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Care about safety? Fleet Safety Council’s annual conference has something for you

KITCHENER, Ont. -- The Ontario Fleet Safety Council’s annual conference will explore a variety of issues, ranging from recruitment to behavioural analysis, over three days in October.


KITCHENER, Ont. — The Ontario Fleet Safety Council’s annual conference will explore a variety of issues, ranging from recruitment to behavioural analysis, over three days in October.

The Crowne Plaza in Kitchener/Waterloo will host the three-day Fleet Safety Annual Council conference on Oct. 24-26, with industry experts weighing in on vital topics that affect drivers and companies.

The Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) will kick off the conference on Thursday, Oct. 24 with a session that aims to encourage enrollment in the transportation industry. Yvette Lagrois, TTSAO president will be on-hand to discuss to the importance of training and finding the right company for individual transportation industry entrants.

Brenda Gilmore, the program manager for the School of Trades and Apprenticeship at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, will also join Lagrois. Gilmore works closely with eight local school boards that surround Conestoga as an employment counselor with a strong focus on skilled trades and technology.

Dr. Peter Gibson, vice-principal of Bramalea Secondary School joins the conference to discuss his interest in motive power, which led him into the family trucking business, and discusses the influence the trucking business had over his own successful business career.

The second day of the conference, Friday, Oct. 25, will change gears and look at analyses that shape the industry. Incident analysis, Predictive Behavioural Analytic Methods, and Profiling Behaviour Causes with Linkage will be at the forefront of discussion and led by Carmine Benedetti, a Health and Safety Consultant; Mark Skinner, a research and development consultant with Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and Dr. Chet Robie respectively will present during each session.

Afternoon sessions on Oct. 25 will look at the influence of monitoring attitudes and behavior, a method of encouraging safe actions with a focus on training and incentive programs. Larry Lonero, an expert in the field of influencing driver behaviour will be on hand for the discussion.

Friday will feature a session that delves deeper into specific behaviour identification.

Recognition and Risk Indicators, presented by Ron Flowers of the Canadian Border Services Agency, will reveal telltale signs that help intervene before crashes occur.

The final day of the conference will feature a panel discussion moderated by Lou Smyrlis, the publisher and editorial director for Truck News, featuring panelists Scott Cober, Marsh Insurance; Bonnie Learn, Zurich; John Oldfield, Dalton Timmis Insurance Group; Sanchia Duran and Vy Duong, Shaw Tracking and Ryan Fletcher, PeopleNet Canada will discuss the latest technology affecting the industry today.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please visit www.fleetsafetycouncil.com


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