GW Driver Training becomes Collge Trans-Canada College with renewed emphasis on contributing to solution to truck driver shortage crisis
MONCTON, N.B. – GW Driver Training has changed its name to Collège
Trans-Canada College, the first step in a major new initiative to help
address the severe truck driver shortage crisis in New Brunswick.
The company was acquired by Tony and Susan Reeder in 2009 and maintains a
head office in Riverview along with a hands-on training facility in the
Scoudouc Industrial Park.
“This announcement of our new name coincides with the Atlantic Provinces
Trucking Association’s (APTA) annual conference,” Mr. Reeder said. “The APTA
recently formed a Driver Shortage Blue Ribbon Task Force to address the
driver shortage. We believe we can play a prominent role in supplying
much-needed driver resources into the system. The truck transportation
industry is vital to Greater Moncton and New Brunswick’s economy, with some
of the region’s largest trucking companies located here.”
“We will be modernizing and upgrading our facilities and services in order
to meet the growing needs of New Brunswick’s trucking industry,” Mr. Reeder
said. “There are many opportunities for long-term, well-paid trucking jobs
right here at home. We need to ramp up our efforts to ensure our very
important trucking industry has the workforce it needs to meet the needs of
the people and businesses it serves. There’s no need to commute to Western
Canada and leave your family for weeks or months at a time. There are jobs
Trans-Canada College also announced today that Brian Baxter, former
president and CEO of Oulton Career College, past president of the New
Brunswick Association of Career Colleges and current co-chair of the
University of New Brunswick’s board of governors, has agreed to chair its
new advisory board and lead the group during the rebranded company’s first
year. The advisory board’s role will be to help guide Trans-Canada College
in its initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of local carriers, employers
and APTA members.
“We want to ensure that the best practices of private post-secondary
education are utilized,” Mr. Reeder said. “Brian Baxter’s deep knowledge of
post-secondary education in a private-sector setting is an immense asset in
our commitment and determination to do just that.”
“Trans-Canada College must keep pace with industry’s changing needs,” Brian
Baxter said. “As a key partner in supplying the industry with fully trained
human resources, we will help to build relationships and collaboration among
key industry stakeholders. This will allow us to ensure that we’re providing
the best possible skills development for our vitally important trucking
“There are real jobs out there right now that are going unfilled,” Mr.
Baxter says. “We need to do a better job at recruiting students, training
them and matching them with employers.”
According to the Conference Board of Canada, it is anticipated that 24,700
unfilled truck driver positions will exist across Canada by 2020 if current
trends are not reversed.
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For the last time there is no driver shortage!! Drivers are leaving the industry be cause wages are being cut, not being treated like a human being. I left the industry 4 yrs ago because the company I worked for went back to 1989 wages, they said to wage cut or we will contract the work out. I work with former drivers and they all say same thing we want to be paid for what we do!!!! The trucking industry has to smarten up or they are going to lose more drivers them they have coming in. I would come back if I could a decent wage again but it has to be worth my while. Mac