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Press Release – Trucker Assault Prevention Video Launch

Quantum Leap Forward VIDEO Media Release v5 February 20, 2024 Trucker assault prevention video to be launched At TTSAO conference February 29 Female Truck drivers and their male counterparts who identify as visible minorities are the most likely truckers to face assaults on the job, according to a recent report. Because they aren’t the only…

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B.C. asks feds to reduce safety gaps following overpass crashes

The article from Truck News, written by Leo Barros and dated January 9, 2024, discusses British Columbia’s request to the federal government for measures to reduce safety gaps in the trucking industry. This request follows several incidents of commercial vehicles striking overpasses in the province. It highlights the specific case of Chohan Freight Forwarders, whose…

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TTSAO Training Tip – Fundamentals = Left-Hand Turn

This week’s Training Tip looks at practicing the “fundamentals.” Sports teams work on fundamentals every practice so that it becomes ingrained in the unconscious and cemented into muscle memory. How’s that for a sports analogy when dealing with driving Big Rigs? Today, we will look at the fundamental for making a left-hand turn. Going to basics,…

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TTSAO Training Tip – One move = One signal

Who said you don’t need math to drive a truck?! This week’s Tip is to make a simple math equation: One move = One signal. This is an equation that anyone can understand. If you are going to make more than one lane change, or a lane change to set up a turn at an…

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TTSAO in the News

In an informative article from Leo Barros of truckingnews.com, Barros discusses caution, awareness keep trucks rolling safely in the dark with TTSAO President Phil Fletcher. See the full article here

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Training Tip of the Week – Predictive Behaviour

This week is a little more advanced in taking your student or driver to the next level. We are talking about Predictive Behaviour.When driving Over the Road it will become apparent that the other drivers around you will do sudden moves that will impair your ability to maintain safety. This is a crucial fact to…

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TTSAO Training Tip of the Week – Mirrors

Let’s continue with some basic tips on how to improve a driver/student’s Defensive Driving. This week we’ll talk about Mirrors! Clean mirrors and proper mirror adjustment is what it takes to know what and who is around you, and what you need to look out for. Let’s start by making sure your mirrors are clean….

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President’s Report for September 2023

September kicked off a busy schedule of contacts, conferences and calls. We continued working on the Instructor Certification project. With the change in leadership at MTO, Caroline Mulroney switching posts with Prabmeet Sarkaria, we have already pressed forward. We were fortunate enough to get an early meeting with the new Minister. We found Minister Sakaria…

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TTSAO Board Announcements – Oct 2023

Boysie Dindyal Carrier Group Chair We would like to introduce the new TTSAO Carrier Group Chair, Boysie Dindyal, Director of Driver Recruiting and Retention, Challenger Motor Freight Inc. Boysie, an industry leader, brings a broad base of experience and knowledge to the TTSAO Board! Jeff McKay Membership Committee We would like to introduce Jeff McKay…

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TTSAO Training Tip of the Week – Lane Discipline

Let’s continue with some basic tips on how to improve a driver/student’s Defensive Driving. This week we’ll talk about Lane Discipline! Why is Lane Discipline important? First, let’s identify what lane discipline actually is. As a driver it is important to know where you are expected to be, as well as knowing where all the…

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A TTSAO Member School – Centurion Truck Training Academy

Centurion Truck Training Academy The founders of Centurion Truck Training Academy are equipped with 20 years of experience in North America’s multi-billion dollar transportation industry. They have been well-connected and employed in well-known recognized transportation companies. With years of experience, Centurion Truck Training Academy is looking to use innovative teaching methods to satisfy the needs…

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NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER – CVTA 

Founded in 1996, CVTA is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety, reduce barriers for those seeking entry into the transportation industry and further advance overall driver professionalism. A kindred spirit in our industry we are thrilled to welcome the CVTA as…

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Toronto Star Interviews TTSAO President Phil Fletcher

Industry expert, Phil Fletcher, the president of the TTSAO was interviewed by Jeremy Nuttall, a staff reporter with the Toronto Star. The article points out that the shortage of drivers is a risk to Canada’s economy according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers for Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP). Read the complete article…

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TTSAO Training Tip of the Week – Highway Driving

Let’s continue with some basic tips on how to improve a driver/student’s Defensive Driving. Consider highway driving this week. It is apparent that many drivers are now using the middle lane in a 3-lane highway, and some are even in the ‘fast’ lane, not the curb or right-hand lane. Patience and discipline is required to…

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NEW CARRIER MEMBER – Woodcock Transportation Group

TTSAO is pleased welcome our newest Carrier Member. The Woodcock Transportation Group is a private, family owned and operated company established in 1983 with over 40 years in the trucking industry. The company is well positioned to serve customers in Canada and the United States. They are located in the hamlet of Sebringville, Ontario –…

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TTSAO Training Tip of the Week – PPE and Safety Wear

We are going back to some small but important safety tips that will improve your Defensive Driving. Keep this one in mind when driving in urban settings, like Lakeshore Rd in the GTA, or any other similar busy roads. When driving your commercial vehicle others around you are not aware of your dimensions and ability…

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NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER – A-1 Auto Transport Inc.

