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PMTC Announces YLG Trail Membership Offer

For Immediate Release

PMTC Announces YLG Trail Membership Offer

Milton, On: Today the PMTC is announcing a special offer to the young leaders, or future young leaders of the Transportation Industry. “The PMTC believes the Youth are the Future of our Industry, and an age group that we as an industry must do a better job of engaging.” Stated PMTC President Mike Millian.

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“At the conclusion of our Annual Conference in June, the interest from young people outside of our current membership to get involved was very strong. The YLG Leadership group came to our Board and asked for this special trial membership to reduce the barrier to an introduction to the YLG. Our Board fully supported this at a recent Board meeting, and as such we are now announcing this special offer to the public.”

Membership in the PMTC Young Leaders Group is a bargain at only $110.00 per year. For this fee you will receive many benefits, including an invitation to PMTC Board Meeting and YLG Board Meetings. You will receive member only pricing for Educational Seminars, Networking events, YLG Events, and the soon to be announced YLG “Driven to Lead” Educational Program. You will be on our email distribution list to be notified of any and all upcoming educational and networking events.

Normally to be eligible to become a PMTC YLG Member, your parent company would be required to be a PMTC Principle or Associate Member. To encourage more Youth to become active in our Industry and our Association, we are waiving this requirement for a 1-year term. If you are 40 or under, and involved in the transportation Industry, you are eligible for a 1-year YLG Trial Membership, with out the requirement of your parent company being a member. Once the one-year term is up, your company would then be required to become a PMTC member for you to remain a YLG Member. This gives you one year to become involved, see the value of the PMTC YLG, and the PMTC, before your company having to commit to becoming a full PMTC member.

Contact Vanessa at the PMTC office for more details at info@pmtc.ca., or by calling 905-827-0587. We believe you will see the value in joining our Young Leaders Group and taking advantage of this offer.

 

 

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TTSAO 2017 Election Results – June 14, 2017 – Hamilton, ON

For Immediate Release
The TTSAO Elections were held on June 01, 2017 at Marsh Canada Limited (120 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON) at 9:00am. Thank you to all members who stood for this year’s election – the interest shown for being on the TTSAO Board of Directors has never been greater. The 2017-2019 TTSAO Board of Directors takes effect on July 01,
2017.

Congratulations to the following candidates who will serve the 2017-2019 term:

President: Kim Richardson, Kim Richardson Transportation Specialist Inc.
Vice President: Yvette Lagrois, Ontario Truck Training Academy
Secretary: Jack Lochand, Alpine Truck Driver Training
Treasurer: Philip Fletcher, Commercial Heavy Equipment Training

Directors: Kenneth Adams, Crossroads Training Academy (Ottawa/Smiths Falls) Sean Essner, Modern Training Ontario
Jacquie Labute, Northstar Truck Driving School
Brian Pattison, Northern Academy of Transportation Training
Many thanks to the current TTSAO Board of Directors who have helped build the association to where it is today. Their hard work and dedication over the past few years have strengthened the TTSAO and their expertise was fundamental for the growth of the association.

Chairman of the Board, Kim Richardson, KRTS Transportation
June 2015-Apr. 30 2017
President: Yvette Lagrois, Ontario Truck Training Academy
Vice President: Robert Barclay, Crossroads Training Academy (Kingston/Belleville) Secretary: Jay Pootha, Jays Professional Truck Training Centre
Treasurer: Jim Campbell, Ontario Truck Driving School
Directors: Charlie Charalambous, ISB Canada – Director of Communication & Public Relations
Mike Millian, President of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada Geoff Topping, Challenger – Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group Rick Geller, Marsh Canada Limited
Dwight Nelson, Commercial Heavy Equipment Training
Kevin Pattison, Northern Academy of Transportation Training
Ed Popkie, 5th Wheel Training Institute

For more information, contact:

Kim Richardson – President, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at krichardson@krway.com

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations,
TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

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Should you attend a truck show in Quebec even though you are from Ontario?

ExpoCam 2017 launches tomorrow in Montreal, Quebec. ExpoCam is the sister show to Truck World which happens in Toronto every other year and was here last year. The two shows alternate years from Montreal to Toronto and are generally the largest shows of the year. The flavour of each show ranges from days that are very corporate in nature to a family event on the Saturdays. So should you attend?

