Industries need champions. Champions deserve recognition. That’s what the BCTA does each year at its annual conference when it hands out awards.
This year’s Service to the Industry Award went to Ken Johnson of Ken Johnson Trucking Ltd.
The award recognizes someone who is providing positive leadership and is actively involved in the industry and their association.
In his speech, presenter Greg Munden described the many ways Ken is helping to advance safety, fairness and professionalism in the industry.
Ken has been on BCTA’s Board of Directors and served on numerous committees. He has also been the primary industry resource for the B.C. Spill Preparedness and Response initiative, volunteering countless hours of his own time.
TransCAER, or the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response initiative, has also benefited from Ken’s attention. It helps to educate first responders and the public about tanker-truck emergencies. He has gone above and beyond by having his operation follow the “Responsible Care” guidelines of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada and participate in almost all of TransCAER’s large events.
What Ken might be best known for is raising the bar for professionals in trucking. As Greg said about Ken when presenting him the award, he is “the ultimate PTD” (professional truck driver). Ken is on the record as stating he believes drivers aren’t professionals simply because they make a living in the industry. Attitude and actions determine one’s professionalism.