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Welcome Canadian Blood Services and Sovereign Insurance to the TTSAO Association

Please welcome new members Canadian Blood Services and Sovereign Insurance to the TTSAO Family.

Canadian Blood Services Inc
Contact: Patricia Burke
Email: patricia.burke@blood.ca
Address: 1800 Alta Vista
Ottawa, ON K1G 4J5
Phone: 613-739-2502
Fax: 613-739-2066
Website: www.blood.ca

Sovereign Insurance
Contact: Kevin Dutchak
Email: kevin.dutchak@sovgen.com
Address: 1791 Barrington Street Suite 900
Halifax, NS B3J 3K9
Phone: 902-717-5805


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TTSAO Meeting Focuses on Instructor Qualifications

Driving instructors seemed to be the focus of the meeting at yesterdays Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Meeting on December 11th which held a number of panels from insurance professionals to large carriers and had a full house of attendees. As I watched the moderators ask questions of the panel one common thread was instructor qualifications. Even the Ministry of Transportation is looking into instructors in the light of their M.E.L.T program implemented in 2017.

TTSAO December 11th Meeting

Board Member Gerald Carroll started things off with information on the TTSAO Conference coming up on February 27th and 28th 2019. An outline of the agenda and sponsorship opportunities were explained and Charlie Charalambous talked about the new instructor award being presented and sponsored by PayBright. You can register for the conference and learn more about the Instructor Award on the TTSAO website at www.ttsao.comTTSAO 2019Maybe this kicked it off in my mind that the focus was on instructor qualifications but each panel seemed to have that common thread. The first update by the Ministry of Transportation offered a look at the Mandatory Entry Level Program ( M.E.L.T.) for drivers and are expanding the program for “D” licensed drivers. It was mentioned that the next step for the M.E.L.T program would be instructor certification and qualifications. Currently the Ministry is collecting data over a 3-5 year period as to how well the program is working.TTSAO December 11th MeetingLisa Arseneau moderated the discussion for the Carrier Panel which included carriers Challenger, Kriska, and Rosedale offering tips on where drivers need help when applying for jobs with many carriers. Backing up and more complete training was commented as an issue for new applicants. All the carriers mentioned they were happy to have a M.E.L.T. as a base for looking at new applicants, and the carriers mentioned that positive promotion of the industry is required to bring in new people to the industry. Instructor certification and recognized teaching strategies were all good steps to improvement in training from a carrier standpoint.TTSAO December 11th MeetingA discussion with the Insurance Group was moderated by Guy Broderick and the key point of this panel was instructor qualifications again. The insurance industry is trying to change some of the ways they insure carriers to help bring in more people to the industry. What they are seeing through their data is that many of the severe crashes are from inexperienced drivers and they feel instructor certification would be a big step to helping insure new people in the industry.

The meeting was closed off with an update from the MTCU ( Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities) on the training amounts allotted for schools to train new students. Chairperson Kim Richardson closed the meeting with remarks to the full house.TTSAO December 11th MeetingOverall the training industry is working very hard to bring the status of the driver in the transportation industry to professional levels. TTSAO is at the forefront of many of the talks with Ministry officials and is moving the mark forward, but as mentioned by Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight, “We all need to do our part to promote the professionalism of the industry.”

Improving the outlook of the industry will go along way to helping all of us for the long term and hopefully will solve the recruiting issues in the industry. If you are currently an instructor in the industry look for certification training in the near future. It’s being talked about by all groups in the industry. Register for the TTSAO Conference in February by clicking here.TTSAO 2019About 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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TTSAO announces updated line up for December 11th meeting.

TTSAO’s General Meeting taking place on December 11th in Mississauga we are pleased to announce the following line-up of TTSAO-logo-2018panelists for the Carrier/ MELT panel:
Caroline Blaise of Kriska Transport,
Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight, and
Brian Topping of Rosedale Transport

These industry experts will provide their thoughts and experiences on the MELT program from the carriers perspective. Discussion items will include:

quality of the MELT Driver
the impact of Driver turnover
finishing programs
instructor certification and other topics

The panel will be moderated by TTSAO Insurance Group Chairperson and TTSAO Board of Director, Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance.

The meeting will take place at the CHSI Conference Centre at 5110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga from 10 am – 12 noon.

