MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Angela Splinter, the chief executive officer of Trucking HR Canada, didn’t begin by talking about cancer. When she took to the podium of the organization’s annual Women with Drive leadership summit, she focused specifically on human resources challenges.
The labor shortage in trucking is real, she said, referring to an intensifying capacity crunch. “There is a limited supply of quality talent available.” But where 48% of Canada’s workforce includes women, they represent around 3% of drivers and technicians.
MISSISSAUGA, ON – A driver well known for her work behind the wheel of a pink truck became a little more famous Saturday, winning Newcom Business Media’s HighwayStar of the Year.
Highland Transport driver Joanne Millen-Mackenzie has been behind the wheel for nearly 25 years, but has become known more for her efforts against breast cancer. Her Trucking for a Cure convoy has travelled highways across the country, raising awareness and scores of cash in the process – $85,000 in 2015 alone.
“Women need to know we can do what we want out here, and there’s nothing we can’t be,” says Mackenzie, before she hoisted a winner’s cheque for $10,000. “It’s not who’s going to let you, it’s who’s going to stop you.”
MacKenzie is the first female winner of the prestigious Highway Star of the Year award, sponsored by Freightliner, Chevron, Eberspacher and OBAC.
The Brockville, ON resident had her family on hand for the award presentation at Truck World, hosted at the International Centre. But not all her family was there. MacKenzie’s Aunt Anna died from breast cancer years ago; and Mackenzie herself is a survivor of the disease that has since become the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women.
“I’m just so proud of her,” said MacKenzie’s brother, Steve Millen. “If they weren’t doing this, who would be doing this?”
MISSISSAUGA, ON – Whether it’s shirts, shoes, hats, PJ’s or even bikini briefs, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) wants you to wear plaid. Not just for fun, but for dad.
After nearly becoming the top fundraiser for a 2015 prostate cancer research campaign, the OTA is determined to take the number one spot this year for donations to Prostate Cancer Canada.
At Truck World Thursday, the OTA re-pledged its support for the cause, and invited the rest of the trucking industry to follow suit. Plaid suit.
ST ANDREWS, MB – Trucking has been good to Dave Tyrchniewicz, president of Manitoba-based Turk Enterprises. So he’s sharing that good news in a very loud way: With a flashy pink rig, decked out to call attention to the fight against cancer.
MISSISSAUGA – When you buy a truck from Davy Truck Centre in Mississauga, a certain amount from the sale will go towards the fight against cancer.
MONCTON, N.B. — Friends, family and representatives of the trucking industry got together on Aug. 21 for a special fundraiser referred to as “Dan Day” – in support of Dan Blakely.