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Agenda Announced for PMTC 2018 Conference and AGM

January 26, 2018 [Milton, ON] – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) has announced the full agenda and schedule for its 2018 Conference.

“Each year those who attend the PMTC Annual Conference tell us it is one of the best educational and networking values they receive in the transportation industry. We believe this year’s line up of speakers continues to build on that reputation”, says PMTC President, Mike Millian. 

The conference will kick off the afternoon of June 13th with the Annual General Meeting for the membership.

On the evening of the 13th, Volvo Trucks Canada will host the PMTC Young Leaders Group Pre-Conference Cocktail Reception for conference sponsors, speakers, the PMTC Board of Directors and all PMTC Young Leaders Group members. Last year the pre-conference reception was attended in record numbers. This year the reception will be held in the Sponsors Exhibitors’ Showcase area to provide more value to our conference partners and those who attend the pre-conference cocktail reception.

On June 14th, starting at 8 am, the educational portion of the conference will begin and continue into the 15th.  Mixed in with this will be the PMTC awards program as well as several networking opportunities.

A schedule of topics and events is listed below, and the full brochure with details and registration is up on the PMTC website at www.pmtc.ca.

This year’s conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza-Fallsview, in Niagara Falls, ON.

Registration opened on January 2nd. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, you may also email Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call the office at 905-827-0587.

June 14th

Seminar I – A Legal Update

Seminar IICMV ON-ROAD SAFETY, AN OFFICERS PERSEPCTIVE  

Seminar IIIYLG PANEL & DRIVEN TO LEAD PROGRAM OVERVIEW

PMTC Young Leaders Education Bursary
Up to two PMTC Young Leaders will be awarded with the PMTC Young Leaders Education Bursary, which provides funds to cover two of the four courses offered from CITT that comprise the “PMTC Logistics Management Graduate Program”.  

Exhibitors’ Showcase
Visit with our conference exhibitors and network with fellow registrants.  Meet old friends, make some new ones, and see products and services that can make your fleet more effective.

PMTC – CPC Logistics Canada Driver Hall of Fame Luncheon
Every year we induct up to four professional drivers who have compiled outstanding safety records over the course of their career.   Recognizing their individual achievements is always a conference highlight.

Seminar IVINTRODUCTION TO THE 2018 PMTC BENCHMARKING SURVEY & A USA REGULATORY UPDATE

Seminar VACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS: PRESERVING EVIDENCE & PREPARING FOR LITIGATION USING FORENSIC EXPERTS

Exhibitors’ Showcase
An opportunity to network with your peers, continue conversations, and visit with exhibitors during our reception before the Chairman’s Dinner.

Chairman’s Dinner: PMTC-AVIVA Private Fleet Safety Awards
Recognizing private fleets with exceptional safety records is an important part of the conference.  Join us for the presentation of the 2018 awards and dine with the private fleet community.

PMTC-KRTS Driver Training Scholarship

Fleets can’t achieve amazing safety records without qualified and trained drivers. After the Fleet Safety awards conclude, we will award one lucky PMTC member with the PMTC-KRTS Driver Training Scholarship. The recipient will receive the funds to cover a 200-hour TTSAO or PTDI Certified Professional Truck Driver course.

June 15th

Breakfast: PMTC-3M VEHICLE GRAPHICS AWARDS
Following breakfast you’ll be treated to a video display of some of the best truck graphics to be found anywhere. These fleets are proud of their image, as they should be. Always a highlight of the conference!

 RICK AUSTIN MEMORIAL DISPATCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD- SPONSORED BY CPC LOGISTICS CANADA

Right after the conclusion of the Graphics awards we will present our inaugural Rick Austin Dispatcher of the year recipient. Dispatchers are an integral part of any fleet, and one that is often overlooked.

Seminar VI – CARGO THEFT- HIGHWAY ROBBERY- AN ORGANIZED CRIME PERSPECTIVE

Seminar VII – SOCIAL MEDIA INVESTIGATIONS

January 26th, 2018 | administrator

Season’s Greetings & Happy Holidays from everyone at DC!

