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President's Message – January, 2017

A sold-out event coupled with a new venue and record crowd,  the Toronto Transportation Club’s 103rd annual dinner once again did not disappoint. In fact, we continue to set the bar higher for world class events each and every time. Congratulations to all who made this the premier and signature gala a resounding success!

From start to finish, the evening was nonstop. Our exceptional and outspoken keynote speaker was Mr. Brian Burke. Brian is currently President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames, having also held the role of President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The evening was completed with a fabulous show by the incredibly talented and mutli-genre band All Access, as well as the after-hours lounge which is sure to become a tradition for this event.

One of the many highlights of the night was re-purposing the “Board of Directors Award” to be renamed ‘The John Foss Volunteer Service Award’. This was done in recognition of the tremendous time, effort and resources that John Foss has dedicated to the Toronto Transportation Club. John is a past president who has remained exceptionally active in our great organization.

As well, I should note that the creation of our second scholarship, that was announced at the 100th annual dinner, has now been awarded for the third year in a row to well-deserving young individuals. Independent adjudicator Adriano Perusin made the selection from a record number of entries. The 2016 award winners were, Alexa Moschella and Matthew Myles.

Congratulations to our deserving scholars! Of course adding a third scholarship is goal of the club and our board of directors. Together with the support of this membership we are very close to achieving this important milestone.

The Toronto Transportation Club is very fortunate to have such an incredible membership. Our past presidents are always close by to remind us of the history of the club, and to ensure that our traditions remains intact. As well I need to call out and recognize our most generous sponsors – without your support the great things we accomplish would simply not be possible.

The annual dinner is always an amazing night that improves each and every year. As we embark on 2017, I wish you all an incredible year in which we can celebrate this great industry. Please save the date for 2017 events as all our outings sell out early.

 Gary Fast
President, The Toronto Transportation Club

  


 

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It was all about new opportunities and “mixing it up” for this year TTC Golf Tournament. The weather was certainly one of the prominent items to enjoy the “Mixing it up” theme. While we were greeted by grey skies upon our arrival at our spectacular new venue, “The Country Club” at Woodbridge, outside of a 30 minute rain delay the weather was fantastic. The final finishing holes were played under bright blue skies and warm sunshine. The popularity of this tournament continues to be strong which is evident by our 260 strong members and guests and the earliest sellout in the history of this tournament.

Putting on such a popular tournament is not the easiest of tasks let alone adding a change of venue to The Country Club.  The Board Members, the Golf Committee, Staff at The Country Club and Volunteers go to great lengths to ensure we have a fantastic event year in and year out. We received great feedback about the course and the event this year so this hard work clearly paid off. We also tried to add a few new items with “Beat the Leaf” and “the Great Wall” just to keep things interesting and fresh. A heartfelt “Thank You” to all that were involved we had another successful Tournament. We also encourage people to give feedback each year so please do so to a TTC board member or please send comments to Denise Cardy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To date we have received feedback about the drink tickets and BBQ which we have already addressed. If there is one thing I have learned about this tournament a cold beer and a hamburger are paramount to its success (LOL).

I would like to congratulate our two wining foursomes of Waltco and CH Robinson for shooting two great scores despite the new track and layout. Also I would like to congratulate the winners of ladies longest drive Kelly Howell, ladies closet to the pin Jen Dunn, men’s longest drive Jeff Collett, Men’s closet to the hole winner Kevin MacDonnell. With the added items of the signed Leaf Jersey, Leaf Tickets, Prints, paintings TV’s, foursomes, etc. I believe this is one of the more prosperous years for our members and their guests.

No event can be a success without our sponsors. The TTC and it’s board truly want to thank each and every sponsor that generously donated to this great event. From the Hole in one of Hargraft Schofield to CP/CN sponsoring our Breakfast and Lunch plus a host of others the success of this tournament can not be achieved without these most kind donations. Lakeside Logistics sponsored our beer cart, thank you for your generosity. Again, a very big a round of applause and thank you to all our donors!!!

I also wanted to thank the golf committee and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event such a success. So Nicole Methven and Mike Fontaine and a big “thank you”. Mike was single handily responsible for the “Beat the Leaf” event. It goes without saying that we need a top venue for this event and we may have found a new home at “The Country Club”. It is one of the best places to have a tournament of this size in the GTA. The staff, course, food, beverages etc. were all fantastic and we could not have asked for more so we are very appreciative of their efforts.

So please do give your feedback, it is very much appreciated. I want to remind everyone of our next TTC event “Ladies Lunch and Learn” for those who have tickets we will see you there. Golf caps off to all for being a part of this great great day and I wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy summer!!!!!

James Mitton
Director, The Toronto Transportation Club

  


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President's Message – May, 2016

Winter is officially over and after what seemed to be a roller coaster start to spring, it looks like it has finally arrived.

Each year we hold a reception for new members. It is a great way for the board to welcome new faces and provide an intimate networking environment. As our membership grows, so has this event. The April reception marked the highest number of attendees and was a wonderful evening of conversation and laughter. Thank you to Donna and Denise, not only for the continued focus on attracting membership, but for also hosting a great evening.

Talk about great evenings, Mike and his committee blew Transportation Night away. This event just keeps getting better. The Palais provides a spectacular venue and the format of this evening with cruiser tables and food stations keeps this night fun and casual. If that weren’t enough, It all gets topped off with a band that keeps the dance floor hopping. Who could ask for a better night of entertainment? Congratulations to Kieran O’Brian from Kee Human Resources who won the Air Canada tickets.

As spring is getting into full bloom, so is golf. Spring Golf is right around the corner with a later date of May 26th to take advantage of nicer weather (I must admit I am a fair weather golfer) and a new location, The Country Club. Please visit our website or contact Denise Cardy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship opportunities.