Please join us in welcoming Joe Webster and his team at A-1 Auto transport Inc.: our newest TTSAO Associate Group member. A-1 Auto Transport is one of the largest USA-based worldwide auto shippers in the industry. We have offices and storage facilities located in major cities and metro areas throughout the U.S. and overseas, as…

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The Importance of High-Visibility Clothing for Student Truck Drivers and Instructors

Many people think student truck drivers are always safe in their cabs; therefore, comfort is the only important aspect of their clothing. The reality is that student truck drivers and instructors often work in low light conditions and in poorly lit yards, putting their safety at risk. Wearing fluorescent or reflective clothing ensures student truck drivers and their…

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TTSAO and Mark’s Commercial – We’ve Got You Covered!

TTSAO partnership offers discounted, customized safety and work apparel for you and your team The TTSAO has partnered with Mark’s Commercial to provide TTSAO schools and carriers custom branded work and safety apparel at discounted prices. This discount program offers work wear, footwear and Fire Retardant wear from top brands, including Blundstone, CAT, Timberland and…

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A TTSAO Member School – Northern Academy of Transportation Training

Northern Academy of Transportation Training In the beautiful expanse of Northern Ontario lies a cornerstone of transportation education, the Northern Academy of Transportation Training (NATT). Renowned for its rigorous curriculum and strong emphasis on safety, NATT provides an excellent training ground for future commercial vehicle operators. As a member of the esteemed Truck Training Schools…

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Save the Dates!

The 2024 TTSAO Conference dates have been announced! February 28 and 29 at Lionhead Golf and Conference Centre in Brampton. Tickets go on sale soon.  Interested in sponsoring contact ttsao@ttsao.com for information.

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President’s Report for July 2023

Steady progress on several fronts continued throughout the month. We continue to wade into the process of putting into place programs to assist the membership with more access to business and to help the overall industry for safety and training. Government Interaction at MTO/MCU Not much activity from the government over this past month. We…

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TTSAO Training Tip of the Week #4 – PTI Approach

Your next inspection priority is to assess the vehicle from outside.After examining the vehicle from Approach, and conducting the Under the Hood inspection, now its time to inspect the exteriorcomponents. Let’s start with checking your lights. Place the keys in the ignition and turn half way to illuminate your lights. Put the lights on, and…

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Impirica – Best in Class Truck Driver Road Training

The TTSAO continues its mandate to help bring the best trained truck drivers to the trucking industry. Today we are announcing a joint initiative that will take another step down that road.  The TTSAO and Impirica are teaming up to launch ExceleRATE, the industry best in class “Road Test”. ExceleRATE is a proactive driver risk…

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TTSAO Training Tip of the Week #2 – PTI Under the Hood

Your next inspection priority is to assess the vehicle from outside. After examining the vehicle from approach and conducting the ‘under the hood’ inspection, it’s time to inspect the exterior components – starting with your lights. Place the keys in the ignition and turn halfway to illuminate your lights. Put the lights on, activate the…

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Truck Driver Training for Women get 1.3 Million Investment from Ontario Government.

Ontario investing $1.3 million in Truck driver training for women, other underrepresented groups On June 27th, the Ontario government announced that it is investing $1.3 million to prepare 54 women, newcomers and others from underrepresented groups for in-demand careers in the trucking industry. See the whole article by Rita Smith on roadwarrior news

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President’s Report for June 2023

Government Interaction at MTO/MCU The key piece of interaction with MTO this month was to insist on presenting a solution to virtual renewals of the Z endorsement by putting in facial recognition software (available through proctoring software available at MCU) and asking for a Recap of information to finish. Both suggestions were taken into account,…

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An Important Industry Event – Second Annual Symposium for City Logistics for the Urban Economy

TTSAO President, Phil Fletcher, attended the Second Annual Symposium for City Logistics for the Urban Economy at the University of Toronto this month. The City Logistics for the Urban Economy (CLUE) symposium serves as a platform for showcasing the latest research in the field of urban freight logistics. This research is crucial in addressing the…

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7th Annual TTSAO Conference Recap

