STA’s Annual General Meeting (Meeting of the Minds)
This year the STA’s AGM began with the panel discussion titled “The Future of Trucking,” was moderated by Truck West magazine, a Newcom Business Media publication. Panelists included Randy Fleming, District Sales Manager for Volvo, Cass Pidmen, a driver for C.S. Day Transport, Heather Day, owner of C.S. Day Transport, Kyle Favel, owner of Favel Transportation and Brenda Cuthbert, HR Manager for Siemens Transportation Group and Mackenzie Lapchuk (Technical), Cervus Equipment Peterbilt. Addressing technological and demographic changes in the industry, the discussion touched upon several issues, including an aging workforce, attracting Millennials to the industry, and strategies and tactics to create a sustainable workforce. The AGM continued with guest speaker Meghan McCreary from MLT Aikins, who spoke about the “legalization of marijuana from an employers’ perspective.” She expressed the main concerns employees would have and proposed ways in handling these for the betterment of both parties.
STA’s Banquet & GALA (In Retrospect)
On the evening of October 21st, 2017 the STA graciously welcomed over 150 attendees at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Regina to a 1930s themed Banquet and GALA in celebration of its 80th year. The STA team did a magnificent job with the 1930s styled décor; it was like teleporting to an era where things were simple, glamorous and mostly printed in black and white; where swing music was a hit and big bands were a “thing”. An era where the birth of the Saskatchewan Trucking Association brought about the start of remarkable things for the truck transport industry in the Province of Saskatchewan.
The event kickstarted at 5 pm with the President’s reception where the incoming President, Reg Quiring of Q-Line Trucking was welcomed and the outgoing President, Graham Newton of T-T Group of Companies thanked for his dedication and tenure at the Saskatchewan Trucking Association, and the new Board of Directors introduced. This part of the evening gave members of the STA an opportunity to network with each other and learn about recent changes to the STA resulting from the morning’s AGM proceedings.
The GALA buffet dinner was nothing short of amazing, with a wide assortment of dishes that left people confused in their selections, not knowing where to start with all the great choices. From famed Perogies to divine steak, to mouth-watering, eye-appealing dessert creations. The STA ensured they captured every element of the 1930s the best way they could, there was even a Candy Bar with old-fashioned candies; jelly beans, tootsie rolls, gummy bears etc.; you name it, they had it. Additionally, there was also selfie station with props to help attendees glam up and snap away like a 1930s star. As customary awards were presented to several persons in the industry who have performed remarkably well. The STA wholeheartedly congratulated the following individuals who have been exceeding expectations: Ian Brown (Transall Group of Companies), Cervus Equipment Peterbilt Dispatcher of the Year, Kristin Finch (Kindersley Transport), Volvo Driver of the Year and Omnitracs Service to Industry Award Recipient, Brenda Cuthbert (Siemens Transportation Group Inc.). In supporting education, the STA Group of Companies awarded three scholarships valued at $5,000 for post-secondary education. The recipients were: Dylan McLeod who received $3,000 and is attending Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Austin Wong ($1,000) attending NAIT and Swade Orchard who received $1,000 and will be attending the University of Saskatchewan. Michelle Cederberg had the audience in full attention mode with her “Energized for Excellence” presentation which stressed the importance of finding time for ourselves in the busy schedule of life. She expressed congratulations to the Saskatchewan Trucking Association for its 80 years of excellence in the truck transport industry and challenged the audience to find their inspiration, make small steps towards success, among other helpful tips. The evening’s festivities ended with an entertaining theatrical rendition from the Saskatoon Soaps. The group’s drama, mystery delivery was a belly full of laughter, which was nothing short of hilarious and highly entertaining that fully engaged patrons.