OTTAWA, Ont. — Canadian trucking industry leaders gathered in Ottawa this month to identify emerging human resources-related issues and to help the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) develop a plan to address those issues.
“Our Board of Directors already includes representatives from every industry sector, but we wanted to reach out to a wider group to ensure that we gathered as much insight as possible,” said CTHRC executive director Linda Gauthier.
Participants identified the industry’s most important HR issues, challenges and opportunities and then recommended strategies for addressing them, the CTHRC says. The feedback will help the organization set its direction for the next three to five years and hopefully tap into provincial and federal resources to meet its objectives.
“Human Resources initiatives play a vital role in the success of Canada’s trucking industry, particularly in recessionary times,” Gauthier said. “They influence everything from highway safety to productivity, profitability and every other measure that you can imagine. This strategic planning exercise will help us to address the potential barriers to success.”
Industry participants included: Bruce Dimmel, TDL Group; Shane Esson, Keltic Transport; Clayton Gording, Reimer Express Lines; Mike Millian, Hensall District Co-operative; Steve Ropp, Molson Canada; Mark Seymour, Kriska Transportation; and Scott Smith, JD Smith and Sons.
Also taking part were members of the CTHRC executive committee, including: Phil Benson, Teamsters Canada; Bob Dolyniuk, Manitoba Trucking Association; Gord Peddle, Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems; Kevin Riley, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods; and Bruce Richards, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. Gord Box also took part, as the CTHRC’s business development strategy consultant.
A report from the session will be presented to the CTHRC board of directors in the fall.
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