PHOTO GALLERY: Women with Drive Leadership Summit

TORONTO, Ont. — About 135 delegates attended the first ever Women with Drive Leadership Summit, an initiative of Trucking HR Canada.

Sessions held throughout the day focused on recruiting, retaining and mentoring women in Canada’s trucking industry.

The day kicked off with a gift from federal Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Kellie Leitch, who provided $421,720 in federal funding to develop mentorship programs for women and build a formal business case to promote the hiring of other underrepresented demographic groups.

The lunchtime speaker was the inspiring Brenda Andress, commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Organizers were pleased with the turnout and response.

“This summit offered valuable insight that will help employers reach out to women and answer the intensifying shortage of skilled workers,” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada.

“This event was one of the first steps in a three-year action plan we have adopted to address the shortage of women in our industry,” added Cavalier Transport’s Vicki Stafford, chair of the national advisory committee guiding the Women with Drive project. “Ongoing education around this issue will help to eliminate workplace barriers, promote opportunities, and open new career paths to women.”

Women account for 48% of the workers in Canada’s labour force, but just 3% of the nation’s truck drivers, mechanics, technicians and cargo workers. They are also underrepresented among industry managers (11%), parts technicians (13%), dispatchers (18%), and freight claims/safety and loss prevention specialists (25%).

Below are an assortment of photos from the event.

– All photos courtesy Trucking HR Canada

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James Menzies is editorial director of Today's Trucking and He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 24 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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