HAMILTON, Ont. – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Board of Directors announced today the launch of the TTSAO Carrier Group.
The new Carrier Group’s goal and mandate is to support the TTSAO in all efforts to improve education and recruitment and retention for entry-level and existing professional drivers. It will work with the Board of Directors and member schools to increase awareness and education.
Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight was selected as the first chairman of the new Carrier Group.
“I look forward to this opportunity to work with the TTSAO, the carriers and the partner organizations on this very important industry issue,” he said. “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 also commented: “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.”
Mike Millian, president of the PMTC, also a TTSAO board member, said he sees value in the formation of the new group.
“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. 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.”
Topping said that the group is open to all carriers regardless of size and all are welcome to the first meeting.
The first meeting will be Wednesday February 3, 2016 at Challenger Motor Freight in Cambridge from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. To register, call Sara Fitchett at 705-626-2529 or email your request to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org.