June 14th is Ladies Lunch & Learn at The Palais Royale. If you haven’t attended this event or sent a group of Ladies from your office, shame on you. This event is one of the best networking events for women. The room is always a buzz of energy and excitement. Our keynote speaker this year is Annette Verschuren, Chair & CEO of NRStor Inc. (previously President of The Home Depot Canada and Asia). Our theme is “You’re Going to Hear Us Roar”. It promises to be a fantastic day. Don’t miss out!

We will be launching a pop-up Golf Clinic event in July. Mark your calendar to check our website early June for more information.

John Foss and Peter Collins always keep us on our toes with new twists for the Power of Education Golf Classic. This year’s event takes place on September 15th and they are really changing it up. For starters, we are moving from Muskoka to Collingwood. They have a few surprises up their sleeves to keep everyone entertained.

Race Night at Woodbine is back on October 5th.

Last year our annual dinner attracted record numbers. After several discussions, we have decided we need to move to a larger venue to be able to support our membership. This year’s event will take place on December 8th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Mark your calendars with this new date and venue. Gary Fast and his committee are planning an event that you will not want to miss.

While spring is barely here, it is an important time of year for students getting acceptances to University and College and planning the next stage of their lives. The Toronto Transportation Club supports these dreams by offering financial assistance through its scholarship program. Please visit our website to get information on eligibility and the application process. The dates are coming up quickly.

Lori McCreight
President, The Toronto Transportation Club

  


 

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President's Message – January, 2016

It is with great honour that I take over the Presidency of the Toronto Transportation Club. This club, for me, has opened many doors and introduced me to countless friends and colleagues. I can think back to the first annual dinner I attended. To be honest, it was a bit overwhelming. Now, as I walk through the crowd it astounds me at how many people I know. People who have helped me progress in my career and personally; colleagues, friends and mentors.

We celebrated our 102nd Annual Dinner on December 3rd at the Royal York with a sell-out crowd. Keynote speaker, Manjit Minhas, kept us entertained with her business and life experiences as she navigated the rise of her Company in the brewing industry. We were proud to recognize Apps Transport Group with the Platinum Standard Recognition Award for outstanding contribution and participation in the Club. Brent Byers accepted the award on behalf of the Company. We were also thrilled to present Olga Ricci with the Board of Directors Award for her contribution as a volunteer to the Club. Thank you to both.

I have to take a look back at some summer events that I couldn’t cover in my last blog because of deadlines; Spring Golf, and the Ladies Lunch and Learn “Living It!”.

I would like to take thank Tim Roulston, the Board, the Social Event Committees, and all the volunteers for another successful year of events. A very special thank you to Denise Cardy. We continue to grow our membership with the help of the transportation community and continue to create a solid financial position to support our two scholarships, with a goal to do more.

We had to say goodbye to Mary Clarke (Air Canada Cargo) who decided to leave the board after 5 wonderful years of volunteering. Mary, you will be missed. We welcomed new Board members Paul Granger (Ryder Systems Inc.), Chris Peterson (Air Canada Cargo) and Brian Ledson (Cavalier Group).

Congratulations to Mike Fontaine (C.H. Robinson Company) who was elected to the role of Second Vice President at our December AGM, for 20 16. Mike has been a key contributing member of our Board, and C.H. Robinson a great supporter of the club. We are set for a great year with Gary Fast as our First Vice President, Mike as our Second and a Board of Directors committed to providing another year of “must attend” networking events.

 If you aren’t a member, take advantage of the opportunities the Club offers and join. Payback is immediate with the benefit you will get from the networking. If you are already a member, don’t forget to renew or take advantage of a Corporate Membership and get your Company involved.

Please take the time to enter all events for 2016 in your calendar so you don’t miss anything. And watch for “Pop Up” events. From everyone on the board, we wish you all a very prosperous, and healthy 2016. We look forward seeing you.

Lori McCreight
President, The Toronto Transportation Club

  


 

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President's Message – September, 2015

Fall is quickly arriving.

It is quite evident that our membership is preparing to get through what is typically the higher stress “peak days” of the calendar with both Race night(Oct 7), and the Annual Dinner (Dec 3) in stride to be sell out events once again. There is not a better way to take that stress level down somewhat with a nice relaxing event among other industry peers.

I have to take a look back at some summer events that I couldn’t cover in my last blog because of deadlines; Spring Golf, and the Ladies Lunch and Learn “Living It!”.

SPRING GOLF; We were very fortunate again this year to order some fantastic weather, and thanks to all in attendance for making the day a great success.  Lionhead was in great tournament shape, and as always played the host role quite well. The introduction of “the wall” was a great crowd pleaser and skill tester! Many thanks to James Mitton and his golf committee for a job well done.

Ladies Lunch and Learn; I can’t say how excited I am that basically the same group of committee members under the direction of Kathy Cartan have taken this event from 80 attendees, to over 300 in three short years. The success of this event demonstrates the industry demographic swing is real, and that we are embracing it as a very proud organization. Many thanks to Jacqueline Coyle, and Sandra E. Martin  for sharing in their success stories, and life lessons.  Kathy many thanks to you and the team for a fantastic job organizing this event. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!

A quick reminder as well  for the“snap a selfie” contest we have been running all year. You can simply enter by taking a transportation related selfie, and tweet it to @tortransclub with the hashtag #TTCSelfie. We are seeing some very creative entries, please keep them coming. 

I look forward to a very successful finish to my year as President, and thank you for all your support in sponsorship, attendance, and participation. The membership of this club really make it a pleasure to be involved in this industry.

 

Tim Roulston

President, The Toronto Transportation Club

  


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President's Message – January, 2015

It’s with great pleasure that I take over the Presidency of this illustrious group of peers at the Toronto Transportation Club. This club has been instrumental in making my career an extremely enjoyable adventure.

There is an old adage that says; “people deal with people”. This to me is the essence of The Toronto Transportation Club.  I have benchmarked with peers, I have compared products and services, I have recommended people to other people, I have found customers, I have found synergies, and I have down right just complained. Most importantly I have made lifelong friends that share a commonality of being involved in some shape or form in the supply chain process.

