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TTSAO Listens to Insurance Providers

Insurance providers and brokers in the transportation area are a valuable key to new drivers being employed by carriers. The carriers have to detail what a successful candidate should know when a course is completed so the insurance companies are directing the carriers.

There have been many rumours about insurance providers preventing new truck drivers from gaining employment over the years. What age can a driver be insured with a company? Does a driver need experience or can they be hired on directly out of school? These questions have been popping up for years and to be honest getting the correct answer has been somewhat of a challenge. That’s because insurance is so complex with multiple layers of evaluation within the insurer and dependency on the insurance rate group that the carrier is a part of for insurance. This allows one company to hire new drivers and the next one to ask for a number of years of experience.

You then also have the carrier themselves with preferences to the type of drivers they prefer in their fleet and much of that is determined by the size of the fleet and the training programs available. Ask ten carriers in the room if they accept new drivers and you will get ten different answers based in their cargo and training specifications.

Over the years the insurance providers registered with the Truck Training School Association of Ontario have become valuable members to the TTSAO membership so much that like the carriers they have created their own group inside the association adding extreme value to the membership. The TTSAO can now work with that group as a body allowing for valuable opinion on how training should be developed to best fit the needs of the carriers. The carriers also gain information on what type of finishing programs they require to be attractive to a wider body of potential employees.

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TTSAO Insurance Group

Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance is the current Director of the TTSAO Insurance Group and has a vast knowledge and network that can help in getting information required on issues with insurance or training. You can learn more about the TTSAO Insurance Group by clicking the here.

Over the years the TTSAO has realized how important one group is to the other and training is sandwiched in the middle. Carriers can’t operate without insurance and carriers need people to drive. All three groups depend on each other for information and guidance on improving the industry and the training provided to new students.

The TTSAO Insurance Group will be holding an open meeting on the first day of the conference happening in February. You can learn more about the conference at http://ttsao.com/ttsao-conference/ and the TTSAO Insurance Group at http://ttsao.com/insurance-group/.

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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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Joining the Carrier Group at TTSAO

The Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is an association focused on the training industry in Ontario Canada helping to improve the level of professionalism in the industry and making our roads safer. Over the years several groups have evolved within the association to help focus truck driver training issues and solve some of the large issues in the industry. The Association now has four significant membership groups that help shape the opinions and projects looked at by the Association.


The Accredited Schools Group is the major membership group within the association. This group is made up of the training facilities registered with TTSAO. The Accredited Schools are audited on a regular basis to ensure their training systems and curriculum meet the standards set out by the TTSAO.

The Insurance Group is made up of insurance providers registered with the Association. This is an important group because the insurance market dictates much of the hiring requirements
and policies for new drivers. Over the years this membership group has been important to guiding the TTSAO on how they design programming to offer the best career outcome for new students.


The Associate Members Group is the largest group and is made up of vendors, suppliers, trainers, and other companies involved in the transportation industry either working with or supporting the truck training industry.

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Carrier Group

The Carrier Group is possibly the most significant after the Accredited Schools Group. The reason for this is that the carriers registered with the TTSAO are the ones directly hiring the
students. Their direction, opinions, and requests are extremely important to the other membership groups. As current President Kim Richardson says, “The carriers are our customers without them there is no training industry.” If you are a carrier based in Canada and hire new students on your team then you may want to consider joining the organization that is training those students. Not only will you get to know the people training your future team members but you will also have a say on the type of training you would like to see a new student have when applying for a job. If you’re a carrier joining the organization you don’t have to do anything unique as you will automatically be added to the Carrier Group upon acceptance of your application. If you’re not sure if you want to join the group the best thing to do is to attend the upcoming conference and attend the Carrier Group Meeting where leader of the group Guy Broderick will be leading a discussion and updating the group on issues discussed throughout the group. You can learn more about the TTSAO at www.ttsao.com or register for the conference at http://ttsao.com/ttsao-conference/

Guy Broderick
Guy Broderick / Carrier Group

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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Gerald Carroll on Changes to TTSAO 2020

Gerald Carroll is the TTSAO Conference Chairperson and talks about some of the changes coming up for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February 2020. Join us for the conference by registering with the link below.

Conference Chairperson Gerald Carroll
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Charlie Charalambous Feels the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference is a Must Attend Event

Conference board member Charlie Charalambous feels attending the TTSAO 5th Annual Conference is not only important to the industry but for anyone involved in the training aspect of the industry. Learn more in the video below.

