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Ontario Truck Training Academy-School Sponsor for TTSAO Conference

Ontario Truck Training Academy has signed on as a School Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening on February 26-27, 2020. Thank you Ontario Truck Training Academy for your continued support of our events.

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At OTTA our instructors meet the highest standards of professionalism. An average of 20 years in the Transportation Industry is required to be an Instructor at our training Centre.

We are a certified member of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario and offer certified AZ training for the Professional Truck Driver Institute, which must meet specific terms and conditions to ensure that all individuals receive training that conforms to today’s standards and safety requirements.


Over the years we have developed an excellent reputation with trucking companies and continue to supply them with safe, knowledgeable entry-level candidates. Learn more about Ontario Truck Training Academy here.

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IHSA Signs on as Location Sponsor for TTSAO Conference

IHSA has been supporting the TTSAO for many years as a location sponsor and is returning as a location sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO conference. Thank you IHSA for your support.

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Find out what Michelle Roberts of IHSA has to say about sponsoring the conference.

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Human Trafficking Hot Topic in Trucking

Human trafficking is a hot topic in trucking and the Government of Canada. We often feel that Canada is immune to issues we hear South of the Border but in reality Canada is a leader in cargo crime only behind California and is now becoming increasingly a problem with other crimes such as human trafficking. Human trafficking has been increasing since 2009 and usually involves women from 20-30 that end up working in the sex trade. The Globe and Mail recently wrote an article about the issue which you can read by clicking the link. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-more-than-30-people-arrested-in-multi-province-human-trafficking/

An increase in crimes such as cargo theft is a sign that other crimes may be increasing in other areas. Cargo crime specialist Todd Moore of ISB Global Services has presented many times on cargo securement and says that general cargo crimes are seed money for other crimes with human trafficking being one of them. Organized crime is behind much of the cargo crime in Canada and as mentioned in the article above by the Globe and Mail organized crime is also behind human trafficking showing a constant link that I am sure is strong signal to law enforcement.

With an increase of refugees and other immigration issues at the forefront human trafficking has been increasing around the World. Truck drivers are often used in these crimes as was reported with people found in trucks in England, the United States, and Canada with refugees trying to escape their homelands.

Past presentations I have seen on human trafficking include being aware of those in public locations such as truck stops being aware of those that may look like they are being controlled by someone else, frightened, or being watched from afar. Lately the people being trafficked have been found in the back of trailers so now the focus has been on people buying large amounts of products like water, food, or other supplies as a possibility to human trafficking.

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If you are interested in learning more about human trafficking and how it may be affecting your operation or the industry in general the Truck Training School Association of Ontario will be hosting a presentation on human trafficking by Heather Fry, Canadian Director of Truckers Against Trafficking, and Jim Dimech of Praxair Canada Inc on what can be done about the issue and what agencies are doing about the problem. Here is the press release for the event on December 11th, 2019.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, 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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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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3 Steps to Learning the Truck Inspection Process

Learning how to conduct a truck inspection can be a daunting task when you’re a new student in a truck training school. There are many parts to inspect on a truck or bus and missing just one area can result in fines and downtime for any driver. This is why the inspection process is so important and a reason that every student has to take it seriously.

I recently attended a school to understand their yard work program and what students thought of going through the yard work process. The testing procedures have changed since the implementation of Mandatory Entry Level Training and has become more challenging for the student. Previously the inspection process was taught as a routine that a student would learn and show when testing for their licence. Over the years the testing changed to a random item test where the testing agent will ask the driver to inspect different items on the truck in various orders. The student doesn’t know ahead of time which items will be asked of them therefore having to learn the whole process.

Talking to instructor Jean at the school conducting the training for inspections I asked how the new way of testing has improved the training process? “Students have to learn the full schedule 1 with the new system. Previously the students were taught a routine for inspecting a truck, but due to the time frame in testing were memorizing what to say more than what they were actually inspecting. Because the requests are random students have to know exactly how to inspect an item and not just what to say to the tester.” Says Jean.

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One of the things I noticed when attending the training is that the students going through the program took the instruction very seriously. As a trainer myself I can tell you that not all students understand the importance of training or have the same level of determination. The students going through the inspection schedule, asking questions, and redoing tasks they didn’t understand or do correctly were determined to understand the components fully. Those are the students that will pass successfully but also make professional drivers in the future.

If you are a new student or someone just getting started in the process of looking for a training facility then there a few things you can do to ensure your training is successful:

  • Ensure you are attending a certified training facility. Certified schools have the top instructors that have the knowledge to show you the proper way to inspect items.
  • Participate in the training. Many times the inspection process is taught in a group setting. Don’t just stand on the side lines but be active taking notes, doing tasks, and asking questions.
  • Take your training seriously. Failing to inspect a truck properly can result in fines, delays, or even death. It is important to take your training seriously, review your work, take notes, and ask questions of things you don’t understand.

Truck inspections are required of drivers every day and there are many that don’t do them properly. They are important from a safety standpoint, required from a testing standpoint, and can minimize delays on the road, but only if you know how to do a proper inspection.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, 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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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.

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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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PayBright Sponsors Instructor of the Year Award for 2019

The TTSAO started an award program for the Instructor of the Year at the 2019 Conference and is continuing it again at their 5th Annual Conference in 2020. The Recipient of the Award in 2019 was Joe Teixiera a 30 year veteran of the industry employed with Rosedale Transport.

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Read more about Joe receiving the award here.

PayBright will be sponsoring the award again this year so start thinking about who on your team will be a good fit for the award. Criteria will be coming out soon about the award and thank you to PayBright for sponsoring the award again for the 5th Annual Conference.

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Celebrate All Transportation Professionals

In Canada it is currently “Driver Appreciation Week” which is a week where we celebrate truck drivers for the work that they do in getting products on our shelves or materials into the hands of builders. Canada celebrates the first week of September and the United States celebrates the second week of September. We call the weeks ”Driver Appreciation Week” but really we are celebrating everyone in the transportation industry especially those on the front lines.

With that being said I personally feel that we should have a week for each area of transportation. That may also help in showing the public all the areas of transportation and the people behind the scenes. Should we have National Dispatchers Week, National Instructors Week, Load Planning Week, and other areas usually behind the scenes. A trucking company is a small team of dedicated professionals that have to work together to get a load down the road. If the load planners hadn’t arranged the load, then dispatch would not be able to do their job. Without dispatch truck drivers would not have anything to haul. We are all connected.

What about other people in the industry? We are starting to see changes and awards for other professionals in the trucking industry such as instructors, recruiters, and more. The last award winner from the Truck Training School Association of Ontario for Instructor of the Year was Joe Teixeira from Rosedale Transport. Teixeira has been in transportation for over 30 years and is truly dedicated to the transportation industry. He takes training and safety seriously and has been helping in keeping drivers fully trained and safe for many years. Without people like Teixiera and his dedication to safety we may not be celebrating drivers.

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Joe Teixeira – Instructor of the Year 2018

Should we rename the week? As a former driver I am in no way minimizing the job that the men and women driving have to do everyday. It is a hard and demanding job that requires a level of dedication that much of the general public doesn’t understand. If you asked all of those drivers you will find that there was someone who may or may not have been a driver that has been instrumental in helping shape their career. For myself it has been another driver that taught me to drive in the 80’s, a dispatcher that stood up for her drivers, a terminal manager that made me feel like family, and a company owner that invested in the those that took care of their equipment. They have all played an important part of my life and I still remember the many lessons they taught me.

Thank you to the drivers that go up and down the road each day, but even more thank you to all of you that are in the transportation industry and keep our economy moving. We salute you!

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, 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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