The title “President” is a misnomer. The Board of Directors, and the countless volunteers past and present are what make The Toronto Transportation Club the success that it is. The very foundation of this club when it started over 100 years ago is the same main intention it has today; to provide a forum that allows the industry to meet. (Hence the tag line “Where Industry Meets”). We do it in great numbers, with great outcomes. Our members see great value in the forums we provide so it will always be the cornerstone of this club.

I would like to thank Peter Collins and his Board, Committees, and Volunteers for a very successful 2014 event year. We are larger in membership, we are increasing our financial position in the scholarship trust, and we are continuing to carry momentum into our second centennial.

Part of this momentum was certainly due to John Foss (President 2013), who will be moving on as Immediate past president. John’s involvement in this club has been invaluable and will continue to be invited and welcome.  John, thank you.

I would also like to thank Brian Wright (CP) who has moved on to a new role at CP, and has left his space on the TTC board, and the spring golf event in very capable hands. 

 A hearty welcome to our new Board members Nicole Methven (CP), Donna Kelly (TSI), and Brad Carter (China Shipping) who joined us in 2014.

Lastly, congratulations to Gary Fast (Canadian Tire) who was elected to the role of Second Vice President (2015)at our December AGM. Gary has been a great contributing member of our Board, and Canadian Tire has been committed to our Club for many years.  Gary will in no doubt continue to achieve the highest standards moving forward throughout his tenure.

There are some important notes to pass on from the Club as part of our first newsletter of 2015;

I invite current members to renew early, and take part in our iPad early bird draw. I also encourage you to think about including more people in your organization by becoming a corporate member, or growing through individual membership. Simply, membership allows us to continue but more people attending our events, is what allows us to achieve our goals, and fund the scholarship.

This newsletter also contains information on our digital advertising yearly sponsorship, which this year included ten sold out events, and record amounts of people.   Without a doubt this will give your marketing a boost!

Please take a moment to ‘Save the Dates’ for our 2015 events in your calendars.  I wish you all a very prosperous and healthy 2015. I’m looking forward to a fantastic year of TTC events!

 

Tim Roulston

President, The Toronto Transportation Club

  


 

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June , 2014

Greetings! Here we are almost six months to the day after the celebration of our 100th anniversary, and what a great first half of the year we have had. I must say we were all just a little nervous about how we could possibly keep the momentum going for the club but, without a doubt, the quality of the events, attendance and enthusiasm for TTC events remains very strong.

Thank you to all of the membership for your outstanding support!

Please take the time to share our club information with a business friend or colleague. We depend on our membership to support our scholarships. For those members who are looking to capitalize on the strong industry attendance we have at our events, please consider our advertising opportunities – website and digital. We have a powerful array of advertising opportunities.

We have had three great events since our last newsletter and all were well attended and very well run. Poker Night in February had a strong field of players and the final prize was generously donated back to the club. Thank you Luis Almeida of Cushman Wakefield Ltd.

April 24th marked a return to the Palais Royale for Transportation Night and “A Taste of Toronto”. What a fantastic night! The attendance was excellent, the venue and ambiance classically inspired, and the musical performance by Paul Pigat outstanding to say the least! Who could ask for anything more! This event is sure to be a must-attend event on all of our calendars for years to come.

Most recently, we had our Spring Golf Tournament at Lionhead Golf Course on May 15th. Even though the forecast was for stormy weather, we all showed up ready to play and, for the most part, avoided the rain all day. Chalk up another sold-out event that ran smoothly and on schedule.

Thank you to all of the committee members who chaired and helped organize these events. A special thank you to Denise Cardy who really keeps the team going in the right direction!

On September 11th, we once again return to the beautiful Red Leaves Resort on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka for the Power of Education Golf Tournament. This first class event is limited to 100 golfers so please book your foursome early.

Also, don’t miss our annual Night at the Races. This year’s event is being held on October 1st at Woodbine Racetrack and is sure to be as popular as always. The excitement of being trackside as the horses charge for the finish line should not be missed by race enthusiasts or anyone who has never had the distinct pleasure of watching live horse racing. Don’t forget to place your bets and reserve your spot. This event sells out early every year.

The 101st Annual dinner will take place at the Royal York Hotel this year. After the success of last years’ event and the increased demand for tickets, I encourage everyone to book early. The Annual dinner has become the premier event for the Toronto Transportation Club and we look forward to delivering another first class event. Save the date on December 4th at the Royal York Hotel.

We have added new members to the TTC Board of Directors. Please join me in welcoming Donna Kelly from the TSI Group and Colin Sood from Meyers Transport. I look forward to working with you.

Lastly, thank you to the entire Board of Directors, the Executive and our Executive Director Denise Cardy for your efforts to date this year. I am very proud to be part of such a special group of people.

 

Peter Collins

President, Toronto Transportation Club


 

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December 17 , 2013

Wow what a night! The 100th Annual Toronto Transportation Club “Platinum Ball” was celebrated on December 5th. Record attendance, over 1200 people, the largest Head Table we have ever had and a key note guest speaker that inspired, amazed and intrigued us all—Thank you Commander Chris Hadfield! Thank you to our outgoing President Mr. John Foss for having the vision to dream big and deliver an event such us that. Thank you to all of our Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors and Silver Sponsors who supported the vision and were integral in providing the funding for the Club to be able to put on such a first class event. Thank you to the members of the board who helped promote this event all year long. Thank you to the staff at the Metro Convention Centre who made the transition from our traditional venue to theirs a huge success. Thank you to Maggie Patten who coordinated all of the pieces of the puzzle to ensure a smooth evening of service, entertainment and fine details. Thank you to Denise Cardy our Executive Director at the TTC who worked tirelessly all year to support the board and our members to celebrate 100 years. Finally thank you to all of you who attended, it was a fitting celebration for our 100th Anniversary!

