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PMTC’s Young Leaders to hold General meeting December 18th and raise money for food bank

The Young Leaders Group (YLG) of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) is hosting their annual Christmas breakfast and general meeting.

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The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in Cambridge, ON at Sharp Transportation Systems’ offices located at 1225 Balmoral Rd. Registration will be from 8:00am until 8:30am. The meeting will begin at 8:30am with the general meeting followed by a career story with guest speaker Shari Lagala, Health and Safety Training Manager at Patene Building Supplies. The meeting will wrap up at 10:30.

Both PMTC members and non-members are welcome. If you are 40 and under, not currently a member of the PMTC and are interested in the PMTC Young Leaders Group, please feel free to register to attend and learn about this great group! The cost to register is a donation to the food bank. The YLG will be accepting monetary and/or food donations which will go to the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank.

Matt Richardson, PMTC YLG Chairperson, had this to say about the upcoming event: “The PMTC YLG is happy to be completing our 3rd annual Christmas meeting and educational session. The turn out the past couple of years has been great and we are hoping the same for this year. As in previous years, the event will feature a charity component with donations (food and monetary) being accepted for the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank. This is an excellent opportunity for PMTC and PMTC YLG members to support the Cambridge Food Bank heading in to the holiday season, along with getting together for a networking and learning opportunity”.

To register, e-mail info@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587.  Space is limited so don’t delay!

This seminar is being offered as part of the YLG’s mission to bring value to the next generation through education, discussions and networking. We’d love to see you there. Get out! Get involved! Get inspired!

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TTSAO Announces Results of Second Careers Survey

Attached are the results of our survey.
This document will be used tomorrow at our meeting with MTCU.TTSAO-logo-2018 Phil, Lisa and Guy, thank you for committing to attend. We had a tremendous response regarding the survey from full membership and we had 99% response from board members who own or manage schools. It would have been nice to have 100% from our board members who own schools but you don’t always get what you ask for. Thank you to those who participated and feel free to share this document with the world. Thank you for your commitments to making the TTSAO a better Association.

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About the TTSAO

The TTSAO is membership of accredited truck training schools, carriers, insurance members, and associate members helping make the truck training industry in Ontario a better place. You can learn more at www.ttsao.com

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TTSAO Instructor of the Year Award

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 18th, 2018 – Hamilton, ON: The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce a new award to be presented annually to honor commercial driver instructors.

The first ever TTSAO/Paybright Commercial Driving Instructor of TTSAO-logo-2018the Year award will be presented to a successful recipient at the 4th Annual TTSAO Conference scheduled for February 27th and 28th 2019. The TTSAO has appointed a committee to review all applications submitted by TTSAO schools and carriers. The successful candidate will need to meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • Minimum 10 years verifiable experience
  • Clean abstract
  • Must be employed at a TTSAO School or TTSAO Carrier Member
  • Must be a full-time employee of the school or carrier

The committee will also review the following to support the candidates application:

  • Any volunteerism, community and industry involvement
  • Support letters provided by their employer, customers or industry associates
  • Any certifications achieved

Charlie Charalambous, Director of Communications & Public Relations for the TTSAO Commented “This award will go a long way to recognize the commercial driving instructors that provide excellent training, coaching and mentoring for our industry”.

“As a partner for the TTSAO PayBright offers students financial PayBright-logoassistance to get certified training with TTSAO accredited schools and we’re proud to sponsor this award” said Ryan Kellock, Director of Business Development at PayBright. “We’re honored to co-sponsor this award and am sure it is going to a well deserving school and partner”

For more information on the award criteria and how to submit an application please email ttsao@ttsao.com or visit ttsao.com.

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

Kim Richardson – Chairman, 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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TTSAO Instructor of the Year Award

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 18th, 2018 – Hamilton, ON: The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce a new award to be presented annually to honor commercial driver instructors.

The first ever TTSAO/Paybright Commercial Driving Instructor of TTSAO-logo-2018the Year award will be presented to a successful recipient at the 4th Annual TTSAO Conference scheduled for February 27th and 28th 2019. The TTSAO has appointed a committee to review all applications submitted by TTSAO schools and carriers. The successful candidate will need to meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • Minimum 10 years verifiable experience
  • Clean abstract
  • Must be employed at a TTSAO School or TTSAO Carrier Member
  • Must be a full-time employee of the school or carrier

The committee will also review the following to support the candidates application:

  • Any volunteerism, community and industry involvement
  • Support letters provided by their employer, customers or industry associates
  • Any certifications achieved

Charlie Charalambous, Director of Communications & Public Relations for the TTSAO Commented “This award will go a long way to recognize the commercial driving instructors that provide excellent training, coaching and mentoring for our industry”.

