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Chris Nash on 80 years of AMTA

For the last 80 years, the AMTA has been at the forefront of the major events that have propelled our industry forward. That is a testament to the capability and potential within our association and I am proud to be part of the AMTA as your incoming president.

I believe, that as an association, we are the voice, the standard, and the resource for industry. We are the medium to communicate with government through our Compliance and Regulatory Affairs department. We create the benchmark that demands excellence in safety through our Partners in Compliance and Certificate of Recognition programs. And we equip industry with the necessary tools and best practices through our Injury Reduction and Training department.

In the short time I’ve been with the AMTA, I see the willingness to collaborate – government, enforcement, our board of directors, membership and the AMTA itself. We cannot get commercial drivers recognized as a career of choice without having all representatives at the table and onboard.

Strategic partnerships are imperative to success, and we have established this over many years, and more recently through the development of key initiatives such as the Introduction to Automotive Shop Safety with Safety in Schools, and the recent announcement of programs centered around Aggregate Hauling Equipment Training. We must continue to ensure that necessary steps are being taken to see that the needs of our industry are met, and I am confident we can do more.

We are in the midst of developing and furthering training opportunities for professional drivers in the province, but we cannot do it alone. We look forward to collaborating with other provincial associations on this. We want to ensure that training across the province and across the country is at its safest and is as harmonized as possible with other associations.

In looking to the future, it is important that we continue to fuel driver engagement in our industry and provide foundational training for the people moving products along our provincial highways and beyond.
It is hard to say where we will be in the next 80 years considering the vast amount of change we have experience even in the last 15 years. Technology continues to evolve and remain on the cutting edge, and it will be our job as your safety association to proactively propel industry through our safety and advocacy services.

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