Executive Director, Trucks For Change Network Inc
Betsy has a lifetime affiliation with the trucking industry, having been virtually raised in a family trucking business where she also worked for five years. She then spent 20 years in various management positions working for the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), either as a full-time employee or as a contractor. During that time, she managed several different files including those dealing with safety regulation, weights and dimensions, labour policy, education and training, specialized transportation, and international operations, to name a few.
In 2005, Betsy was named as the new Executive Director of the OTA Education Foundation, which is an Ontario-based registered charity that supports families with ties to the trucking industry through its scholarship programs. She continues to serve in that capacity with the Foundation, and welcomes the challenges that come with managing two organizations that were founded with altruistic and charitable objectives.
She is a graduate of Sheridan College, where she earned a diploma in Business, with a specialization in Motor Carrier Management. Betsy and her husband live north of Toronto in the beautiful town of Caledon, where they raised two sons and one daughter.
CEO, J.D. Smith and Sons
Scott is the third generation President of J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd., a Toronto area asset-based provider of third-party integrated logistics solutions.
Established in 1919 by Scott’s grandfather, J.D. Smith and Sons now consists of 200 employees providing quality for-hire and dedicated trucking services, as well as contract and public warehousing facilities. The business is currently owned and operated by Scott and his brother Brian. With an award-winning reputation, J.D. Smith and Sons was named in 2007 the first ever recipient of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association’s “Green Supply Chain Award”, sponsored by Transport Canada, an award established to recognize outstanding environmental vision, leadership, and achievement in the supply chain industry.
Scott currently sits on the Board and Executive of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), and is a Past Chairman of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), Canada’s largest provincial trucking association. Scott currently serves as Chairman of the OTA Education Foundation, and is a Past President of the Toronto Trucking Association.
Scott attended the University of Western Ontario located in London Ontario, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.
Scott and his wife Kathy live in Toronto with their three sons Luke, Jeremy, and Benjamin.
CEO, Kriska Holdings Ltd
Mark Seymour was born and raised in the small town of Kemptville in Eastern Ontario. At the age of 17, he left home to pursue a hockey career at the Major Junior “A” level. In 1983, after finishing his junior hockey, Mark returned home with a desire to join the family business. His father, Ken Seymour, founded Kriska Holdings Ltd. in 1978, with a fleet of 2 trucks leased to RCA. Mark started his career as a truck driver and as the years passed, he moved into different positions within the company gaining valuable experience. By 1995, Kriska’s fleet of 100 trucks was generating $20M in annual sales, and Mark was appointed President.
Twenty-three years later, Kriska’s fleet has quadrupled, operating more than 400 power units and 1200 trailers across North America. Operating from our head office in Prescott, Ontario, with remote terminals in Mississauga and London, Ontario, Kriska employs over 500 people and has annual sales in excess of $75M. “We are proud of our people, our culture, our heritage, our position in the market and our accomplishments,” says Mark. For the last thirteen years, Kriska has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, one of North America’s safest fleets and one of Canada’s highest ranked service providers in the truckload sector. In addition, Mark is actively involved in supporting the transportation industry, serving as past chair of the Ontario Trucking Association and vice chair of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.
Outside of work, Mark and his wife Kathy, daughter Reagan and son Clark enjoy life on the St. Lawrence River, which is part of the very scenic 1000 Islands.
President, The Tandet Group
Scott is a Co-President of The Tandet Group. Along with his brother Kirk, they purchased Tandet in 2000, and now operate investments in both asset and non asset-based areas of the transportation and power generation industries. Scott directs the operations of Tandet’s trucking logistics businesses.
Scott began his carrier in sales with Tandet NationaLease in 1985 before moving into operations, and subsequently the development of Tandet’s logistics/dedicated services in 1991. Through both purchases and organic growth, the Tandet’s facilities are now located across Ontario, from Sarnia to Ottawa, with a rail/truck transfer facility in Winnipeg, MB. Tandet provides services that include bulk tank, flat deck, dedicated reefer and van services, rail transfer, freight brokerage, lease/rental fleets, 24/7 emergency response and industrial/generator sales and maintenance.
