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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 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 –

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



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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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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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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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TTSAO Announces John G. Smith 2017 Conference Master Of Ceremonies

August 8th, 2016 – Hamilton, ON – John  G.  Smith,  Editor  of  Today’s  Trucking  will  be  the  Master  of   Ceremonies  for  the  TTSAO  2017  Striving  For  Excellence  Conference  on  February  15th  &  16th  hosted  by   industry  partner  Infrastructure  Health  and  Safety  Association  (IHSA)  in  Mississauga  at  the  Centre  for   Health  and  Safety  Innovation  (CHSI)  state  of  the  art  facility  in  Mississauga  Ontario.  John  G.  Smith  is  an   award-­‐winning  writer  who  has  been  bringing  value  through  his  extensive  experience  and  technical   know-­‐how  to  the  industry  for  many  years.

TTSAO  hosted  their  first  conference  in  2016.  It  was  a  full  house TTSAO-Logo-colour of  Industry   leaders,  suppliers  and  government  officials  and  the  2017  conference  committee   plans  on  making  the  2017  conference  even  better.

Charlie  Charalambous,  Chairman  of  the  TTSAO  Conference  Committee,  says   “Having  John  G.  Smith  return  as  our  Master  of  Ceremonies  is  very  exciting.  John   brings  a  wealth  of  industry  knowledge,  that  along  with  an  action  packed  agenda,
that  will  help  make  the  2nd  Annual  TTSAO  Conference  an  outstanding  event”.

The  IHSA,  a  major  sponsor  of  the  conference,  have  made  arrangements  for  the  event  to  be  held  at  the   CHSI  Building  in  Mississauga.  Kim  Richardson,  TTSAO  Chairman  of  the  Board  says,  “Partnering  with  the   IHSA  will  help  the  conference  reach  new  levels.  The  meeting  centre  at  the  CHSI  building  is  a  fantastic   venue  that  will  help  the  TTSAO  grow  our  conference  and  sponsorship  opportunities”.

The  TTSAO  conference  committee  has  finalized  the  agenda,  which  will  be  released  over  the  next  couple   of  weeks.  If  your  in  the  trucking  industry  you  won’t  want  to  miss  this  opportunity  to  network,  be   educated  and  do  business  with  some  of  the  best  people  and  companies  working  in  transportation  and

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  

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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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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TTSAO Responds to MTO Mandatory Entry-­‐Level Training Standards  


May 18, 2016 -­‐ Hamilton, ON  -­‐  The  Truck  Training  Schools  Association  of  Ontario  (TTSAO)  have  responded  to  the   MTO’s  proposed  Mandatory  Entry-­‐Level  Training  (MELT)  standards.  The  TTSAO,  along  with  industry  subject   matter  experts  from  various  carriers,  training  institutions  and  insurance  fields,  were  among  a  task  force
designed  to  provide  input  and  feedback  on  the  proposed  new  standards  for  Class  A  drivers  in  Ontario.

The  TTSAO  is  thankful  for  the  opportunity  to  be  included  in  this  task  force  and  would  like  to  thank  the  MTO  and   all  of  the  industry  stakeholders  that  participated  in  these  meetings.  TTSAO  membered  schools  collectively   produce  more  entry-­‐level  commercial  drivers  annually  than  any  other  association  or  education  entity  in  the   Province.  TTSAO  members  were  provided  the  opportunity  to  review  the  draft  standards  and  provide  feedback  to   their  Board  of  Directors.

The  TTSAO  believes  that  great  strides  have  been  achieved  towards  what  the  MELT  standards  should  look  like   however,  before  it  can  be  fully  endorsed,  the  following  suggestions  were  made  recommending  that  further   discussion  is  needed:

• Instructor  qualifications  must  be  addressed
• Minimum  requirements  for  training  on  a  standard  transmission  should  be  included
• A  clear  definition  of  on-­‐line  education  is  required
• Procedures  for  booking  of  road  tests  should  be  included
• Vehicle  configurations  for  training  and  testing  need  to  be  clearly  defined
• Observation  time  in  the  training  yard  should  be  included  in  the  defined  hours
• Night  time  training  should  not  be  a  requirement  of  the  standard
• Maximum  training  of  6  hours  per  day  in  cab  in  unacceptable
• Clearly  defined  documentation  to  verify  training  hours  are  met  is  required

Kim  Richardson,  TTSAO  Chairman  of  the  Board,  says  “The  TTSAO  believes  that  great  progress  has  been  made  in   the  new  proposed  MELT  standard  but  additional  edits  and  input  are  still  needed.  We  understand  that  the   government  is  on  very  strict  timelines  to  complete  the  standard  but  it  is  imperative  that  as  an  industry  we  get  it   right  the  first  time.  The  TTSAO  is  happy  to  continue  our  participation  in  the  task  force  to  ensure  that    we  help  to   raise  the  level  of  entry  level  candidates  entering  the  industry”.
 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

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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Jan 8, 2016 – Hamilton, ON – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Board of Directors has
announced the official launch of the TTSAO Carrier Group.