 I am honored to be the 101st president of the Toronto Transportation Club. I feel that going into our second century the club has never been in better shape. We are coming of a record year for overall membership, attendance at events and the number and variety of events we offer our membership. I am extremely proud to be part of the team who installed a second $6,000.00 scholarship. Investing in our young people today is the best thing we can do to ensure that our children have the best opportunities available to them to succeed in life and we should all be very proud of this accomplishment. It was the generosity of our sponsors, increased membership and member attendance at events that made this possible –Thank you!

 This has been an extremely successful year for the Toronto Transportation Club.   The sold out Power Of Education golf tournament in Muskoka raised nearly $7,700 for the education trust, and will continue to fund the future education of our members' children.   In October, the club hosted its Night at the Races.   What a great evening! Many thanks to the committee for an excellent job creating another successful event. With November came “MOvember”.  Kathy Cartan and her team at Motive Media enlisted the help of Past President Gord McNeil and created the “TTC MO CHALLENGE” to create awareness for men's health issues and Prostate Cancer Canada and raised over $17,000.  In 2010, as Gord McNeil concluded his term as Past President, the bad news arrived that he had prostate cancer. Gord speaks of two extremely important words..."early detection" - that and a "skilled surgeon" to which he owes his life. Gord says, "It's very simple really, we need to get the word out to all male's over the age of forty to get a PSA test and the MO Challenge is a fantastic way to have fun doing that".  In 2013 the TTC gained the support of numerous organizations to help spread the word.   CN, APPS, Canadian Tire, Cavalier Transportation, Molson Breweries, Muir’s Cartage, Trailcon Leasing and many other member companies have dressed their trucks and trailers with MO's.  The message is spreading !   Please visit the TTC website for more info, and watch for next years festivities!

 I would like to thank and recognize our outgoing board members this year. Thank you past president Claudia Milicevic, who was with us for seven years culminating in her role as president in 2012. Also departing the board this year were Rob McDonald (President, Apps Transport), Jim Wade (Rogue Transport) and David Wood. Thank you for your efforts and service.

I would like to congratulate and welcome Lori McCreight who was elected to the position of 2nd Vice-President at our AGM prior to the Platinum Ball—welcome and I look forward to working with you Lori. There are new faces on the board of the TTC this year. Please help me to welcome our new directors - Cynthia Nagamatsu (Hargraft Schofield Insurance), Brad Carter (China Shipping Co.), Ted Brown (Muir's Cartage), Mike Fontaine (CH Robinson), and James Mitton (Apps Transport).These fine individuals are an example of how well the club represents every mode of the transportation industry. Please introduce yourself to them at our next event.

 In the coming weeks, we will be contacting you with membership renewal options.  I encourage you to take a look at your membership with our organization and explore the opportunity of welcoming additional members of your organization into our club through corporate membership, student memberships, and of course retiree memberships.  The cost is minimal, and the opportunities are endless.

Please take the time to consider our Website and Digital Advertising package. It is an excellent way to promote your company directly to industry leaders. Follow the link.

 We have an exciting line-up of events this year, please watch your e-mail & our website for more information.

First up is our Annual Ski Day January 17th at Craigleith Ski Club. With the record pre-Christmas snow fall we have had this is sure to be another outstanding event. February is Poker Night, a new event last year that was well attended. Early April means spring and that means “Blues Night” at the Palais Royale. It will be a great start to the year!

Last but not least we are going to do something different this year for fund raising. After extensive deliberations as a board we felt that a year long 50/50 Contest would create the most buzz and give all participants a chance to win something as well. Stay tuned for the big announcement!

With the holiday season upon us, I wish all of you and your families a wonderful Christmas, and very prosperous New Year!

 

Peter Collins

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


December 10 , 2012

If you were in attendance on November 29th at the Royal York Hotel, I don't need to tell you that it was a fantastic evening. What a great way to wrap up the schedule of events in 2012. Our thanks to the Royal York Hotel who have so graciously hosted our group for 84 years, and also to Mr. Don "Grapes" Cherry" for his ever so colourful insight into the world of hockey, local politics and of course the fine people who make our industry so great.

I am very proud to be 100th President of this club. This has been a year where we have seen many 100th anniversaries. 100th Grey Cup, 100th anniversary of the sinking of the titanic, 100th running of the Calgary stampede, the 100th anniversary of the first Canadian gold coin. I know there are more to come this year! Having been part of the excitement throughout 2012, I really hope there will be people talking about the 100th anniversary of the Toronto Transportation Club with the same enthusiasm.

The Toronto Transportation Club is the largest club of its kind in Canada, and the largest club in the Transportation Club International (TCI) network. We were honoured for this with an award in 2012. In the last year we have been welcomed into some of our neighbouring associations to attend a few of their prestigious events in Chicago & Montreal. We continue to learn from these clubs and build on alliances available to us. Over the years some of these relationships have dwindled, and now is a good time to rebuild them. We need to reach out to the markets in which our members do business.

I would like to thank Gord McNeil & Alan Boughton for encouraging me to take a position on this board in 2006, and Kelli Saunders and Gary Crowther for encouraging me to run for the executive. It has been a fantastic experience, which I would be unwilling to trade. As Gary Crowther departs our board after nearly 10 years of service, we offer our sincere thanks to him, and to CN Rail for their support. We welcome & congratulate his replacement, Mr. Tim Roulston, Director of Sales Intermodal Wholesale, CN Rail and 2nd Vice President of the Toronto Transportation Club.

Our group of directors and executive directors work hard at bringing our membership fun, innovative and positive events and I thank them for that. Being part of this board is a large commitment of time, energy and resources, it's a tough job sometimes, and it is a lot of work. I am honoured to be associated with these people.

