On June 4th, 2014 Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGT) held its 10th annual Truckers’ Appreciation Day. For the 10th consecutive year, the team at MGT and the numerous truckers in attendance enjoyed good food, mutual admiration, and great weather at Sections 62 and 77.

Annual Truckers Appreciation Day has become an important occasion for the management of MGT which hosts this event in tribute to truckers. The social gathering provides the opportunity for trucking companies and their personnel to meet informally with the management and personnel of MGT.

Approximately 1,200 truckers attended the event, and each driver was presented with a commemorative T-shirt and treated to breakfast and a BBQ lunch as a symbol of MGT’s appreciation of their hard work and valuable partnership in delivering reliable, timely service. “This event is about camaraderie and showing our appreciation for the people who drive such an important part of the supply chain, literally,” explained CEO Michael Fratianni. “As our world becomes more global, the importance of an interconnected transportation system in which all parties – including terminals and trucking – work seamlessly together is crucial. We are all part of the same global supply chain. The responsibility of the transportation business in greasing the wheels of international commerce cannot be overestimated,” he added.

“It was rewarding to see the warmth and human connections that are forged by all of these people who rely on each other in a spirit of teamwork,” explained Josée Bergeron, Director of Human Resources – Administration, who recently joined MGT and coordinated her first Trucker’s Appreciation Day. “I was honoured to be a part of an event that celebrates the people who make international commerce seem effortless as we go through our everyday lives,” she added.

As in recent years, MGT made available a collection box to receive donations to help the Mariners’ House of Montreal in their efforts looking after the needs of seafaring crews passing through Port of Montreal. This year a donation of more than $3,000 was made to the Mariners’ House as a result of the generous truckers in attendance and MGT’s matching funds.