TTSAO Announces Conference Speakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TTSAO Announces Conference Speakers

February 9th, 2016 – Hamilton, ON – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) has announced their speaker line-up for their first annual conference, the TTSAO “Striving for Excellence in Training” Conference, scheduled for February 23rd and 24th, 2016 at the Sandman Hotel in Mississauga.

The conference is laid out in a two-day format; day one will be the TTSAO Board of Directors’ Meeting (Directors only), followed by the Association’s General Meeting, which is open to all members and those who are thinking of joining. After the General Meeting, there will be a cocktail party and registrants will be able to visit companies and sponsors who are participating in the trade show.

Day two will feature presentations from some of the industry’s best. These include:

• The Future of Recruitment in the Private Fleet Industry: Private Fleets are just starting to feel the pinch of the driver shortage. Why weren’t these companies affected before? What direction are they now moving in to recruit quality drivers? How does this affect our industry?
o John Harrison, Director of Transportation Operations, Huron Services Group Ltd
o Mike Millian, President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada
o Dennis Shantz, Director of Fleet Services, Home Hardware Stores Limited
o Andy Walker, Ontario Distribution Manager, Molson Coors
• Recruiting Strategies from Trade Publication Experts:
o Stan Campbell, Host, Trucker Radio
o Manan Gupta, Road Today Publishing
o Ed Novoa, Over the Road
How to Attract and Retain Professional Drivers: Advice from Award-Winning Carriers:
o Caroline Blais, Recruiting Manager, Kriska Transport
o Alex MacKinnon, Chief Operating Officer, Mackinnon Transport
o Garth Pitzel, Director – Safety and Driver Development, Bison Transport
o Geoff Topping, Director – Recruiting and Retention, Challenger Motor Freight

Previously announced, the afternoon session will be The Stan and Dan Show, featuring a candid conversation about trucking with one of the industry’s best. Dan Einwechter, Chairman and CEO of Challenger, is without a doubt one of the most successful and respected trucking professionals in North America. Stan Campbell, the host of Trucker Radio will chat with Dan to find out how he and his team have triumphed over trials and tribulations within our industry.

John G. Smith, publisher and editor of Private Motor Magazine will be the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

Don’t miss out on this great event for only $199.00 plus HST per registrant.

The conference registration  form is now available at TTSAO.com.

TTSAO 2016 Conference info and Registration Form

Seating is limited so register soon.
For more information, please contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – Northbridge Office – 1-800-265-7173 or
cell (416) 473-3986 or by email at charlie.charalambous@nbfc.com

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Will You Be Ready When The Rubber Hits The Road?

Will you be ready? You may be asking ready for what? Will you be ready for a career in trucking of course? The truth is that most people interested in getting onto the trucking industry as professional drivers feel that as long as they go into some type of training program that they will learn everything that they need to know to be a professional driver. It is true that with a good school you will learn the practical skills and theory on how to be good at your position. There is some preparation for the position that can be explained in training, but you should really have prepared for before even entering the training program. The preparation required is your mindset and only you can handle that activity.

The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) has developed a Carrier Group which is a group of carriers that are partnering with the TTSAO to help improve their training curriculum to better train new drivers for a career in transportation. In a recent meeting by the group it was outlined that one of the potential problems with new people coming into the industry is that many are ill prepared for the lifestyle that is required for someone on the road for long periods of time. Potential drivers are being encouraged to go into transportation, but are not prepared for life on the road. Now being a trainer myself I know that this is brought up countless times throughout the programs in various ways. In many ways this is too late. A person has already committed to the course and may be hoping to find that perfect position at the end. It doesn’t usually work that way.

The real trick of course is in preparing yourself for your new career. How do you do that? To be honest there is no easy way to prepare, but it is possible. Do your homework before registering for a course and talk to people in the industry. Many new drivers I talk to said they enjoy driving long distances and enjoy the solitude of being alone. You need to evaluate the many parts of the job possibly even individually so that you can determine if you are a proper fit for the job. Being alone is just one aspect of the job. Do you enjoy meeting different people? Do you possess street smarts to help keep you safe on the road? Are you organized and good at planning? Are you willing to be gone days at a time? These are just a few of the questions and items that you should be prepared for long before entering a training program.

Preparing your mind before you enter a training facility will set you far ahead of the class so that you can understand the information being delivered and allow you to understand why certain topics are being covered more than others. A career in transportation can be wonderful and many of us that have put in the road miles in will tell you that it gets into your blood. Preparation is the best way to start that career in a positive way.
About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com.

TTSAO Talks Recruiting and Retention at Annual Conference in February

Recruiting or retention, which is more important? Depending on which side of the coin your job lies you may feel either recruiting or retention could be more important or both. The truth is that I know many companies that just a few years ago thought that recruiting was more important to keep the seats filled. Then the driver shortage came about and people were doing everything they can to hang on to the people they have on staff now. Some of that meant lowering the bar or excusing mistakes made. Over the last couple of years there has been a switch and focus on retention. The smarter players in the transportation industry have figured out that their drivers are important to the operation and livelihood of the company.