It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to give back to the industry that has been so good to me. Together with the newly elected board of directors, I look forward to growing the club this year, and I especially am looking forward to December 5th 2013 when we celebrate our 100th anniversary at the Metro Toronto Convention centre at the recently created "Platinum Ball", this will be a celebration like no other. Although I am sad to leave the Royal York Hotel for a year, I am excited to bring you a celebration that will be talked about for the next 100 years. You will hear plenty about this exciting celebration in the coming weeks and months.

As with all the events we host, none of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors. Please take a moment to visit our website to view these generous individuals. We strive to keep the ticket costs down, and the sponsorship money goes a long way towards making that happen. The end result of these events is our Scholarship Trust. At the end of 2012, the trust will be in the best financial shape in history. This will ensure scholarship awards for the grandchildren of the people receiving them today. I would encourage everyone in the room to support our sponsoring companies when you have the opportunity.

In the coming weeks, we will be contacting you with membership renewal options. I encourage you to take a look at your membership with our organization and explore the opportunity of welcoming additional members of your organization into our club through corporate membership, student memberships, and of course retiree memberships. The cost is minimal, and the opportunities are endless.

We have an exciting line-up of events this year, please watch your e-mail & our website for more information.

With the holiday season upon us, I wish all of you and your families a wonderful Christmas, and very prosperous New Year!

 

John Foss

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


 

October 23, 2012

Happy Fall!

This is one of my last blogs for the TTC. I sure will miss it.

Days are shorter, nights are longer (and colder) and we're only a couple of months away from Christmas. Seems like it was only yesterday I was writing about summer.

Since my last notes, we've had a couple of successful events with our TTC Golf Classic in Muskoka and Night at the Races at Woodbine. The weather held out this year for both events and a great time was had by all.

We've had a few changes to our Board of Directors. Neil McKenna, from Canadian Tire, has stepped down after contributing 7 influential years to the board. Neil started on the board the same day I did and he was also the one that convinced me to run for President. Neil, you've been a great friend and I'm going to miss you.

I'm also sorry to say that DJ Masicotte from Performance Logistics, who was on the board for over 5 years, and Peter DiTecco, from Armbro Transport, have both also stepped down. Thank you both for your contributions.

I'd like to welcome some new board members that have joined; Gary Fast, Associate Vice President Transportation Group, Canadian Tire, Tim Roulston, Director of Sales, Wholesale Intermodal, Canadian National, and Joe Glionna, General Manager, Newcom Business Media. Welcome! I know that you'll be great additions to the board in 2013 and into the future.

I want to wish Brad Bowering, from Peterbilt, a speedy recovery and hope that he makes it back soon. Brad had a bad hockey accident and he's been out for a couple of months. I hope you're feeling better!

As this year wraps up, Gary Crowther from CN will also be moving on from his capacity as Immediate Past President. You were a great mentor and friend and even though I won't be seeing you regularly at our board meetings, you can bet I'll still be relying on you for advice.

Our annual dinner is almost upon us again. It will be taking place on Thursday, November 29th, 2012. This one will be unlike any other and we would be honoured to have you attend. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, do so before it's too late. With over a month to go, over 600 tickets have already been sold and we expect to sell out.

This year we will be entertained with the wild anecdotes from hockey legend, Don Cherry. Our timing of this could not be better. With so much going on in the world right now with the NHL lockout, US election and political situation, Mr. Cherry will have no shortage of content to share his strong opinions and views on. You have to love his animated candor! I'm only hoping he gets decked out for us in special 'Cherry garb' just for the occasion.

Individual tickets are only $185 or $1695 for a table of ten when purchased before October 30th.

Discounted rooms are also available, until November 1st, at the Royal York for only $159. Please quote TORONTO TRANSPORTATION CLUB when reserving your room.

It is also at this event that I will be passing the torch to Mr. John Foss, from Trailcon Leasing as your 100th President in 2013. He's going to be a great leader of the TTC.

Seize the opportunity to kick off the holiday season with hundreds of friends in the transportation industry and join us for this premier event.

I hope to see you there!

 

Claudia

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


July 19, 2012

I hope you're all enjoying this gorgeous summer. I, for one, am loving it!

If you attended our 'Sizzlin into Summer' event last month, you know what a fantastic night it was! The Liberty Grand was the perfect venue to enjoy drinks outdoors on a hot summer night. The Latin sensations warmed things up a bit more later on in the evening with their sizzling entertainment. The show was great and everybody I spoke with had an amazing time.

I'd like to thank Jim Wade from MSM and DJ Massicotte from Performance Logistics for planning this spectacular evening. You really raised the bar WAY UP on this one. I'd also like to extend a HUGE Thank You to Mary Clarke from Air Canada Cargo for sponsoring our grand prize raffle draw.

Our next event is coming up in August and this one will be sold out soon.

It's our TTC Power of Education Golf Classic up in Toronto North. Well, not exactly, but it justifies a Toronto Transportation Club event in Muskoka. Nobody would ever say that our board isn't the greatest! Thanks John!

Join us on Thursday, August 23rd at one of the nicest golf courses in Ontario - The Rock. It caters to the most discriminating golfers, but yet it's still easy enough for a duffer like me.

This will be an all-inclusive event. What does that mean? There will be amazing golfer gifts and prizes courtesy of Titleist, Footjoy, Air Canada Cargo and many other kind folks who are sponsoring. It also includes all meals and refreshments on the course and many more surprises!

Following the golf tournament, we head across the street to the 5-star JW Marriott Rosseau Resort & Spa to check in, unwind, reconnect with old acquaintances and meet some new friends while enjoying a cocktail or two at our rooftop reception. This will be followed by a gourmet dinner and fine wine & cigar bar. Best of all, there are no worries about having to drive anywhere. Departure from the hotel will be on the following day.

This isn't your typical game of golf. This will be first class all the way! Treat yourself to a fantastic outing at one of the finest courses in Ontario. You deserve it!

Please click here to register for the TTC Power of Education Golf Classic. I hope to see you there!

