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2011 Truck Driving Championship

The 2011 OWMA Truck Driving Championship had 57 drivers registered to participate in one of the association's best anticipated events ever. This year's event was held at Waste Management Corp. of Canada's superb facility in Toronto. It was a...

The 2011 OWMA Truck Driving Championship had 57 drivers registered to participate in one of the association’s best anticipated events ever. This year’s event was held at Waste Management Corp. of Canada’s superb facility in Toronto. It was a great course and an excellent day for all drivers and guests.

The 57 waste sector drivers competed in four categories (Front End, Rear Loader, Special Services, and Roll Off) for the honor of being “Waste Industry (Ontario) Truck Driving Champions” and continuing on to represent their companies at the Ontario Championships being held on July 8-10, 2011 in Milton, Ontario. The OWMA is very proud to have the support and sponsorship from members and local community companies. The following is a list of sponsors who made the event a success.

  • BFI Canada Inc.
  • City of Toronto
  • GFL Environmental Corp.
  • Green Lane Trust
  • Mack Trucks Canada Inc.
  • Miller Waste Systems
  • Niagara Waste Systems
  • Sandhill Disposal & Recycling
  • Waste Management of Canada Corp.

The OWMA would like to thank Waste Management of Canada for the use of their facility and their continuous support and assistance. A very special thank you to Miller Waste Systems for the use of their equipment and the support we received before, during and after the competition and to all of our sponsors, committee members, “on-site” volunteers and drivers and guests. The OWMA would like to recognize the efforts of the committee members and their companies who work hard all year long to ensure a smooth operation, an appropriate location and a fair competition. Special thanks to: Bill O’Meara (Miller Waste Systems, Markham), Craig Nelson (Sandhill Disposal & Recycling, Caledon), Devin Reesor (GFL Environmental Corporation), and Milt Hiles (BFI Canada Inc.) as well as the many other volunteers who show up to lend a hand.

Without our judges, there would be no competition and this year the judges were instrumental in making the day run smoothly. There are always the supporters who come out every year to “cheer” on their favorites, too.

A very special thank you to the companies who donated their trucks for the setup on Friday and the competition on Saturday: BFI Canada Inc., Miller Waste Systems and Waste Management of Canada.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner – Kevin McSorley of Waste Management of Canada, Ottawa – and to our Rookie of the Year – Paul McKee of GFL Environmental Corporation, Hamilton. Also to all other category drivers and winners – congratulations on a job well done – the category winners received their plaques and prizes along with the respect and admiration of their companies, competitors and the over 180 people who attended the event. We congratulate the following individuals who will be competing at the provincial championships:

  • Jody Crooks (BFI Canada, Ottawa)
  • Mark Smith (Waste Management, Stoney Creek)
  • John Mackie (Waste Management, Concord)
  • Kevin McSorley (Waste Management, Ottawa)
  • Ryan Morrison (Miller Waste Systems, Markham)
  • Shawn Boyd (Waste Management, Sudbury)
  • Darlene Fortney (City of Hamilton, Hamilton)
  • Patrice Brissette (GFL Environmental Corp., Hamilton)
  • Darrin Piddington (BFI Canada, Bracebridge)
  • Paul McKee (GFL Environmental Corp., Hamilton)
  • Trevor Laronde (Miller Waste Systems, North Bay)
  • Brad Zandbergen (BFI Canada, Ottawa)

Congratulations to all winners and good luck at the provincials! See you in London Ontario in 2012!

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