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Economical Insurance is New Silver Sponsor at 5th Annual TTSAO Conference

Economical Insurance has been involved with the TTSAO for years and has become a silver sponsor for the next conference happening in February 2020. Thank you Economical Insurance for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the 5th annual TTSAO Conference.

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Quest Consulting Supplies lanyards for 5th Annual TTSAO Conference

Quest Consulting will be supplying the lanyards for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Quest Consulting works closely with TTSAO to keep things running in the background and has been vital to helping out with things like the annual conference. Thank you Quest Consulting for your support.

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TTSAO Christmas General Meeting December 11, 2019

As you have all already heard we’re really excited about our TTSAO Christmas Meeting. The agenda has some excellent presenters including Heather Fry, Director for Truckers Against Trafficking and Jim Dimech from Praxair Canada. You will learn how we as industry can play a role in fighting human trafficking. Additionally, we will have a representative from the Carrier Safety and Enforcement, Ministry of Transportation talking about the new Action Plan for the Trucking Industry.

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It will be two hours of education and information followed by a nice lunch courtesy of our generous sponsors. This event will be a good opportunity to network with industry professionals at all levels. The meeting will take place at the beautiful Lionhead Golf and Conference Center in Brampton.

The TTSAO is looking for sponsors for this event. The investment for your company is $500.00. In return your company and brand will be featured on numerous social media feeds, press releases, signage at the event and mentions during the event. This is a great way to get your organizations name and brand in front of many decision makers while supporting the TTSAO at the same time.

Thank you to Manitoulin Transport, Rims Transport, HBC Transportation & Vagans Inc. Transportation Risk Management for already committing as sponsors.

For more information about sponsorship please contact: 

Charlie Charalambous, Director of Client Services – ISB Global Services and NRRS Chairperson – 905-699-8837

Kim Richardson, President – TransRep 1-800-771-8171 ext. 201

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Women Leading Change in Trucking

Women can do it! That was the message at a recent event talking about leadership for women in the trucking industry. The event was a traveling road show by Trucking HR Canada and sponsored by TransCore Link Logistics to help women improve their careers by offering information on what successful women in the industry have done to reach the career heights. The panel of women included Claudia Milicevic of TransCore Link Logistics, Tracy Clayson of In-Transit Personnel, and Stephanie Carruth of One for Freight. All of these ladies have reached executive levels within the transportation industry.

Although the room was filled with industry professionals for the most part the message wasn’t just about trucking. Women make good leaders and the information on how they got there is good information for everyone. A common theme with all the panelists was that women have to get themselves out there and push themselves to network. Doing this is one way to gain confidence and even though it may seem scary at first knowing that attending events and meeting other leaders on a level playing field is paramount to growing your career. Claudia Milicevic constantly mentioned that “Failure was not an option” meaning if you want to grow your career you have to do things that may be uncomfortable, but will help your career grow. That sentiment was echoed by all women on the panel. Other messages included not taking yourself so seriously, know what you’re doing, and not being afraid to ask with confidence for projects that will help your career.

The event was a mix of panel discussion and networking event for women and the transportation industry. Payments made for the event went to the Children’s Wish Foundation as there was a charge for the event. I think all in attendance got a positive message from the panel and information we can all use in our everyday lives and careers. Women are stepping up to the plate more and more in many industries and I think this is good for all of us. It shouldn’t matter what the gender, if a person has the qualifications and aptitude for the job it is worth it for them to be considered. Well done ladies!

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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Truckers Against Trafficking to Present at TTSAO December General Meeting

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) will
be hosting a general meeting for their members, industry guests and stakeholders from 10 am – 12 noon on Wednesday December 11th, 2019 at Lionhead Golf and Conference Centre.


The TTSAO is pleased to announce that part of the agenda will include an awareness presentation by Heather Fry, Canadian Director of Truckers Against Trafficking, and Jim Dimech of Praxair Canada Inc. who will provide a carrier’s perspective and speak about the importance of trucking companies getting
involved.

Hope to see you there!

Read the full press release here!

Seating is limited for this meeting so if you would like to attend please email ttsao@ttsao.com or call
(705) 280-5577.

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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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Leanne Quail Talks Benefits of Being a Part of the TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Leanne Quail of Paul Quail Transport and Recruiter of the Year award winner for 2019 will be moderating a panel at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening in February 2020. In the video she talks about the importance of being involved with the conference.

Leanne Quail on the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference
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TTSAO Meets with Transportation Minister

On October 22nd the TTSAO met with Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney and her staff to discuss a variety of topics. The Minister and her staff were provided with a history of previous meetings with the Auditor General and previous Ministers of Transportation. Some of the key issues discussed were: 

  • Lack of consistency with MELT and the need for MELT to be extended to all license classes
  • The need for Instructor Certification
  • Concerns with Advanced Standing
  • Entry level drivers testing on automatic transmissions
  • The TTSAO Pre-Qualification/ Requalification Program
  • Our concerns with the MTO stakeholder meetings not continuing
  • Next steps and other planned meetings
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Overall the meeting was very positive and the Minister and her staff will review the supporting documentation provided. We look forward to continuing our meetings with government on behalf of the TTSAO Members and will continue to provide updates as new information is available. 


Thank you

Kim Richardson, 

TTSAO President

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Over Regulating vs Over Promoting, What’s Best for our Industry?

In January 2020 the United States will be launching their drug and alcohol clearing house for commercial drivers that is suppose to offer transparency for truck drivers allowing employers to see the results of testing done on drivers in the industry. This apparently is to make our roads safer and solve the problem of drug and alcohol related deaths behind the wheel. You can read about the new regulations here. https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebanker/2019/10/24/a-shocking-loophole-affecting-road-safety-is-finally-about-to-close/#519cec65770f

Over the last few years we have brought in Mandatory Entry Level Training, Electronic Logging Devices, and changed a number of regulations regarding Hours of Service. I am all for making our roads safer but are regulations the way to do it or are we just making it more of a turn off for people to get into our industry? If you add in all the talk of self-driving trucks, Amazon shipping, and robotic technology it can be very hard to attract talent our industry. We are already driving out the many long term drivers currently doing the job and not attracting the younger generations we need because the industry isn’t attractive. Are we focusing on the right areas in our industry or are we killing our industry?

We can’t tell what will happen in the future but there are opportunities now in the industry in a number of fields. If we spent as much time teaching people to make the right decisions and fixing the real problems in the industry such as safe parking and infrastructure such as separate truck lanes or priority traffic patterns to keep goods moving it would be much more safer and attractive than telling everyone when they should sleep. Regulating an industry that has so many variables is not only making roads unsafe but not attracting the people that we need to carry out the very important task of truck driving.

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What people developing new technology for the trucking industry are not telling us is the price of those trucks and the fact that most small to mid-sized fleets won’t be able to afford those vehicles. They are not telling us that the transportation industry has been slow to follow in technology over the years and that if you were to put a self driving truck in the fleet most people wouldn’t know how to get it to move. I use technology in a day to day basis and believe it is helpful to our lives if it is used to make our lives more efficient and safe.

We need to spend more time showing people why our industry is important and changing the industry to be more attractive to the next generations instead of the way we are doing it now and turning everyone away from an industry that many of us have built a life on. Trucking will change that’s for sure, but I don’t see it going away!

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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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