ExpoCam 2017 launches tomorrow in Montreal, Quebec. ExpoCam is the sister show to Truck World which happens in Toronto every other year and was here last year. The two shows alternate years from Montreal to Toronto and are generally the largest shows of the year. The flavour of each show ranges from days that are very corporate in nature to a family event on the Saturdays. So should you attend?
If you are interested in truck shows then you should attend. Many however feel that because the show is in Quebec that it is not something that is worth attending if you are from Ontario. Oh sure there will be a few language barriers, but most people speak English as well so that shouldn’t be an issue. Many drivers think carriers in Quebec are not looking for drivers from Ontario, not necessarily true. So should you attend?
The truth is that you may be missing some major opportunities by not attending the show. If you are a new driver this is an important show to attend. In order to know this you have to take a look at how the two Provinces work together and the landscape of the trucking industry in Canada.
Let’s take a look at the carriers themselves. If you look at many of the larger carriers like CAT, SGT, Bison, Challenger and many others they all have locations in Ontario and Quebec among other Provinces. You will also find other carriers that may not have locations in Ontario but operate throughout Ontario and that may give you opportunities that you may not come across in Ontario truck shows. From a carrier standpoint it is is a good idea to visit the show for job opportunities.
If we look at the logistics landscape we find more reasons to attend the show. Toronto to Montreal is a major freight corridor not only between the Provinces, but through to the United States as well. Many carriers have freight that operates throughout the two Provinces in a regional type of operation. I have had many friends over the years that have operated Toronto to Montreal as part of their normal operation with dedicated freight.
If you are in the job market as a driver and have the time and access to visit the show then it would be worth the trip. You will see many vendors and carriers from Ontario which will offer you increased networking opportunities. Many say that the Montreal show has a different flavour than the Toronto show and the plus is that it is in Montreal. Montreal is a beautiful city and has great amenities and attractions for those attending the show. So get your friends together, jump in the car and head off to the show. The show starts on April 20th at Bonaventure Place in Montreal. You can learn all the details on the ExpoCam website at http://www.expocam.ca/# . Get your resume up to speed, plan the show, and have some fun. Enjoy!
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, podcast host, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com