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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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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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Zavcor Training Academy joins the TTSAO as a full member school.

The latest full member to join the Truck Training Schools Association Zavcor logoof Ontario is Zavcor Training Academy.  To learn more about the company please visit their website at

Welcome Zavcor Training Academy to the TTSAO family.

Zavcor Training Academy
Contact: Sarah Dekker
Address: 3650 Eagle Street
Stevensville, ON L0S 1S0
Phone: 289 321 1063 Toll Free: 1-800-668-7666
Fax: 905 382 6666

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“Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It” seminar on Wednesday January 25, 2017

Driver Check for their “Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It” seminar on Wednesday January 25, 2017. It will be an open-platform discussion that will feature industry experts presenting about the challenges of cannabis in the workplace. Presentation topics will include workplace drug policies, the effects of marijuana on one’s duty to perform safety sensitive roles and the legal dos and don’ts for when implementing testing programs.

Please see the attached flyer for all the details!

Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It – TTSAO print out
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The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada has announced regional seminar-Thursday January 26th in Guelph, On.

For Immediate Release

Milton, On: The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada has announced it’s next regional seminar in it’s ongoing series of Cross Country Educational half day conferences. The next seminar will be held on Thursday January 26th in Guelph, On.

The seminar will run from 8:30am to 11:30am and will cover two topics, which will bring value to employees and employers from many different sectors of the Transportation industry. One of the advantages of being a member of the PMTC is that the PMTC actively seeks opportunities to provide its Members with access to leaders in the trucking industry who provide practical solutions which can be implemented into everyday policies and procedures.

The Topics being covered are 3rd party Contracts and Mandatory Entry Level Training

3rd party contracts between shippers and carriers

Private fleets are in a unique situation when compared to for hire carriers, or shippers of products. While Private Fleets main purpose is to deliver the product or service of it’s parent company to it’s customers, in almost all cases, in addition to utilizing their own Private Fleet, some of the company’s products will also be handled by for hire or dedicated contract carriers. This being the case, the parent company that the Private Carrier belongs to, must ensure it has proper 3rd party contracts in place to protect its products and customers. More and more, Private Fleets are also using backhauls to subsidize their private fleet operations. In this case, the fleet becomes a for hire operator for a period, and as such, they must ensure that any 3rd party contract that they sign does not put them in a legal black hole should a claim occur.
In this seminar, Richard Lande and Heather Devine, two of this country’s most prominent Transportation lawyers, will take attendees through what needs to be in a contract to protect their interests.
“Many companies do not have comprehensive contracts in place with 3rd party trucking companies”, explains Richard Lande. “Many shippers mistakenly believe a carrier may shy away from such a document, when in fact many best in class carriers will have their own contract to recommend to their core customers”
Richard and Heather’s presentation will review a standard contract and explain the “must have” clauses, as well as the non-essential clauses which are non-the less beneficial. They will also discuss additional elements that must be found in specific contracts for hauling such products as TDG, pharmaceuticals and food products.
Lastly, now that you know what should go in a contract between a shipper and carrier, the duo will take you through the steps on how to effectively implement the contracts.
Mandatory Entry Level Training

As of July 1st, 2017, no one will be able to challenge a full class A road test in the Province of Ontario without first completing and passing a mandatory entry level training program that has been approved by the Province, and provided by a Training Facility that has also been approved by the Province. What will this mean for the transportation industry? How will the supply of drivers be affected? In this seminar, Kim Richardson, the Chairman of the TTSAO, and the President of KRTS, will take attendee’s through the Mandatory Entry Level Training Program in the Province of Ontario, where we were, our current state, and what it will mean going forward.
Register now
Space is limited, so people are encouraged to register early by contacting Vanessa Cox at Registration is just $25 for a PMTC member, and $100.00 for a non member. Sponsors are also being welcomed, if you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Vanessa for details. Location details will be provided upon registration.
About our presenters

