Women with Drive Leadership Summit to return for second year

by Truck News

TORONTO, Ont. – Trucking HR Canada announced today that the Women with Drive Leadership Summit will return on March 3, 2016.

This year, the event saw approximately 135 attendees. The event aimed to shed new light on the steps to recruit, retain and mentor women in the industry.

“Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received, it’s clear that those who attended the summit want even more information to help address some of the industry’s most pressing recruiting and retention challenges,” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “We’re encouraging men and women throughout the industry to save March 3, 2016 in their calendars, and join us as we build on the event’s success.”

According to the Conference Board of Canada the industry will need another 25,000 to 33,000 for-hire truck drivers as early as 2020. While women represent 48% of Canada’s available labour pool, they currently account for only 3% of the nation’s truck drivers, mechanics, technicians and cargo workers.

The summit is part of Trucking HR’s Canada’s three-year action plan to combat the shortage of women in the trucking industry.

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  • I have been in the business a long time, during that period I worked mainly with owner-operator fleets, doing local and interprovincial. Women with their own tractor acting as owner-operator are simply not part of this group of entrepreneurs. No wonder there is a crying shortage of owner-operators in the transportation industry. Many women have a great carreer as executives in the transportation industry, including my daughter, but certainly not as owner-operators.