Thinking of changing careers? Now is the time!

Thinking of changing careers?
Now is the time!

Recently the Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) had a Hiring Event for those looking at the transportation industry as a viable career choice. The transportation industry is desperately looking for people to fill the seats of trucks and many other positions in the industry. In fact predictions from industry experts is that if we don’t get more people into the industry very soon there may be big consequences and price hikes for items on our store shelves. It has also been reported that the driver shortage is partially responsible for raising the rates in the industry for drivers. So if you were thinking of making that career switch, want to fill that dream of driving on the open road, or are tired of being laid off time after time then transportation may be the place for you?

TTSAO Hiring Event 2018

People often look at the transportation industry in different ways and that can scare some off for the wrong reasons. Look at the news and you would think that all truck drivers are out to wreak havoc and mayhem on the roads. If you have had a truck tailgate you then you may think trucks are driven by wild people. Sure we have a few bad apples but for an industry that touches every part of people’s lives on the whole we do pretty well.

Over my 25 year career driving trucks I have seen more good men and women behind the wheel than what the media shows to the public. I have seen dedicated people travel through all kinds of conditions to reach places most people don’t even know exist. Without the drivers there would be no food on the shelves, parts for your car, or building materials for those new homes. Without trucks we would have very few exports as steel and lumber are our most popular exports to the United States and other Countries. So if you don’t think truck driving is an important job think again. Let’s get to the real point because I know very few drivers got into the industry to serve our Country although that’s what they’re doing.

People get into trucking for many reasons but stay because of the people, the work, and the opportunities. If you have ever worked in manufacturing or similar work you know that much of that work can come with layoffs at varying times or can be monotonous work. Transportation offers you some degree of independence, different environments on a daily basis, and the opportunity to meet new people, and see out wonderful Country.

TTSAO Hiring Event 2018

At the latest TTSAO Hiring Event there were a large variety of carriers with work from city operations to long haul highway operations. You could get into the bus industry with a carrier like Greyhound, multiple carrier types in the trucking industry, or maintenance opportunities for mechanics and repair professionals.

There have never been so many opportunities in the industry as there are today. Investing in training for your chosen field can offer you a lifetime of opportunities for your career. If you’re not sure how to get started the best way is to contact one of the TTSAO schools listed in your area and meet them to learn more about the industry. If you are ready for a career change there is no time like the present!Find a TTSAO Certified School in your area

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

Photos from the TTSAO Hiring Event

The TTSAO held their first Hiring Event last Saturday with a strong turnout from industry. Thank you to all that turned out and here are some pictures from the event.

All the jobs didn’t get taken at this event so check out our Carrier Group and apply today!


About the TTSAO

The TTSAO envisions that through the co-operation and joint efforts of all schools involved and the industry itself, specific standards and educational programs can be set for drivers that will not only prove more realistic but much more effective than those currently being put into place by various government agencies.

For more information on the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario please email or call 1-866-475-9436 or visit

TTSAO Put Hold on $40 Cap Stakeholders Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 17, 2018 – Hamilton, ON: The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Board of Directors decided recently to postpone the industry stakeholders meeting that was originally set for June 19th in Toronto. With the upcoming election the government now enters into “caretaker” mode. The TTSAO was advised by Ministry of Advanced Training and Skills Development (MAESD) officials they could not participate in the June 19th industry stakeholders meeting until the new government was elected and out of caretaker’s mode. Although there were over 50 stakeholders willing to participate in the meeting the Board of Directors felt it would be in the best interest of all parties to wait until MAESD could actively participate. Since the fall of 2017, the TTSAO has been corresponding and meeting with the MAESD to increase the cap that is put on tuition for commercial truck driving schools in the Province of Ontario.

ttsao stakeholders meeting

The TTSAO has been supported by the Insurance industry, Carriers and industry associations such as the Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC) and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) all who agree that the tuition cap needs to be raised. The $40.00 Cap has been in place since the fall of 2009 and continues to put tremendous financial pressure on educational facilities who offer commercial driver training. The TTSAO membered schools are a major resource and pipeline of employment to the transportation industry. TTSAO schools graduate thousands of commercial drivers annually and are a major resource to companies hiring entry level professional drivers.

PMTC President, and TTSO Board member, Mike Millian corresponded to MAESD in November of 2017 and said “do we really want to risk sending these new drivers into the industry unprepared and trained on outdated equipment and with underpaid instructors? If we do not address the $40.00 Cap, this is exactly what we are at risk of doing, as schools will be forced to close their doors or find was to cut costs to stay in business”.

Also supporting the hike in tuition is the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA). Stephen Laskowski, OTA President says “It is important that Ontario creates incentives for Second Career applicants when they select truck driver training as an occupation. The introduction of MELT, combined with a 2009 Government of Ontario decision to restrict Second Career funding for truck driver training to $40.00 per hour, there exists a significant barrier to entry for Second Career applicants into our sector.”

