TTSAO Talks Youth and Diversity at 3rd Annual Conference

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is looking towards the future at their annual conference this year as they focus on youth objectives and the changing face of the trucking industry. There are many changes happening at this time in the industry from technology to equipment and none of those issues come with easy solutions yet all of those industry components affect the training industry in transportation.

With all of these changes in full swing this years conference will be important to help many schools decide on a direction for the future. Some of the questions hopefully answered at the conference will include how youth can become more involved in the industry with good career options? How new technology and autonomous trucks are going to affect the training industry? The insurance industry is also changing drastically within the industry and this area has always been an area of confusion for students and carriers. This is an area that hopefully will be addressed at the conference this year with the new insurance group that was formed at the end of 2017 by the TTSAO.

How will all these issues and more be answered? This is the TTSAO’s 3rd Annual Conference being held in Mississauga, Ontario on February 28th to March 1st with a lineup of various panels and industry experts. The conference will kick off with the Insurance Group led by newly appointed Director Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance as they talk about myths in the industry for students.

Youth will also be a focus of the conference in the industry and there are many areas that will be addressing youth issues. Many of these issues will be talked about in the Youth Panel and the Young Leaders Presentations scheduled for the morning of the conference.

Diversity is also being addressed as the industry changes the face of trucking. Diversity issues will be discussed early in the afternoon with a presentation on Diversity in Trucking with Jane Jazwary.

Finally the conference will wind up looking to the future with TTSAO Conference-Bannerindustry expert Lou Smyrlis as he offers an outlook on what the future looks like for the trucking industry. Smyrlis will offer a five year look into the future allowing participants to have an idea of where to focus their efforts for the future. This is an area everyone is looking towards to direct the proper attention to issues for the future.

How do you get involved?

Seating is limited for this event but there is space available for attendees and some sponsor opportunities are still available. The two day event will include after event parties, trade show styled sponsor opportunities, and much more. You can learn more about conference by visiting the TTSAO website under the conference tab and you can register directly for the conference by sending in the registration form included below. The last two years of the conference have been well attended and will include many industry supporters. You can learn more at

TTSAO Conference Information

2018 Conference Registration Form (fillable)

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

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