Welcome aboard, Derek

by Lou Smyrlis

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to an important new addition to Truck West: Derek Clouthier. Derek is taking over the reins of Truck West and we are very excited to have him join our growing team.

Derek, who has penned his first column above, comes to Truck West after five years learning about business in Western Canada while working for the Athabasca Advocate and the Cochrane Eagle newspapers. He ran the entire editorial department at the Cochrane Eagle.

We have made the investment in a full-time editor based in Western Canada for Truck West because we believe trucking in Western Canada is large enough and important enough to deserve its own magazine with its own editor.

Trucking in Western Canada is a crucial and vibrant part of the Canadian trucking industry – even when low energy pricing is taking its toll on the Western Canadian economy. Almost four in 10 of the nation’s owner/operators, small for-hire carriers and courier operations call Western Canada home.

One quarter of the nation’s largest carriers have chosen to place their headquarters in Western Canada. Perhaps more importantly, many of these carriers are most often considered amongst the best managed in Canada; you often see their names associated with best practices in safety, sustainable practices, human resources and adoption of new technologies.

Expect to see a lot of Derek in the time ahead as he attends industry events and visits with industry leaders. His job is to seek out and address the unique set of issues faced by Western Canadian carriers and owner/operators and he’s eager to get started. Have a story you want to share? Don’t be shy about reaching out to Derek. He can be reached at 403-969-1506 and at derek@newcom.ca.

Derek is one of several investments we have made in Truck West. Delon Rashid, sales and marketing consultant – Western Canada, has hit every province in Western Canada since the fall. Last issue you saw the fruit of his labour: our new retail advertising section, TruckandTrailer.ca Marketplace. Look to this section every month for heavy trucks, trailers and other equipment in Western Canada.

Many of you have commented about our Inside the Numbers monthly statistical report, which provides research data specific to Western Canada. We launched that a few years ago and I want you to know we intend to continue growing our research efforts in Western Canada with more research projects.

We intend to keep on growing Truck West; the importance and dynamism of Western Canada’s trucking industry demands it and deserves it. 

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  • Hi I have driven a truck since 1985. Derek I liked your article in Truck west magazine. But. I have been a long haul driver for 25 years. I have 6 children. I have to say not one would not even think of driving a truck. Myself and many of my friends who were long haul drivers quit. I drive local and home every night and make way way more than I did long haul. The industry needs to pay by the hour and overtime after 40 hrs a week. My children think it’s insane to work more than 30 to 40 hrs a week and not get paid for loading,unloading fueling, pre trip, post trip Inspection’s and even weigh station Dot Inspection’s. My job now as a local driver. As soon as I walk into the office till I go home at night. Every minute is paid. All except lunch hour! Coffee breaks I get paid, overtime. Washing the truck, changing the oil servicing the truck, adjusting the brakes. I get paid. Long haul all I got paid is when the truck moved. Paid by the mile, or kilometer. What a joke. Shortage of drivers no way. I would drive long haul and so would my friends if we got paid like a real person does! Wayne Chernick. At waynechernick@gmail.com. Thanks I’ll keep reading your article’s.