May your holiday season be filled with family, food & laughter.

December 22nd, 2017 | administrator

Vlog Series: Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It

December 18, 2017 [Ayr, ON] – Not able to attend our last seminar on cannabis in the workplace? Want to relive the day and highlights of key takeaways?

Never fear, DriverCheck TV is here!

On Oct. 24, 2017, DriverCheck hosted Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It in Calgary. This was an educational seminar about the challenges of cannabis in the workplace. Over 230 people attended, with the purpose of leaving with a better understanding of how to handle and adapt to workplace concerns of cannabis.

Check out the highlights from the session in this video:
Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It

The key takeaway is that there is no simple answer with cannabis in the workplace. Whether it’s for medicinal purposes, or the upcoming legalization, it is best to stay engaged with subject matter experts who can address each company’s unique scenario, corporate objectives, ethics and goals.

Still have questions, after the watching the video? Feel free to contact cannabis@DriverCheck.ca to discuss.

December 18th, 2017 | administrator

“Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It” Educational Seminar Goes to Calgary

Why the interest?

Sept. 26, 2017 [Calgary, AB] – Medical cannabis authorizations continue to increase at an alarming rate across Canada, and with the legalization of cannabis scheduled for 2018, concerns are being raised regarding the impact this will have on employees and the workplace.

Join us for “Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It”, on Tues. Oct. 24 in Calgary, AB, for an open-platform discussion that will feature industry experts presenting about the challenges of cannabis in the workplace. Presentation topics will include workplace drug policies, the effects of cannabis on one’s duty to perform safety sensitive roles and the legal/human rights considerations when implementing testing programs.

An open forum panel discussion will follow the presentations which will be moderated by Pat Atkins of Alberta’s Drug and Alcohol Risk Reduction Pilot Project (DARRPP) and include panel guests Paul de Jong of Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) and Mike Middlebrook from WestJet, in addition to our speakers.

This is your chance to learn from leading authorities about workplace challenges of cannabis, and hear real life stories of others in related industries, that share similar issues to you.

And when we say limited space available, we really mean it! Our last meeting sold out in 45 minutes!

The price of registration is $75 + applicable taxes per ticket.

To register please follow this link: Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Jeremy Thiel at jthiel@DriverCheck.ca.

Date:                                   Tues. Oct. 24, 2017

Time:                                   8:30am – 1:30pm

Location:                            Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel, 2620 32nd Avenue NE, Calgary, AB

Agenda:                              Marijuana Unwrapped – Don’t Just Roll With It

8:00am – 8:30am:            Coffee and Networking

8:30am – 8:35am:            Welcome!

8:35am – 9:20am:           Facing the Challenge of Marijuana in the Workplace

Barbara Butler, Barbara Butler & Associates Inc. Management Consultants

9:20am – 10:05am:          Canadian Cannabis Craze

Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler, Chief Medical Review Officer, DriverCheck Inc.

10:05am – 10:20am:        Break

10:20am – 11:05am:        Marijuana and Workplace Considerations

Anca Turta, Counsel, Imperial Oil Ltd.

11:05am – 11:50am:        Cannabis in the Workplace – Panel Discussion

Moderated by Pat Atkins, DARRPP Administrator, DARRPP

Guest speakers joined by:

Paul de Jong, President, PCA

Mike Middlebrook, Manager – Alcohol & Drug Program, WestJet

11:50am – Noon:             Wrap Up!

Noon – 1:00pm:               Lunch, Draw for Prizes and Networking

 

 

September 26th, 2017 | administrator

DOT Proposes Changes to Drug Testing Panel

August 28, 2017 [Ayr, ON] – The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued notice of proposed rulemaking – NPRM – to revise Part 40 to harmonize with the revised Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs using Urine, which is expected to be effective October 1, 2017.

There are two primary changes to the HHS Mandatory Guidelines to which this notice proposes to harmonize Part 40.

First, is the expansion of the standard drug testing panel to now include four additional Schedule II prescription medications: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone.

Second, is to remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA) as a confirmatory test analyte from the existing drug-testing panel and add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte.

