING SySTEMS – Matt Mackay
 THE EDGE MARKETING - Elaine Jamieson                              We were pleasantly amazed with the amount of people who
 I thought it was a wonderful opportunity for newly trained        attended. We have already scheduled  road test for next      Arnold Bros. Transport ltd. - George Bulmer
 drivers and personnel, as well as a forum for the folks           week!!!!!! Out of the 52 applicants from March 25th we had    We found the Job fair in Oshawa to be a good venue to
 considering the Trucking industry as a career choice.             18 AZ licensed drivers apply with over a year’s experience    introduce our company to new entry drivers to the Trucking
                                                                   and another 20 with less than a year, the remaining 12 were   Industry. We also had the chance to speak with many well
                                                                   looking to obtain DZ employment. As an employer we were       qualified driver and owner operator candidates.
                                                                   happy to see such a large volume of new drivers interested    Each company at the fair had the opportunity to present the
                                                                   to join an industry that has been in high demand for good     features and benefits of their particular operations to those
                                                                   drivers for many years .                                      in attendance.




 SUNBURy TRANSPORT - yvan Domingue
 It was an excellent Job fair with a very good attendance.
 I got my fair share of résumés with lots of enquiries from
 students. The Radio Booth was a great feature. I hope to do
 it again next year.




 yANKE TRANSPORT - Jamie Callahan
 The job fair a huge success. I was very impressed with the
 professionalism and quality of drivers that attended the job
 fair. yanke would certainly participate in this fair next year.

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