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The Second Annual TTSAO Conference

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario launches its second annual conference on February 15 & 16, 2017 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga, Ontario. The agenda addresses the most important issues facing the Canadian trucking industry today, including the new the Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training (MELT) requirement.

The Second Annual TTSAO Conference

On July 1, 2017, the Ministry of Transportation launches the MELT program for those looking to become a Class A driver in Ontario. This is one of the major developments in the trucking industry this year and every company will benefit from learning more about the details and possible impacts. A panel discussion will educate attendees and discuss how this regulation affects the industry going forward.

The panel of experts includes David Goruk (Northbridge Insurance), Mike Millian (the Private Motor Truck Council), Garth Pitzel (Bison Transport), and Rolf VanderZwaag (the Ontario Trucking Association). John G. Smith (Today’s Trucking) will be the moderator.

Day 1’s agenda consists of the TTSAO Carrier Group Meeting, TTSAO Annual General Meeting, and the TTSAO Industry Networking Event.

In addition to the MELT panel, Day 2 events include:

  • A second panel discussion on Rebuilding the Image of Trucking, moderated by David Genne (Georgia Trades Training Inc.), and featuring Chris Harris (Safety Dawg), Annie Kidder (People for Education), Jacquie Latham (Ontario School Counsellors Association), and Alyson Truax (Employment Ontario).
  • Kelly Henderson, the Executive Director of Trucking Human Resources Sector Atlantic hosts a must see presentation on Women in Trucking: Advancing Careers and Opportunities
  • Marijuana Unwrapped–Don’t Just Roll With It: Jeremy Thiel (DriverCheck Inc) provides an overview about the recent DriverCheck hosted marijuana seminar.
  • Claude Chaulk (Manitoulin Transport) moderating a TTSAO Graduates Driver Panel.
  • The Stan and Mike Show: Stan Campbell of Trucker Radio and Mike McCarron of Left Lane Associates discuss Mike’s 33 years of experience in the industry. Expect plenty of insights and enjoyable stories from one of the industry’s true mavericks.

In addition to those esteemed industry participants, the TTSAO Conference welcomes Heidi Francis, the Assistant Deputy Minister for Road User Safety Division, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, Ms. Francis is representing the provincial government and speaking to attendees on Day 2.

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