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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.

Philip Fletcher-Carrier Based Training Presentation

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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.

TTSAO Conference 2018

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WTFC Holds Bridging the barrier Event 2019

The Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada is holding their second annual Bridging the Barrier Event in Mississauga. You can learn more and register for the event through the links below.

Link to the event  https://www.womenstruckingfederationofcanada.net/bridging-the-barriers/
Registration cut off is Aug 23rd . Registration can be done online or by downloading  the pdf version Link to Register  https://www.womenstruckingfederationofcanada.net/register-to-attend-bridging-the-barriers/
Can be completed online or by downloading the pdf version Link for sponsorship opportunities  https://www.womenstruckingfederationofcanada.net/sponsor-bridging-the-barriers/
Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/660715174388540/

Book your hotel accommodations (before Aug 9th) to get our reserved rates.  You can book online at https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/Y/YYZMTGI-U52-20190905/index.jhtml?fbclid=IwAR0dskvW6O3NTcWdrqdtqtGU4Wqket6pT_EAiYAN5HlKfERnQBHlAD6U7L4

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Concrete Ontario Joins the TTSAO Membership

The TTSAO would like to welcome Concrete Ontario as a new Associate Member with the association.

Concrete Ontario (Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario) was formed in 1959 to act in the best interest of Ontario’s ready mixed concrete producers and the industry in general. It is fully funded by the membership (Active and Associate) and provides a broad range of services designed to benefit its members and the industry in general.

Concrete Ontario provides a world class plant certification to all its members. The Association is active in a number of areas of the industry including new concrete and admixture technologies, education and training of our clients, environmental stewardship and ongoing partnerships with many industry partners.

Concrete Ontario

Contact: Bart Kanters – President

Email: bkanters@concreteontario.org

Address: 1 Prologis Blvd – Suite 102B Mississauga ON L5W 0G2

Phone: 905-564-2726

Fax: 905-564-5680

Website: www.rmcao.org

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Robert Wallace Barclay September 11th, 1955 – June 12th, 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear friend Robert “Rob” Barclay. Rob was a very passionate member of the TTSAO and served various positions on the board throughout the years including 3 three 2 year terms president. Rob’s commitment to safer roads saw him lobby for the now implemented MELT program in Ontario. Rob proudly sat as co- founder of Crossroads Truck Training Academy where he delighted in molding new drivers into the very best that they could be. Rob’s reach was far and wide in the industry and he will be sorely missed. 

Ken Adams
Chairman of the Board TTSAO

Robert Barclay

Rob passed away Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at the age of 63, peacefully, at home, with his loving wife by his side.
Rob was born on September 11th, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario. He is predeceased by his parents, Martha (Nimmo) and Robert Barclay. Rob was a beloved brother of Brenda (Trevor) Eugent, Gord (Karen) Barclay, and Doreen (Andy) Harris. He will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Rob was a cherished friend, for 50 years, and beloved husband to Pamela Livingston. He was a loving Step-Father to Mackenzie (Krystal) Mercer, and Jay Mercer.
Rob lived an exciting life. He lived in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Scotland, making many friendships, memories, and having great adventures, all throughout his life. He was an extraordinary person, who led an exciting and multifaceted life – he was a Master Yachtsman, a business person, a guitar pickin’ cowboy, and a musician. He lived a well-loved life and will be missed by many friends and family.
For those wishing, donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association or the Canadian Heart and Stroke Association in Rob’s memory.

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Linamar to host TTSAO Carrier Group and General Meetings

May 21, 2019

REMINDER – Last Chance to Register: The TTSAO Carrier Group will be holding a meeting on Thursday May 23, 2019 at Linamar Corporation in Guelph at 700 Woodlawn Road from 8:30am to 9:30am.  The meeting is free of charge to attend and is open to all carriers, for hire and private.  The agenda will include an overview of the new TTSAO auditing and oversight program as well as a proposed marketing initiative for recruiting people into the training industry. 

