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PMTC, TTSAO to host seminar on Road Check results, driver mentors

MILTON, Ont. – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) has joined forces with the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) to host a seminar in late March.

The seminar has been set for March 29 in Guelph, Ont. from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will to offer insights into Road Check 2015 results and how to use driver mentors effectively in your fleet.

Kerri Wirachowsky, the head of the enforcement program evaluation at the Ministry of Transportation will be on hand to take attendees through the results from Road Check 2015, and will go over the top defects discovered. Officer Wirachowsky will also offer insights into how a fleet and its drivers can be better prepared to ensure a road side inspection goes as smoothly as possible.

After the presentation from Wirachowsky, the TTSAO and PMTC have special roundtable discussion planned. Stan Campbell from Trucker Radio and Alexis Broadcasting will moderate a panel of prominent fleets and lead a discussion on how best in class fleets utilize driver mentors to enhance their training and on-boarding of new drivers. These fleets will discuss how they select their mentors, what type of training they provide them, and what has and has not worked when it comes to developing and managing their driver mentorship program. If you have a mentor program, or are considering instituting one, this is an opportunity to learn from the experiences of those who have developed their own, PMTC and TTSAO claim. The panel will consist of two for-hire members of the TTSAO Carrier Group Committee as well as two PMTC private and dedicated fleets.

Representing the for-hire side are Geoff Topping, director of recruiting and retention, Challenger Motor Freight, and Caroline Blais, recruiting manager, Kriska Holdings. And representing the private and dedicated side are Gerald Carrol, director, safety and compliance, Fortigo Freight Services and Jas Singh, transportation manager, TDL Group.

“As promised, the PMTC is continuing to provide and expand its value added educational and networking offerings to its members and partners,” said PMTC president Mike Millian. “This latest seminar, in partnership with the TTSAO, is another great opportunity to come out and learn best practices from award wining fleets.”

The cost for the seminar is $25 for a PMTC or TTSAO member and $100 for non-members. To register for the event contact Vanessa Cox at or 905-827-0587.

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