 

Claudia

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


June 7, 2012

Happy June!

I'd like to extend a huge Thank You to everybody who came out to our golf tournament a couple of weeks ago. What a great day! The weather was fantastic, the greens pristine and even with a field of 288 golfers, we made it through the round in record time. Neil & Tim, thank you for once again for putting on a first class event!

Earlier this week, we held our last board meeting before we break for our summer hiatus. I can't believe half the year is over already. It seems the older we get, the faster time flies - Hopefully, not too fast over the next few months anyways.

I had a great time at our Quarter Century & Past Presidents meeting following the board meeting at St. Georges. It's always a pleasure seeing you guys. I really do enjoy hearing all the old stories and interesting chronicles from back in the day. Lots of laughs were had.

Moving forward, our next big event is coming up on June 20th. Please join us for transportation night. This year's 'Sizzling into Summer' is the quintessential motif to kick off the first day of summer. Yes, June 20th is the summer solstice and longest day of the year. And yes, we are expecting this event to continue well into the evening making the most of the day and the event.

If you haven't bought your tickets yet, order them before it's too late.This event will be like no other. If you attended Blues night last year, you would have been impressed with nonstop action throughout the course of the evening. This year's entertainment will surpass even that. You will be blown away by what you'll see.

Rather than stay home and sit on the sidelines or attend the same old 'rubber chicken' dinner that we've all had to sit through hundreds of times, try something different. When someone asks you how you kicked of the summer season, make it memorable and give them an answer they won't soon forget.

See you there!

 

Claudia

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


March 23, 2012

Happy Spring! For months, I've been looking forward to this time of the year with the clocks springing forward. It only means that golf season is just around the corner.

It's been a couple of months since my last blog and there has been a lot going on. We have been busy renewing memberships. I'm sure that most of you have spoken with Denise at some point in the last couple of months. The membership cutoff to be included in the 2012 roster is March 31st. If you're planning on renewing, I'd recommend that you do it before the end of the month to get your name and company listing included. Remember, you're also helping the scholarship fund!

We do have some recent noteworthy changes to the TTC board. Bruce Rodgers and Kathy Penner are no longer on the board. We wish them the best. We would like to welcome some new board members that have joined: Brad Bowering, Senior District Sales Manager, Peterbilt of Canada; Eric Carusi, General Manager from T.P.T. Systems a member of Transpro Freight Systems; and Kathy Cartan, President, Motive Media Fleet Graphics. Welcome! I'm looking forward to working with you all in 2012 and I know you'll all be a great asset to the board.

On the event front, registration is now open for our Spring Golf Tournament taking place at Lionhead on May 10th. Register early. This event has sold out early in the last couple of years and you don't want to miss it. Registration and sponsorship information for this event is listed on our website.

We have a couple of changes for other events. Unfortunately we had to cancel our wine tasting event. Our goal is to put on events that are both reasonably priced for our members, while allowing us a moderate profit to contribute to the scholarship fund. Unfortunately, in the initial planning, we could not get the numbers to work out to afford us that luxury. We may go back to the drawing board on that one for a later date.

On the positive side we have a new venue for Transportation Night. The date is the same - Wednesday, June 20th, but the location has moved to the Liberty Grand in Toronto. This unique setting will allow us to introduce an exciting new theme while accommodating even more guests this year for this popular event. Last year's transportation night was one of the best events in the history of the club. This year's theme will be hotter than ever! Ticket information will be released soon. Buy your tickets early before it sells out. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jim Wade (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Denise Cardy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We are finalizing the details on our Power of Education Golf Classic. For its inaugural year, this all-inclusive event will be held at one of Muskoka's nicest courses – The Rock, with accommodations at the 5 Star Marriott Rosseau Resort. This first class event will take place on Thursday, August 23rd. Mark that date on your calendar and stay tuned for further details.

I'd like to thank all of our members for your support of the Toronto Transportation Club. Your membership contribution really does make a difference to our club.

If you want to make an even bigger difference for your company, I encourage you to take full advantage of what our club has to offer. Please make a point to come out to our events. You will reap the benefits! The first analogy that comes to mind is that it's just like joining a gym. You can be a member, but generally things tend to work out a little better if you actually make the effort and go! Generally speaking, of course.

If you are a member that has joined in the last year, PLEASE COME OUT to our New Members' Reception on April 2nd, 2012 at St. George's Golf & Country Club – 5:00 pm. You would have already received an invitation, but just in case you didn't or have misplaced it, please call Denise Cardy at 416-886-5450 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is no cost but we do need you to register if you plan to attend. Don't worry about coming out on your own. You will meet some very nice people. I promise!

I hope to see all our new members at the reception on April 2nd and the rest of you at our Spring Golf tournament on May 10th.

See you there!

 

Warmest Regards,

Claudia

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


January 4, 2012

I'd like to thank everybody that attended our Annual Dinner earlier in December. With impressive attendance, extremely generous sponsorship from our industry leaders, and all of the hard working volunteers who contributed their time and efforts, the evening was a huge success. From what I've been told from one of our past presidents, we haven't seen that large of a gathering at a Toronto Transportation Club (TTC) event since before the Leafs won the cup in the 1960s. Wow! Are things finally turning around for the better now? Let's hope!

I've been a member of this organization for a number of years. When I first joined the TTC years ago, I thought the club was solely in existence as a social 'old boys club', even though they were kind enough to accept me and allow me to join at the time. The social aspect is strong, but it's not the only reason the club exists. We are here for a reason. Little did I know back then that the TTC was a non-profit organization raising money and awarding scholarships, dispersing hundreds of thousands of dollars to deserving students and families over the years. Fundraising for the scholarships are attained through memberships, advertising, and event attendance. That's where the social component and your participation are essential. A portion of your membership and event ticket sales all contribute to the scholarship fund.

If you have attended our events and aren't a member, I encourage you to become a member. Not only will you be helping to contribute to a very worthy cause, you'll also have the opportunity to meet and network with other industry leaders, while gaining additional exposure for your organization.

