A hands-on field trip to a local community college was one of several ways the recent Canadian Transportation Equipment Association passed on expertise during the 48th Manufacturer's Conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. Suppliers presented a variety of concurrent sessions on subjects ranging from welding and fabrication to brakes and drivelines.

Canadian Transportation Equipment Association helps manufacturers and distributors anticipate the changes that a new day is bringing

Jan. 1, 2012
UN JOUR NOUVEU or as they say in English, a new day, is upon us. And the array of workshops and seminars at this year's Canadian Transportation Equipment

UN JOUR NOUVEU” or as they say in English, “a new day,” is upon us. And the array of workshops and seminars at this year's Canadian Transportation Equipment Association's annual Manufacturer's Conference was designed to help manufacturers and distributors get ready for it.

Truck body manufacturers, trailer manufacturers, truck equipment distributors, suppliers, and government officials all convened for the three-day event held at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel in Moncton, New Brunswick, at the end of October.

The conference also included a day at a local college were attendees could see presentations on truck and trailer components, along with welding and fabrication advice, where college students normally train to be welders, fabricators, and truck and trailer technicians.

Along with the educational sessions and a trade fair, CTEA provided an update on the association's activities for the year.

“Since our last conference in Kelowna, the CTEA has continued to promote the interests of our industry through many programs and activities,” said Raglan Industries' John Michel, CTEA president. Among the accomplishments:

  • Four regional risk management workshops relating to regulatory compliance and certification, and two workshops relating to the reform of Vehicle Weights and Dimensions in Ontario.

  • The JOB-FILE® LoadXpert™ III, CTEA's popular software tool continues to be of value to members.

  • Assistance with National Safety Mark and pre-clearance applications.

  • Efforts are being made to put together a captive insurance program with the help of Marsh Canada.

  • Staffing for the future. CTEA added Jeremy Harrower to its staff in preparation for the retirement of Eddy Tschirhart, director of technical programs. “He comes to us with a strong technical background and bilingual capabilities that should help provide stronger assistance to our Francophone members,” Michel said.

  • On the international trade front, CTEA continues to monitor the ongoing negotiations relating to the Canada/US border security and the free flow of goods and services between the two countries.

The following pages reflect some of the key presentations at the most recent event. Meanwhile, plans are already underway for CTEA's 49th Manufacturers' Technical Conference scheduled for November 5-7 at the Delta Centre-Ville, Montreal, Quebec.

Find more coverage of the CTEA's 48th annual Manufacturer's Conference here: January 2012 issue