As a member of the OTA, Scott has participated on all the Association’s set committees and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Association. He is a Board Member of the Canadian Trucking Alliance and The OTA Education Foundation. Scott holds an engineering degree from Queen’s and a McMaster MBA. Scott and Pam continue to live in Oakville, where they raised their three children Ryan, Megan and Erin.
Hartrans Cartage Service Ltd.
After a few years in the public sector, Natalie joined the family trucking operation in 1994. For over 20 years she was involved in the administration, operations and customer service of the various divisions, and now manages the various properties in Belleville.
Since 2017 Natalie has been co-owner and director of Hartrans Cartage Services. Based in Peterborough, Hartrans provides cartage services in the surrounding area to other carriers from Newmarket to Algonquin Park to Sharbot Lake and Picton. With a focus on LTL, Hartrans also provides local TL including flatbed and moffett services.
In addition to Trucks for Change, Natalie has been involved with the OTA as a Board member, as well as the Women with Drive National Advisory Council. A graduate of the Université de Besançon in France, she lives in Ottawa with her husband Gord.
Alex’s great grandfather started MacKinnon Transport in 1929, and is the fourth generation of MacKinnon’s that has cut his teeth in the transportation industry. Learning the business from the grass roots up, Alex began by sweeping floors in the shop, and cleaning out trucks on the weekends, through to his most recent role at MacKinnon Transport as their Chief Operating Officer. In December 2017, Alex sold the family business to Contrans Flatbed Group. Alex is currently the Director of Strategic Initiative at Joseph Haulage.
Alex has a special interest in growth and development – in both his professional and personal life. As such he has been involved with the commencement of multiple Next Generation initiatives both within the industry, as well as his local community. Alex has also enjoyed participating on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) from November 2012 – 2017.
While attending Salem International University in West Virginia on a sports and academic scholarship, Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude after obtaining two Bachelor degrees, Business Management and International Business. Alex led the Men’s Water Polo and Swim teams as Captain, and was named an All American in Water Polo his Senior Year. Missing the learning environment Alex returned to school in 2015 and obtained his MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
In November 2018, Alex was awarded the Trucks For Change, sponsored by Kal Tire, “True Service Humanitarian Bursary Award” for swimming across Lake Erie unassisted to raise funds and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. Alex raised over $23,000 for his swim.
Alex and his wife, Janet, reside in Arkell Ontario with their three young daughters.
President, Onfreight Logistics
Having grown up working the family farm with seven brothers and sisters, Steve knows a thing or two about hard work. This family work ethic and attention to detail is evident in the services provided by Onfreight Logistics, the diverse transportation and logistics organization Steve founded in 1998.
Onfreight’s strategic location in Tecumseh, Ontario, adjacent to Canada’s busiest U.S border crossing, makes it a key link in its customers’ international supply chains. In addition to its modern fleet of highway tractors and trailers equipped with the latest technology, the company offers state-of-the-art warehousing services in Tecumseh, London, and Mississauga, Ontario, and in Columbia, Tennessee. “Assisting customers with more than just trucking requirements has been a key to our success,” Ondejko says.
Steve serves as board Member of both the Ontario Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance, and is a member of the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce.
Director Corporate Development, Arnold Bros. Transport
In 1958 Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd. was incorporated as a truckload carrier. Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd. has evolved over the years from hauling farm machinery and agricultural products in the early days, to operating a dry van and refrigerated fleet in the present. Throughout the years, the company has always stayed focused on being a single source truckload company, servicing both Canada and the United States.
The family places great value on Community and Industry involvement: The family is active in various provincial sport and charitable foundations as well as both provincial and national trucking association boards.
Since 2003, Brent has held a variety of rolls within the organization, progressively increasing his portfolio: today he oversees the Sales, Customer Experience, 3PL and the Operation/Execution teams.
Brent holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. Brent resides in Winnipeg with his growing family, which includes his wife Kristel, two children and his fishing boat.
