KnowledgeSurge Sponsors Coffee Break at TTSAO Conference

KnowledgeSurge Institute Inc. has signed on to sponsor the coffee break at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Thank you KnowledgeSurge for your support and great coffee.

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Are you looking to get your commercial truck driving licence? Maybe you want to become a driving instructor or manage corporate fleets? Either way, you’ve found the right place! KnowledgeSurge & our sister company DriveWise have built an impeccable reputation for quality and performance. Not only do we provide high quality, advanced training for careers in the road transportation industry, but we also operate at a 99.9% client recommendation rating. 

Our registered private career college deploys a number of different training solutions from coast-to-coast, including Fire, EMS, Municipal Services, Commercial Trucking and Corporate Fleets. With multiple accolades and a 99.9% client recommendation rate, you can trust our experts to deliver game-changing training and expertise that has made KnowledgeSurge Institute Canada’s industry leader in advanced driver training programs. Learn more about Knowledge Surge here

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Ontario Truck Training Academy-School Sponsor for TTSAO Conference

Ontario Truck Training Academy has signed on as a School Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening on February 26-27, 2020. Thank you Ontario Truck Training Academy for your continued support of our events.

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At OTTA our instructors meet the highest standards of professionalism. An average of 20 years in the Transportation Industry is required to be an Instructor at our training Centre.

We are a certified member of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario and offer certified AZ training for the Professional Truck Driver Institute, which must meet specific terms and conditions to ensure that all individuals receive training that conforms to today’s standards and safety requirements.


Over the years we have developed an excellent reputation with trucking companies and continue to supply them with safe, knowledgeable entry-level candidates. Learn more about Ontario Truck Training Academy here.

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Alpine Truck Driver Training -School Sponsor for TTSAO 2020

Alpine Truck Driver Training will be a School Sponsor at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February. Thank you Alpine Truck Driver Training for your support with the conference.

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Alpine Truck Driver Training is family owned and operated with over 40 years of experience in the transportation industry, committed to provide quality training instruction to students who pursue a career in the trucking industry. Alpine is dedicated to provide safe and professional training, and to supply reputable transportation companies in North America with qualified drivers.

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Ontario Truck Driving School Signs as Silver Sponsor for TTSAO Conference

Ontario Truck Driving School has signed on as a Silver Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening on February 26-27th 2020. Thank you Ontario Truck Driving School for your support.

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Ontario Truck Driving School has been active in the industry since 1978 and has the widest range of training programs and services in the industry.

Thousands of men and women have successfully obtained employment and began careers operating heavy equipment, trucks, and buses with the help of our job-oriented training. You can too! Choose the best path to your new career. Ontario Truck Driving School. Learn more about Ontario Truck Driving School here.

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TTSAO Listens to Insurance Providers

Insurance providers and brokers in the transportation area are a valuable key to new drivers being employed by carriers. The carriers have to detail what a successful candidate should know when a course is completed so the insurance companies are directing the carriers.

There have been many rumours about insurance providers preventing new truck drivers from gaining employment over the years. What age can a driver be insured with a company? Does a driver need experience or can they be hired on directly out of school? These questions have been popping up for years and to be honest getting the correct answer has been somewhat of a challenge. That’s because insurance is so complex with multiple layers of evaluation within the insurer and dependency on the insurance rate group that the carrier is a part of for insurance. This allows one company to hire new drivers and the next one to ask for a number of years of experience.

You then also have the carrier themselves with preferences to the type of drivers they prefer in their fleet and much of that is determined by the size of the fleet and the training programs available. Ask ten carriers in the room if they accept new drivers and you will get ten different answers based in their cargo and training specifications.

Over the years the insurance providers registered with the Truck Training School Association of Ontario have become valuable members to the TTSAO membership so much that like the carriers they have created their own group inside the association adding extreme value to the membership. The TTSAO can now work with that group as a body allowing for valuable opinion on how training should be developed to best fit the needs of the carriers. The carriers also gain information on what type of finishing programs they require to be attractive to a wider body of potential employees.

