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Meet Geoff Topping — the accidental HR manager

December 4, 2018 by John Smith

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Geoff Topping never imagined he would trade in his keys to become a human resources executive. But he did. Now the vice-president of human resources at Challenger Motor Freight is recognized as one of best in the […]

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Vaillancourt named president at Stemco

July 25, 2018 by elizabeth

LONGVIEW, Texas – Stemco has a new president in Eric Vaillancourt. The company announced Vaillancourt as the successor to former president Todd Anderson this week. With more than 30 years of experience in various industries, Vaillancourt recently served as the […]

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Can you measure a good attitude?

May 30, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. – Fleet managers are always on the lookout for employees who demonstrate a good attitude — the intangible qualities that play a big role in safe practices and workplace relationships alike. But such things are often judged on gut instinct alone.

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Readers share thoughts on mental health

May 10, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Sunny skies have returned, but there are those who struggle in the darkness. With that in mind, our latest Pulse reader survey asked about the state of your mental health.

About 42% of those who responded said their jobs cause them some form of mental distress, and 84% believe the trucking industry has a role to play in addressing mental health in the workplace.

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Get real — and retain your drivers

March 27, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Basic marketing sense says you should sell your positives, but when it comes to selling your fleet to potential drivers, overselling may be causing higher turnover.

Industry experts talking driver retention and feedback at the 2018 Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) convention say broken promises lead to higher driver turnover, with a large number of drivers walking out the door before they’ve been employed a full six months.

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Splinter reflects on cancer, HR challenges

March 4, 2018 by John Smith

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.

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TTSAO announces a ‘Touch a Truck’ hiring event for adults

February 28, 2018 by elizabeth

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is trying to drive more people into the industry by hosting a “touch a truck” event for adults.

The group announced the event and sought marketing ideas for it during the carrier group townhall meeting at their annual conference.

The event – to be held in Mississauga, Ont. On May 26 – will be a hiring event focused on bringing in employees to all areas of the industry, not just drivers.

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Orr, Hinz to take the helm at CFI

January 25, 2018 by elizabeth

JOPLIN, MO – Greg Orr will be taking the helm at CFI. The full-truckload carrier and division of TFI International promoted Orr today, while moving Michael Hinz into the role of senior vice president of sales & operations.

“Greg has been the driving force behind many of our recent accomplishments, and bringing Michael to CFI further supports our efforts to create a world class leadership team,” stated Greg Rumble, Chief Financial Officer of TFI.

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Ridge named VP at CFI

January 10, 2018 by John Smith

JOPLIN, MO – CFI, a truckload carrier that’s a division of TFI International, has named Angela Ridge as vice president – human resources. She will report to Tim Staroba, CFI’s president. Bert Johnson, who had held the role, is retiring […]

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Gallagher appointed president at Jake

December 18, 2017 by elizabeth

BLOOMFIELD, CN – Dennis Gallagher is the new president at manufacturer Jacobs Vehicle Systems (JVS).
Gallagher will direct all facets of JVS’s global operations while meeting JVS’s short- and long-term strategic initiatives.
“We are confident that Dennis will bring a combination of keen business acumen and strong leadership skills to our organization,” stated Pat Murphy, senior vice president, fortive automation and specialty and sensing technologies.

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Bradley to join Titanium Board

December 18, 2017 by elizabeth

BOLTON, ON – Titanium Transportation Group has appointed David Bradley to its board as an independent director.
Bradley, outgoing president and CEO of the Ontario Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance, will assume the new role on Jan. 1, where he will be joining the company’s audit committee.
A significant presence in the trucking industry for more than three decades, Bradley was responsible for leading key initiatives including the introduction of mandatory speed limiter activation, a universal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, and mandatory entry level training (MELT) for truck drivers.

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Celadon continues to refinance, replace personnel

December 5, 2017 by elizabeth

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Embattled Celadon Group is adding more changes in its efforts to refocus amid an investigation by the Secuurities and Exchange Commission in the United States.
The group made tow announcements last week including the appointment of Vincent Donargo as the new vice president and Chief Accounting Officer, effective Nov. 30.
Celadon said Donargo brings with him over 30 years of accounting and financial leadership experience, including serving as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Beaulieu Group, a North American carpet and flooring manufacturing company, before taking on his new position.

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Adding ELDs make for happier drivers: Omnitracs panel

December 4, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – Investing in new technologies, including Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), is the key to creating safe, efficient companies that attract both customers and new drivers, speakers at an Omnitracs panel said last week.

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Atlas Van Lines names new president

December 1, 2017 by elizabeth

EVANSVILLE, IN – Atlas Van Lines announced a new president and chief operating officer (COO). The division of Atlas World Group named Joe Stackhouse to the role Tuesday.
Stackhouse comes to Atlas with a 30-year background in the telecommunications industry, including senior leadership positions with AT&T, Comcast Corporation, and Charter Communications. He most recently served as the president and COO of American Utility Management in Chicago.

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IN PRINT: Brenda Cuthbert collecting hardware for the softer side of the trucking industry

November 30, 2017 by elizabeth

Brenda Cuthbert never planned to work in the trucking industry. But the vice president of human resources at Siemens Transportation Group and this year’s winner of the Trucking HR Canada Top Fleet Employers HR Leader Award – and the first woman in 80 years to win the Saskatchewan Trucking Association’s Service to Industry Award – knew right away that she and her longstanding employer were a fit.

“It was the funniest interview,” she recalls of the first day with Siemens Transportation Group owner Erwen Siemens, about 28 years ago. “It was all about family, and he showed me the whole company within the first half hour.”