About the Canadian Taxi Industry
As the only national association dedicated to our industry, the Canadian Taxi Association is committed to a vibrant and respected taxi industry across Canada by giving taxi operators a powerful voice at all levels of government and the support they need to succeed.
We work with our members across Canada to:
- improve service standards by sharing information with each other including best practices from proven operators in certain aspects of their business model.
- introduce new technology or new services to make their businesses more competitive.
- provide access to suppliers that can reduce operating costs.
- deliver consistent customer service across the nation regardless of city or locale.
We are proud to provide our members a network of programs, services and support that can enhance their ability to effectively and profitably serve their local communities. By working together, we can achieve our collective goal of advancing the reputation and credibility of Canada’s taxi industry.
Meet the CTA Executive Committee
MARC ANDRE WAY
President, Canadian Taxi Association
Mr. Marc Andre Way is the current President of the Canadian Taxi Association. He has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce with Honours from the University of Ottawa with a specialty in Marketing, Management and Finance. Mr. Way is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Coventry Connections in Ottawa since 2004; moreover he prides himself on carrying his family’s business as Co-owner Capital Taxi. He has over 25 years of experience in ground transportation with extensive experience in both taxis and limousine/executive sedan business as well as hands-on responsibility in running businesses related to real estate and corporate finance.
As an active member in the community Mr. Way holds a seat on the Transportation Committee of the Greater Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Taxi Advisory Committee of the City of Ottawa. He is also a member of National Limousine Association as well as the Taxicab, Limousine, Paratransit Association.
Executive Director of Operations and Member Services
Jim Bell brings over 30 years of industry experience to the Canadian Taxi Association. As President of Diamond Taxi in Toronto, as well as International Vice President for the TLPA (Taxicab Limousine Paratransit Association) Jim is well aware of the challenges that face today’s operators. Whether the issue is dealing with regulators, weighing which technological solution option is best for an operator of facing the new challenges head on from emerging illegal competitors Jim’s extensive industry and lifetime experience over will serve CTA members extremely well
As International Vice President for the TLPA (Taxicab Limousine Paratransit Association) and a CTA board member for more than twenty years, Jim is Subject Matter Expert (SME) in almost every aspect of the taxi industry and has spoken at international taxi and regulator conferences on a variety of industry topics ranging from providing on demand wheelchair accessible taxicabs to what features should a taxi phone app encompass. Jim also has developed an extensive worldwide network of major ground transportation operators over the years. This network has proved to be invaluable developing strategies and campaigns to combat disruptive and illegal industry competitors.
Jim has recently scaled back from his full time position as President of Diamond Taxicab in Toronto to be able to dedicate more time to serve the new CTA board and its members. “The Canadian Taxicab Industry needs the CTA more than ever to survive and compete with the changing marketplace. The CTA is a valuable resource to assist members in facing challenges in today’s world. Sometimes an operator can feel so isolated running their business and are unaware a solution to their problem is already out there. It can be accessed through the CTA.”
Vice President, Canadian Taxi Association
Kurt is the President of Checker Transportation Group in Calgary Alberta. In the 20 years as a dedicated and contributing member of his family business, Kurt has worked in all facets of the business.
Checker has proudly been servicing the transportation needs of Calgarians for over 40 years. Checker has grown from twelve full-sized luxury sedans, with drivers attired in suits into a full service transportation company that proudly has a fleet that consists of: 80 wheelchair accessible vans; 823 taxis
Over the past 20 years, Kurt has worked to maintain his core commitment to quality service, ongoing education, innovative technology, with the knowledge that a strong family is integral to being a better leader — a value instilled to him by his parents at a very young age.
Kurt’s contribution to the livery industry could well be summed up as driven by reputation. He knows better than anyone that it is not about where you go – it is how you get there.
Director, Canadian Taxi Association
Brian is the President and Operations Manager of Casino Taxi Limited in Halifax Nova Scotia. Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and joined the family business in 2001.
Casino Taxi, was founded in 1928 and is currently in its 3rd generation family ownership and operation. As a taxi dispatch company, Casino Taxi’s key focus is to deliver consistent, reliable, and equitable dispatch services to its 400+ independent contractor drivers, and countless end user consumers.
Brian credits the success of Casino Taxi to its management team which includes his sister, a Chartered Accountant, his wife an MBA and Certified Management Accountant, and his Brother in Law, an MCSE certified computer specialist.
Casino Taxi is always looking for ways to re-invest in its operations, build up its employees, and recognize its drivers because everyone’s collective successes foster a healthier organization. Their success is your success.
Director, Canadian Taxi Association
After graduating high school, in 1973, Dominique continued studying night school while working for Diamond taxi as a garage service man, at that time. Diamond was operating 12 service stations on the island of Montreal. In 1976, Dominique became manager of one of those service stations and promoted in 1985 to general manager for the service station division. Dominique’s career moved forward and was named general manager of Diamond Taxi in 1992. In 1995 along with 3 partners I acquired Diamond Taxi. By 2007, Dominique and his partners acquired 2 taxicab companies Lachine Taxi and Mr. Taxi.
Just recently, Dominique was appointed as treasurer of CPCDIT (Comité Provincial de Concertation et Développement de l’industrie du Taxi du Québec).
Treasurer, Canadian Taxi Association
Phil has been in the taxi industry since 1980 and is currently the President of Greater Edmonton Taxi Service Inc. (GETS) which operates 4 brands in Edmonton Alberta. Yellow Cab, Barrel Taxi, Prestige Cabs, and Checker Cab have proudly served Edmontonians for many years with courteous professional drivers providing quality service. Yellow Cab as the senior fleet, has been serving Edmonton since 1945.
As a member of Edmonton’s business community Mr. Strong is the Chair of the City’s Industry Advisory Group (IAG). He is also a member of the Edmonton Executive Association (EEA), National Limousine Association (NLA), and Taxicab, Limousine, Paratransit Association (TLPA).
Phil believes that sharing ideas and best practise between taxi companies is essential in re-energizing our industry to meet the challenges we are facing today and in the future.
Executive Assistant, Canadian Taxi Association
Agne joined Taxi Industry in 2014, bringing over 6 years of experience in both Hospitality Industry and an executive environment. She acts as an Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Coventry Connections. Prior to working with Coventry Connections, Agne worked at Ivey Spencer Leadership Center in London, ON. Agne has foreign education in Applied Mathematics, has graduated in Hospitality Management, and is currently working on a Business Accounting Diploma at Algonquin College.
Just recently Agne was appointed as an Executive Assistant at the Canadian Taxi Association.