Richard Lande
Richard Lande, Senior Partner for the Private legal practice of Lande and Langford, has specialized in Transportation Law for over 40 years, and has offices in Ontario and Quebec. Richard’s recent focus has been assisting companies with their driver and shipper contracts, helping deal with issues pertaining to freight brokers, as well as contesting Highway Traffic Act violations. Richard is a current elected Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation. Richard has authored eight law books over his years in the law practice. He graduated from McGill University, University of Montreal and Bath University (UK) with a PhD in Transportation Management. He was the first Canadian to win the Railway Medal, given by the Chartered Institute of Transport. He has also been a transportation Fellow at Oxford University, as well as a visiting Fellow at the Bureau of Transport Economics in Australia.  His legal practice encompasses manufacturers, as well as carriers in Canada and the United States.

During his career, he has formed over 20 purchasing groups and among them, one represents some of the manufacturers of the finished vehicles in Canada, such as BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Subaru. Richard has organized a transportation conference in Toronto for the past 30 years (

Richard has been the President of National Transportation Week, as well as the Canadian Division of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

Heather Devine
During her fifteen years of practice, with appearances in all levels of Provincial and Federal Courts, in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta, Heather, of Isaacs and Co, frequently embraces complex, challenging matters where victory is not obvious.

Heather develops and implements the strategy, budgeting and case management of complex litigation for private, public, national and international clients.
Recently Heather has expanded her focus to assist clients with contracts and agreements to minimize their risk. She ‘Canadianized’ the TIA shipper-broker, broker-carrier agreements as part of her work on the Transportation Intermediaries Association Contract Committee. She has experience advising clients how to risk manage the movement of bulk commodities, foodstuffs, perishables and hazardous materials.
Kim Richardson
Kim Richardson has been in the transportation industry for 34 years. Currently he is the President of KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. a multiple award winning family owned and operated business. Under the KRTS group of Businesses is Transrep Inc. and The Rear-View Mirror. Kim is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Truck Training Association of Ontario (TTSAO), Board of Director of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI). He is the past Chairman of the Board for the Allied Trade Division of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and a Board of Director with the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) representing the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario(TTSAO). Kim is a proud husband, dad, grandpa and loves his community, Caledonia, Ontario.

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DriverCheck Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

On September 14th DriverCheck will be holding their 20th Anniversary party and is inviting all those that would like to attend. Information on the event is listed below.

driver check ad

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Toronto Truck Driving School Becomes Member of TTSAO

Please welcome Toronto Truck Driving School to the list of accredited schools with TTSAO. They can be contacted through the information below.

Toronto Truck Driving School
Contact: Supinder Wraich
Phone: 416 675.7500 Fax. 416-674-7908
Address: 225 Claireport Crescent, Toronto ON M9W 6P7

Toronto Truck Driving School

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Ontario Fire Academy Moves to Accredited Membership with TTSAO

Ontario Fire Academy has moved from Associate Member with the ontario fire academy logoTTSAO to an Accredited School Membership due to the increase in their programs and customer base. Ontario Fire Academy is located in Mono Ontario. you can learn more at

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Mike McCarron receives first ever lifetime membership from TTSAO

Mike McCarron received the first ever lifetime membership from TTSAO. Mike and LeftLane Associates was hired by by TTSAO to lead them at their strategy session. The main goal of the sessions was to lay the foundation for the direction of the TTSAO.

You can learn more about the TTSAO at

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TTSAO Gives Thumbs Up to MELT-Press Release


May 31st, 2016 -­‐ Hamilton, ON  –  The  Ministry  of  Transportation ttsao logo of  Ontario  (MTO)  was  quick  to  react  to  the   Truck  Training  Schools  Association  of  Ontario  (TTSAO)  for  not  endorsing  the  draft  standards  of  Mandatory  Entry   Level  Driver  Training  (MELT)  in  Ontario.  After  numerous  meetings,  since  the  TTSAO’s  response  to  the  MTO  and   the  transportation  community,  the  association  has  agreed  to  endorse  the  current  draft  standard.  Senior   representatives  from  MTO  has  made  the  commitment  to  ensure  all  concerns  raised  by  TTSAO  will  be  addressed   prior  to  the  full  implementation  of  MELT  in  2017.