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TTSAO Insurance Group

Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance is the current Director of the TTSAO Insurance Group and has a vast knowledge and network that can help in getting information required on issues with insurance or training. You can learn more about the TTSAO Insurance Group by clicking the here.

Over the years the TTSAO has realized how important one group is to the other and training is sandwiched in the middle. Carriers can’t operate without insurance and carriers need people to drive. All three groups depend on each other for information and guidance on improving the industry and the training provided to new students.

The TTSAO Insurance Group will be holding an open meeting on the first day of the conference happening in February. You can learn more about the conference at http://ttsao.com/ttsao-conference/ and the TTSAO Insurance Group at http://ttsao.com/insurance-group/.

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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

A1 Transportation Academy Becomes Accredited School with TTSAO

A1 Transportaton Academy has become the latest accredited school to be registered with the TTSAO. Welcome A1 Transportation Academy to the TTSAO Membership. You can learn more about A1 at www.a1ta.ca

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A1 Transportation Academy
2A-30 Topflight Drive
Mississauga , ON, L5S 0A8
contact: Lakhvinder Singh
Direct line: 647-973-3450
Office: 905-754-0578, 905-754-0579
Email: info@A1TA.Ca
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About the TTSAO

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

Echelon insurance Joins TTSAO Membership

Echelon Insurance has joined the TTSAO Insurance Group as an associate member and will be part of the Insurance Group. Welcome Echelon Insurance to the membership. You can learn more about Echelon Insurance on their website at https://echeloninsurance.ca

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Echelon Insurance
Contact: Jennifer Kew
Email: transport-on@echeloninsurance.ca
Address: 2680 Matheson Blvd. East, Suite 300
Phone: 905-214-7880
Website: www.echeloninsurance.ca

About the TTSAO

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

Joining the Carrier Group at TTSAO

The Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is an association focused on the training industry in Ontario Canada helping to improve the level of professionalism in the industry and making our roads safer. Over the years several groups have evolved within the association to help focus truck driver training issues and solve some of the large issues in the industry. The Association now has four significant membership groups that help shape the opinions and projects looked at by the Association.


The Accredited Schools Group is the major membership group within the association. This group is made up of the training facilities registered with TTSAO. The Accredited Schools are audited on a regular basis to ensure their training systems and curriculum meet the standards set out by the TTSAO.

The Insurance Group is made up of insurance providers registered with the Association. This is an important group because the insurance market dictates much of the hiring requirements
and policies for new drivers. Over the years this membership group has been important to guiding the TTSAO on how they design programming to offer the best career outcome for new students.


The Associate Members Group is the largest group and is made up of vendors, suppliers, trainers, and other companies involved in the transportation industry either working with or supporting the truck training industry.

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Carrier Group

The Carrier Group is possibly the most significant after the Accredited Schools Group. The reason for this is that the carriers registered with the TTSAO are the ones directly hiring the
students. Their direction, opinions, and requests are extremely important to the other membership groups. As current President Kim Richardson says, “The carriers are our customers without them there is no training industry.” If you are a carrier based in Canada and hire new students on your team then you may want to consider joining the organization that is training those students. Not only will you get to know the people training your future team members but you will also have a say on the type of training you would like to see a new student have when applying for a job. If you’re a carrier joining the organization you don’t have to do anything unique as you will automatically be added to the Carrier Group upon acceptance of your application. If you’re not sure if you want to join the group the best thing to do is to attend the upcoming conference and attend the Carrier Group Meeting where leader of the group Guy Broderick will be leading a discussion and updating the group on issues discussed throughout the group. You can learn more about the TTSAO at www.ttsao.com or register for the conference at http://ttsao.com/ttsao-conference/

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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

DriverCheck Signs on as Booth sponsor for Conference

DriverCheck a leader in drug and alcohol testing has signed on as Booth Sponsor at the 5th Annual Conference. Thank you DriverCheck for your support.

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Home Hardware Helps Print Material for 5th Annual Conference

Home hardware has come onboard as a Print Sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Thank you Home Hardware for your support.

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