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The Alberta Motor Transport Association celebrated its 79th annual Leadership Conference and AGM at the scenic Rimrock Resort in Banff, April 28-29.

As well as the AMTA’s Annual General Meeting, the Conference is an opportunity for industry leaders to network and take in sessions on the latest in transportation. A special addition this year, was a reception in celebration of Carl Rosenau of Rosenau Transport, who retired recently after 30 years as president of the company.

Friday, April 28
Starting things off on Friday was an Alberta Transportation update with Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead. MLA Westhead discussed the New Generation Single Wide Base tire pilot project and the future of electrical vehicles in the province. He emphasized that, without safe and efficient transportation, society couldn’t function.

Next, the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s outgoing president, David Bradley addressed the crowd saying Alberta will always have a special place in his heart, before giving a warm introduction to incoming president Stephen Laskowski. Laskowski discussed east/west fleet destinations and said the CTA is continuing to work with Canadian and US officials to seek clarity on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Later in the day, there was a Q&A session with Alberta’s Assistant Deputy Minister – Safety, Policy and Engineering, Shaun Hammond, who said the government is working with the Western Provinces to identify corridor requirements and solutions to highway bottlenecks, and that smaller municipalities are coming together for logistic centres, which in turn leads to primary hubs and corridors.

Friday evening included a reception for Carl Rosenau, who was presented with a framed cover of the recent issue of Western Canada Highway News in which he was featured. ADM Hammond spoke at the reception saying the industry wouldn’t be where it was today without Carl’s forward thinking vision.

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