If you are interested in truck shows then you should attend. Many however feel that because the show is in Quebec that it is not something that is worth attending if you are from Ontario. Oh sure there will be a few language barriers, but most people speak English as well so that shouldn’t be an issue. Many drivers think carriers in Quebec are not looking for drivers from Ontario, not necessarily true. So should you attend?

The truth is that you may be missing some major opportunities by not attending the show. If you are a new driver this is an important show to attend. In order to know this you have to take a look at how the two Provinces work together and the landscape of the trucking industry in Canada.

Let’s take a look at the carriers themselves. If you look at many of the larger carriers like CAT, SGT, Bison, Challenger and many others they all have locations in Ontario and Quebec among other Provinces. You will also find other carriers that may not have locations in Ontario but operate throughout Ontario and that may give you opportunities that you may not come across in Ontario truck shows. From a carrier standpoint it is is a good idea to visit the show for job opportunities.

If we look at the logistics landscape we find more reasons to attend the show. Toronto to Montreal is a major freight corridor not only between the Provinces, but through to the United States as well. Many carriers have freight that operates throughout the two Provinces in a regional type of operation. I have had many friends over the years that have operated Toronto to Montreal as part of their normal operation with dedicated freight.

If you are in the job market as a driver and have the time and access to visit the show then it would be worth the trip. You will see many vendors and carriers from Ontario which will offer you increased networking opportunities. Many say that the Montreal show has a different flavour than the Toronto show and the plus is that it is in Montreal. Montreal is a beautiful city and has great amenities and attractions for those attending the show. So get your friends together, jump in the car and head off to the show. The show starts on April 20th at Bonaventure Place in Montreal. You can learn all the details on the ExpoCam website at http://www.expocam.ca/# . Get your resume up to speed, plan the show, and have some fun. Enjoy!

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, podcast host, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Gordon Foods Hosts March 2017 TTSAO Meeting

A big thank you to Gordon Foods Services for hosting the March 2017 TTSAO meeting. Attendees were shown an excellent time with gfs-logoa tour of the facility, food, refreshments, and  raffle prizes.

In addition the company also announced a special offer for Full Membered Schools in the TTSAO family. Look for more information in your minutes to follow.  Here are some pictures from the event.

Thank you Gordon Foods Services for a great meeting.  You can learn more about Gordon Foods Services at www.gfs.com

About the TTSAO

The TTSAO envisions that through the co-operation and joint efforts of all schools involved and the industry itself, specific standards and educational programs can be set for drivers that will not only prove more realistic but much more effective than those currently being put into place by various government agencies.

“Striving For Success In Training”

For more information on the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario please email ttsao@ttsao.com or call 1-866-475-9436

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TTSAO Meeting Hosted by Gordon Foods Services-March 22, 2017

The next TTSAO meeting will be hosted by Gordon Foods Services in Milton, Ontario.

TTSAO General Meeting Mar 22

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TTSAO Conference Committee Donates to Convoy for The Special Olympics

February 22st, 2017 – Hamilton, ON – For the second consecutive year the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Conference Committee made a donation to Convoy for Special Olympics – Paris, Ontario.
In lieu of gifts for speakers the TTSAO conference committee last Convoy for Special Olympics Donationyear decided to take that money along with some additional funds raised from the conference and make a donation to a great cause hosted by the trucking industry.
“You make a living by what you earn and you make a life by what you give. The TTSAO is proud to be part of the Convoy for Special Olympics in Paris, Ontario” commented Charlie Charalambous, Director of Communications and Public Relations and Committee Chairman of the TTSAO.
Tammy Blackwell accepted the donation on behalf of the Convoy at a special presentation made at the 2017 TTSAO Conference – Striving for Excellence in Training.  Blackwell has been the longtime event coordinator and says ” I have seen the impact the Convoy has had over the years, not only on the athletes but with the drivers. This event and the relationships between the athlete and the truckers go beyond just one day”.
The funds raised from Convoy go right back to the athletes and the community and helps pay for such things as sports equipment, facility rentals and it companies transportation for the athletes. For the trucking industry hosting a Convoy brings awareness. When a large number of trucks travel down the 401 and through the community in support of a special Olympics it makes quite an impact.
The TTSAO Conference Committee encourages its school members and trucking companies to put a truck in the Convoy in 2017 and help raise some much needed dollars for a great cause. This year’s Convoy will be September 16th, 2017 in Paris, ON with move in and industry celebration on Friday the 15th.
For more information, contact:
Tammy Blackwell – Chairperson – tblackwell@kwtoronto.com or 519-577-2556.
Kim Richardson – Chairman, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at krichardson@krway.com
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

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TTSAO Conference 2017 a Big Success

The second annual TTSAO conference was a big success. There were many great panels and the Mike and Stan Show was fabulous. The focus of the conference was on the image of trucking and how to attract people to the industry.  Below are a few pictures from conference and make sure you don’t miss next year by signing up for the TTSAO newsletter.

