Awards recognize excellence in HR

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TORONTO, ON – Trucking HR Canada has once again recognized fleets that follow best practices in human resources, unveiling a series of awards during the 2017 Top Fleet Employers Gala.

Forty-eight fleets earned the right to identify themselves as Top Fleet Employers this year, following reviews conducted by the organization.

Brenda Cuthbert of Siemens Transportation Group was recognized as HR Leader of the Year. “This leader sees the value in linking HR policies to corporate vision and thinking about HR in a strategic role to face issues straight on,” acting Chief Executive Officer David Bradley said when presenting the award. “[She has] seen the trucking industry transform over the years, while still remaining true to key principles.”

Cuthbert – who missed the gala because of a cancelled flight — has played a role in several key initiatives, leading to the growth of an increasingly diverse workforce, expanded orientation programs, extensive training programs, and a shift in recruiting efforts to attract and engage women and youth.

Bison Transport was recognized as the top large fleet, while Kriska Holdings was named top medium fleet, One for Freight the top small fleet, and STG Fleet Services as top private fleet.

Westcan Bulk Transport earned the first-ever achievement of excellence for workplace culture, while XTL Transport was recognized for workplace diversity, Bison Transport was honored for training and development, Challenger Motor Freight for HR innovator, and Sutco Transportation Specialists for employee engagement.

The crowd also recognized Chief Executive Officer Angela Splinter, who missed this year’s event while being treated for cancer, with a standing ovation after her written greetings were read from the podium.

“We think this is a special celebration – the one night a year in our industry that celebrates and honors the positives, and all the good things we are doing,” Splinter wrote. “We are proud to recognize the important contributions HR professionals make to this industry each and every day.”

Top Fleet Employer businesses this year include:

  • Bison Transport – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Canada Cartage – Mississauga, Ontario
  • Challenger Motor Freight – Cambridge, Ontario
  • Erb Transport – New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Groupe Guilbault – Quebec, Quebec
  • Kindersley Transport – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Midland Transport – Dieppe, New Brunswick
  • Rosedale Group – Mississauga, Ontario
  • Rosenau Transport – Edmonton, Alberta
  • SLH Transport – Kingston, Ontario
  • Westcan Bulk Transport – Edmonton, Alberta
  • XTL Transport – De Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  • Canaan Group – Richmond, British Columbia
  • Home Hardware Stores – St. Jacobs, Ontario
  • National Shunt Service – Coburg, Ontario
  • Olymel – Transport Transbo – De Saint-Simon-de-Bagot, Quebec
  • STG Fleet Services – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • The Brick – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Trailer Wizards – Mississauga, Ontario
  • Arnold Bros. Transport – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Brian Kurtz Trucking – Breslau, Ontario
  • JD Smith – Vaughan, Ontario
  • Joseph Haulage Canada – Stoney Creek, Ontario
  • Kriska Holdings – Prescott, Ontario
  • Linamar Transportation – Guelph, Ontario
  • Payne Transportation – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Q-Line Trucking – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Ryder Canada – Supply Chain Solutions – Mississauga, Ontario
  • Sutco Transportation Specialists – Salmo, British Columbia
  • Tandet Group of Companies – Oakville, Ontario
  • Woodcock Brothers – Sebringville, Ontairo
  • Carmen Transportation – North York, Ontario
  • Edge Transportation Services – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Harv Wilkening Transport – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • JG Drapeau Transport – Toronto, Ontario
  • Keystone Western – Grande Point, Manitoba
  • Liberty Linehaul – Ayr, Ontario
  • Logikor – Cambridge, Ontario
  • MacKinnon Transport – Guelph, Ontario
  • Munden Ventures – Kamloops, British Columbia
  • One for Freight – Milton, Ontario
  • Onfreight Logistics – Tecumseh, Ontario
  • Precision Truck Lines – Calgary, Alberta
  • Steed Standard Transport – Stratford, Ontario
  • Tiger Courier – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • TransPro Freight Systems – Milton, Ontario
  • Triangle Freight Services – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Triton Transport – Chilliwack, British Columbia
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John G. Smith is Newcom Media's vice-president - editorial, and the editorial director of its trucking publications -- including Today's Trucking,, and Transport Routier. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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