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TransPro wins 2nd place in TCA Fleet Safety Awards, Division 2.

TransPro Director of Safety and Compliance, Michael Frolick.

TransPro’s Director of Safety and Compliance, Michael Frolick is celebrating the New Year with the company’s first-ever Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Fleet Safety Award.

The 2nd place award is in Division 2 (5-14.99 Million Miles) in TCA’s 44th Annual Fleet Safety Awards. Winners were rated on their annual accident ratio and a safety audit.

TransPro placed a particular emphasis on driver training and maintenance this year. Drivers attended multiple learning sessions throughout the year, including visits from regional police, OPP and MTO officers. They also installed in-cab Isaac Instruments hardware and software to provide safe driving feedback.

“This didn’t happen overnight,” said Michael “TransPro shares this award as a team. In 2019 we reduced our CVOR by over 50% year over year.”

TransPro is now in consideration for the Fleet Safety Grand Prize – Small Carrier Division to be announced in March at the TCA’s Annual Convention.

KTG Habitat for Humanity Build 2019

This October, representatives from several KTG companies put on hardhats and grabbed hammers to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity in Kitchener, ON. It was the fourth year that KTG has participated in the Trucking Industry Team Build organized by the Trucks For Change Network.
The day was part of “trucking takeover week” at the Habitat Kehl St. site. Groups of builders from trucking companies in the region come together to improve their community and bond as a team. This year, 48 trucking industry employees volunteered 400 hours and contributed $10,000 to the project.

You don’t know what people are going through, and if they need “a hand up,” I will always have my hand out to help! Compassion and empathy should always be on top of the list when working with any group of people.

Tracy Wolfe

Veteran volunteer Tracy Wolf of Mill Creek Motor Freight led our team. “I have learned many things on every build,” said Tracy. “how to properly hold a hammer when framing, measure twice and cut once and safety first.”
Tracy’s has raised $7000 in her four years working at the site. Her teammates this year were Mike Kehl (TransPro), Riley Murphy (Kriska), Tyler Pierce (Service Freight) and Amanda Purchase (Champion Express).

The Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region broke ground at their Kehl Street site in 2013. The 45 homes are 98% volunteer-built and will be completed by 2021. Habitat’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty through homeownership. Studies show that homeowners and their families are happier, healthier, and are more successful at school. Potential homeowners are qualified through a selection process and are required to volunteer for 500 hours. Habitat provides them with interest-free mortgages with payments aligned to no more than 30% of the homeowner’s income.

KTG is proud to contribute to our communities through donations and volunteer time. To quote Tracy Wolfe, “You don’t know what people are going through, and if they need “a hand up,” I will always have my hand out to help! Compassion and empathy should always be on top of the list when working with any group of people.”

KTG adds Trailwood and Nexus.

KTG is growing again with the addition of Trailwood Transport Ltd and Nexus Freight Ltd.

Founded in 1984, Trailwood Transport Ltd, is a family operated transportation company that offers domestic and cross-border truckload services, specializing in the automotive industry. Nexus Freight Ltd is a local cartage carrier, servicing Southern Ontario. Their combined fleet of Trailwood’s 112 trucks, 385 trailers and Nexus’s 20 trucks and 12 trailers are a welcome addition to KTG’s growing network.

“Trailwood and Nexus are great strategic fits with the Kriska Transportation Group,” said Kriska CEO, Mark Seymour. “Their culture and results are a welcome addition to the KTG family. Trailwood’s expertise in the automotive industry brings further diversification to our industry mix. The addition of Nexus gives us the local capacity to help supplement our current network needs. We expect to find many synergies and opportunities to help both businesses grow profitably.” 

Trailwood and Nexus will continue to be led by General Manager Lorie Thompson and its current management teams. Mark Beckstead, Trailwood’s former owner, will represent the company going forward with a focus on maintaining key customer relationships and growth. 

“Becoming part of KTG offers Trailwood and Nexus the opportunity to lower our cost base, bring long term stability to our business and collaborate with other transportation professionals in the KTG family.” Added Beckstead “We’re excited to be part of a group that values our brand strength and who are like-minded as it relates to trucking.” 

Kriska unveils Bianca Andreescu, She The North tribute trailer.

Turbo Images and Kriska unveiled a rolling tribute to Canada’s first Grand Slam champion Bianca Andreesu. The trailer wrapped in graphics celebrating the 19-year-old tennis phenom’s historic win was debuted at Kriska’s terminal near the 401.

