Scott Smith Named Chairman of Canadian Trucking Alliance

Jan 01, 2019
The Canadian Trucking Alliance has named Scott Smith, president and CEO of JDSmith as its new Chairman.

Born and raised in a proud trucking family (which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019) Smith has been a passionate and tireless supporter of the CTA and the Ontario Trucking Association, which he also served as Chairman between 2004-2006.

He has always been on the frontlines in elevating the industry's image as well as promoting landmark safety initiatives and responsible trucking, such as the association's campaign to introduce speed limiter legislation in Ontario.  He is the current chair and dedicated advocate of the OTA Education Foundation, and a board member of the charitable Trucks for Change Network.  Scott also received the prestigious OTA Service to Industry Award in 2014.

Scott credited his father and grandfather for instilling in him the loyalty and dedication toward industry associations- a tradition he is proud to continue.

They were insistent that in an industry as fragmented as trucking, it needs to find a common voice and that any efforts you expend in participating in your industry advocacy is a responsibility to be taken very seriously.

In his role as Chairman, Scott says he looks forward to seeing through many safety, labour and environmental initiatives CTA is working on, such as the implementation of electronic logging devices across Canada and solving the driver shortage, among other things.  He says a better understanding of regional priorities and encouraging closer relationships between carriers to find solutions to the many challenges facing the industry remains a priority.

To secure CTA's future, Scott says it will be his mission to find new ways to get the next generation of trucking leaders involved in the Alliance. "We need to get emerging leaders more involved at the national level and help foster and facilitate actions that make us relevant to the next generation of leaders in our industry."

Congratulations Scott!