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.
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.
Over the years we’ve changed the face of trucking with new cultures and immigration programs, maybe it’s time we change the name. One thing trucking hasn’t improved in is respect. We have improved in technology, we have more training, we have more regulations, but we don’t seem to have any more respect. If you say the term “truck driver” to anyone in the general public you will see their face twist and usually hear something like “ that’s a hard job” or “tough industry.” The only time that changes is when you talk to someone who understands the industry or has driven before.
What if we changed the name? We all respect someone in the Military for the hard work they do and the danger of the job. There are many people in the military either doing the exact same job that a truck driver does, but because of the function of the military people’s perceptions are totally different. If motorists get held up in traffic by a line of trucks they swear and curse at the drivers. If they get held up by a military convoy they salute and wave. Could it be the name that helps to change the perception of the job. I agree that people in the army are amazing in protecting our Country and supporting war efforts for others, but we all know if we were to stop the trucks transporting goods across our Country the shelves would be bare. Does it make us any less important?
I was reading an advertisement for a job to become a truck driver in the military. No I am not trying to get a job but was curious to see what they would look for in a person and what type of work they would be expected to do. I was expecting the job description to say things like; Must be able to drive a tank, ten years experience hauling helicopters, or something like that. When I read the description it was almost the same as a truck driver job. The items were drive buses, trucks, and tractor trailers. Inspect vehicles, fill out paperwork, maintain the vehicle, etcetera. That sounds much like what a truck driver does. You can see the description for yourself at https://forces.ca/en/career/mobile-support-equipment-operator/.
Here is the difference, the job is not called truck driver for the army but “Mobile Support Equipment Operator.” Doesn’t that sound nice? It is much of the same job with a lot more respect and of course learning to shoot a gun. Marketing has always been the transportation industry’s problem. Whether we change it to a skilled trade or rename it for more respect I think we need to look at that as an industry.
On another note our military personnel are crucial to our freedom and survival as a Country. Please remember those that have served to give us the freedom we now enjoy in Canada and beyond and pause to remember them on November 11th. Thank you to all of our military services for the work you do.
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
Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC) President Mike Millian talks about why organizations such as Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario and the PMTC need to work together to improve the transportation industry and support of the 5th annual 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 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.
The Foreign Worker Pilot Program will be discussed at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February 2020. Vikram Khurana will be offering a presentation on the program and how it may be the answer to bringing new workers into the industry. You won’t want to miss this presentation.
Vikram (Vik) Khurana is a Canadian serial entrepreneur with experience in recruiting truck drivers from international jurisdictions. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Vik worked with TD Bank. Since then, he has founded many businesses such as Prudential Consulting Inc., an international HR recruitment firm, Leading System Consultants, a company engaged in International Trade, amongst others. Vik has been an advisor, board member, investor, and consultant to a number of multinational companies and organizations in the field of Transportation, Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing. Vik has also invested in a variety of start-ups as an Angel investor.
Vik is currently the Chair of Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) – Canada’s oldest and leading and business incubator that has been locally, nationally and internationally recognized for its efforts in nurturing the growth of new and emerging businesses in the Greater Toronto Area.
He has also served on the Board of Export Development Canada, FinDev Canada, Dean’s Council of Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Canada-India CEO Forum (advisory body to the Prime Ministers of Canada and India) and the Advisory Board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (entrepreneurial and small business community organization).
Among other community involvements, he was an honorary Board member at Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation in Toronto (a well-known research hospital in Toronto), honorary Ambassador for the Province of New Brunswick, Board member of India Research and Policy Institute at University of Waterloo, Founding Member of the Canada-India Foundation, and the Board of the Museum of Hindu Civilization.
Vik is an engineering graduate from India and also holds a Masters in Business Administration, from St. Mary’s University in Halifax.
Vik is an active participant in a variety of fundraising activities for development-related causes such as schools for underprivileged children, and long-term aid initiatives for Haiti. He is a serving member of the Board of Trustees at the Canada Post Foundation which funds a host of Children’s charities across Canada.
Vik has also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his achievements and work in the community.
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TTSAO President Kim Richardson wants you to think about the benefits of being an attendee or sponsor of the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference.
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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.
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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.