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PIT Group announces highlights from its 2015 conference


MONTREAL, Que.–FPInnovations’ Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) Group, a not-for-profit engineering and research group for the North American trucking industry, presented highlights of its second annual gathering, held February 25-26 at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

PIT Conference 2015, Innovation Has No Borders, featured opening remarks by the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. The conference also included a series of panel discussions, during which Canadian and U.S. fleets, along with industry leaders and innovators, explored solutions for a stronger North American trucking industry.

“PIT Conference 2015 was about sharing ideas and information,” said Yves Provencher, director of the PIT Group. “Open conversation between carriers, industry leaders, influencers, and suppliers about what works and what doesn’t is very beneficial. Together at PIT Conference, fleet operators, developers and manufacturers shape advances that could improve and redefine the North American trucking industry.”

With an increase in participation by U.S. fleets this year, PIT Group fleet members attended PIT Conference 2015 to voice their needs. Suppliers also presented their latest technological advances and gained fleet feedback. This year, exhibitors were each allowed two minutes at the opening reception to showcase their products. Attendees then voted on the best presentation, with the winner receiving another ten minutes to present the next day.

The expanded two-day format of PIT Conference 2015 included the following sessions:

  •  Impact of Rules and Legislation on Fleet Operating Costs where Canadian Trucking Alliance and American Trucking Associations executives discussed current and new regulations that fleets can expect. Additionally, fleet representatives from Bison Transport and YRC Worldwide discussed how the rules have affected their operations and how they will prepare for the future.
  • Alternative Fuels provided a new perspective on natural gas and scrutinized success factors based on the real world experience of Canadian fleet C.A.T. and Ryder Systems.
  • Investing in our People for a More Efficient Fleet featured a panel discussion about training and understanding the best way for people to learn. Instead of asking, “What if we train them and they leave?” attendees were advised to instead ask, “What if we don’t train them and they stay?”
  • Mastering the Reliability Challenge: Technical or Human Issue? during which the President of Navistar Canada, a Canadian Volvo dealer and a fleet discussed the technician shortage, offered practical advice and suggested ways to work toward solving this industry-wide challenge.

In addition, the PIT Member Annual Advisory Meeting took place, including the presentation of the 2014 Annual Report and consultation with members for 2015 projects. PIT Group members comprise a group of over 50 dues-paying fleets from across North America that utilize the engineering and technical expertise of the PIT Group to evaluate and provide unbiased results on a wide range of technologies.

“As one of the first companies to join PIT Group back in 2008, SLH realized early on the joint values and common goals we shared for innovation, environmental sustainability and enhanced industry education and training,” said Fowler, who is also the vice president of the cross-border trucking services provider . “We are honored to be part of this event,” said Brent Fowler of SLH Transport Inc. , who served as honorary president of PIT Conference 2015.