OTTAWA, Ont. — Kevin Riley, senior director, distributor optimization with Maple Leaf Consumer Foods has been tapped as the next chair of the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC).
Riley also chairs the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC).
“I’ve become really impressed with the wide range of sectors that are involved in the CTHRC’s work, from labour to for-hire carriers, private carriers, owner/operators and training schools,” Riley said. “It brings everyone’s perspective to the table and it works really well.”
Riley said he’ll help the CTHRC continue to promote careers within the trucking industry, even though the current downturn has required many trucking companies to lay off staff or impose hiring freezes.
“These are very, very difficult times right now and capacity is down, but when the economy starts to turn around we know that trucking will be one of the first industries to experience an upswing,” Riley said. “We cannot lose sight of the need to recruit and retain qualified employees.”
Riley also said the CTHRC will continue to work towards improving training and licensing standards across Canada. Roy Craigen of Transcom Fleet Services is stepping aside as chair of CTHRC – a role he filled for seven years.
“On a personal basis, it’s been awesome just to spend the time with the Board, which is representative of the entire trucking industry in Canada,” Craigen said. “The good folks around that table chip away at the HR issues that confront Canada’s trucking industry every day.”
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