Following the auditing and overview portion of the meeting the TTSAO Carrier Group will be featuring a session called “How We Do It, A Carrier’s Perspective”. This session will have three for hire and private carriers each presenting on recruiting, interviewing, road testing and on-boarding entry level drivers. In this session carrier representatives will share their thoughts on how they are recruiting, and on-boarding entry level students recently graduated from commercial driver training schools. 

After the 3 presentations the carriers will gather as a panel and there will be an open Q/A moderated by Guy Broderick, Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group.  

During the general session an update will also be provided on the recently introduced TTSAO auditing and oversight program which is managed by the TTSAO Insurance Group. This recently implemented auditing process, for both new prospective members and existing TTSAO members, who operate commercial truck driving schools has been launched with success. Lisa Arseneau, Chairperson of the TTSAO Insurance Group, will provide an overview of the program to-date.

The meeting for the TTSAO Carrier Group is for Carriers only is scheduled for 8:30 – 9:30am

The general session will take place from 10 am to noon and is open to anyone in the industry who would like to attend. 

To register please email ttsao@ttsao.com or call 705-280-5577.

For more information contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbglobalservices.com  or (905) 699 – 8837

Kim Richardson – President, 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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Truck Drivers are the Glue to Keeping Trucking in Motion

I hear it everyday from carriers that the people coming into the industry are lacking commitment and don’t seem to have the skills necessary for the job. I see it in my classes that many students are trying to cookie cut their career and find the perfect job from day one. We see it as a whole in the industry that things are in a state of flux and organizations are trying to come up with answers that address the needs of the industry. No easy fix for sure! There is one constant component in the whole equation and that is you, the driver, the student, you’re the glue.

Why are you the glue, that important piece of a very complex puzzle? You are the piece that controls everything. As a driver you are in demand in the industry. There is a major recruiting shortage that is getting worse and drivers are needed badly. As a student you want the best job you can get, but getting that job may be harder than you expected because it is not just about driving a truck. As an industry we have been trying to find the right mix of regulations for both drivers and companies working in the industry and that has made the industry more complex over the years. How you perform as a driver glues all of those issues together. So how does this affect us going forward?

There are many that believe we don’t have a recruiting shortage but lack the necessary driver qualifications in today’s drivers. The industry has changed so much that once it was a dumping ground for people without education, it has now become one of the most regulated and education rich industries in North America. So how do you succeed in an industry that is changing at the speed of sound? The secret is to educate yourself, network, and take your position seriously.

For the most part people looking into the transportation industry have no fondness of being in classes or increasing their education. Many believe if they can drive then they have all that is needed to be successful as a professional driver. In fact the most popular reason that people get into this industry is because they went on a long trip, enjoyed the drive, and thought truck driving might be for them. What changes is when they actually get into the training aspect of the job they realize driving is only one part of the position. There are many different components to the job and driving is only 50 percent at best. Keeping yourself educated is the important aspect of being successful in today’s transportation industry. The other 50 percent of the job duties needed to be successful encompasses everything else that a driver does on a daily basis. Educate yourself regularly through videos, publications, podcasts, or other sources that you come across everyday. Find the ones that are best for you and keep up with the industry.


Take your career to the next level and secure your position in the changing area of transportation. There is no reason why any person with a valid commercial licence should not be working for a decent carrier unless they choose not to drive. Realize that driving is only a portion of your responsibilities and the industry is changing. Don’t be one of the statistics of this industry, be part of the solution, be the glue that keeps it together.


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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Transportation Risk management solutions inc joins ttsao

Please welcome Transportation Risk Management Solutions Inc. as a new associate member of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario. Transport Risk management Solutions Inc offer safety and transport training solutions for the transportation industry.

Transportation Risk Management Solutions Inc.
Contact: Jeff Lehmann
Email: jeff.lehmann@transportationrisk.ca
Address:  292 North St., Elora ON N0B 1S0
Phone: 905-898-9167
Website: www.transportationrisk.ca

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