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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 info@pmtc.ca., 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 – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

Kim Richardson – President, 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 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 krichardson@krway.com

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations,
TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca


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Improving the Image of Trucking at the TTSAO Conference

January 13, 2017 – Hamilton, ON – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) continues to release details about their upcoming 2nd annual conference, “Striving for Excellence in Training”, scheduled for February 15th and 16th, 2016 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga Ontario.
As part of their full agenda for the conference the TTSAO has announced that David Geene, the Executive Director, Georgia Trades Training Inc. will moderate the “Improving the Image of Trucking Panel”.
Included in this panel will be Annie Kidder of People for Education, Chris Harris from Safety Dawg Inc., Alyson Truax an Employment Ontario Councilor, Jacquie Latham from the Ontario School Counselors Association and more. They will be discussing how young people and unemployed Ontarians view the trucking profession in this province and how we can improve this as an industry.
David says, “According to many sources, the trucking profession in Ontario is facing significant shortages in the near and more distant future. As students come through school and enter the work world, there are many competing interests as those young people make decisions about what they want to do. These influences include parents, friends and family members, teachers, school guidance counselors, the media, and employment counselors. This exciting panel will focus on how can the TTSAO and carriers reach out to young people and their families? How can those who influence career decisions be more aware of the benefits of a career in trucking? How can we improve the image of the trucking profession in Ontario?”
The conference is once again laid out in a two-day format; day one will include a TTSAO Carrier Group Meeting, a TTSAO Board of Directors’ Meeting (Directors only) followed followed by 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 John G. Smith, Editor of Today’s Trucking, has agreed to serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
Don’t miss out on this great event – TTSAO Members and Associate Members for only $199.00 plus HST per registrant and $249.00 plus HST for non-TTSAO Members.
If you are a non-TTSAO member who would like to join the TTSAO and attend the conference please contact Kim Richardson, TTSAO Chairman of the Board, to discuss a special discounted rate.
The conference registration form, agenda, sponsorship details and more information are available at TTSAO.com.

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 krichardson@krway.com
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – Northbridge Office – 1-800-265-7173 or cell (416) 473-3986 or by email at charlie.charalambous@nbfc.com

David Geene, Executive Director, Georgia Trades Training Inc. (GTTI) – (905) 722-6300, ext 201 – dgeene@gtti.ca


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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 info@pmtc.ca. 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 (www.transportconference.ca)

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 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  trucks@pmtc.ca

Geoff  Topping  -­‐  Director  of  HR,  Challenger  Motor  Freight  519-­‐653-­‐9770  ext.  2624  or  by  email  at   GeoffT@challenger.com

Charlie  Charalambous  –  Director  of  Public  Relations,  TTSAO  –  Northbridge  Office  -­‐  1-­‐800-­‐265-­‐7173  or  cell  (416)
473-­‐3986  or  by  email  at  charlie.charalambous@nbfc.com

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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 www.privatefleetinfo.com. 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 TTSAO.com.

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

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 krichardson@krway.com

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

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