Thank You to All of our Sponsors! We’d like to thank all of our sponsors of the 7th annual TTSAO conference. Your contributions are both appreciated and essential to the success of our conference. This year was a fantastic opportunity for our industry partners to gather and see new technology, meet new friends and help…

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TTSAO Celebrates 30 Years as an Association

Welcome to 2023 and welcome to our 30th year as an organization. The TTSAO (Truck Training School Association of Ontario) includes a number of Accredited Schools that all perform at a premium level and meet certain criteria to ensure students are getting quality instruction and receiving the proper information to be successful in today’s transportation…

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TTSAO Recaps 2022

If 2020-2021 was known as the Pandemic Years, 2022 for the TTSAO (Truck Training School Association of Ontario) has to be known as the Year of Change. Everything changed from conferences to Presidents and new members joined the team. The pandemic brought uncertainty to everything and that included in-person events. The TTSAO normally holds their…

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Happy Holidays from the TTSAO

Here we are at the end of another year. It’s been a good year for the TTSAO and we will give you a complete rundown of the year in the next article. For now we at the TTSAO want to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season. Happy Hanukah to those that celebrate that special occasion….

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Tips for Handling Road Rage

This topic is taught in every defensive driving class. Instructors go over it again and again and for the most part people understand and take note. We have all had some type of road rage happen to us some more serious than others. You’ve made a gesture, honked the horn, or even gave them the…

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TTSAO Conference Organizer Amrit Aujla Joins Delta Nu Alpha Board

Amrit Aujla one of the team members of the TTSAO Conference Organizers has now become a Board Member with the Delta Nu Alpha Network. Good Afternoon Members & Friends, Please see attached.  We welcome Amrit to the Board and look forwardto working with him in 2023. Have a wonderful weekend and may it be a…

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TTSAO Welcomes Compliancy Plus as New Associate Member

Please welcome new Associate Member Compliancy Plus to the TTSAO family. You can learn more about the company through the information below: Compliancy Plus Contact: Grant Conrad Email: sales@compliancyplus.ca Address: 166 Seeley Ave. Dundalk, ON N0C 1B0 Phone: 613-922-9401  Website www.compliancyplus.ca The Management Cycle for CompliancyPlus was conceived by Grant Conrad in October 2016, who with 18…

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Please Welcome Wisecap Equipment Financing to TTSAO Family

Please welcome Wisecap Equipment Financing to the TTSAO Family. Wisecap Contact: Vishaw Chahal Email: vishaw@wisecap.ca Address: 6787 Invader Cres.  Mississauga ON L5T 2B7 Phone: 905-606-0024 Website: www.wisecap.ca About the TTSAO  Founded in 1993, the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in Ontario. TTSAO members represent approximately…

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Truck Driver Training – The Real Costs

What is the real cost of truck driver training? Is it really FREE! Social media is a funny thing, people include you in conversations that you didn’t start or reply to and drag you into the conversation. They do this so they can be noticed on your social pages and I often ignore commenting as…

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TTSAO Partners with DriverVerified to Help Students

When you are brand new in the industry you have a lot to prove to potential employers. You have to prove to the employer that you have the skills to drive the truck. You have to prove to the company’s insurance company that you are a safe individual. You also have to prove to your…

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TTSAO Partners With Tenstreet to Help Student Qualifications

The Truck Training Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is working to build a strong foundation for students graduating from their member schools. They already believe in a strong foundation of training with many promoting at least 200 hours of training as the norm. With new President Philip Fletcher looking to improve on past initiatives he has…

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TTSAO Offers Students Sirius XM Membership

The TTSAO is moving on many new initiatives for 2023 and new President Philip Fletcher has been busy getting to work on the new initiatives. One initiative is to help new students connect with the radio world of Sirius XM. As many know Sirius XM is a subscription based platform that is satellite based perfect…

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Four Years of College VS Four Years of Trucking-Which is Better?

I had an interesting conversation with a business colleague the other day. The conversation originally started as he is trying to be elected to the School Board in an upcoming election. When I asked him why he was running as he was already successful and way past college age he said it was because over…

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Do you drive for work? Tips for prioritising your sleep

If you work in a role that requires you to drive for a living, it’s vital that you prioritise your sleep. Every year, accidents occur because drivers were tired at the wheel. Tiredness can impair driving performance as badly as alcohol and drugs. Here are some tips to ensure you are always bright and alert…

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Please Welcome Passion Truck Training Academy to TTSAO

Passion Truck Training Academy is the latest training facility to join the TTSAO family as an Accredited School. They are located in Mississauga Ontario. To learn more reach out to Jack Dhillon Passion Truck Training Academy Address: 2960 Drew Rd, Unit 157B Mississauga, ON L4T0A5 Email: passionacad@gmail.com Contact: Jack Dhillon Phone:  (416) 732-1253

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Truck Drivers Realize Battle With Driver Inc.

