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Lisa Arseneau On Sponsoring the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference

Staebler Insurance’s Lisa Arseneau has been a member of the truck Training School Association of Ontario for many years and has been a keen sponsor of the conference over the years. She talks about the benefits of the conference and why she believes sponsoring the conference is important.

Lisa Areseneau on the 5th Annual Conference

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Helen Thorpe on Panel for Females in Trucking at TTSAO Conference

Helen Thorpe will be one of the panel guests of the Females in Trucking Industry Panel at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference talking about her experiences in the industry. Thorpe is the Safety, Training, and Compliance Coordinator with CAT Inc.

Helen Thorpe

Presenter Profile

Helen Thorpe came to transportation as a second career with the intent of developing her skills both on and off the road.  She has driven a variety of equipment for regional, long-haul and city fleets and was an on-road trainer before transitioning to a dispatch position, and eventually to Safety & Compliance.  After 3 years as the National Corporate Trainer, conducting road tests, developing and delivering in-house orientation and training programs for drivers, office staff and fleet maintenance; Helen has returned to an active safety role. She is the Safety, Training and Compliance Coordinator for Ontario with CAT Inc.


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PMTC announces Ontario Regional Seminar for October 17th

For Immediate Release

PMTC announces Ontario Regional Seminar for October 17th
Milton, ON: The PMTC’s next regional half-day seminar will be in Mississauga, Ontario, on October 17th, running from 8:30 to 11:30am. The seminar will cover three diverse topics that will provide value that fleets, and suppliers alike can take back to their workplace to help improve their operations.

An overview of National ELD Regulations and the progress of the NELT file

The PMTC has been heavily involved in stakeholder consultations with government on both the Electronic logging device file and the Mandatory Entry level Training file from the very beginning. The ELD regulation was posted in Gazette 2 and is set to come into force on June 12th of 2021. The National Entry Level Training file is currently in its consultation phase and is expected to be imbedded in the National Safety Code in January of 2020. Mike Millian, the President of the PMTC, will provide an update on what the regulations look like, and what fleets can expect to have to comply with and when.

US FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearing House

Branden Kearse, Privacy & Compliance Coordinator at DriverCheck, will discuss the upcoming United States Drug and Alcohol Clearing House Program that comes into effect on January 6th of 2020 for all Carriers and Drivers who operate into the US. If you are a driver or carrier do you know your responsibilities? Who has to register, where to register and other important details that will affect your compliance in the Untied States? This is the place to be to find out from the experts.

Truck pre-screening and weigh station pre-clearance

Earlier this year, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation deployed commercial vehicle pre-screening and weigh station pre-clearance technology in Ontario, in collaboration with connected truck leaders Intelligent Imaging Systems (IIS) and Drivewyze. In this presentation you will learn about the pre-screening systems now in place at a number of weigh stations in the province, which automatically scan trucks for bad brakes, weigh them while they are in motion, and which use advanced imaging systems to recognize trucks and look up inspection history and safety ratings. You will also learn about Drivewyze Pre Clear, a weigh station bypass service that permits carriers with good safety records to avoid being pulled into scales every single visit. Combined, the pre-screening and pre-clearance systems work to improve commercial truck safety and efficiency in Ontario. At the conclusion of the presentation, officials from the MTO and Drivewyze will field your questions.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this seminar, starting at $300.00.

The seminar is being offered as part of PMTC’s ongoing regional half day educational seminars. For more information, to register or sponsor, please call 905-827-0587, email info@pmtc.ca, go to our website at www.pmtc.ca, or CLICK HERE to register online. The cost to attend is $25.00 for a PMTC member, and $100.00 for a non-member. Location details will be provided when you register to attend.

The PMTC is also offering educational seminars in Wallace, Nova Scotia on September 18th, and in Edmonton, Alberta on October 1st. For info or to register for those events go to www.pmtc.ca. You can also call or email at the same contacts as listed above.

