Penske pro named Canadian Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year

CONCORD, Ont. — Lloyd De Merchant, area maintenance manager for Eastern Canada with Penske Truck Leasing, was named the Volvo Trucks Canada Fleet Maintenance Manager of the year.

The award was presented tonight at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar.

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An emotional De Merchant was caught completely off-guard by the announcement, and when his family showed up at the event to congratulate him.

The Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year Award recognizes a Canadian fleet maintenance manager who oversees 25 or more Class 8 trucks, performs at least 80% of repairs in-house and has at least five years’ experience, at least three of which were as maintenance manager, superintendent or director. They must also be involved in the spec’ing of equipment and responsible for maintenance and repair activities.

De Merchant began his career in trucking, working for his father’s trucking company 25 years ago. He has been with Penske for 18 years and currently oversees 22 maintenance facilities and some 8,000 pieces of equipment across Eastern Canada.

He lives in Burlington, Ont. with his wife and three children, is an avid guitar player and has a passion for music.

Upon accepting the award, De Merchant said he is passionate about his career, “because I enjoy going to work and I like the people who work in my shops.”

Look for a profile of De Merchant in the August issue of Truck News.

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James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 20 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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