I have always said in my own articles and blog posts that every company should focus on the team members they have. Just like a business should focus on the clients they have as it is harder to get new clients than to keep ones already dealing with you, retention works the same way. Things are changing again in the transportation industry and there is now a strong focus on retention. There are just very few people coming into the system that if you don’t focus on retention there will be no people in the seats. I believe there will be a large changes for training centres as well in the future and TTSAO is already on the forefront.  Recruiting will always be important to the transportation industry, but if you don’t focus on retention the system will operate like a hamster on a wheel. If either area is of importance to you then the TTSAO conference is the place to be.

The TTSAO is helping on recruiting and retention issues through their first annual conference being held in Mississauga Ontario on February 23-24, 2016 at the Sandman Signature Convention Centre. The feature presentation will be with Challenger Chairman and CEO Dan Einwechter talking about how the company has become successful over the years. In addition to the main feature there will be breakout sessions with other transportation professionals and members of the private fleet industry. You can view the full schedule and register through the TTSAO website. The seats are filling up fast for the event and seating is limited. You will see that 2016-2017 will be focused on retention whether on a grand scale like a conference or smaller scale such as a team meetings. As many companies adjust to the changing landscape in transportation retention strategies will be at the forefront. Get ahead of the pack and join the TTSAO at their first annual conference. You won’t regret it!

TTSAO 2016 Conference info and Registration Form


About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry 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

Trucking gets a positive spin for the public

I have been on vacation for a bit and hadn’t even turned on a television for a month. Go ahead and try it, don’t worry you will still manage to hear about the bad stuff. Now back at home I recently was watching the news and something remarkable happened. Well really two things happened at the same time! The first was that I saw a commercial on trucking on a national television station, that is amazing in itself. The second amazing thing was that the commercial was positive. I know, when was the last time you saw a positive commercial on our industry?

Over the years myself and many other colleagues have been very good at promoting the industry to each other. I have always said this positive message needs to get out to the public in a big way. Finally the Ontario Trucking Association has taken the plunge and produced a decent commercial on the industry. Oh sure there have been some videos out on YouTube promoting the industry. The problem with YouTube is that the viewer has to watch a video on that topic by choice. Hopefully with a television commercial it will attract those that may not have thought about a career in the transportation industry and it may cause them to act and look for more information.

Hats off to the folks at Ontario Trucking Association for stepping up and creating a decent commercial. But will that be enough? I have only seen the commercial once, so I hope it will run more often for it to work. I also think it would be much more effective if the large Associations south of the border also created similar commercials that play at the same time so that it is a team campaign on both sides of the border.ttsao truck at sunset large

A positive look on our industry is good for all of us especially the certified schools of the TTSAO as this is the first place that those interested in a career in transportation will begin to look. It takes all of us to do our part to promote the industry if we are part of it. Why wouldn’t we promote the industry? Most of the people that I know have had or are having good lives working in the industry. Why not do your part? We can’t all make commercials, but if you make videos, make positive ones. If you talk to someone about the industry be positive. If you write articles be positive. It all works together and we can build on the positive nature of the Ontario Trucking Association commercial. Let’s put a positive spin on the trucking industry, we can do it!

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com

It only takes a minute!

It only takes a minute for an incident to happen that stops your life or those of your loved ones in its tracks. It can take a lifetime of training to know what to do in that moment and depending on the situation that training may or may not help you. This winter alone I ttsao truck at sunset largehave had a couple of friends hurt in incidents and one in particular had an excellent career and lots of experience.

Where most people get mixed up is between training and judgement. Training is something that can be taught and over time can become like second nature so that during an incident a person knows exactly what to do during a situation. Judgement is more difficult in knowing whether an action is the right thing to do or not because often it is a personal decision based on the thought process of the person. Judgement usually plays a part before an incident and may even play a part in the incident all together.

So should you focus on judgment or training. The real key is to focus on both based on the information you have at the time. For instance you may have been trained to drive in the snow, so from a training standpoint you feel comfortable in winter conditions. That being said any experienced driver will tell you that knowing to drive in the snow is only part of the equation. The other factors such as vehicle dynamics, driver tolerance, road factors, and traffic conditions also play a part in whether you should be driving in the snow. As you can see the judgement encompasses all those other factors. With proper judgement you may decide not to drive in those conditions. Judgment is the key to successful training!

As I mentioned in the beginning I have some friends that have started the year off in a bad way. Both are laying in comas at this time and we pray for them. My hope in writing this article for you today is that you will learn good judgement while getting certified training through one of the TTSAO schools. The training may save your life and good judgement may prevent an incident all together, after all it only takes a minute for your life to change!
About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com

Connecting the Dots!