“As a partner for the TTSAO PayBright offers students financial assistance to get certified training with TTSAO accredited schools and we’re proud to sponsor this award” said Ryan Kellock, Director of Business Development at PayBright. “We’re honored to co-sponsor this award and am sure it is going to a well deserving school and partner”

For more information on the award criteria and how to submit an application please email ttsao@ttsao.com or visit ttsao.com.

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

Kim Richardson – Chairman, 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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TTSAO Put Hold on $40 Cap Stakeholders Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 17, 2018 – Hamilton, ON: The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Board of Directors decided recently to postpone the industry stakeholders meeting that was originally set for June 19th in Toronto. With the upcoming election the government now enters into “caretaker” mode. The TTSAO was advised by Ministry of Advanced Training and Skills Development (MAESD) officials they could not participate in the June 19th industry stakeholders meeting until the new government was elected and out of caretaker’s mode. Although there were over 50 stakeholders willing to participate in the meeting the Board of Directors felt it would be in the best interest of all parties to wait until MAESD could actively participate. Since the fall of 2017, the TTSAO has been corresponding and meeting with the MAESD to increase the cap that is put on tuition for commercial truck driving schools in the Province of Ontario.

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The TTSAO has been supported by the Insurance industry, Carriers and industry associations such as the Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC) and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) all who agree that the tuition cap needs to be raised. The $40.00 Cap has been in place since the fall of 2009 and continues to put tremendous financial pressure on educational facilities who offer commercial driver training. The TTSAO membered schools are a major resource and pipeline of employment to the transportation industry. TTSAO schools graduate thousands of commercial drivers annually and are a major resource to companies hiring entry level professional drivers.

PMTC President, and TTSO Board member, Mike Millian corresponded to MAESD in November of 2017 and said “do we really want to risk sending these new drivers into the industry unprepared and trained on outdated equipment and with underpaid instructors? If we do not address the $40.00 Cap, this is exactly what we are at risk of doing, as schools will be forced to close their doors or find was to cut costs to stay in business”.

Also supporting the hike in tuition is the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA). Stephen Laskowski, OTA President says “It is important that Ontario creates incentives for Second Career applicants when they select truck driver training as an occupation. The introduction of MELT, combined with a 2009 Government of Ontario decision to restrict Second Career funding for truck driver training to $40.00 per hour, there exists a significant barrier to entry for Second Career applicants into our sector.”

At previous meetings with MAESD the TTSAO outlined the increases of costs including; fuel, maintenance, insurance, wages, rent, utilities and government audits. The $40.00 Cap no longer covers the cost of Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training for Class A Drivers, imposed on Truck Training Facilities. Overall costs have gone up in some areas as high as 40%. Lisa Arseneau, Chairperson of the TTSAO Insurance Group, which is represented by most of the commercial insures responsible for writing truck insurance, has attended all meetings with MAESD on behalf of the insurance companies and has also corresponded with MAESD, “we have reviewed documentation supplied by the TTSAO which provides evidence that current fees cannot support the ongoing and rising expenses associated with training and producing quality drivers. If the cap is not addressed we expect that, over time, despite all the efforts from the truck training schools, our new drivers will not be as qualified and this will increase in the number of accidents on our roads as well as the severity of those loses”.

Ed Popkie, President of 5th Wheel Training Institute and a TTSAO board member, participated in the original meeting with MAESD and says “Since November 2009, PCC’s have had their Truck Driver programs capped at $40 per hour by Service Ontario’s Second Career Funding.  The same is not true for Community College Truck Driver programs, where no Second Career hourly funding cap exists.  It’s time to make funding for Second Career the same regardless of whether Truck Driver training is offered by a PCC or a Community College.”

The TTSAO looks forward to rescheduling the stakeholder’s meeting as soon as the government is out of caretaker mode and MAESD is able to attend.

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

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

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance, Chairperson TTSAO Insurance Group, TTSAO Board of Director – larseneau@staebler.com or (519) 743-5882

Mike Millian – President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, TTSAO Board of Director – Office: 905-827-0587, Cell: 519-932-0902 or by email at trucks@pmtc.ca

Ed Popkie – President, 5th Wheel Training Institute, TTSAO Board of Director epopkie@5wti.com or 888-701-8759

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KRTS Wins Business Excellence Award

Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists have won the Haldimand KRTS LogoCounty Business Excellence Award for companies with 10 employees or more. Congratulations to the team at KRTS for winning such a great award.

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KRTS Wins Business Excellence Award

About KRTS

At Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists Inc. we offer extensive knowledge and experience in the training and education industry, whether you are a company or an individual looking to be a Professional Operator. www.krway.com

 

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OTA Asks Education Ministry to Boost Funding for Driver Training

OTA Asks Education Ministry to Boost Funding for Driver Training

(Dec. 14, 2018) — The Ontario Trucking Association is appealing to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to open funding for commercial truck driver training through the ‘Second Career’ government funded programs.