It was a busy job fair not long ago in the Brampton Ontario area. The busiest I have seen since pre-pandemic days. Normally you go to the job fair around 10 am to crickets until the noon hour. Not this time I arrived at 10 am and the house was full. Record recruiters in the…

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Celebrating Support Staff at National Trucking Week

National Trucking Week is happening in the United States from September 12th-17th and happened in Canada from September 5th-11th. Many of us in the industry feel that two weeks isn’t long enough to celebrate the hard work done by the men and women in the trucking industry and tend to celebrate it all month long…

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Truckers Against Trafficking Sends Strong Message at TTSAO 2022

Human trafficking has been a growing problem for many years and is prevalent all across North America and around the World. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) has saved hundreds of people from traffickers and is a leader in bringing awareness about trafficking to the trucking industry. Their goal is to train as many industries as possible…

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Mike McCarron and Manan Gupta Talk State of the Industry at TTSAO Conference 2022

It was a lively discussion on one of the hottest topics in transportation for 2022. Mike McCarron addressed the audience at the recent TTSAO Conference with a presentation that really had no decisive action at the end. How-do we fix our industry? This is the question many are asking and hoped that McCarron could answer….

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TTSAO Conference Talks Non Traditional Hiring Practices

The recent TTSAO 6th Annual Conference had a number of great guests and panels at the conference and one of them that got a lot of notice was what non-traditional fleets are doing to hire drivers to their fleet. Greta information for all, below is a segment from the panel discussion featuring Andrea Boddy of…

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Caroline Blais Wins TTSAO Industry Award

Industry veteran Caroline Blais of Kriska Transportation was the recent recipient of the TTSAO Industry Award for all the work she has done in the industry. Blais has been supporting the TTSAO for over a decade. Congrats Caroline. https://youtu.be/tA2nQ4vI67o Caroline Blais Accepting the Award About the TTSAO Founded in 1993, the Truck Training Schools Association…

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TAG Logistics Corporation-Part of the TTSAO Group

TAG Logistics Group recently joined the TTSAO as an Associate Member. TAG Logistics Corporation continues to be the first choice service provider in the transportation and warehousing industry across Canada for over 30 years. We demonstrate our commitment by achieving, complying and exceeding quality standards while providing professional, Recruitment, Employment Screening, Training & Staffing services…

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Philip Fletcher Named President of TTSAO

HAMILTON, ON – August 3, 2022 – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased toannounce that Philip Fletcher has been named President of the Association. The announcement was officially made at the TTSAO’s 6th Annual Conference that recently took place on July 26-27, 2022. Philip officially stepped into the role on August…

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Doug Graves Wins Instructor of the Year 2021

Another year, another instructor, another successful conference. The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) recently completed a late but successful 6th Annual Conference with awards and presentations that were top notch. One award which is a big honour for the recipient is the Instructor of the Year Award. The award has been in existence…

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Help Students Make Sense of the Trucking Industry

Today’s trucking industry is very different from where it was ears ago. Regulations have changed, technology has changed, and the mentality of the driver has also changed. In addition you have more cars on the road and people more distracted than ever hurrying in their busy lives. We have parking problems, loading delays, and an…

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Stay On Top With the TTSAO Conference

The 6th Annual TTSAO Conference is just around the corner and you may still be wondering if you should attend? There are many reasons to attend any conference from networking with industry colleagues to learning new tools for your business, but keeping up to date on topics and changes with the industry I think are…

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Instructor of the Year Can Change Your Training Business

As we move closer to the annual conference for the TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) the search for the Instructor of the Year continues and we patiently await who will be the next instructor to win the famous standing. There have been two instructors before that have won the award and both are…

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Watch Out for These Three Things When Choosing a Training Facility

In the past two years it has been reported that 200 schools have opened their doors due to funding options available and a demand for truck drivers in the industry. Some of those same schools have been charged with fraudulent activity which wastes time and money but also hurts the training industry at large. With…

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Megan Funnell Joins TTSAO Conference Team

Megan Funnell of MK Communications has joined the team for the TTSAO Conference Committee to help promote the upcoming TTSAO Conference in July 2022. You can learn more about Megan on her website at www.mkc.media and the TTSAO Conference at www.ttsao.com Meet Megan https://youtu.be/lRbaE2eB9gQ Megan Funnell About the TTSAO Founded in 1993, the Truck Training…

