The 2017 APNA Truck Show continued the trend of being the largest truck show in Western Canada by setting new records. Everyone expected a great show and after two days, those expectations were met and exceeded.
The management team of the APNA Truck Show is proud to report that the 2017 show was a great success, breaking all previous records. The first day started as a soggy one, but the afternoon brought sun and smiles. Crowds gathered, exhibitor booths were full, and when visitors left, there were smiles all around. This year, the biennial show, which took place at Tradex in Abbotsford, BC on June 10-11, set an all-time attendance records, with over 11,500 registered attendees and over 3,000 attendees who were let in due to the huge lines. Huge lines tend to be a common place at the APNA Truck Show, both inside and outside of the show. With almost 15,000 attendees, this year’s show surpassed the previous record set in 2015. In addition, exhibitor presence increased by 50%, again solidifying APNA’s popularity in Western Canada.
Since 2010, the APNA Truck Show become to be known as the most anticipated truck show in Western Canada, with exhibitors and attendees coming from as far away as California and Toronto. This year, in conjunction with SafetyDriven, a Speaker Series was added, which included talks by retired CFL All-Star Shae Emery and dietician/media personality Diana Steele, as well as a COR Panel discussion, facilitated by Jag Dhatt and featured Earl Galavan, Colette Mondin, Brad Wilson, and Laurel O’Donnell.
Last year, the APNA Truck Show gave away a custom-built Harley Davidson motorcycle valued at over $17, 000. This year, in association with Kingpin Trailers and Hyundai Translead, APNA Truck Show was proud to give away a 53-feet dry van trailer, valued at over $40, 000. The trailer was won by Hardev Bajwa, who incidentally also bought another flatbed trailer at the show. Said Wesley Schneider, CEO of Kingpin Trailers, “We are very happy with the show this year and that we worked closely with the APNA team to make this trailer give-away possible. With all proceeds going to the Children’s Wish Foundation, it’s a win-win for everybody involved.” When asked if Kingpin Trailers and Hyundai Translead would do something again for the next APNA Show, Schneider answered, “You BET!”
After a very busy Saturday, guests looked forward to the Cocktail Party and VIP Dinner Event. These two events gave industry professionals a chance to mingle in a social setting, where they enjoyed great food and beverages. As in previous years, the VIP Dinner Event is also the venue where funds are raised for a worthy cause. In 2015, the VIP Dinner Night raised over $23, 000 – this year, this year, we are pleased to announce that a record-setting $47, 500 was raised for the BC/Yukon Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Christine Sorensen, who co-hosted the event with Jag Dhatt, was amazed by the generosity of those in the trucking industry, saying, “I cannot believe how giving the industry is. I certainly look forward to the next show.”