In a letter to the Strategic Workforce Policy and Programs Branch, OTA pointed out the higher costs for truck drivers to receive training under mandatory entry level training (MELT), combined with 2009 Government of Ontario decision to restrict Second Career funding for truck driving to $40 per hour, created a significant barrier to entry for Second Career applicants into the trucking sector at a time when demand for truck drivers continues to increase.

MELT, which was strongly supported by OTA, requires a minimum number of training hours student must receive when obtaining their class A licence – 36.5 hours in the classroom; 17 hours around the vehicle and 50 hours behind the wheel, for a total of 103.5 hours.

Most Second Career funding applicants choose truck-driver as their first choice for funding but find it difficult to benefit from the program, says OTA.

With MELT training being mandatory at 103.5 hours, Second Career applicants receive just over $4000 in funding while MELT programs currently cost between $7000 and $7500. OTA says that closing this gap would help lessen the impact of the ongoing truck driver shortage in the industry.

“OTA understands most Second Career training applicants receive close to full funding for their selection. OTA is asking the Ministry to review the $40 per hour cap and institute a funding policy which would allow applicants selecting truck driving as a second career to receive adequate funding for their selection,” OTA wrote.

Marco Beghetto | VP of Communications & New Media,
Ontario Trucking Association/Canadian Trucking Alliance
Phone: 416-249-7401 | Fax: 1-866-713-4188

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TTSAO Announces Addition to Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 24, 2018 – Hamilton, ON:

On Tuesday January 16th the Truck Training Schools Association of Lisa ArseneauOntario (TTSAO) Board of Directors voted unanimously to create a new seat on the board. This new seat was created to include the newly formed TTSAO Insurance Group. Lisa Arseneau, current chairman of the insurance group, will fill the new seat. Arseneau has been in involved in the trucking industry, on the insurance side, since 1987.

Arseneau says, “With the trucking industry being so Driver reliant, graduates are going to play a vital role. I applaud my insurer partners for recognizing and participating in the TTSAO Insurance Group in such a positive fashion. I am very honored to be accepted to the TTSAO Board and look forward to an exciting year!”

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.

Charlie Charalambous, TTSAO Director of Communications and Public Relations says, “The TTSAO Board of Directors is very excited to include representation from the Insurance Group on the Board. Lisa brings many years of knowledge and passion for the industry and we are all excited to have her on the board as we continue to grow the association”.

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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PMTC’s YLG “Driven to Lead” Education Program

Milton, Ontario: The Young Leaders Group (YLG) of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) ‘Driven to Lead’ program is sponsored by KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. (www.krway.com) and TransRep Inc. (transrep.ca).

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The ‘Driven to Lead’ program is an experiential, practical leadership program that will take participants through hands-on and impactful exercises focusing on topics like culture, teamwork, accountability and strategy. It is intended for both up-and-coming and current leaders who are looking to advance and develop their personal and professional skills.

The program will be facilitated by Eagle’s Flight (www.eaglesflight.com) at their facility in Guelph, Ontario. Eagle’s Flight is known as a global leader in education for their approach to delivering training programs that are business-relevant and invoke lasting behavioral change.

The program consists of four separate full-day modules. Participants can elect to complete the entire ‘Driven to Lead’ program or select individual modules. Graduates of the entire program (all four modules) will receive free registration for the PMTC’s annual conference in June 2019 where they will be presented with their diploma. Graduates of individual modules will receive a certificate of completion for the module(s) they complete.

The ‘Driven to Lead’ program will commence in 2018. The full-day program modules have been scheduled for the following dates:
September 19, 2018 = Creating a Culture of Accountability
November 21, 2018 = Building and Leading Teams
February 20, 2019 = Communicating for Impact
May 15, 2019 = Coaching for Results

Both PMTC members and non-members are welcome. Registration costs for the program are as follows:

PMTC member
· Entire program (four modules) = $1,800*

· Per program module (one module) = $500*

Non-member
· Entire program (four modules) = $2,300*

· Per program module (one module) = $625*

* Registration costs are subject to HST

Not a member of the PMTC and the YLG? Take advantage of our trial membership offer. For $110, you can experience the benefits of YLG membership and member pricing for a 1-year trial period. For more information, e-mail Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587.

The YLG and PMTC want to recognize the ‘Driven to Lead’ program’s platinum sponsors, KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. and TransRep Inc. Your support of this program has made it possible and we are truly grateful for your partnership.

To register for the entire program or individual program modules, e-mail Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587. More information about the training facility and program schedule will be provided upon registration.

This program is being offered as part of the YLG’s on-going mission to bring value to the next generation through education, discussions and networking. Get out! Get involved! Get inspired!

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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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