REMINDER – Last Chance to Register: The TTSAO Carrier Group will be holding a meeting on Thursday May 23, 2019 at Linamar Corporation in Guelph at 700 Woodlawn Roadfrom 8:30am to 9:30am. The meeting is free of charge to attend and is open to all carriers, for hire and private. The agenda will include an overview of the new TTSAO auditing and oversight program as well as a proposed marketing initiative for recruiting people into the training industry.
Following the auditing and overview portion of the meeting the TTSAO Carrier Group will be featuring a session called “How We Do It, A Carrier’s Perspective”. This session will have three for hire and private carriers each presenting on recruiting, interviewing, road testing and on-boarding entry level drivers. In this session carrier representatives will share their thoughts on how they are recruiting, and on-boarding entry level students recently graduated from commercial driver training schools.
After the 3 presentations the carriers will gather as a panel and there will be an open Q/A moderated by Guy Broderick, Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group.
During the general session an update will also be provided on the recently introduced TTSAO auditing and oversight program which is managed by the TTSAO Insurance Group. This recently implemented auditing process, for both new prospective members and existing TTSAO members, who operate commercial truck driving schools has been launched with success. Lisa Arseneau, Chairperson of the TTSAO Insurance Group, will provide an overview of the program to-date.
The meeting for the TTSAO Carrier Group is for Carriers only is scheduled for 8:30 – 9:30am
The general session will take place from 10 am to noon and is open to anyone in the industry who would like to attend.
iThe new award of the year titled the “Instructor of the Year Award” was presented to Joe Texeira from Rosedale Transport. Joe has been with Rosedale for 32 years and was so emotional he almost couldn’t speak as he accepted this well deserved award. Joe is a top notch instructor in the industry and it will be hard to follow him for future award winners. The Instructor of the Year Award was presented by TTSAO and Paybright.
Check out the criteria for the award and register your instructor for next year
You can learn more about the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario at www.ttsao.com
The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) just finished their fourth annual conference and I thought I would just give a recap on the conference.
It was really well done as a two day conference and started on the Wednesday, February 27th with a number of sessions with the Insurance Group, the Carrier Group, and then an annual general meeting followed by a cocktail hour which was well attended thanks to Revolution Staffing and Glenn Caldwell for presenting. The bulk of the presentations were on the Thursday and since I’ve been to a number of conferences I’m always wondering if there is going to be something new and I was pleasantly surprised with the TTSAO conference.
Thursday morning started off with a continental breakfast and opening remarks with Kim Richardson and Ken Adams, who is the TTSAO Chairperson. Comments by the IHSA and the provincial government offered an update on where they are as far as Mandatory Entry Level Training and other issues with licencing.
Technology and transportation were the focus of this conference starting with a presentation by Kimberly Biback on social media and marketing business strategies. A best practices for training panel followed which was moderated by Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight and included Matt Richardson of KRTS, Philip Fletcher of CHET, Garth Pitzel of Bison Transport, and Leanne Quail of Paul Quail Transport discussing what they do to help drivers once they complete training and how they help them be successful as professional truck drivers.
After a networking break, we heard from Kelly Henderson Broderick from THRSC Atlantic and she moderated a panel consisting of Stephen Laskowski from the OTA, Mike Millian from the PMTC, and Charlie Charalambous from the Fleet Safety Council discussing how associations work with different training schools, what to look for in an association, and why you want to be a part of these associations if you’re not already.
Philip Fletcher of CHET was awarded the Volunteer Award for the Year for his dedication to the TTSAO association. Congratulations to Philip for winning a well deserved award.
After a lunch break the new award of the year titled the “Instructor of the Year Award” was presented to Joe Teixeira from Rosedale Transport. Joe has been with Rosedale for 32 years and was so emotional he almost couldn’t speak as he accepted this well deserved award. Joe is a top notch instructor in the industry and it will be hard to follow him for future award winners. The Instructor of the Year Award was presented by TTSAO and Paybright.
Andrea Morley of Healthy Trucker took the audience through some stretching and health information for drivers and people in the training industry followed by another networking break.
A keynote presentation by Michael Thompson of ISB/ MEE was really an eye opener as to where things are going in the future for training, trucking, and for business in general. The conference wrapped up with some prizes and Brian Pattison of North American Truck Training won the early bird draw for the iPad.
I encourage you to join the TTSAO for not only the membership, but also for the next conference because there was a wealth of information presented and there’s going to be many changes in the training and transportation industry for the near future. You can learn more about the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario at www.ttsao.com
Check out the video above for an audio recap of the conference.
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 for Truck Drivers. 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
The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) is kicking off their 4th annual conference today in Mississauga Ontario with a full agenda for two days taking truck training to new heights and informing the industry of developments in training. Last year even the general meeting had a full audience as people arrived and attended meetings by the various groups within TTSAO.
