Posted: November 14, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff
TORONTO, ON – Bison Transport’s Jack Fielding has been awarded the title of National Truck Driver of the Year.
The award, established by the Canadian Trucking Alliance and sponsored by Volvo Trucks Canada, is the highest honor bestowed upon a truck driver in Canada with a collision-free driving record and a desire for professionalism both on and off the road.
The National Truck Driver of the Year is selected among all previous year’s provincial Driver of the Year recipients. A panel of judges made up of reps from Transport Canada, the Traffic Industry Research Foundation and the Canada Safety Council make the call. This is the second consecutive year an Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) nominee was crowned with the national title.
Fielding – a truckload operator for Bison over the last 18 years – was handed the award during the opening breakfast at the OTA’s 90th annual executive conference in Toronto.
“Jack is the kind of driver other new drivers entering the industry should try to emulate,” says Peter Currie, Ontario district manager for Volvo Trucks Canada. “It’s no surprise that he followed up last year’s honor with this national award. He goes about every day with professionalism and class.”
Described by his employer as a “modest guy, whose actions on and off the road speaks volumes,” Fielding has amassed over three million collision-free kilometers over a 40-year career.
“Jack is the kind of driver we’d like to clone,” says Norm Sneyd, Bison’s VP of business development. “When we have a special situation that requires immediate attention – something that requires the Fielding touch – we bring Jack in and he gets it done every time.”
Jack has been a loyal driver for nearly two decades as well as an in-house driver-trainer/mentor to new drivers at Bison. He also served as an OTA Road Knight in 2011-2012, when he travelled the province to visit schools and community events to help promote safe driving, environmental responsibility and a positive image of the trucking industry.
The CTA-Volvo Driver of the Year punctuates a long list of industry accolades, including being named the 2013 Driver of the Year by the U.S.-based Truckload Carriers Association.
“Driver like Jack are the backbone of our industry,” says CTA CEO David Bradley. “On behalf of CTA and the other provincial trucking associations, I am proud to honor such a dedicated professional as Canada’s top truck driver.”