In addition to harmonizing with pertinent sections of the HHS Mandatory Guidelines for urine testing, it is also proposed that NPRM will modify (for clarification) certain existing Part 40 provisions that cover the handling of urine specimens; to remove provisions that no longer are necessary (such as obsolete compliance dates); and to add clarifying language to other provisions (such as updated definitions and web links where necessary). DOT also proposes to remove existing Part 40 requirements related to blind specimen testing.

We encourage you to review your existing alcohol and drug policy to see how it may be impacted by these changes.

We suspect most policies are broad enough to accommodate these changes. For example, many policies simply reference the 5 classes of drugs tested (which have not changed), rather than referencing each specific drug tested within the 5 classes and referencing the specific cut off levels. In this case, no policy change would be necessary.

Even if your company is not subject to DOT regulations, it is still a good idea to consider incorporating these changes, as the DOT program is viewed as the gold standard in alcohol and drug testing programs.

Please note that these changes apply to lab-based urine drug testing only. We are currently working with the laboratory to determine if the proposed extended opiate testing panel will be available for point of care testing (POCT) as well.

Our goal is to keep our clients informed of any expected revision that will affect their alcohol and drug testing program. Once DOT confirms that these changes are being implemented, we will send further communication regarding specific changes to programs.

In the short term, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Client Support at (800) 463-4310, Ext 6, or by email at ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca.

August 28th, 2017 | administrator

April 26 is Staff Appreciation Day!!!

We appreciate you and everything you do 365 days a year!

Today, we wanted to shout it out loud and clear… THANK YOU!

Thank You! from DriverCheck on Vimeo.

Let’s celebrate YOU and all that YOU do!

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for your contributions to the success of DC.

You are very much appreciated!

April 26th, 2017 | administrator

Phone System Upgrade Tues. Apr. 4 at 9pm EST

Please be advised that DriverCheck is upgrading its phone system. In order to do so, our phone system will be temporarily disabled. This upgrade will have no effect on our email system.

The temporary shutdown is scheduled for Tues. Apr. 4 at 9pm EST for approximately 4 hours.

In the event you need to contact us during this time, please contact our afterhours number at:

(519) 569-1836

If you have any questions, please contact Client Support Group:

1 (800) 463-4310, option 6, or
ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca

We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause. The phone system upgrade is being done to improve the overall service provided by DriverCheck. Be assured that we are making a collective effort to minimize disruptions to the best of our ability.

We appreciate your patience.

Sincerely,

DriverCheck Team

April 4th, 2017 | administrator

Service Alert: Purolator Returns to Normal Operations

We are pleased to announce that Purolator has reached a tentative agreement with their union.

As a result, Purolator is returning to normal operations. Effective immediately, the company has lifted its temporary service suspension, a precautionary measure that was implemented on March 28 to protect customers from being negatively impacted by a possible strike.

Due to the brief stoppage of accepting shipments, there may be a slight delay as Purolator returns to normal operations. Rest assured, DriverCheck will make a concerted effort to minimize disruptions moving forward.

If you have any questions, please contact Client Support Group:

1 (800) 463-4310, option 6, or
ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

In the future, if you’re interested in current industry news and challenges, feel free to visit our website under the NEWS section at www.DriverCheck.ca or follow us on Twitter @DriverCheckCA.

Sincerely,

DriverCheck Team

March 29th, 2017 | administrator

Service Alert: Effective Immediately Purolator Not Accepting Shipments

March 28, 2017 [Ayr, ON] – There is a potential strike happening with Purolator across Canada that may cause disruptions in the delivery of samples and results. A decision is expected from the union by 4:30pm EST on March 29, 2017.

Effective immediately, on March 28, 2017, Purolator will not be accepting shipments until further notice. Purolator will make their best effort to deliver shipments currently in their network, however, extended ground shipments may experience a delay.

The shipment of samples is a part of DriverCheck’s contract with the laboratory, Dynacare WorkPlace, and they have developed a backup plan with FedEx.

Below is a list of regions that will have minimal disruption, due to other shipping alternatives already in place:

Fort McMurray – will be minimally affected as Air Canada is the courier used in this region.