The conference will begin today with a Board of Directors meeting at 10:30 am to welcome in the new board members and discuss issues with the change over. After lunch meetings with the insurance group and carrier groups will have open meetings discussing their goals and achievements for the year and which projects are in motion. Last year the Insurance Group had a panel discussion with questions from the audience on particular issues to do with insurance and the industry.
Once the two specialized groups complete their meetings there will be a general meeting for everyone to update members and those in attendance about the focus for the TTSAO for the upcoming year. The day will finish with a visit to the trade show area and a cocktail hour to close out the day.
Day two of the conference is where the real meat of the program lies with a full day of programming starting off with breakfast and opening remarks from the TTSAO President and Chairperson.
After welcome messages and updates the program moves into full swing starting off with a presentation from Kimberly Biback of Sharp Transportation on social media, a panel discussion on training issues, and a panel on how other associations work with TTSAO round out the morning with trade show breaks in between.
After lunch is when the newest development begins with the 1st ever Instructor of the Year Award being presented by PayBright and the TTSAO. This is the first time the award has been presented and will be awarded to an instructor that has shown professionalism in training and meets the criteria set out for the award. The instructor must be employed by a TTSAO school or associated carrier. You can learn more about the award here.
After the award ceremony there will be a health break with Healthy Trucker and Michael Thompson of ISB will offer a presentation on technology that helps determine where a student fits best in the industry. Closing remarks from the conference committee and president will round out the day and close the conference.
The conference has been sold out in past years and the membership grows each year. The conference has been well run in the past and is sure to be a hit again this year. If you were unable to make it this year watch for post coverage of the event at www.ttsao.com
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 6th, 2019 – Hamilton, ON:
The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce the selected panelists for the Best Practices for Training Panel session taking place at the upcoming 4th Annual conference taking place at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga on February 27th and 28th, 2019.
Geoff Topping, Vice President of Human Resources at Challenger Motor Freight has agreed to moderate the panel consisting of two TTSAO Carrier Members and two TTSAO Full Membered schools. Included on this panel are:
Garth Pitzel, Director, Safety and Driver Development at Bison Transport
Leanne Quail, Operations Manager for Paul Quail Transport
Matt Richardson, Sales and Operations Managers at Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists
Philip Fletcher, Operations Manager, Commercial Heavy Equipment Training
Gerald Carroll, TTSAO Conference Committee Chair, says “What a great opportunity to have all of these industry experts together to share their thoughts on what they believe to be the best practices for training. With Geoff Topping as the moderator, this is sure to be a must-see panel at our annual conference”
The conference is once again laid out in a two-day format; day one will include a TTSAO Board of Directors’ Meeting (Directors only) followed an open TTSAO Insurance Group Meeting, an open TTSAO Carrier Group Meeting and then the Association’s Annual General Meeting which is open to all members and those who are thinking of joining.
After the General Meeting, there will be a cocktail party and registrants will be able to visit companies and sponsors who are participating in the trade show.
A full day of exciting presentations and panels will take place on Day 2.
Once again Guy Broderick, TTSAO Carrier Group Chairperson and Driver Training Supervisor for Apps Transport, has agreed to serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
The conference registration form, agenda, sponsorship details and more information are available at
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 29th, 2019 – Hamilton, ON: There are plenty of hard working professional instructors who work for TTSAO member training schools and carriers across the Province. This exciting new award, the TTSAO/PayBright Instructor of the Year, will be presented during a special ceremony at this year’s Annual TTSAO Conference on February 26th and 27th at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation (CHSI) in Mississauga.This award is open to any school or carrier, Private or For Hire, who is a member of TTSAO and operates in Ontario and has instructors training new and existing drivers who operate commercial vehicles.
Charlie Charalambous, Director of Communications and Public Relations for the TTSAO says “Without qualified professional instructors the transportation industry, in all sectors, would be in big trouble. It’s time we recognize these professionals who put in so much time and effort to help others. Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a deserving instructor now.”
The TTSAO/PayBright Instructor of the Year nomination form can be downloaded from the TTSAO website at www.ttsao.com.
Some of the Criteria includes;
a minimum of 10 years variable experience
Must be employed full time
Industry and community volunteerism
“This a terrific opportunity for a company and their people to nominate and be recognized for contributing to road safety, education and the betterment of our industry” added Charalambous.
The TTSAO represents the majority of professional commercial driver training schools in the Province of Ontario and have played a key role in the introduction of Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT). The TTSAO, the TTSAO Carrier Group and TTSAO Insurance Group employs thousands of people in the transportation industry.
To see the full agenda for this year’s conference, to register or sponsor go to www.ttsao.com
For more information regarding this press release contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO – firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com