There is no fee to attend and you do not have to be a TTSAO member.

Registration can be done by contacting Sara Fitchett, Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario
Direct: 705-280-5577
Fax: 888-649.5328
Email ttsao@ttsao.com
Web: www.TTSAO.com

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TTSAO announces date for 2019 Conference

The TTSAO has announced the date for the TTSAO 2019 conference and will be opening up registrations in the near future. keep an eye out for more information on the 4th annual conference.

TTSAO 2019

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TTSAO Insurance Group talks insurance acceptability for course curriculum

The TTSAO Insurance Group would like to update all member Lisa Areseneauschools on the subject of insurance acceptability of course curriculum.  To clarify, non-fleet insurance and fleet insurance are deemed to have different standards when applying the rule of driver eligibility.  Currently, for non-fleet policies, only the full AZ 200+ hour courses are being accepted by some insurers.  The minimum 103.5 MELT basic standard has not been accepted by any insurer on a non-fleet insurance basis as of yet.  Fleet insurance eligibility is determined between the fleet itself and their insurer and would be decided on a case by case basis.

Lisa Arseneau, R.I.B.O.
Commercial Producer
Staebler Insurance
PH  519.743.5228  |Ext 222| TF 1.800.321.9187 | Fax 519.743.7464

About the TTSAO Insurance Group

The TTSAO Insurance Group is formed from member insurance companies supporting the training and employment of new and experienced students graduating from certified training facilities within the TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario. www.ttsao.com

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Improve Your Confidence During Road Check

Improve Your Confidence
During Road Check

If you’re new to the industry you may not understand what “Road Check” is for drivers. Road Check has been going on for many years and is an enforcement initiative across North America. Each year usually in the first week of June the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conduct a 72 hour blitz of inspections throughout the United States and Canada. This inspection blitz is to show the public that enforcement officials take safety seriously in the transportation industry. The CVSA is made up of Police agencies, Department of Transport inspectors, Ministry of Transportation inspectors, and other agencies aligned with safety and enforcement in North America.

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What does that mean for the new driver?

As a new driver you don’t necessarily have to do anything different but understand that more eyeballs will be watching you while on the roadways. If you are still in a training facility this is a good time to review your notes and focus on your inspection process to get it down to a fine system. If you don’t understand something go back and ask those questions to your trainer or mentor.

If you are working for a carrier already then doing proper inspections and if possible have a mechanic go over the truck with you if you are new to the equipment. Go over the vehicle twice to ensure you haven’t missed any important components. Having a proper system for inspections and using a checklist are paramount for inspection success.

Not yet in a training facility?  Find a training provider near you.

Find a TTSAO Certified School in your area

What does Road Check mean for the seasoned driver?

If you are an experienced driver then you may be more at risk with Road Check than someone in training. A person in training will most likely have a qualified instructor with them helping them should they miss an item during an inspection. An experienced driver won’t have that extra set of eyeballs to help ensure they don’t miss any components. If you think of it the inspectors are not looking for student run vehicles because they know that those should be in good condition to begin with. Inspectors are looking for drivers that have become complacent and have stopped inspecting their vehicles properly.

Try these tips for success during Road Check

There are many things you can do to get through Road Check without too much trouble. The first tip is to get organized. Have a system for everything you do which will help you not miss items. This year Road Check is focused on Hours of Service which means they will be paying extra attention to your log book or Electronic Logging Device. That doesn’t mean they won’t be checking brakes, lights and anything else attached to the truck.

The second tip is to take that extra time and do a proper inspection. Inspect every component of your truck and ensure it is in top shape. If possible have a second set of eyes such as a mechanic go over important items and create a solid system for inspections that offer you confidence while on the road. If you go into an inspection station with confidence it is a first step to being a professional driver.

Good luck with Road Check and if you work for a quality carrier that believes in safety then you shouldn’t have trouble during programs like Road Check. This program happens every year so it shouldn’t be a surprise.

Looking for a quality carrier? Check out the TTSAO Carrier Group TTSAO-Carrier-Group-banner

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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New Industry Partners Get Involved in Hiring Event-May 26th

Many new industry partners are getting involved in the TTSA Hiring Event on May 26th. There is still time to get involved, click here!