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TTSAO 6th Annual Conference Right Around the Corner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAMILTON, ON – June 13, 2022 – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleasedto present its 6th Annual Conference at the Lionhead Golf Club & Conference Centre, located on 8525Mississauga Road, on July 26-27, 2022. The TTSAO Annual Conference is a signature event that hosts industry professionals from across…

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Seaport Intermodal Joins TTSAO Carrier Group

We are happy to announce that Seaport Intermodal joined the TTSAO Family. SEAPORT INTERMODAL Proud of our reputation for complete customer satisfaction, Seaport Intermodal is one of the top Intermodal service providers in Canada. With terminals and container yards in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec to serve your needs, Seaport Intermodal provides on-time, terminal-to-door service…

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Investing in Yourself Always Pays Off As a Student

The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) and the PMTC (Private Motor Truck Council of Canada) have always had a great relationship because both organizations believe in investing in the future and the ambition of young people. The PMTC has put together a Young Leaders Group to do just that and get the next…

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Summer is the Perfect Time to Freshen Up Your TTSAO School

We’ve come through the pandemic to a point and many things have changed in our industry and many others. The driver shortage seems worse and opportunity has risen for many schools due to funding openings to get into the training industry as drivers try to find other sources of income from driving over the road….

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You Can’t Shortcut Proper Training

Training is there for a reason to ensure that the people driving beside us on the highway have the skills to handle their vehicle in a safe manner. When training is cut to push someone through faster it can damage the future for that person but go even further and make the roadway unsafe for…

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Marijuana & Trucking- Could it Be Part of the Driver Shortage

Canada made Marijuana legal a few years ago after many States had gone the same route. It seemed like a logical choice to many Canadians however in the trucking industry it created some very grey areas for individuals that like to use the drug, but have a job that requires that they be drug free….

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A Good Mentor Stays With You for Life

We are talking mentorship this month at the TTSAO and our last article we introduced that mentorship is a program that should happen fairly naturally to be effective. The right mentorship can be a game changer in your career and although it can be hard to put together it can stay with you for a…

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It’s Crazy How Much Money They Give Your for Training

As I was teaching a class the other day the topic switched to training and finding jobs. One student said, “It’s crazy how much money they give you for training!” His program allotted him $24,000 for his heavy equipment course and said they allow up to $28,000 within The Second Careers Program. “I was amazed…

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Do You Have a Strategy for Attending Events as a New Truck Driver

I was amazed as I attended another job fair in our local area. Working and talking with vendors it was apparent that many drivers in the room were as we say, “Kicking tires” as they walked around looking at tables asking if they had jobs available. It is very easy to find a job in…

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Welcome Clarkridge Career Institute as an Accredited School Member with TTSAO

Please welcome the Clarkridge career Institute as an Accredited School Member with the TTSAO. You can learn more about Clarkridge at www.clarkridge.com About the TTSAO Founded in 1993, the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is the largest associationrepresenting commercial truck driver training programs in Ontario. TTSAO members represent approximately50 training campuses and collectively…

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Welcome Lead Her Alliance to TTSAO

The TTSAO Membership is happy to announce the addition of Lead Her Trucking as a new associate membership of the TTSAO. You can learn more about them at www.leadheralliance.com About the TTSAO Founded in 1993, the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is the largest associationrepresenting commercial truck driver training programs in Ontario. TTSAO…

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Choosing the Right Company for You!

We see it time and time again, students asking who should I go drive for once I pass my license test? Many instructors could rattle off names of trucking companies and what they do and just give it to them to choose from. Instructors are smarter than that however and know that choosing a company…

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Jobs are About Choices; Are your choices hurting your options?

There are many choices in the trucking industry for jobs. I was recently at the largest truck show in North America called the Mid America Truck Show. During the show I had the opportunity to interview many carriers that all had amazing options available to those seriously looking for new opportunities. So why are people…

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The Right Upgrade Can Change Your Training Business

A few months ago I had written an article about upgrading your training business. Time are continually changing and keeping up with d times and technology can be a daunting experience. It can be expensive and without the right technology money can be wasted and the benefit not achieved. I have always been leery of…

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We Say We’re the Safest; But Are We?

I had an interesting conversation with a driver who has been on the road for ten years driving from Ontario to British Columbia on my radio show the other day. He echoed sentiments about the trucking industry that I have been hearing for a few years now regarding safety on the road that veteran drivers…

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Wheel Offs-Still an Industry Problem

They’re big, they roll fast, and they can kill people and cause destruction as they move along their path. They are called Wheels! Wheels separated from a vehicle gain the same speed as the vehicle they were on but there is no way of steering or stopping them until they hit something bigger than they…

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