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TTSAO Conference Best Practices for Training Panel

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

TTSAO.com.

For more information regarding this press release 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 kim@ttsao.com

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Nominations Closing Soon For the TTSAO/PayBright Instructor of The Year Closes February 14

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
  • Clean abstract
  • Must be employed full time
  • Support letters
  • 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 – 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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Have you nominated your instructor for the Instructor of The Year Award

There is a new award  being presented at the annual TTSAO Conference happening on February 27th-28th, 2019.

The TTSAO-PayBright Instructor of the Year Award is being PayBright-logolaunched to help recognize professional instructors in the transportation industry. Cut off dates for the nominations are February 14th, 2019.

Nominate your instructor and check out the criteria through the nomination form below.

Instructor Nomination Form (Rev.02)

Learn about the conference agenda and award in the video below.

Save your seat for the conference-Tickets going fast!

Conference Registration Form (Rev3)

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Kim Richardson and Charlie Charalambous Discuss TTSAO 2019 Conference Agenda

The TTSAO was featured on an episode of The Lead Pedal Podcast to talk about the upcoming conference in February 2019.

You can register for the conference here.

TTSAO Conference is February 27th-28th, 2019

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Give the Gift of a Career for Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you in the transportation industry and Happy Boxing Day to those that celebrate as well. We’ve come to Christmas-Wreaththe end of 2018 and we all can take some time to relax and reflect as we get ready for 2019. As we were exchanging gifts over the Holiday Season it struck me that for some the perfect gift may have been the start on a new career.

I know many of you feel the way I do about the trucking industry in the fact that it has given us so much in the way of experience, opportunities, and friendships. So if the industry has given us so much over a lifetime what a great gift to give to somebody. Now I haven’t fleshed everything out as to how this would work but it may be the answer to a variety of issues. It may make a great gift, it may give people an insight into the industry, and it may help with the recruiting shortage. You’re probably thinking at this point how you would give someone a career?

Here is how I see it working. The trucking industry is intriguing to many people. I talk with people all the time and they say, “ I have always thought about driving those big trucks.” What if we were able to show them? Maybe the schools or carriers can put together gift cards for people that you can buy a person a gift card for a ride in a truck? This way people can go for a ride and get a feel for the trucks and see if that is something they would like to do. Maybe there can be a way of buying someone a course for their licence upgrade or even a full course. Now I know that you can just pay for someone’s course but people won’t do that without a serious commitment. If we can give people a window to peek into our world maybe they may see some of the things that many of us already have seen and experienced.

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If you could give someone the gift of a course and they were to take it seriously think of the gift you have given them. You have given them a lifetime of income, a world of opportunities for the future, and friendships that will last forever, tell me what better gift is that? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and may 2019 be a successful year for everyone.

TTSAO 2019

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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TTSAO Meeting Focuses on Instructor Qualifications

Driving instructors seemed to be the focus of the meeting at yesterdays Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Meeting on December 11th which held a number of panels from insurance professionals to large carriers and had a full house of attendees. As I watched the moderators ask questions of the panel one common thread was instructor qualifications. Even the Ministry of Transportation is looking into instructors in the light of their M.E.L.T program implemented in 2017.

TTSAO December 11th Meeting

Board Member Gerald Carroll started things off with information on the TTSAO Conference coming up on February 27th and 28th 2019. An outline of the agenda and sponsorship opportunities were explained and Charlie Charalambous talked about the new instructor award being presented and sponsored by PayBright. You can register for the conference and learn more about the Instructor Award on the TTSAO website at www.ttsao.comTTSAO 2019Maybe this kicked it off in my mind that the focus was on instructor qualifications but each panel seemed to have that common thread. The first update by the Ministry of Transportation offered a look at the Mandatory Entry Level Program ( M.E.L.T.) for drivers and are expanding the program for “D” licensed drivers. It was mentioned that the next step for the M.E.L.T program would be instructor certification and qualifications. Currently the Ministry is collecting data over a 3-5 year period as to how well the program is working.TTSAO December 11th MeetingLisa Arseneau moderated the discussion for the Carrier Panel which included carriers Challenger, Kriska, and Rosedale offering tips on where drivers need help when applying for jobs with many carriers. Backing up and more complete training was commented as an issue for new applicants. All the carriers mentioned they were happy to have a M.E.L.T. as a base for looking at new applicants, and the carriers mentioned that positive promotion of the industry is required to bring in new people to the industry. Instructor certification and recognized teaching strategies were all good steps to improvement in training from a carrier standpoint.TTSAO December 11th MeetingA discussion with the Insurance Group was moderated by Guy Broderick and the key point of this panel was instructor qualifications again. The insurance industry is trying to change some of the ways they insure carriers to help bring in more people to the industry. What they are seeing through their data is that many of the severe crashes are from inexperienced drivers and they feel instructor certification would be a big step to helping insure new people in the industry.

The meeting was closed off with an update from the MTCU ( Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities) on the training amounts allotted for schools to train new students. Chairperson Kim Richardson closed the meeting with remarks to the full house.TTSAO December 11th MeetingOverall the training industry is working very hard to bring the status of the driver in the transportation industry to professional levels. TTSAO is at the forefront of many of the talks with Ministry officials and is moving the mark forward, but as mentioned by Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight, “We all need to do our part to promote the professionalism of the industry.”

Improving the outlook of the industry will go along way to helping all of us for the long term and hopefully will solve the recruiting issues in the industry. If you are currently an instructor in the industry look for certification training in the near future. It’s being talked about by all groups in the industry. Register for the TTSAO Conference in February by clicking here.TTSAO 2019About 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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TTSAO announces updated line up for December 11th meeting.

TTSAO’s General Meeting taking place on December 11th in Mississauga we are pleased to announce the following line-up of TTSAO-logo-2018panelists for the Carrier/ MELT panel:
Caroline Blaise of Kriska Transport,
Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight, and
Brian Topping of Rosedale Transport

These industry experts will provide their thoughts and experiences on the MELT program from the carriers perspective. Discussion items will include:

quality of the MELT Driver
the impact of Driver turnover
finishing programs
instructor certification and other topics

The panel will be moderated by TTSAO Insurance Group Chairperson and TTSAO Board of Director, Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance.

The meeting will take place at the CHSI Conference Centre at 5110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga from 10 am – 12 noon.

There is no fee to attend and you do not have to be a TTSAO member.

Registration can be done by contacting Sara Fitchett, Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario
Direct: 705-280-5577
Fax: 888-649.5328
Email ttsao@ttsao.com
Web: 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 announces date for 2019 Conference

The TTSAO has announced the date for the TTSAO 2019 conference and will be opening up registrations in the near future. keep an eye out for more information on the 4th annual conference.

TTSAO 2019

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