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Lisa Arseneau On Sponsoring the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference

Staebler Insurance’s Lisa Arseneau has been a member of the truck Training School Association of Ontario for many years and has been a keen sponsor of the conference over the years. She talks about the benefits of the conference and why she believes sponsoring the conference is important.

Lisa Areseneau on the 5th Annual 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.

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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.

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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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Staebler Insurance Supports 5th Annual TTSAO Conference as Swag Bag Sponsor

Staebler Insurance has always been a supporter of the Truck Training School Association of Ontario and is showing their support this year as the Swag Bag Sponsor for the 2020 conference. Thank you Staebler Insurance for being part of this great event.

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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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Revolution Staffing Sponsors Cocktail Party at 5th Annual TTSAO Conference

Revolution Staffing will be the Cocktail Party Sponsor again for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening in February 2020. Revolution Staffing has been a supporter of the TTSAO Conferences since day one. Thank you Revolution Staffing for helping us make our conference a success. Learn more about Revolution Staffing here.

Dave will be co-presenting and leading a discussion on carrier based training in conjunction with Philip Fletcher.

About Dave MacDonald

Dave is the President and Owner of Revolution Staffing started in 2005, Revolution Staffing is an employment agency specializing in hiring Professional AZ and DZ Drivers for Transportation Companies.

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In 2017 he started Essential Staffing, an employment agency focused on helping companies find skilled trades people. Dave has been involved in the trucking industry as a member of the Ontario Trucking Association, Hamilton Transportation Club, Toronto Transportation Club, and the Toronto Trucking Association. Dave is involved in giving back to the industry as he serves on the board of Directors for the TTA, and TFC Global, and in his community by serving on the boards of his local church Harvest Bible Chapel – Barrie and Freedom Global Outreach an organization with 3 orphanages in Haiti.


Dave’s passion for helping people can be seen in both his work endeavours and his community involvement. Dave and his wife Ronda have been married for 28 years, they have 3 adult children and live in Barrie, ON. In the summers you’ll find him swinging in the hammock at the cottage or pulling skiers and wakeboarders behind his boat, in the winter months he and Ronda like to travel to places where they forget about winter all together.

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John G. Smith Master of ceremonies TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Award winning Communicator John G. Smith will be the Master of Ceremonies for the 5th annual TTSAO Conference. Smith is well respected in the transportation industry and is sought after in the industry as master of ceremonies and panel moderator.

Biography

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John G. Smith is an award-winning communicator with almost 30 years experience in publishing and corporate environments. He is currently Newcom Media’s editorial director – trucking and supply chain. In this role he oversees editorial content for Canada’s leading trucking and supply chain publications including Today’s Trucking, Truck News, Transport Routier, TruckTech, Canadian Shipper, Inside Logistics, and Solid Waste and Recycling. Collectively, they have a circulation of more than 175,000 copies.

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Females in the Trucking Industry are Featured at TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Women in the Trucking Industry will be discussed at the TTSAO’s 5th Annual Conference in February 2020. Women play a vital role in our industry in all positions whether behind the wheel or behind the scenes in trucking. Join us for this important discussion and presentation at the conference.

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