That’s the reply one gets when asking Lorraine Card about her plans for retirement after almost 30 years in the transportation industry. With such an illustrious career, it’s not far off to assume Card, who has spent almost four years as President of the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), will in some way remain engaged in industry.
“The Board of Directors is very appreciative of Lorraine’s service to our industry,” said Grant Mitchell, Chairman of the Board. “The knowledge, passion and leadership she brought to our association has lead to positive change for both our members and industry as a whole.”
Card’s career began with Greyhound Canada, where she would spend 22 years, working her way up to Director of Safety. She also spent time with Diversified Transportation, and the Alberta Government, where she worked with Programs and Licensing Standards as well as Carrier Services.
During her time with the AMTA, Lorraine played a key role in rebranding both the association and the Partners in Compliance program and refreshing member engagement. Working with staff, the board of directors, government and other stakeholders, she saw the approval of New Generation Wide Base Single Tires on provincial highways, the facilitation of an industry-led committee to develop a standard for Mandatory Entry Level Training for drivers in Alberta, and the initial construction of a new AMTA facility and five-acre training area at the Edmonton International Airport – to name a few.
Lorraine also remains passionate about the need for more improved and modern rest stops in the province for safe and secure locations for commercial drivers, especially with the upcoming Electronic Logging Device mandate in Canada.
“Lorraine has done a great job of shaping the AMTA to be a successful and quality association going forward. Lorraine put together a great team as well as fostering great relationships with all groups associated with the AMTA along the way,” said incoming AMTA President Chris Nash. “During my time with the AMTA it has been a pleasure to work with Lorraine while I was a board member, Vice Chair and CTA delegate. Lorraine has been very supportive and has been a wealth of knowledge for me throughout this time. I admire her level of professionalism and wish her all the best in her retirement.
“I hope she will still answer her phone when I have questions!”
Lorraine will be missed around the Calgary and Edmonton offices as a strong female mentor, a stickler for good grammar, and an encyclopedia of knowledge on the transportation industry.