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Metro Truck Driving School Joins TTSAO Family

The TTSAO is proud to announce new school member Metro Truck Driving School. Welcome to the TTSAO family and you can learn more about Metro Truck Driving School at www.metrotrucktraining.com


Metro Truck Driving School Metro-School-Logo
Address: 6985 Davand Dr.
Suite 11 Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7
Phone: 905-673-1441
Fax: 905-673-1989
Contact: George Cierpich
Email: metrotruckschool@gmail.com
Website www.metrotrucktraining.com

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There’s an Angel Among Us!

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is wrapping up their annual convention in the United States this week and every year they announce a driver for their Highway Angel Award. The Highway Angel Award goes to a driver for their bravery or heroic efforts on the road. The drivers are not just changing a tire for someone on the side of the road, they are saving people from life and death. The award has been around for a while as there have been many drivers honoured as recipients of the award.

This year is extra special for a number of reasons. The first reason is that the award has gone to a Canadian driver and the second reason is the award has gone to a driver for Challenger Motor Freight a well known Canadian carrier among our ranks. The Angel is among us!

John Weston has received the Truckload Carriers Association’s

John Weston-Challenger
Picture by Challenger Motor Freight

Highway Angel of the Year Award for his heroic actions on two occasions in 2017. On one occasion Weston noticed a vehicle in a ditch and pulled over to check out the situation, finding a Mother and her children in the car. He kept them warm in his truck until emergency vehicles arrived. On the second occasion Weston stopped to assist at an accident with two trucks and stayed to comfort a driver trapped in his truck who passed away while Weston was comforting him. Congrats to John Weston for being the hero that he is and representing our industry in such a positive way.

You can read the full story on Truck News through the link below on John Weston receiving his award:
https://www.trucknews.com/transportation/canadian-driver-wins-highway-angel-award/1003084675/

You can learn more about John Weston on Challenger’s website by clicking the link below:
https://www.challenger.com/challenger-angel-john-w/

The trucking industry has had a long history of being Angels of the Highway whether saving someone’s life or just helping someone change a tire. For many it is not about the heroics, but just helping people. Trucking is a people business either dealing with customers, inspection officers, or the general public. Truck drivers have big hearts and it has been shown again and again through heroic efforts like John Weston displayed or the drivers that turn out year after year to support causes like Special Olympics and Trucking for a Cure.

Driving is tough enough on its own. Driving safely in traffic, being professional with customers, and battling the elements like weather takes professionalism and nerves. Drivers like John Weston have climbed the ladder a few notches higher by being Highway Angels. Thank you John for heroism.

Are you looking to work for good carriers and create a career you can be proud of? If so check out the TTSAO Hiring Event happening on May 26th, 2018 in Mississauga. Click here for more details. http://ttsao.com/2018/03/07/ttsao-announce-hiring-event-may-26th-2018/

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, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. 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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CHET Awards Driver for Passing 3000th Road Test

Commercial Heavy Equipment Training (CHET) hit a big bench mark when a student passed their test recently. Student Russell Stoney passed the 3000th road test  with the training school.

Russell Stoney was awarded a gift from the training school and is currently enrolled in the 200 hour certified program with the school. Congratulations to Russell for passing his test and CHET for hitting test number 3000.

Russell Stoney-CHET

About CHET

Commercial Heavy Equipment Training Ltd. (CHET) was formed nearly 20 years ago, in 1997, as a subsidiary of the Musket Transport Ltd. to provide a high caliber of training to the industry through its graduates. Most transportation companies now demand that new drivers graduate from a certified training program as a prerequisite to employment. Learn more at www.chet.ca

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TTSAO Wraps Up 2018 Conference

The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) just TTSAO Conference 2018wrapped up their 3rd annual conference on March 1st of 2018. With a full house present TTSAO kicked off the conference with a bang. Their was a real difference in output and planning with this years conference and it was highly noticed. I have been to many conferences and the conference this year started off to a great start.

Day one began with the TTSAO Carrier Group and newly formed TTSAO Insurance Group holding town hall styled meetings with information on how they are planning to create community within the memberships of the TTSAO. Both meetings were well attended and the information covered was well received.

The next event was the Annual General Meeting and I have to say that I have been to many AGMs and very few have attendance where it was standing room only. The TTSAO has a lot of things going on for the future and apparently many wanted to hear how things would be progressing.

Once the meeting wrapped up it was time for the Conference Cocktail Party sponsored by Revolution Staffing. Held in the area with the sponsors the cocktail party offered beverages and food and a presentation from Kelly Henderson of the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council on Millennials and how to attract them to the industry.

Day two of the conference started out with the MTO presentation on M.E.L.T (Mandatory Entry Level Training) and an insurance panel focused on the myth of young people being allowed to drive at an early age and how to make sure anyone is qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. Guy Broderick of the Carrier’s Group was the moderator and host for the conference this year and did a great job.