At previous meetings with MAESD the TTSAO outlined the increases of costs including; fuel, maintenance, insurance, wages, rent, utilities and government audits. The $40.00 Cap no longer covers the cost of Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training for Class A Drivers, imposed on Truck Training Facilities. Overall costs have gone up in some areas as high as 40%. Lisa Arseneau, Chairperson of the TTSAO Insurance Group, which is represented by most of the commercial insures responsible for writing truck insurance, has attended all meetings with MAESD on behalf of the insurance companies and has also corresponded with MAESD, “we have reviewed documentation supplied by the TTSAO which provides evidence that current fees cannot support the ongoing and rising expenses associated with training and producing quality drivers. If the cap is not addressed we expect that, over time, despite all the efforts from the truck training schools, our new drivers will not be as qualified and this will increase in the number of accidents on our roads as well as the severity of those loses”.

Ed Popkie, President of 5th Wheel Training Institute and a TTSAO board member, participated in the original meeting with MAESD and says “Since November 2009, PCC’s have had their Truck Driver programs capped at $40 per hour by Service Ontario’s Second Career Funding.  The same is not true for Community College Truck Driver programs, where no Second Career hourly funding cap exists.  It’s time to make funding for Second Career the same regardless of whether Truck Driver training is offered by a PCC or a Community College.”

The TTSAO looks forward to rescheduling the stakeholder’s meeting as soon as the government is out of caretaker mode and MAESD is able to attend.

For more information visit or contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations – TTSAO, TTSAO Board of Director – or (905) 699 – 8837

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance, Chairperson TTSAO Insurance Group, TTSAO Board of Director – or (519) 743-5882

Mike Millian – President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, TTSAO Board of Director – Office: 905-827-0587, Cell: 519-932-0902 or by email at

Ed Popkie – President, 5th Wheel Training Institute, TTSAO Board of Director or 888-701-8759








DriveWise Attains Accredited School Status

DriveWise has attained the Accredited School Certification and is now part of the Certified Schools family with the TTSAO. DriveWise has been a long time training partner and Associate Member of TTSAO. You can learn more about DriveWise on their website at

Congratulations DriveWise.


Choosing the Right Job Based on Your Skills

Choosing the Right Job Based on Your Skills

The transportation industry is one of the largest industries in North America. The amount of people employed ranges in the millions and the type of work available fits every skill set. With such a large workforce and with so many different positions available how do you know what type of work is the best for you. Do you choose a job by money, location, type of work, job title, or a host of other criteria? Do you take a position based on hierarchy? All of these questions come to mind for someone new to the industry and unfortunately there is no one answer. If you ask most people already the industry they will tell you, “It depends”. What does that mean?


When I started in the industry I was seventeen years old and didn’t even know what a truck was. My family had never had anything to do with the trucking industry, I didn’t have friends in the industry, I didn’t even know there was an industry. I just needed a job and started working for a company in the moving industry. That was at seventeen and I am now fifty-five years old and my career has more twists and turns than I can count and not one of them was on my goal list or suggested career path. I didn’t talk to a career counselor, I didn’t see where I would end up in the future, I just needed a job.

My career path looks like this; helper carrying furniture onto trucks, furniture driver with a “D” licence, furniture driver with an “A” licence, owner operator, city driver, long haul driver, specialized delivery driver, dispatcher, fleet supervisor, industry columnist, industry cartoonist, industry author, social media expert, transportation consultant, podcast host, television host, and entrepreneur. Every one of those positions have involved the transportation industry and still do to this day. If you look at the path after columnist the other jobs didn’t even exist so there is no way I could have said I was going to be a podcast host. For me the best thing I ever did was just get started in the industry and take opportunities as they appealed to me going through my career and I would suggest the same for most if they have some ambition.

If you are unlike me and prefer not to leave your career to chance there are some things you can do to choose the right position for you. You have to look at three things; the type of work you like to do, the type of work you are good at doing, and the type of training you have acquired.

The type of work you like to do?

The first place to start when looking for a position in the industry is to figure out the type of work you would like to do? Do you like to drive and see the Country? Then a long haul driving job may be good for you? Do you like to talk to people or have a great personality then a recruiting job may be best suited to you? Are you organized and enjoy fast-paced environments then a position as a dispatcher may be your calling? Like to fix things and tinker with machinery then a mechanic job may be best for you? Look at what interests you and start from there when choosing a position.

The type of work you’re good at doing?

The next area to look into is what type of work are you good at doing? Many of us have a natural talent for a certain type of work. Some people are good at administration and others hate it. Some are good at fixing things and others don’t like getting grease on their hands. Think about what you are good at doing and look for jobs that fit those skills.

The type of training you have acquired?

Have you had existing training in a particular area? If so that can be extremely valuable in helping direct you in a certain career. If you have had safety training in the past that may help guide you towards a position in the safety department. Lots of training is available in the industry so past training isn’t a necessity but can be very helpful if you have already achieved a certain skill set.