Logos not included but registered include Tallman Truck Centre Ltd., and Rona

Get involved: TTSAO Industry Hiring Event Registration Form (Rev.002)

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TTSAO’s Guy Broderick is interviewed on The Lead Pedal Podcast about Hiring Event

The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) is holding their first hiring event and Carrier Group Leader Guy Broderick is the organizer for the event. Bruce chats with Guy about the event and how it will help those looking at the industry find employment and successful careers at the event. The two chat about careers available outside of driving and how to prepare yourself as a new driver to put forth a good first impression. . You can learn more about the TTSAO Hiring Event at www.ttsao.com  . You can contact Guy Broderick directly about the event at 416-623-5461 or by emailing ttsao@ttsao.com

Click here to Listen to the Interview


About the Show

The Lead Pedal Podcast aims to be a positive voice for truck drivers in the transportation industry. The Lead Pedal Podcast is a show for those in the trucking industry wanting to improve their trucking careers or businesses. What does The Lead Pedal Podcast mean? The Lead (pronounced “Led”) stands for acceleration or fast-track of your career. It is a play on words and we certainly are not here promoting speeding in the industry. We are hoping this information will help you become a professional driver faster than if you didn’t know about many of these topics. www.theleadpedalpodcast.com


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TTSAO Streamlines with Groups Within a Group

When you join an association you get a variety of people involved in all business types or sectors and companies. It can take a new member a long time to understand who else is involved with a group and sometimes that can hinder the growth of a group.

Guy Broderick

I am part of many groups in the world of business and each time I join a group I find it takes a long time to finally realize who else is involved. This is because you meet people one by one, learn about their business, evaluate whether their the type of business for your network, and then follow up with them and that takes time. Almost every group I have joined takes about a year to really understand the dynamic of the group.

When a group decides to put on an event the decision is either made up from the group as a whole or a specific Board or team that make the decision for the rest of the group. In a group with different member types this can cause many to feel as though the decision does not meet their needs.

I have been working with the people at the Truck Training School TTSAO LogoAssociation of Ontario (TTSAO) for a number of years and have noticed that over time they have started segmenting their people within the organization. When I first started working with them they had certified schools and associate members, you were either a school or not. Since the transportation industry is such a large sector of the population with a variety of people involved it got to be very confusing as to whom was in the room and how they helped the industry. Like many other industry groups the associate membership often out numbers the actual members and this was the case with TTSAO. They have started segmenting the groups to give a better view of the membership to the industry and it is helping them in growing their membership.

Over the last couple of years they have formed four groups within the TTSAO Association. They have the main group of Certified Schools, the TTSAO Carrier Group made up of any carrier that joins the organization, the TTSAO Insurance Group with any insurance partners involved with the group, and the Associate Membership which makes up consultants and other professionals from the industry. It’s been helping grow their membership because other companies involved in the industry can now see where they fit in within the group and who the members are.

If you would like to learn more about joining the TTSAO click here for more information.

The TTSAO is taking things one step further which is making the group even more powerful. They are giving power to each group to get involved on a deeper level within the Association. At events such as the annual conference each group will hold their own meetings with an agenda talking about their goals for the year and what they hope to get accomplished as a group. Some are starting to put on their own events to promote their particular expertise to the public. This is what’s happening with the TTSAO Carrier Group who decided this year to put on a hiring event. The TTSAO Hiring Event is a job fair for the public under the TTSAO name allowing people to learn more about jobs in the industry. All groups are welcome to participate and show what they have to offer the public within the industry.

Join us for the TTSAO Hiring Event on May 26th, 2018 Carrier-Group-Hiring-Event-Banner

The TTSAO groups within a group program is working out very well from an outsiders standpoint looking in. The groups are aligning nicely and the streamlined look is helping other companies see how they can be a part of the TTSAO.

If you would like to learn more about membership with the TTSAO please visit our membership page.

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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Check out the great companies registered for the TTSAO Hiring Event-May 26th

The TTSAO Hiring Event happening on May 26th, 2018 has many great companies already involved. If you are looking to find opportunities for a long time career in the transportation industry both in the drivers seat and outside of the driver’s seat then this will be the place to be. Free to attend.

Would you like to be involved in the event? Register below:

TTSAO Industry Hiring Event Registration Form2

Companies Already Registered

Check out the Event Information

Carrier Group Hiring Event Poster

Learn more about the event here


See you there!



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