The mandate of the TTSAO Carrier Group is to support the TTSAO in all efforts that will improve education and recruitment and retention for entry level and existing Professional Drivers. The TTSAO Carrier Group will work with the TTSAO Board of Directors and its membered schools to increase awareness and education in reference to the educational needs of all carriers both for hire and private.

Geoff Topping, Director of Recruiting and Retention at Challenger Motor Freight is excited to be nominated and selected as the first Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group. Geoff commented, “I look forward to this opportunity to work with the TTSAO, the carriers and the partner organizations on this very important Industry Issue. The TTSAO schools and entry-level drivers are an important part of our recruiting plan at Challenger. Well-trained safe drivers are import to us as a company and critical to the success of the Industry. To have the Schools, Industry and Government all working in the same direction is critical. This is an exciting venture that we as a company are proud to be part of.”

Yvette Lagrois, President of the TTSAO says “This is the next step of many as our association continues to grow, expand, have purpose and meaning in the trucking industry. Mr. Topping is an excellent choice to lead and grow the TTSAO Carrier Group.”

The group will waste no time getting started immediately working with the TTSAO Board of Directors and its membership. The first official meeting will be held in Cambridge in February and the agenda will include; carriers recruiting & retention issues, update on process of mandatory entry level training for commercial drivers, joint efforts moving forward with carriers and TTSAO schools.

The Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC) sees great value and importance of the formation of the TTSAO Carrier Group. Mike Millian, President of the PMTC, also a TTSAO board member, ” The PMTC feels it is vital that the perspective of all carriers, both for hire and Private, are represented when it comes to the training standards that will be put in place. After all, the carriers are the end users. The New Carrier Group will ensure that carriers
have this opportunity to be fully represented with in the TTSAO. Geoff is a great choice to lead this new group, and we look forward to working with him to enlist representatives from all segments of carriers in the industry” Mike also added, “Private Fleets that have an interest in being represented at this first meeting, should register to be part of the initial kick off meeting and ensure your voice is heard.”

Additionally, Topping commented, “The TTSAO Carrier Group is open to all carriers regardless of size or what you may haul and are invited to the first meeting. All you need to do is register and let us know that you will be attending.”

The first meeting will be Wednesday February 3, 2016 at Challenger Motor Freight in Cambridge from 9:30am to
11:00am. To register, call Sara Fitchett at 705-626-2529 or email your request to attend to

For more information about his Press Release:

Yvette Lagrois – President, TTSAO – TTSAO office – 1-866-475-9436 or OTTA office – 1-800-753-2284 or via email

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

Geoff Topping – Director of Recruiting & Retention, Challenger Motor Freight 519-653-9770 ext. 2624 Mike Millian – President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada 905-827-0587


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Private Motor Carrier named official TTSAO conference publication


Private Motor Carrier named official TTSAO conference publication

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is excited to name Private Motor Carrier magazine as the official publication of the organization’s first-ever annual conference, scheduled for Feb. 23 and 24.

The January/February edition of the national magazine will include articles about trends in transportation training, the complete conference agenda, speaker bios, and a training school directory. Bonus distribution will reach out to training schools across Canada, driver placement agencies, and every conference attendee.

Private Motor Carrier is also the official publication of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC), and is distributed to the readers who oversee private and dedicated contract fleets.

“The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada became a strategic partner with the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario earlier this year. Private Motor Carrier magazine is thrilled to build on that cooperation by becoming a strategic partner and associate member as well,” said John G. Smith, publisher and editor in chief. “With this special conference edition, we’ll be able to provide private and dedicated fleets with valuable insight into training initiatives and related services.”

Smith also committed to conference coverage in the magazine and through Training initiatives are becoming increasingly important to private fleets, and one of the scheduled

conference seminars will include the future of recruiting in these unique operating environments.

“John G. has been a long-time supporter of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario and been involved in transportation training initiatives across Canada. We’re thrilled that he is committing the magazine’s resources to help make our annual conference the best it can be,” said Kim Richardson, TTSAO chairman of the board.

The TTSAO conference kicks off at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Mississauga, Ont. with a reception at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23. The next day, the agenda is packed with an array of information sessions. The conference registration form is now available at

For more information on the special edition of Private Motor Carrier magazine, contact John G. Smith at 905-686-4851, or email

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

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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