If you are a member, refer a friend and come out and attend our events. They really are a great way to spend time with friends and associates. Also, as a reminder, renewal time is upon us. Please help make our lives a little easier by renewing early. This will also ensure that your information gets updated on our website and in the roster.

I'm really looking forward to being your TTC President in 2012. My main priorities will be to continue to grow our membership base in all areas of the transportation sector and continue to increase the size and caliber of our events. As I mentioned during our annual dinner, we're adding a couple of new ones this year and hope to enhance our existing ones based on your feedback.

Our 2012 lineup consists of...

  • Ski Day – January 13th, 2012
  • New Members Reception – By invite only to new members who joined in the past year
  • Spring Golf – May 10th, 2012
  • Quarter Century Dinner – June 4th, 2012
  • Transportation Night – June 20th, 2012
  • Scholarship Golf Tour in Muskoka – August 23 2012
  • Race Night – September 19th, 2012
  • Annual Dinner – November 29th, 2012

 

Warmest Regards,

Claudia

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


October 24, 2011

Tempus Fugit!

Is it not amazing where the time goes these days? It only seems like days ago that I was writing my last blog article on the Transportation Club's race night at Woodbine, held on September 21st, 2011. It was a record turnout for the club and the event with some incredible racing and lots of fun for all who attended across the industry, friends and colleagues alike. Thanks again to the race night organisers, Dave Wood and Kelly O'Brien, with club secretary Denise Cardy supporting the team, who did a masterful job.

So now that we have race night behind us, it's a straight forward march to the Toronto Transportation Club annual dinner being held at the Royal York Hotel on Thursday December 1, 2011. Ron James will be with us for that event to entertain us throughout the evening. If you have not already, please order your tickets as soon as you can. There is an early bird special on until October 31st, so book early and save. This years event will also feature a silent auction, and The Royal York is once again offering a special room rate for anyone attending the dinner. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Finally, I want to take a moment to say a special thanks to two people from your transportation club board of directors. With regret, we see the departure from our board of Ms. Kelly O'Brien. Kelly was a member of your board of directors for 5 years. Her energy and commitment to detail was part of what has made the TTC events over the past 5 years as good as they have been. We are very grateful to have had Kelly with us and wish her much success in the industry moving forward. Also, as her term as past president finishes up in December 2011, we will sadly miss Ms. Kelli Saunders at our monthly board meetings. After over 9 years of very dedicated service, Kelli takes on a new role as a mentor to the board as a past president. It was truly an honour to have worked with Kelli during my tenure on the board. Thank you Kelli, we appreciate everything you have done for the TTC.

Thank you,

Gary A. Crowther

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


 

September 8, 2011

Welcome back! I hope you have many good memories to reflect on after a beautiful summer in Southern Ontario.

We are very pleased to welcome Peter Di Tecco, President Armbro Transport Inc. and Mary Clarke, Manager Domestic Canada Air Canada Cargo to our Board of Directors. Both Peter and Mary have extensive careers in Transportation and we are excited to have the additional support and assistance with the event planning, committees and various projects that place the TTC amongst the premier social organizations for transportation, logistics and other industry-related businesses.

The passing of Labour Day also launches the Toronto Transportation Club back into full swing for fall events, including the annual Toronto Transportation Club Night at the Races on September 22nd. This event is nearly sold out, so get in while you can. It is one of the most enjoyable events every year by all, and this year will continue in that fine tradition.

Also, as a reminder, the Annual Dinner for the Toronto Transportation Club will be held on Thursday December 1st at the Fairmount Royal York Hotel. Tickets are on sale at www.torontotransportationclub.com. This year, we are very proud to be featuring Mr. Ron James as our entertainment for the evening. Ron can be seen weekly on CBC on the Ron James Show. It should be a fantastic night, so order your tickets now. Numerous sponsorship opportunities as well as digital advertising spots are available for this evening. For additional information, go to our website, or contact Denise Cardy, Club Secretary at 416-886-5450.

I look forward to seeing all of you there, and a proud moment to be shared when passing the torch on to Ms. Claudia Milicevic, your 99th President of the Toronto Transportation Board.

Lastly, please take the time to renew your membership for 2012. Our scholarship fund counts on each and every one of you for support. Membership really counts to the kids!

Thank you,

Gary A. Crowther

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


 

June 23, 2011

Hey, what happened to Spring? I guess we are getting a typical Toronto spring. Furnace on in the morning, air conditioning in the afternoon! Well, the TTC is winding down for summer recess. On June 6, we held the Quarter Century Dinner at St. Georges, your host this year was the 2010 President Kelli Saunders. Unfortunately, I missed my first board meeting in two years and was unable to make the event. Kelli did a great job hosting, and welcomed our existing Quarter Century Members, and also welcomed new members to this very prestigious club. We were honoured to present Paul Keene, Stephen Sayers, John Merrylees, Ken McGrail and Jim Benniger with their 25 Year Pins this year. The Quarter Century Club is a very important component to the TTC and links our history with today. We could not be more proud of having over 100 members that have supported our Club for over 25 years.

On the new website, we have seen very strong results for searches reviewing our website. Latest analytics had us showing up in website searches in Brazil, India, and China. We are getting global attention which is very nice to see. We are currently in the final couple of weeks for receiving scholarship applications for this year's award. If you wish to submit an application, please contact Denise Cardy, Toronto Transportation Club Secretary at 416-886-5450.

A couple of quick notes about events coming up after summer recess. We will be once again hosting the TTC Annual Race Night at Woodbine on September 21 at 5:00 PM. Tickets are limited for this event, so before you go away on vacation, be sure to book your space for this event. It sells out early every year so don't miss out! Our Annual Dinner is coming up at the Royal York on December 1st and promises to be a fun filled night with plenty of comedy to keep us entertained. Once the contracts are signed, we'll post it on our website but get ready for a great evening.

