May 12, 2011 - 8 years ago
By Supply Post
The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has appointed Louise Yako as President & Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2011.
BCTA is a province-wide non-profit motor carrier association formed solely to advance the interests of British Columbia motor carriers. Founded in 1913, BCTA represents for-hire and private carriers hauling every conceivable type of freight, including manufactured goods, heavy specialised commodities, bulk products, household goods and general freight. The Association also represents motor coach, courier, ready-mixed concrete and waste management companies and suppliers to the industry.
Louise Yako has served BCTA for the past 15 years, first as Manager of Government and Inter-Agency Affairs, then as Director of Policy and Communications and most recently as Vice President of Policy, Communications and Partnerships.
Louise brings to her new role extensive experience with BCTA policy development and advocacy initiatives as well as firmly established relationships with government contacts and those of other organizations. As President & CEO she will be responsible for the overall management and direction of BCTA and for promoting the interests and image of its members and the trucking industry to governments, the business community and the public.
Louise is a founding Director of the Transportation Career Development Association (transCDA) and a member of its Governance Committee. She also serves on the Boards of the Asia-Pacific Gateway Skills Table and Motor Coach Canada, and is a member of numerous committees, including the Lower Mainland Container Forum, the Steering Committee of the International Mobility and Trade Corridor, and the Driver Training, Licensing & Training Research Group of the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council.
She has trained with the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds an MBA from UBC and an Honours Bachelor of Journalism with Political Science from Carleton University.