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News  February 7, 2013 2:35PM

Six Canadian trucking companies named Best Fleets to Drive For

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Six Canadian trucking companies have made the 2013 list of the top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge. The annual survey and contest, now in its fifth year, identifies...



ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Six Canadian trucking companies have made the 2013 list of the top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge. The annual survey and contest, now in its fifth year, identifies for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers.

This year’s Canadian winners are:
• Brian Kurtz Trucking – Breslau, Ont.
• Erb Group of Companies – New Hamburg, Ont.
• Steed Standard Transport – Stratford, Ont.
• TimeLine Logistic International – Saskatoon, Sask.
• Trimac Transportation – Calgary, Alta.
• Yanke Group of Companies – Saskatoon, Sask.

Yanke holds the distinction of being the only company to be named a Best Fleet for all five years since the program was launched. “I think that’s a real achievement, considering how much we’ve seen fleets improve their programs since we started,” said TCA president Chris Burruss. “It’s very difficult to get named a Best Fleet to begin with, let alone remain on the list for five consecutive years.”

A pair of Canadian companies also made the contest’s list of “Fleets to Watch” (honourable mentions) for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs: Celadon Canada of Kitchener, Ont., and Transpro Freight Systems of Milton, Ont.

The nomination process began in the fall of 2012, when company drivers and owner/operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 or more trucks. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies’ desire to participate, CarriersEdge interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as:

• Total compensation package – including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment;
• Health benefits;
• Pension plans;
• Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.);
• Career path/advancement opportunities;
• Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions;
• Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking;
• Team building and driver community development activities;
• Annual driver turnover rate; and
• Fleet safety record.

A selection of each fleet’s drivers was also surveyed, with their feedback compared to management’s and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year’s winners and honourable mentions.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said: “It’s a pleasure to report that we had a 50% increase in nominations and participation for the fifth anniversary of the program. Clearly, being named a Best Fleet to Drive For is a prestigious title that is motivating companies to constantly raise the bar on the offerings they provide their truck drivers.”

Now that the winners have been named, the next phase of the contest is to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers. The overall winners will be announced at the TCA Annual Convention, March 3-6 at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev.


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7 Comments » for Six Canadian trucking companies named Best Fleets to Drive For
  1. Dinu says:

    As I am highway Truck Driver (born Asia) see hundreds of other company trucks drives daily. I noticed that some trucks belongs to certain truck companies drives only by white people, which means to me that these companies hire only white people.
    This is an open discrimination to rest of all none white people specially in Canada, being a diversified country.
    Please change this policy attitude and give an opportunity to other communities to work as a team, irrespective of their colour and cast. Thanks

    • john mulbery says:

      I live in Edmonton and 95% of gravel truck drivers are east indian and some company,s advertise for Punjabi speakers on now you tell me if that’s not discrimination. I have no problem with east indian drivers or drivers of any race but what I do have a problem with is people playing the race card

  2. Dinu comments like that is not true and you know it comments like that from you are are full of dis says:

    Dinu comments like that are not true and you are the one discriminating against as you say white people. Canada has open its doors ,,,,,,,,,,,, and you are not looking very closely.Why are you here with white people, If a white person made a comment like that watch out enough is enough. The only person that has attitude is you.Open your eyes and stop discriminating against white people and Canada.In respective to white communities. A concerned Canadian a team player.

  3. AL says:

    You do realize Not ALL White people were born in canada , those ” White People ” most likely are from another country just not yours .Nows who is Discriminating ??? foolish person

  4. Herbert Lange says:

    Dear Sirs,
    My name is Herbert Lange, I am 56 years old and I have with my son Daniel 23 years old, for a year in Canada to drive truck in front together. I drive for over 2 decades
    Truck, my son is a trained professional drivers and has already
    4 years of professional experience. We want to use this one year
    to find out if Canada is the land for our future.
    Preferably we would like to go on a truck together – tours in the United States. We are also willing to live this year only in the truck to get to know the country and people.
    herbertlange54@online.de

  5. WOW! As an American CDL credentialed driver/citizen I am shocked that Mr. Dinu is having “race issues” in the Land of Ehh, truly amazing! I drive to Canada on a weekly basis and I maybe have heard a snicker joke once in a while about aboriginals or Yankees (ME) but mostly very civil and decent people. This is a big attraction for me to visit the “Land of Ehh”. In fact my family and I are starting the paperwork process to move to Canada, the U.S.A. has become dangerously divided over race/opportunities. I would also say if you have a problem with race /opportunies the door out of Canada swings out to……… LEAVE!
    Just saying!

  6. Part 2:

    As an American CDL credentialed driver (Owner Operator) I would like to THANK the following Canadian companies for allowing me the privilege of contracting loads to and from Canada. They are;

    Mouemette Cranes – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
    Petro-Canada – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
    Landstar-Canada Ltd. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    Royal Canadian Air Force, Nisku, Alberta, Canada.
    Also my Thanks to all of the RCMP scale officers and local constables for making my trips in Canada a safe, smooth and friendly experience!

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