Vice President Ontario, Gardewine Group
Kevin began his career in the transportation industry over 20 years ago after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He spent the first 17 years of his career progressing into various senior operational and leadership roles within the cross-border truckload side of the business, working first for Schneider National, and then Werner Enterprises, two of the largest U.S. based carriers in North America.
In 2013, he joined Gardewine Group LP, as Vice President – Ontario, overseeing the LTL general freight division within the Province. Gardewine is a diversified transportation company responsible for the handling and transportation of freight for clients throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Gardewine has an extensive service offering including general LTL, dedicated, flat bed, bulk, temperate control, logistics, and warehousing. With over 1600 people at 35 terminal locations, including hub terminals in Winnipeg and Mississauga, Gardewine provides high level service within its network of communities, focussed primarily on the North.
Kevin and his wife Tracy live in Guelph, Ontario with their two children, Rachel and Ryan.
President, Black’s Transfer Ltd.
Kevin Stover is the owner of Saint John, New Brunswick based Black’s Transfer Ltd. Servicing the East Coast of Canada and the US since 1964, Black’s enjoys a reputation for providing excellent service and going above and beyond for its customers. The Company runs flatbeds, dry vans and containers.
Prior to his involvement at Black’s, Kevin focused on commercializing new clean technologies with several companies globally in the race car, automotive, on highway, off highway, power generation and mining markets.
Kevin is a Co-Founder of Colorado based SuperTurbo Technologies, which was a part of the US Department of Energy’s On Highway SuperTruck program, and is a Global Clean Tech Award winner. Kevin is also a past member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) PR committee and the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) PR committee.
Kevin is a board member of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA), The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), The Trucking Human Resources Sector Council (THRSC), and of SLAM Youth Basketball.
Kevin is a graduate of The Humber College Public Relations program. He attended Bishop’s University for Commerce specializing in marketing and economics prior to leaving school to join his first start-up.
Outside of work Kevin enjoys staying active with his wife and three kids boating, golfing, skiing and playing or coaching basketball.
President, Rosenau Transport Ltd.
Ken Rosenau has fined tuned his skills in transportation and logistics for nearly 30 years. Ken, has an active role on a number of industry boards such as Alberta Motor Transport Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance, which focus on promoting the industry, improving performance and encouraging innovation. Ken joined the organization on a full time basis in the spring of 1988. He has held various positions from a Forklift Operator, Driver, Dispatcher, Sales Executive, Terminal Manager and the Director of Operations. In January of 2017, Ken was appointed as President of Rosenau Transport Ltd.
Ken continues to grow the organization and represent the Rosenau brand that his Grandfather and Father created before him. He recognizes that surrounding yourself with great Team members, is the key to success. Ken has been married to his wife Robynn for 12 years and they have a toddler son named Hunter.
Vice President – Eastern Operations, Bison Transport
Dave Martin is Vice President of Eastern Operations at Bison Transport. Dave joined Bison in July 2002 after spending 10 years with Maxim Transportation Services. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1993 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Degree.
Dave has held various Operational and Maintenance roles in his time at Bison. He relocated from Winnipeg to join the Bison team in Mississauga during the summer of 2019. In his current role, Dave is responsible for all aspects of Bison’s Eastern Operations Team focused on the development and improvement of Operational, Customer Service and Driver experience programs.
Dave and his wife Carla, live in Milton and have 3 grown children that call Winnipeg home
Pete founded Trucks For Change Network, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the Canadian transport logistics industry to make a positive difference in the communities it serves, in 2011.
Pete spent 27 years in progressively senior sales, operations, and management positions with Ryder System Inc., a global leader in integrated logistics and truck fleet management solutions. As Vice-President & General Manager of Ryder’s Canadian division between 1999 and 2007, Pete led many major customer supply chain transformation projects, business acquisitions, and strategic customer alliances.
Pete has served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), and has been a speaker at several supply chain management and logistics industry conferences in Canada. He is actively involved in fundraising events in support of Toronto’s Hospital For Sick Children and other charity groups in the Greater Toronto area.
Pete holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, and a P.Log designation from the Logistics Institute of Canada. Pete and his wife Caryl reside in Toronto, Ontario, and are the proud parents of sons Paul and Thomas.