So if you are looking for a job or investigating a new career then the transportation holds many opportunities. The Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is holding a career fair on May 26th in the Mississauga area. You can learn more about the TTSAO Hiring Event by clicking the link below. Get out there and find the career for you!

Check out the TTSAO Hiring Event


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

Improve Your Career with Truck Shows

Improve Your Career with Truck Shows

May begins the flow of outdoor truck shows and recruiting events for the trucking industry. Every year the indoor shows launch in Spring and that is normally the kick off for the outdoor shows that fall into the Summer and Fall months of the year. From now until October you will see one or two shows every month filled with trucks, carriers, entertainment, and more.

Truck shows

Truck shows are so much fun and are great for the whole family. I have talked about it before how truck shows are a great way to get your family involved and help them understand the industry and life of a truck driver. Letting your family meet the people involved, sit in the equipment, and learn about the industry itself.

My kids still remember the truck shows and they haven’t gone for years. Now I am taking my grand kids so they can understand the world of transportation. It’s funny how trucking gets in your blood whether you drive or not. My Son has never driven a truck himself. He has been on the road with me, has worked for several companies in the moving industry and manufacturing but doesn’t have a licence to drive. The funny thing is whenever he has a job involving the transportation industry he excels at it. Not because of experience, but knowledge. He understands the terminology and the logistics of a driver picking up a load and delivering it to another destination. He’s heard the stories about my travels and seen the equipment that I have driven over time.

I was chatting with industry expert Guy Broderick about the upcoming TTSAO Hiring Event and he expressed the same sentiment. He said a parent will come to an event to learn about the industry and possibly gain employment with a carrier. Often they will bring family for an outing for the day. Guy has mentioned that many times he has heard stories where the person that came to get the job didn’t get one, but another family member ended up getting employment because they found a position of interest at the event. If you’re trying get your kids a job bring them along to the shows.

Want to learn more about the TTSAO event, check out the video below?

Truck shows are more than just shiny trucks. They’re about networking with the industry, learning about opportunities, and educating yourself for the future. You may not need a job now, but possibly may want to switch carriers in the future. You may not want to start a business in transportation today but might in five years. Always be gaining connections and improving your network. It will certainly come in handy. I have connections from past employers and shows that are still an important part of our business today, so keep growing your connections.

As mentioned before get out and see what this industry has to offer. The next event on the schedule is the TTSAO Hiring Event which is a one day event in Mississauga Ontario. This event will be a recruiting event offering opportunities with different carriers, job types, and information to help attendees get hired with some of the best companies in Ontario. You can learn more about the event by clicking the banner below. Hope to see you there.


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

Paying Attention is the First Step in Professional Truck Driving

Paying Attention is the First Step of Professional Truck Driving

There are many things that drivers need to be aware of on the road with the most important thing being the safety of themselves and those around them. Yesterday in Toronto we had an incident that is becoming a common occurrence on roadways over the last few years with truck drivers having their dump boxes up and smashing into bridges on the highway. Since 2014 their have been an average of one per year in Canada and based on articles written from the United States it is not uncommon there either.

dump truck

The first incident was the Skyway Bridge incident in 2014 when a driver caused 1.2 million dollars of damage by driving with his dump box up and driving intoxicated at the time. Read the story here:

The second incident incident was in 2016 where a dump trailer was up when the driver hit a bridge on Highway 400 in Ontario Canada. The driver was charged with careless driving and over-height vehicle. You can read the story here.

In early 2018 a Quebec driver with his dump trailer up hit a bridge on Highway 40 at full speed unaware that his box was raised with a full load of Canola Seeds. Read the story here:

Now yesterday we have had this happen again on Highway 401 as a dump truck hit an overhead sign with the dump trailer raised when driving down the Highway. Read the story here:

So how does this happen?

In my 35 year career in the industry with 25 years of that as a driver I have seen many things. I have never been involved in dump equipment or heavy equipment so I can’t speak to why the above mentioned incidents happened to these drivers, but in most cases from what is reported was that the drivers were charged for driver negligence in most cases. Is this driver error, faulty equipment, or other issues? Do we need to implement better training?

Find a TTSAO Certified School in your area

From what I have been reading about dump trailers online is that there is safety features that would alert the driver the dump box is up but in many incidents these trucks didn’t have the equipment installed or working. There also seems to be techniques that drivers have learned over time to ensure the the dump box doesn’t raise without intentionally dumping a load.

From what I know from reading online and my knowledge of industry inspections taking the time to inspect your vehicle before leaving on the road is the first defence against having these issues happen in the future. Drivers need to pay attention to their equipment, do proper inspections, and have a professional attitude to the job of being a professional driver.

Learn more about the TTSAO Hiring Event here

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


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)

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  . You can contact Guy Broderick directly about the event at 416-623-5461 or by emailing

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.


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