Do you remember those games that used to come in the newspapers or sometimes in books by themselves? You circle a number on the page, then draw a line to the next number. You keep going until you have a picture completed through connecting the dots. When I was a kid and traveling with my parents they used to buy my brother and I one of those books before each trip. So why am I telling you about picture books in a transportation column?

What picture books did for us on an airplane the TTSAO is doing in real life. They are connecting the dots so to speak. By increasing the network of players interested in having safe, quality drivers on the road they are providing a whole picture for the industry. By having the carriers, the schools, and associates all having a voice as to what builds a professional driver, curriculums can be set in place to make sure the driver is well trained.

A few years ago the issues being discussed were mainly training issues because the only people in the room were training schools. Now that many other players are connected to TTSAO the issues and people attending the meetings have been more engaged than ever before. The TTSAO has now formed a Carrier’s Group to help carriers have a voice in the training of new drivers. An annual conference has been scheduled for February 2016 to discuss issues regarding retention for drivers. Last but not least TTSAO has connected with industry regulators to discuss changes in testing and other serious issues within the training circle. These are some serious dots that the Association has started connecting all over the last year. By doing that they are bringing the real picture of the training world to light.

So if you would like to help complete the picture then the best way is to get involved. Sign up for the annual conference on February 23-24th, 2016 and meet the other people in the network. If you are a carrier then you may want to get involved with the TTSAO Carrier Group with Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight Inc. If you are a certified school then join the group as a Member. If you work with schools but are not a training school then the Associate Membership is the one for you. No matter how you want to be involved there is a place for you. Just get your dot on the page and start connecting.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com

CHALLENGER’S GEOFF TOPPING WILL LEAD TTSAO CARRIER GROUP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Jan 8, 2016 – Hamilton, ON – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Board of Directors has
announced the official launch of the TTSAO Carrier Group.

The mandate of the TTSAO Carrier Group is to support the TTSAO in all efforts that will improve education and recruitment and retention for entry level and existing Professional Drivers. The TTSAO Carrier Group will work with the TTSAO Board of Directors and its membered schools to increase awareness and education in reference to the educational needs of all carriers both for hire and private.

Geoff Topping, Director of Recruiting and Retention at Challenger Motor Freight is excited to be nominated and selected as the first Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group. Geoff commented, “I look forward to this opportunity to work with the TTSAO, the carriers and the partner organizations on this very important Industry Issue. The TTSAO schools and entry-level drivers are an important part of our recruiting plan at Challenger. Well-trained safe drivers are import to us as a company and critical to the success of the Industry. To have the Schools, Industry and Government all working in the same direction is critical. This is an exciting venture that we as a company are proud to be part of.”

Yvette Lagrois, President of the TTSAO says “This is the next step of many as our association continues to grow, expand, have purpose and meaning in the trucking industry. Mr. Topping is an excellent choice to lead and grow the TTSAO Carrier Group.”

The group will waste no time getting started immediately working with the TTSAO Board of Directors and its membership. The first official meeting will be held in Cambridge in February and the agenda will include; carriers recruiting & retention issues, update on process of mandatory entry level training for commercial drivers, joint efforts moving forward with carriers and TTSAO schools.

The Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC) sees great value and importance of the formation of the TTSAO Carrier Group. Mike Millian, President of the PMTC, also a TTSAO board member, ” The PMTC feels it is vital that the perspective of all carriers, both for hire and Private, are represented when it comes to the training standards that will be put in place. After all, the carriers are the end users. The New Carrier Group will ensure that carriers
have this opportunity to be fully represented with in the TTSAO. Geoff is a great choice to lead this new group, and we look forward to working with him to enlist representatives from all segments of carriers in the industry” Mike also added, “Private Fleets that have an interest in being represented at this first meeting, should register to be part of the initial kick off meeting and ensure your voice is heard.”

Additionally, Topping commented, “The TTSAO Carrier Group is open to all carriers regardless of size or what you may haul and are invited to the first meeting. All you need to do is register and let us know that you will be attending.”

The first meeting will be Wednesday February 3, 2016 at Challenger Motor Freight in Cambridge from 9:30am to
11:00am. To register, call Sara Fitchett at 705-626-2529 or email your request to attend to ttsao@ttsao.com.

For more information about his Press Release:

Yvette Lagrois – President, TTSAO – TTSAO office – 1-866-475-9436 or OTTA office – 1-800-753-2284 or via email
at Yvette.lagrois@otta.ca

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – Northbridge Office – 1-800-265-7173 or cell (416)
473-3986 or by email at charlie.charalambous@nbfc.com

Geoff Topping – Director of Recruiting & Retention, Challenger Motor Freight 519-653-9770 ext. 2624 Mike Millian – President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada 905-827-0587

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