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Road Safety Resources from IHSA

IHSA offers road safety programming and resources for the industry. Check out the resources here.

• https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/magazine/volume_19_Issue_1/new-road-safety-resources-for-employers-available-from-ihsa.pdf

• https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/magazine/volume_19_Issue_1/spotting-the-risks-in-trucking.pdf

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IMVR’s Vickie DeVos Presents on Virtual Reality Technology at TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Vickie DeVos of IMVR will be one of three presenters offering information on technology in training facilities at the 5th annual TTSAO conference. As technology takes over our world there needs to be a new way of training those using new systems and information. DeVos will be on the panel moderated by John G. Smith talking about technology in training facilities.

About Vickie DeVos

After spending many years leading our sister company, Fleet-Tax Services, speaking to many carriers through our workshops, I had the feeling there is a  need for a system to enhance training and adding compliance. 

The vision I had is very simple, using Virtual Reality to bring more safety to our roads through a fully immersive product that can is portable, easy to use and cost less than one insurance claim.

We love what we do and it shows. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the many fields of transportation and IT, we understand our industries. There’s no challenge too big or too small, and we dedicate our utmost energy to the project we take on. We are focused and determined to enhance driving patterns by revolutionizing the transportation industry through a new way of learning. Every client is unique. That’s why we customize every one of our plans to fit your needs exactly.

Take the first step to open a conversation on how iMVR can add to your training, compliance, and retention. Learn about IMVR


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Certifying Your Training Facility With TTSAO

The Truck Training School Association of Ontario represents training providers and associated members offering training programs for the transportation industry. Although anyone can join the association schools registering as an accredited school must be certified. Many associations don’t require that their members be certified to be involved but the Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is different.

To become an Associate Member, Carrier Member, or Insurance Member doesn’t require any certifications to be part of the membership, but for schools it’s different. One of the main reasons that the TTSAO was formed was to show the public and members of the transportation industry that not all training is the same. Truck driver training is critical to the development of a new driver and the training has to be a standard that the industry can recognize and depend on. The TTSAO created that standard by creating a network of like minded schools offering a certain standard of training that is above what the regulations suggest and with a curriculum that is standardized throughout their membership. This removes schools that are not offering proper training models and allows a group to be recognized as a professional association to governing bodies.

The Truck Training School Association has now come to the point where they are a respected Association within the transportation industry and students looking for training. Carriers and insurance providers have a say in the Association allowing for a more involved membership and information from all sides of the trucking industry. The next question is how do you get your training facility involved?

Since the TTSAO has a standard for their training facilities they have to make sure everyone is following minimum standards through an audit process. That audit process starts with the application process and will continue on a regular basis as long as the school is a member of the association. The process has a number of steps and qualifications that a new school or upgrading facility needs to meet in order to be accepted.

The reason it is important to be certified as an accredited school is to be able to offer your services to the transportation industry and to be taken seriously by carriers in the industry. Many of the carriers within the TTSAO membership will only accept applications from drivers that have attended a certified school showing that they have a certain level of training. There have been some horrific accidents over the years from new drivers that were not trained properly causing governing bodies to implement certain training programming like Mandatory Entry Level Training. Since TTSAO schools offer a standard 200 hour course for new students and the schools are audited on a regular basis carriers are comfortable that students are being trained properly. The association also fights against training facilities that don’t train students properly putting all of our lives in danger on the road. If you are thinking of starting a training facility, already have a school that you would like to make part of the association, or offer training programs for training facilities then visit the TTSAO website with information to guide you through the application process and be part of an association that believes in proper training for everyone.

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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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Staebler Insurance Supports 5th Annual TTSAO Conference as Swag Bag Sponsor

Staebler Insurance has always been a supporter of the Truck Training School Association of Ontario and is showing their support this year as the Swag Bag Sponsor for the 2020 conference. Thank you Staebler Insurance for being part of this great event.

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Staebler Insurance-Swag Bag Sponsor

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