APTA forms Human Resource and Education Committee

by Adam Ledlow

DIEPPE, N.B. – The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association has announced the formation of a Human Resource and Education Committee to explore educational options and HR challenges in the trucking industry specific to Atlantic Canada.

The committee consists of 10 industry professionals who will identify current educational and HR opportunities and limitations and make recommendations to the APTA for future plans.

The committee members are Gord Peddle and Gay White of D.D. Transport; Sean Sturgeon of Warren Transport; Shane Esson of Keltic Transportation; Mark Fillmore of Atlantic Pacific Transport; Shawn Branch of Day and Ross Transportation Group; Vicki McGibbon and Dave Emeno of Armour Transportation Systems; Steve Henman of Traction, heavy vehicle parts division; and Kelly Henderson of the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council.

“The formation of such a committee is important for the future viability of our industry here in Atlantic Canada,” said Peter Nelson, APTA executive director. “We have at our disposal the front-line professionals who know the issues and will get the job done because it affects them directly.”

Nelson says the creation of new committees is something the APTA has been actively pursuing since his tenure with the association began. The establishment of a new governance committee, which is currently completing a review of the corporate governance structure of the association, was announced at the APTA’s annual general meeting in October.

“That’s something that hadn’t been in place for decades and it was time to update the way we conducted our business and what our responsibilities were as an association and a board,” Nelson says.

“Under true governance structure…the board sets the agenda and sets the direction for the association. The association doesn’t set the direction for the board. And that’s what we’re doing. The board’s taking control of their association and deciding what direction it wants to go in.”

The APTA has also reconstituted the finance committee and will be announcing two more new committees in the coming weeks.

“The overall reason for this is the association is once again becoming an association that’s driven by its members. In the recent past, that wasn’t so,” Nelson says. “This is to encourage more involvement in the association…and establishing a solid, structured committee that has mandates, has attainable goals.”

A formal mandate for the Human Resource and Education Committee will be established in the coming weeks.

The committee will begin work on a substantial educational undertaking this year, but no specifics have been announced.

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