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People (February 01, 2009)

Ridewell Suspension's Canadian sales manager, Gary Wasney, is retiring. He will be replaced by Claude Sauriol, who joins Ridewell from Hendrickson International, where he served as Canadian aftermarke...


Ridewell Suspension’s Canadian sales manager, Gary Wasney, is retiring. He will be replaced by Claude Sauriol, who joins Ridewell from Hendrickson International, where he served as Canadian aftermarket sales manager, the company has announced.

Wasney served as Ridewell’s Canadian rep for seven years. He launched his career in the transportation industry by driving specialized heavy-haul equipment some 40 years ago. Wasney’s replacement also boasts an extensive transportation background. Sauriol has served the trucking industry for 20 years, with special expertise in managing technically-complex products, Ridewell said in a release.

Dan Goodwill & Associates has appointed Jim Papineau as the company’s director of supply chain systems and automation. Papineau’s primary focus in his new position will be helping shippers and carriers document their business model, structures and potential processes to be automated and recommend improvements to existing practices and rules, according to the company.

The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) presented Manitoba Driver of the Month awards to seven professional truck drivers, at a recent awards ceremony. The seven drivers honoured for the months of January to July 2008, together have contributed over 163 years and 20 million kilometres of driving.

Driver of the Month for January 2008 is Evan Lounsbury, a professional driver for 21 years who has driven over two million accidentfree kilometres on highway, rural and city roads in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Lounsbury drives for Earle’s Transfer.

Driver of the Month for February 2008 is Peter Wiens, a city and local driver for over 40 years who has logged over 3.2 million accident-free kilometres in the Steinbach/Winnipeg area. Wiens drives for Penner International.

Driver of the Month for March 2008 is Jeffrey Dales, a professional driver for six years who has accumulated over three million accidentfree kilometres of highway driving in Canada and the US. Dales drives for Len Dubois Trucking.

Driver of the Month for April 2008 is Dennis Barkman, a professional driver for more than 27 years who has logged over four million kilometres on city, highway and winter roads – all accident-free. Barkman drives for Penner International.

Driver of the Month for May 2008 is Max Pieper, a professional driver for 20 years who has covered nearly two million career kilometres, accident-free, for 19 years. Pieper drives for Bison Transport.

Driver of the Month for June 2008 is Leonard Swedick, a professional driver for over 32 years who has driven over 4.5 million accident-free kilometres on city and rural roads, highways and winter roads. Swedick drives for Penner International.

Driver of the Month for July 2008 is Russ Toperoski, a city driver for 16 years who has covered over one million kilometres on Winnipeg roads. Toperoski drives for Reimer Express Lines.


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