MONTREAL, Que. — Guy Broderick loves trucking. So much so, that in addition to driving full-time for Apps Transport, he spends much of his free time promoting the industry via social media and old-fashioned word of mouth.
“He drives for a living full-time and still finds time to get involved in committee work, charities and coaching work,” said boss Scott Casson, vice-president of Apps Transport.
“I think I need to check his logs and timesheets, personally,” Casson joked. He was speaking at ExpoCam, where Broderick was being recognized as the Highway Star of the Year.
He was presented with a cheque for $10,000 by Newcom Business Media vice-president Joe Glionna, for his endless industry advocacy and safe driving record. The Highway Star of the Year award, now in its twelfth year, is sponsored by Freightliner, Cummins, Eberspaecher (formerly Espar), Michelin, OBAC and Chevron Lubricants.
Broderick, who has run three million accident-free kilometres over his 29-year driving career, was selected as the winner for his industry advocacy and also his community work. When he’s not trucking – or talking and writing about trucking – he can often be found volunteering for charities or coaching kids’ sports, including softball and ringette.
Among his achievements, Broderick won the Ontario Trucking Association’s (OTA’s) provincial driver of the year award in 2010. He was named an OTA Road Knight in 2008. He sits on boards and committees for the Truck Training Associations of Ontario, Trucking HR Canada, the Ontario Trades Council and others.
“In the 27-odd years I’ve been in the industry, I’ve never met a more impressive driver,” Casson said at the awards presentation. “The feedback is always the same: he’s positive, he’s engaging, he’s passionate, he cares about the industry and he’s involved…he wants to improve the industry and make it better for future drivers.”
For his part, Broderick said he was honoured to receive the award.
“I have been involved in the transportation industry since the age of 18 and I have seen many changes over the years,” he said. “Continuous improvement is part of this industry, including improved technology and improved safety and training standards. I am happy to be part of this movement.”
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