TTSAO Conference 2018

Young people were front and centre at the conference as the next two presentations spoke to members of the PMTC Young Leaders Group and a student panel from drivers currently going through training programs. Both presentations offered a look at what young people are looking for in a career and how they are looking for those careers. These were very informative sessions that were of real interest to the audience.

After a great buffet lunch a few key people were recognized for their contribution to the industry and TTSAO membership. Claude Chaulk of Manitoulin Transport received the Industry Service Award for his years of dedication and service to the industry. Also receiving the Appreciation Award was Charlie Charalambous for his dedication and service to the TTSAO and their membership. Congratulations to both gentlemen.

TTSAO Conference 2018

The afternoon sessions wrapped up with a presentation on diversity with Jane Jazwary of Carrier’s Edge talking about women and culture in the workplace and how to make the workplace more appealing for the future. The final presentation was the five year outlook with Lou Smyrlis and a panel of industry executives discussing the future of the industry and where technology and regulations will be taking us over the next five years.

So the TTSAO wraps up this conference with a strong focus to the future. Their next event is the Industry Hiring Event happening on May 26th, 2018 in Mississauga and they have already set the date for their 4th Annual Conference happening on February 27-28th, 2019. Stay tuned to the TTSAO website for updates and information as they take truck training into the future.

To see more pictures form the 2018 conference click here!

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, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. 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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Claude Chaulk and Charlie Charalambous Receive Industry Awards

Two key people were recognized for their contribution to the industry and TTSAO membership at the 3rd Annual Conference.

Claude Chaulk of Manitoulin Transport received the Industry Service Award for his years of dedication and service to the industry.

TTSAO Conference 2018

Receiving the Appreciation Award was Charlie Charalambous for his dedication and service to the TTSAO and their membership. Congratulations to both gentlemen.

TTSAO Conference 2018

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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TTSAO Insurance Group Is Formed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 12, 2017 – Hamilton, ON:

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce the formation of the TTSAO Insurance Group. Following the successful launch of the TTSAO Carrier Group in 2016 the TTSAO Board of Directors felt that an Insurance Group would add additional value to its membership as the association continues to grow.

The insurance group consists of brokers and insurance company ttsao logorepresentatives who are associate members of the TTSAO. The TTSAO has always viewed insurance companies and brokers as an extended customer of the TTSAO schools. Following a student’s successful completion of a TTSAO course it is very important to carriers to ensure students are insurable so that industry can hire them. The TTSAO Membered Schools certify thousands of students every year and are the number one supplier of entry level graduates collectively to the industry in the Province.

Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance has been appointed by the newly formed group as the chairperson. Arseneau has been in involved in the trucking industry, on the insurance side, since 1987. She played an instrumental role representing insurance companies during the drive for the voluntary apprenticeship program for commercial drivers in Ontario.

Arseneau says, “As an insurance professional, I am very excited to Lisa ArseneauChair the newly formed Insurance Group. We have already had great response from the Insurance Industry and our first meeting this past week demonstrated that. Having representation from all of the major truck insurers is imperative for our group to be effective. We look forward to working with the TTSAO on lobbying efforts, instructor certification/recognition and insurance driver eligibility”.

For more information visit www.ttsao.com or contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca or (905) 699 – 8837

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance – larseneau@staebler.com or (519) 743-5882

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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

www.challenger.com

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TTSAO Appoints Additional Directors

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce the appointment of three additional Board of Directors to the current roster.

Mike Millian– President, Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC)
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Client Services, Making Eligibility Easy (MEE)
Ed Popkie – President, 5th Wheel Training Institute

These individuals were appointed by the new Board of Directors, ttsao logowhom officially took their seats July 1st 2017. With the appointment of these industry veterans and leaders the TTSAO will continue to strive for excellence as they move forward as an association.

The next TTSAO general meeting will be held on September 12, 2017 at the ISB Canada – Making Eligibility Easy offices in Milton Ontario. The agenda includes a TTSAO carrier group meeting from 8:30-9:30am (carriers only) followed by a General Meeting from 10am-12pm.

For more information, contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

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

 

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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 www.zavcor.com.

Welcome Zavcor Training Academy to the TTSAO family.

Zavcor Training Academy
Contact: Sarah Dekker
Email: sarahd@zavcor.com
Address: 3650 Eagle Street
Stevensville, ON L0S 1S0
Phone: 289 321 1063 Toll Free: 1-800-668-7666
Fax: 905 382 6666
Website: www.zavcor.com

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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
Email: admin@torontotruckdrivingschool.com
Phone: 416 675.7500 Fax. 416-674-7908
Address: 225 Claireport Crescent, Toronto ON M9W 6P7
Website: www.torontotruckdrivingschool.com

Toronto Truck Driving School

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