Dynacare WorkPlace Ground Service – there are several locations in Ontario that will continue to use Dynacare WorkPlace ground courier service, and therefore will be minimally affected. This list will be provided in the event that a strike occurs.

If you have any questions, please contact Client Support Group:

1 (800) 463-4310, option 6, or
ClientSupport@DriverCheck.ca

We apologize for the inconvenience that it may cause to your daily operations. Be assured that we are making a collective effort to minimize disruptions to the best of our ability, however delays should be expected.

A further communication will be provided once the outcome of the potential strike is known.

Sincerely,

DriverCheck Team

March 29th, 2017 | administrator

Weed in the Workplace Webinar

March 7, 2017 [Ayr, ON] – The legalization of marijuana is scheduled for spring or summer 2017. What does this mean for Canadian employers? Employers should be aware that marijuana has a variety of impairment effects, including reduced reaction times, irritability, loss of focus, lethargy, disengagement with reality and poor decision making.

On Thurs. Mar. 30, Rodney Employment Law and DriverCheck will host a webinar titled, “Weed in the Workplace” that will address challenges in the workplace in relation to medical marijuana and its pending legalization.

Through this webinar, the challenges of cannabis in the workplace and the potential impact it will have on employers and employees will be discussed. Employers will be educated on the effects of marijuana on one’s duty to perform safety sensitive roles and the legal do’s and don’ts of marijuana in the workplace, including the implementation of testing programs; the legal accommodation of medical marijuana in the workplace and best practices for the implementation of workplace drug policies and programs.

What You Will Learn:

• The impact of marijuana on workplace safety
• What is CANNABIS?
• Medical ‘Indications’ for marijuana
• What are safety sensitive jobs?
• Best practices for alcohol and drug testing in the workplace
• Duty to accommodate medical marijuana under Human Rights
• Balancing legalities of workplace safety versus human rights
• Legal considerations for alcohol and drug policies/programs

If you’re interested in attending this educational webinar, please contact Rodney Employment Law, or register online.

Tel: (905) 695-5995 ext. 114 Email: info@rodneyemploymentlaw.com

Register online: Weed in the Workplace Webinar

The event is just $59.99 to attend, however, if you are a client of Rodney Employment Law, MaxPeople HRessentials or DriverCheck, the session is free to attend.

About the Facilitators:

Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler
Chief Medical Review Officer at DriverCheck

Dr. Snider-Adler is the Chief Medical Review Officer for DriverCheck. Her background is in Family Medicine, but now works primarily in the field of Addiction Medicine. She has been providing Opioid Agonist Therapy in multiple practice settings throughout Ontario for the last sixteen years.

Dr. Snider-Adler is certified as a Medical Review Officer by the American Association of Medical Review Officers. She is also certified as a Physician practicing Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Snider-Adler is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University Department of Family Medicine. She was one of the authors of the 2011 Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines and continues to work as a Peer Assessor for the College of Physician and Surgeons of Ontario where she also sits on the Methadone Assessors Committee. Dr. Snider-Adler is qualified as an Expert Witness for Addictions as well as for Drug Testing Interpretation in the Ontario Court of Justice, and as such gives expert testimony in the field across Canada.

Lastly, one of Dr. Snider-Adler’s favourite opportunities is to be able to educate companies, physicians and the community about workplace substance abuse and addiction prevention and treatment through talks and speaking engagements across Canada.

Miriam Anbar
Associate Employment Lawyer, Rodney Employment Law

Miriam Anbar is an associate employment lawyer at Rodney Employment Law. In her practice, Miriam handles a broad spectrum of employment and labour matters, including but not limited to wrongful dismissals, employment standards, employment contracts, human resources law, workplace safety and insurance, human rights, and occupational health and safety. Miriam assists both employers and employees, and she strives to provide practical strategies to solve complex workplace issues.

Prior to her legal career, Miriam worked as an HR Manager, which allowed her to gain valuable experience in human resources and employee relations. Miriam acquired significant insight into the needs of both employers and employees, which allows her to better understand what her clients are looking for.

March 7th, 2017 | administrator