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Leanne Quail Talks Benefits of Being a Part of the TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Leanne Quail of Paul Quail Transport and Recruiter of the Year award winner for 2019 will be moderating a panel at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening in February 2020. In the video she talks about the importance of being involved with the conference.

Leanne Quail on the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference
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Helen Thorpe on Panel for Females in Trucking at TTSAO Conference

Helen Thorpe will be one of the panel guests of the Females in Trucking Industry Panel at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference talking about her experiences in the industry. Thorpe is the Safety, Training, and Compliance Coordinator with CAT Inc.

Helen Thorpe

Presenter Profile

Helen Thorpe came to transportation as a second career with the intent of developing her skills both on and off the road.  She has driven a variety of equipment for regional, long-haul and city fleets and was an on-road trainer before transitioning to a dispatch position, and eventually to Safety & Compliance.  After 3 years as the National Corporate Trainer, conducting road tests, developing and delivering in-house orientation and training programs for drivers, office staff and fleet maintenance; Helen has returned to an active safety role. She is the Safety, Training and Compliance Coordinator for Ontario with CAT Inc.

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Vikram Khurana Talks Foreign Worker Program at TTSAO Conference

The Foreign Worker Pilot Program will be discussed at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February 2020. Vikram Khurana will be offering a presentation on the program and how it may be the answer to bringing new workers into the industry. You won’t want to miss this presentation.

Vikram Khuranan

Presenter Profile

Vikram (Vik) Khurana is a Canadian serial entrepreneur with experience in recruiting truck drivers from international jurisdictions. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Vik worked with TD Bank. Since then, he has founded many businesses such as Prudential Consulting Inc., an international HR recruitment firm, Leading System Consultants, a company engaged in International Trade, amongst others. Vik has been an advisor, board member, investor, and consultant to a number of multinational companies and organizations in the field of Transportation, Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing. Vik has also invested in a variety of start-ups as an Angel investor.

Vik is currently the Chair of Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) – Canada’s oldest and leading and business incubator that has been locally, nationally and internationally recognized for its efforts in nurturing the growth of new and emerging businesses in the Greater Toronto Area.

He has also served on the Board of Export Development Canada, FinDev Canada, Dean’s Council of Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Canada-India CEO Forum (advisory body to the Prime Ministers of Canada and India) and the Advisory Board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (entrepreneurial and small business community organization).

Among other community involvements, he was an honorary Board member at Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation in Toronto (a well-known research hospital in Toronto), honorary Ambassador for the Province of New Brunswick, Board member of India Research and Policy Institute at University of Waterloo, Founding Member of the Canada-India Foundation, and the Board of the Museum of Hindu Civilization.

Vik is an engineering graduate from India and also holds a Masters in Business Administration, from St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

Vik is an active participant in a variety of fundraising activities for development-related causes such as schools for underprivileged children, and long-term aid initiatives for Haiti. He is a serving member of the Board of Trustees at the Canada Post Foundation which funds a host of Children’s charities across Canada.
Vik has also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his achievements and work in the community.

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Join us for the TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

The TTSAO Launches a video trailer for their 5th Annual Conference. Check out the trailer and join us for the conference in 2020.

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IMVR’s Vickie DeVos Presents on Virtual Reality Technology at TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Vickie DeVos of IMVR will be one of three presenters offering information on technology in training facilities at the 5th annual TTSAO conference. As technology takes over our world there needs to be a new way of training those using new systems and information. DeVos will be on the panel moderated by John G. Smith talking about technology in training facilities.

About Vickie DeVos

After spending many years leading our sister company, Fleet-Tax Services, speaking to many carriers through our workshops, I had the feeling there is a  need for a system to enhance training and adding compliance. 

The vision I had is very simple, using Virtual Reality to bring more safety to our roads through a fully immersive product that can is portable, easy to use and cost less than one insurance claim.

We love what we do and it shows. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the many fields of transportation and IT, we understand our industries. There’s no challenge too big or too small, and we dedicate our utmost energy to the project we take on. We are focused and determined to enhance driving patterns by revolutionizing the transportation industry through a new way of learning. Every client is unique. That’s why we customize every one of our plans to fit your needs exactly.

Take the first step to open a conversation on how iMVR can add to your training, compliance, and retention. Learn about IMVR

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Philip Fletcher Presents on Carrier Based Training at TTSAO Conference

Philip Fletcher of Commercial Heavy Equipment Training will be co-presenting at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference with Dave MacDonald of Revolution Staffing on Carrier Based Training during the Cocktail Party. Philip Fletcher won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the 4th annual conference.

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Philip Fletcher-Carrier Based Training Presentation

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