So, it's off to the cottage, or away, and time to enjoy quality time with friends and family. On behalf of the Board of Directors at the Toronto Transportation Club, have a wonderful, safe summer. See you in September!

 

Gary A. Crowther

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


 

May 16, 2011

Spring is in full swing, and so was the TTC last week at Lionhead Golf and Country Club.

It's been a year of change for the club, and this year's events reflect the ever-changing Toronto Transportation Club.

Neil McKenna hosted the 2011 Golf event on May 5th, supported by co-chair Tim Boyce. They were lucky enough to time the day perfectly with the first real spring day of 2011. Great job on putting together a fantastic event. We keep setting the bar higher every year! Thank you Neil and Tim, and of course, Denise Cardy, for tying it all together.

Speaking of setting the bar high, if you missed Blues Night at the Palais Royale on April 14, it was perhaps the best spring event we have had in a decade. Jim Wade and his co-chair, DJ Massicotte, worked tirelessly to bring to The Toronto Transportation Club a fun and memorable night on the shores of Lake Ontario. We'll have to give both the Palais Royale and The Blues Brothers another look in 2012. The venue was perfect and the entertainment superb. It truly was an incredible evening that was enjoyed immensely by all who attended. A special thanks to Denise and Olga for all your help. Word is that Jim, not his wife, planned and arranged his own wedding. We're not surprised one bit seeing how well this event turned out!

We're quickly marching towards summer, with The Quarter Century Dinner, a special night where we recognize and celebrate the personal contributions of our Quarter Century members, being held at St. Georges on June 6th. We look forward to honouring the wonderful people who have been associated with the TTC going back to the 1960's and contributed to its long-term success. Past President Kelli Saunders is our host for this evening.

I'm very proud of the Toronto Transportation Club, and to be part of the changes in 2011 that have made the TTC the modern social network of transportation professionals it is today. Not only in Toronto, but across the entire country. This is the premier Club and I am happy to be a part of it.

Race Night at Woodbine (September 21, 2011) and The 99th TTC Annual Dinner (December 1, 2011) are approaching. Details for these upcoming events will be coming soon. You can also check for updates by visiting our events page or by calling Denise Cardy at 416.886.5450.

I look forward to any feedback you have on the Club. Please give me a ring or drop me a line with any suggestions you may have. We're always looking for ways to connect and improve.

 

Gary A. Crowther

President

Toronto Transportation Club 

 


 

March 23, 2011

Spring has finally arrived. It's been a long and tough winter for us here in the Toronto area, but thankfully it is now behind us all. And what better way to do it than to chase away the Winter blues at the TTC Speakeasy on April 14th. This event looks like one of the most entertaining and fun events we have ever held at the club. Jim Wade and DJ Massicote have put together an event that will be a night, not soon forgotten by those that attend. Check our events page for ticket details.

Rapidly closing in on us is the sought after TTC Spring Golf Event. We re-formatted our golf a couple of years ago and what a great decision that was. A fast moving 18 holes of golf, great food and prizes, and great networking before, during and after this event. This year, Tim Boyce and Neil McKenna are hosting the event on Thursday May 5th, 2011 at 11am at Lionhead in Mississauga. Please check the events calendar for ticket information.

The digital advertising window closes on March 31. If you wish to advertise at our events throughout the year, please give your club secretary, Denise Cardy a call at 416-886-5450. This will also be the close of the membership for 2011 as the roster publication will be available at www.torontotransportationclub.com to all members.

I look forward to seeing all of you, and enjoying some great time with each and every one of you this spring.

 

Gary A. Crowther

President

Toronto Transportation Club

 


 

Welcome to our new website!

Hello, and welcome to the new website for The Toronto Transportation Club. I've been President of the club for a very short time but already so much is going on for 2011.

Our web redesign introduces our club to the world of social media. We have also created greater functionality and exposure for the club and its members. We've added new features such as the message board, interactive online membership roster as well as updated the profile and gallery pages. We have also engaged in search engine optimization (SEO) techniques in order to increase our rankings on the web.

With new web advertising opportunities, participating members can raise their profile and have a quick link to their own company site. We have also initiated changes to generate more funding for our annual scholarship fund and have taken some big steps towards becoming a "greener" organization.

With a very successful 2011 Ski Day behind us, our volunteer committees are busy preparing for the next event ... Transportation Night, April 14th! You should have already received details but if not, our quick link to Events on our home page will have all the details posted and give you the convenience to register online! Also, check our Events page often for other great get-together opportunities to look forward to in 2011!

 

Gary A. Crowther

President

Toronto Transportation Club

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  • Train Trailer
  • Inlight
  • CN North American Railroad
  • H2O
  • Motive Media
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  • B2b
  • Cavalier
  • Fast Freight International
  • Canadian Pacific
  • Wilson Truck Lines
  • Roadies Shunt Services
  • Mid-west
  • Hallmark
  • Air Canada Cargo
  • Canadian Tire
  • SM FREIGHT
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  • PC Reefer
  • Clarke
  • JD Factors
  • Cervus
  • Kee Human Resources
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  • Manac
  • Pride Group Enterprises
  • Transcourt Tank Leasing
  • ITS Transport
  • Transpro Freight Systems
  • Critical Path
  • Tallman Group
  • Skydome
  • Wheels Group
  • Palmer Marketing
  • KAS Staffing
  • Polaris
  • Catalyst
  • Performance Logistics
  • Maritime Ontario
  • The Traffic Club of Montreal
  • DAMCO
  • Proactive
  • Trailer Wizards
  • C.H. Robinson
  • Reefer Sales
  • Landstar
  • Thermo King
  • NAL Insurance
  • Action Trailer Sales
  • TransCore Link Logistics
  • Everest
  • NMT
  • Trailcon Leasing
  • NTBA
  • OCR Canada
  • Falcon Express
  • CITT
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