NTAC vows to represent interests of Canadian owner-operators

| 11/7/2001

Canadian owner-operators now have a national business association to represent their interests. The National Truckers Alliance of Canada (NTAC) has filed for incorporation as a not-for-profit business association under the Canada Corporations Act, Part II.

The applicants who will become the first four members of NTAC's proposed 15-member board of directors are Blaine Houlind, an owner-operator from Camrose, Alberta; Dave Marson, an owner-operator from Calgary, Alberta; Jon Summers, president, Newfoundland & Labrador Independent Truckers Association, and Bill Wellman, president, National Truckers Association, Oshawa, Ontario.

The remaining 11 board members will be chosen from a pool of selected candidates. NTAC is presently preparing to hire a consultant to create a detailed business plan, to set up the operational and financial structure of the organization, and to tackle the more serious issues of how to manage regional and sectoral representation of owner-operators.

NTAC says the group's input has already been sought in matters involving Ontario's entrance into the International Registration Plan (IRP) and the proposed revisions to Canada's hours-of-service regulations. As well, NTAC says it is currently establishing relationships with key policymakers in all levels of government and within the trucking industry.

NTAC says the new group is an organization that arose out of attempts to take the National Truckers Association (NTA) to a national level. NTA is an Oshawa, Ontario-based association formed by owner-operators working predominantly in the automotive sector in southern Ontario. Work began on the plan for a truly national owner-operator association in the spring of 2000. Taking the idea a step further, the concept of a national business association for Canadian owner-operators arose from a series of discussions held at Toronto in late March 2001. Present during the discussions were representatives from several existing owner-operator associations as well as several individuals interested in advancing an agenda that would see owner-operators better represented within the industry.

The National Transportation Alliance of Canada describes itself as a business association for Canadian owner-operators working in the heavy-duty truck transport industry. NTAC says it is dedicated to improving the outcome of the owner-operator's efforts in business through advocacy and education. NTAC says it won't be intervening directly in the business affairs of its members or acting in a manner thatcould be interpreted as collective bargaining.