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MELT – The First 120 Days-Press Release


MELT – The First 120 Days

November 17, 2017 – Hamilton, ON: On December 12th from 10am – 12 noon at one of the TTSAO carrier group facilities a presentation will be made by Ministry Officials on the first 120 days of MELT. The Linamar Corporation, located at 700 Woodlawn Road West in Guelph, will be hosting this free event open to any interested industry stakeholders. Those already confirmed to be in attendance include private and for hire carriers, insurance, government, schools and other industry representatives.

Recently the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) hosted a round table ttsao logodiscussion with the TTSAO and Serco to review what has transpired since the implementation of MELT with a focus on Commercial Class A Road Tests. During that meeting the MTO and the TTSAO discussed plans to address the concerns raised about commercial class A testing and the delivery of the road test. The Ministry wanted to release specific details about the actions that have been taken to date and to identify additional recommendations that will improve commercial driver testing services. It is the goal of both parties to work together to address all issues that have been ongoing throughout the province at the drive test facilities.
Some of the recommendations the TTSAO brought forward included the possibility of drive test centers being available for testing on Saturdays, quicker turnaround times for those who failed their first test and designating a TTSAO school member’s location to conduct road tests specifically for its members only.

Charlie Charalambous, TTSAO Director of Communications and Public Relations, says, “The TTSAO is very pleased that the Ministry and Serco representatives took the time to host the roundtable discussion. Both parties shared their open and honest feedback on how things are going and I believe that we are looking at some positive changes for everyone involved. We are looking forward to continuing the conversations and sharing the information at our December 12th open General Meeting”.

The full membered schools of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario are the largest user of Serco in the province of Ontario for commercial AZ licenses. The TTSAO’s membership represents the majority of truck training schools in the province. The association has relied on the TTSAO Carrier Group and other industry stakeholders to assist in offering direction and advice to improve road safety in the province.

Those who register will also learn about what the MTO has planned for future engagement with industry stakeholders moving forward. To register please contact or 416.623.5461.

For more information, contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO –



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Challenger Holds Annual Job Fair-Saturday November 25th, 2017

This Saturday November 25th  2017 Challenger is holding their annual job fair in Cambridge! Please feel free to encourage any of your current and past students to come out to see all the opportunities available to them.

Challenger Job Fair

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TTSAO Opens Early Bird Registration for 2018 Conference

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has opened the Early Bird registration for their 2018 conference. Attendees that register before January 15th, 2018 will have their name entered into a draw to win a $200 Best Buy Gift Card. Click the link below to  register today!

2018 Conference Registration Form (fillable)

Best Buy Gift cardLearn more about the conference here!

TTSAO 2018 Conference Ad

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TTSAO shows major presence at safety conference!

The Fleet Safety Council had their 26th annual conference last week and members of the Truck Training School Association were present to take advantage of the content and information coming in the industry. TTSAO was a proud sponsor of the conference. Below are some pictures of the day.

About the TTSAO

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is committed to providing the trucking industry with the highest quality driver training programs for entry-level individuals that earn and maintain public confidence, adhering to sound and ethical business practices.

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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.


“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, 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,

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

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations,


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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 . 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

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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

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 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 – 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
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO –


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