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.
MONCTON, NB – The Transportation Club of Moncton celebrated Atlantic Canada’s women in transportation on March 16, naming Midland Transport as Employer of the Year, and Kelly Henderson of THRSC Atlantic as Woman of the Year.
But while gains for the region’s women were celebrated, Angela Splinter of Trucking HR Canada stressed in a keynote address that there is more to do.
Women account for 48% of Canada’s workforce but just 27% of people who work in transportation. Of those women, 18% are senior managers and 15% are supervisors. And she asked the crowd how they would react if a young girl in their family came forward and said they wanted to be a truck driver when they grew up.
TORONTO, ON – The career paths to leadership roles don’t always take straight lines. Kelli Saunders, president of Morai Logistics, began by answering the ad for a telemarketing rep at a logistics company. Anne McKee, Chief Operating Officer at Trailer Wizards, began studying earth sciences. Michelle Arseneau, Managing Partner GX Transportation, was still in high school when she joined her sister at a fleet office job that paid better than local retailers.
“I don’t know if I believe in career paths,” McKee adds. “Meanderings used to work very well for me.”
Despite the varied career paths, they share many similar career philosophies – and offered them up during Trucking HR Canada’s recent Women with Drive summit in Toronto.
WOMEN IN TRUCKING: Are you a woman with drive? If you are, the trucking industry in Canada is full of opportunities, and the potential for career progression is excellent.
TORONTO, ON – Female executives from Canada’s transportation industry — and even the former president of Home Depot Canada — joined together at a Toronto Transportation Club luncheon on June 14 to discuss ways that women can move forward in their careers. But the messages about networking and standing up to be counted were seen to be just as important for businesses as the individual employees.
OTTAWA, ON – Trucking HR Canada, an organization that promotes the industry’s best practices in human resources, has unveiled a report that makes the business case for diverse workplaces.
Changing Workforce combines labor market data and practices already established by fleets including Bison Transport, Canada Cartage, Kriska Transportation, Northern Resource Trucking, Trimac Transportation, and Westcan Bulk Transport.
Women are a rarity in Canada’s trucking industry, representing just 3% of people who work behind the wheel. But on the same day that Newcom Business Media recognized the first women to be named HighwayStar of the Year, another Truck World gathering celebrated all the industry’s female drivers. The Salute to Women Behind the Wheel – running for seven years in the U.S. — came to Canada on Saturday afternoon.
HOUSTON, TX – One of the world’s largest refuse collection companies, Waste Management, has joined the Women In Trucking Association.
TORONTO, ON – Barely 3% of Canada’s truck drivers and techs are women, but that is something the organizers of Trucking HR Canada’s second annual Women with Drive summit hope to change.
More than 180 industry representatives packed into a Mississauga, Ontario hotel on March 3, discussing ways to recruit, train and retain more women in a traditionally male-dominated field. “It isn’t very often in our industry that we have this many women together in one room,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “Our goal is to keep that conversation going.”
There were plenty of conversations to be had.
NEW YORK, NY – Lindsay Slazakowski was a long-haul truck driver for three years. Now, she’s put together a list of 13 things she wished she’d known before she ever got behind the wheel.
About 135 delegates attended this year’s inaugural event, which shed new light on the steps to recruit, retain and mentor women in Canada’s trucking industry, according to organisers.
OTTAWA, ON- Industry leaders are backing Trucking HR Canada’s inaugural Women with Drive Leadership Summit, which is aimed at trucking professionals involved in recruiting, retaining or mentoring women in trucking.
MIAMI, FL – Ryder is now offering a female-friendly heavy-duty truck package for lease; a first for trucking. The custom specification was designed with the help of several OEMs and the Women In Trucking Association.
TORONTO – Have you got the empty driver seat blues? Thinking of hiring more women? Then listen up: women in Canada’s trucking industry have gotten together and launched the first-ever Women with Drive Leadership Summit.
ANN ARBOR, MI – Series will showcase the lives of professional women truckers on company’s YouTube channel.