TORONTO, Ont. – Paper logbooks are giving way to electronic logging devices (ELDs), the data from telematics systems is being used to rethink longstanding route plans, and a new generation of workers continues to challenge the status quo. Three fleet executives share insights into how they tackle changes like these and more.
TORONTO, ON – The smoke pouring into the truck was thick and there were just moments to act when Ickroop Mangat, just 23-years-old, and his trainer Dave* were involved in a multi-vehicle collision during a sudden, zero-viability snowstorm outside Montreal last Winter.
The new driver for Kriska Transportation acted in a heartbeat, kicking in the driver’s side window and crawling out of the cab before helping his instructor out behind him. Panicked and on fire, the instructor ran from the truck, but Mangat tackled him to the ground, practicing the ‘stop, drop, and roll’ method to put out the flames and save the man’s life.
His actions on that day earned Mangat the Bridgestone-Ontario Trucking Association Truck Hero Award at their annual conference last week, but Mangat says he’s no hero.
PRESCOTT, ON – Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) has acquired Burlington, Ontario-based Service Freight Systems (SFS), which will continue to be led by general manager Rob Ten Brinke.
Service Freight Systems, a logistics company founded in 1995, specializes in temperature-controlled, cross-border, truckload freight. Kriska Group has 600 tractors, 1,700 trailers, and employs 850 people including owner-operators. Its brands include Kriska Holdings, Mill Creek Motor Freight, JMF Transport (1992), and Transpro Freight Systems.
“The KTG family of companies, with its asset-based core, complements well with SFS. They will add depth to our growing investment in logistics services,” said Mark Seymour, Kriska’s president and Chief Executive Officer, in a related press release.
CALGARY, AB – Jonathan Wahba is leaving his role as Chief Operating Officer at Kriska Transportation in favor of the iron highway – taking a role at Canadian Pacific as vice president – sales and marketing, intermodal and grain.
Wahba has also held leading roles at Schneider National, CN and Midland Transport. The appointment is effective immediately.
“Better service, more in-depth analysis through trip planning and the most disciplined operating team in North America, combined with a strong sales and marketing team positions us well for the future,” said John Brooks, the new senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer at the railway.
AYR, ON — In 1980, Terry Fox dipped his leg into the Atlantic Ocean to start his run; on another continent a creature named Pac Man appeared; and in the south-central Ontario town of Cambridge, Phil Henning launched Mill Creek Motor Freight.
All three phenoms are still with us, in one way or another, and on Thursday, the folks at Mill Creek took the afternoon off to celebrate their 35 years of successful operation, in all the company’s iterations.
Version one was Henning’s. Then, in July, 1998, Henning sold 40 percent to the Alberta-based Mullen Group followed by the rest later that year.
Sixteen years in, Mullen announced that it was joining with Mark Seymour’s Prescott, ON-based Kriska Holdings in a new enterprise, Kriska Transportation Group Ltd. (KTG).