About the TTSAO

Thanks to the concerted efforts of a number of professional training organizations, the commercial trucking industry here in Ontario may soon see some significant changes for the positive.

A large number of Registered Private Vocational Schools and other organizations, specializing in truck driver training came together to formulate the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario. One of the TTSAO’s principle concerns is to ensure that all drivers entering the field maintain a minimum level of knowledge and ability consistent not only with the needs of their employers, but for the safety of the general public with whom they interact with each day.

The TTSAO envisions that through the co-operation and joint efforts of all schools involved and the industry itself, specific standards and educational programs can be set for drivers that will not only prove more realistic but much more effective than those currently being put into place by various government agencies.

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Join the TTSAO Networking Event!

The TTSAO is holding a networking event at their annual conference happening next week. Network with people in the industry in a relaxed setting.

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TTSAO Finalizes conference agenda

The conference agenda for the TTSAO conference has been finalized and is ready for the upcoming conference on February 15-16, 2017. Packed with a super line up of presenters and sponsors the 2nd annual conference is proving to be quite a success.  If you haven’t already registered for the conference it is advised you do so immediately as seats are going fast. See you there!

Check out the agenda! 2017 – Agenda (Final)

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About the TTSAO

TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

 

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Improving the Image of Trucking at the TTSAO Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2017 – Hamilton, ON – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) continues to release details about their upcoming 2nd annual conference, “Striving for Excellence in Training”, scheduled for February 15th and 16th, 2016 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga Ontario.
As part of their full agenda for the conference the TTSAO has announced that David Geene, the Executive Director, Georgia Trades Training Inc. will moderate the “Improving the Image of Trucking Panel”.
Included in this panel will be Annie Kidder of People for Education, Chris Harris from Safety Dawg Inc., Alyson Truax an Employment Ontario Councilor, Jacquie Latham from the Ontario School Counselors Association and more. They will be discussing how young people and unemployed Ontarians view the trucking profession in this province and how we can improve this as an industry.
David says, “According to many sources, the trucking profession in Ontario is facing significant shortages in the near and more distant future. As students come through school and enter the work world, there are many competing interests as those young people make decisions about what they want to do. These influences include parents, friends and family members, teachers, school guidance counselors, the media, and employment counselors. This exciting panel will focus on how can the TTSAO and carriers reach out to young people and their families? How can those who influence career decisions be more aware of the benefits of a career in trucking? How can we improve the image of the trucking profession in Ontario?”
The conference is once again laid out in a two-day format; day one will include a TTSAO Carrier Group Meeting, a TTSAO Board of Directors’ Meeting (Directors only) followed followed by the Association’s Annual General Meeting which is open to all members and those who are thinking of joining. After the General Meeting, there will be a cocktail party and registrants will be able to visit companies and sponsors who are participating in the trade show. A full day of exciting presentations and panels will take place on Day 2.
Once again John G. Smith, Editor of Today’s Trucking, has agreed to serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
Don’t miss out on this great event – TTSAO Members and Associate Members for only $199.00 plus HST per registrant and $249.00 plus HST for non-TTSAO Members.
If you are a non-TTSAO member who would like to join the TTSAO and attend the conference please contact Kim Richardson, TTSAO Chairman of the Board, to discuss a special discounted rate.
The conference registration form, agenda, sponsorship details and more information are available at TTSAO.com.

For more information, please contact:
Kim Richardson – Chairman, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at krichardson@krway.com
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – Northbridge Office – 1-800-265-7173 or cell (416) 473-3986 or by email at charlie.charalambous@nbfc.com

David Geene, Executive Director, Georgia Trades Training Inc. (GTTI) – (905) 722-6300, ext 201 – dgeene@gtti.ca

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