“Our  executive  team  and  board  of  directors  along  with  the  TTSAO  Carrier  Group  were  all  very  pleased  with  the   end  result  of  the  recent  conversations  and  commitment  of  the  MTO.  They  have  agreed  to  a  timeline  to  ensure   the  concerns  raised  by  our  members  will  be  dealt  with”  said  Kim  Richardson,  Chairman  of  the  Board  for  The   TTSAO.

In  a  recent  press  release  TTSAO  could  not  endorse  the  draft  standard  because  of  key  issues  still  being  left
unclear  to  the  association  and  its  membership.  These  concerns  included:

  • -­‐ Instructor  qualification  criteria
  • -­‐ Minimum  requirements  for  training  on  standard  transmission
  • -­‐ A  clearer  definition  of  on-­‐line  training
  • -­‐ Road  test  booking  procedures  and  vehicle  configuration  for  testing
  • -­‐ Night  time  training
  • -­‐ Maximum  training  hours  per  day
  • -­‐ Clearer  definition  of  hour  breakdown  of  in  yard  training
  • -­‐ Verification  of  training  hours

Mike  Millian  President  of  the  Private  Motor  Truck  Council  (PMTC)  and  board  of  director  of  the  TTSAO   commented,  “The  MTO  has  been  great  to  work  with  through  this  entire  process.  Their  engagement  with  all   stakeholders  has  been  appreciated,  and  necessary,  to  ensure  this  standard  was  a  close  to  perfect  as  possible.   Their  recent  response  to  the  TTSAO’s  concerns  was  appreciated,  and  showed  their  commitment  to  ongoing   engagement  with  all  stakeholders.  We  look  forward  to  continuing  to  work  with  the  MTO  on  MELT  going   forward”.

Some  of  TTSAO’s  issues  fall  under  the  Private  Career  College’s  and  the  Ministry  of  Training  Colleges  and   Universities.  The  TTSAO  and  MTO  have  agreed  to  work  together  along  with  the  TTSAO  Carrier  Group,  membered   insurance  companies  of  TTSAO  and  other  industry  stakeholders  to  ensure  all  areas  are  addressed.

Geoff  Topping  Chairman  of  the  TTSAO  Carrier  Group  and  Senior  Director  of  HR  at  Challenger  Motor  Freight   commented  “Great  progress  has  been  made  in  this  process  to  insure  the  MELT  Standards  meet  the  needs  of  all   Stakeholders  and  most  importantly  help  the  province  of  Ontario  to  be  leaders  in  Transportation  Safety.  Various   groups  and  associations  have  all  worked  together  with  the  MTO  to  insure  that  this  standard  will  produce  high   quality  drivers”.

The  TTSAO,  along  with  their  industry  partners  believe  that  keeping  on  track  with  the  timeline  set  by  the  Minister
of  transportation  is  important  for  all  involved  and  the  new  standard  for  entry  level  commercial  driver  is  critical
to  eliminating  the  licensing  mills  and  ensuring  entry  level  commercial  drivers  are  properly  educated.

For  more  information  about  this  Press  Release:  

Kim  Richardson  –  Chairman,  TTSAO  –  KRTS  office  –  1-­‐800-­‐771-­‐8171  x  201  or  cell  –  905-­‐512-­‐0254  or  by  email  at

Mike  Millian  –  President,  Private  Motor  Truck  Council  of  Canada  –  Office:  905-­‐827-­‐0587,  Cell:  519-­‐932-­‐0902  or
by  email  at

Geoff  Topping  -­‐  Director  of  HR,  Challenger  Motor  Freight  519-­‐653-­‐9770  ext.  2624  or  by  email  at

Charlie  Charalambous  –  Director  of  Public  Relations,  TTSAO  –  Northbridge  Office  -­‐  1-­‐800-­‐265-­‐7173  or  cell  (416)
473-­‐3986  or  by  email  at

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