Andreescu’s recent victory inspired the project. The trailer features images of her in action as well as kissing the U.S. Open trophy and the popular “She the North” hashtag. The wrap was designed to represent Bianca’s dynamic style of play and acknowledges that she is the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title.

Both Turbo Images and Kriska are located in Mississauga and collaborated over their shared pride of Andreescu who grew up in the city.

Kriska hopes that the youth that see this trailer will be inspired by Bianca’s determination and perseverance, while they pursue their own goals. The 53′ Great Dane tridem reefer trailer will be hauled along the 401, including the GTA.

KTG acquires Champion Express Ltd.

The Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) has added to our freight brokerage offering with the acquisition of Champion Express Ltd. Based in Milton ON, Champion will continue to be led by its experienced management team.

“We are excited to bring the Champion Express team of experienced logistics professionals, into the KTG family.” said KTG CEO, Mark Seymour, “Champion has a long-standing reputation of white-glove like care and attention to their customer base.  We expect these customers to benefit from the additional support KTG has to offer, and we believe this will bring growth opportunities for all parties involved.”

“Champion Express Ltd is excited to be joining the KTG family of companies.” remarked Champion Business Manager, Peter Jenkins, “Being part of a group with an impressive amount of assets will further our capabilities when servicing our customers. We are proud of our team’s dedication and strong customer relationships. The support of KTG will enable Champion to strengthen these relationships and build on our accomplishments.”

Champion Express Ltd. is a technology driven freight brokerage founded in 1991. They offer freight management solutions that include Truckload, LTL, Intermodal, Flatbed and High-Value Goods shipping across North America as well as custom warehousing and distribution. Champion manages their services with a proprietary software suite that tracks and books orders, generates rate quotes and calculates 3D LTL footage requirements.

Eugenia Churilov named KTG Director of Safety and Compliance

 

 

Eugenia Churilov has joined the Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) as our new Director of Safety and Compliance. She brings over 20 years of experience to our team of Transportation professionals. We welcome her leadership, guidance and management across our group of operating companies.

Senior Vice President, David Tumber remarked, “Eugenia brings a wealth of knowledge of Safety and Compliance to KTG. Her experience with national carriers and multi-company groups will bring all our companies together under a single standard.”

“I’m excited to be at KTG” says Churilov, “it’s a family of companies with a strong culture of safety.”

Eugenia has built a career in Transportation Safety and Compliance. Before joining KTG, she managed transportation compliance at Walmart Canada. Previously, she managed Safety and Compliance at Calyx Transportation Group by overseeing six operating companies that included trucking, warehousing, distribution centres, freight brokerage and freight forwarding. She also brings a strong operational background from her decade as the owner of M&M Transportation, a fifty unit fleet that ran into the US East Coast.

Eugenia’s mandate at KTG is to bring standardization and consistency to how we view and control safety and compliance throughout our growing group of companies.

“KTG’s carriers maintain excellent CVOR ratings,” said Eugenia, “I’m looking forward to working with each to share best practices in training and maintenance as we aim to be the safest group on the road.”

TransPro Freight Systems announces Jon Saunders as new General Manager

GM Jon Saunders (2nd from left) joins the TransPro team at the TTC Pop-up Social.

 

TransPro Freight Systems a Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) company has appointed Jon Saunders as General Manager, effective March 18, 2019.

Before joining the team at TransPro, Jon held senior roles at Polaris Transportation Group where he led their high growth businesses along with their successful acquisition mandate. He also has experience in banking where he maintained a focus on private equity and transportation and logistics.

“KTG is excited to have Jon come on as the TransPro GM.” remarked Mark Seymour CEO, KTG “He understands the complexities of TransPro’s cross-border LTL and logistics business and brings a solid financial background which adds to our already strong team.”

“The TransPro Freight Systems team has an ambition for growth that truly appeals to me. Stemming from a desire to serve drivers, customers and team members alike, this is a business that is forward thinking, and that plays a critical role in global supply chains.”

Jon holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.

 

Icon Transportation Logistics LTd. joins KTG

KTG is proud to welcome the management, drivers and staff of Icon Transportation Logistics Ltd. (ITL) of Puslinch, Ontario into the group. ITL will continue to be led by General Manager Alen Delija.

Founded in 2009, ITL currently operates 44 power units, 78 trailers, 1 straight truck and 1 Sprinter Van. ITL is a cross border carrier who specialized in moving time-sensitive freight. Their expedited team service is an exciting new addition to the KTG transportation menu.

“ITL is a great fit with the Kriska Transportation Group.” remarked KTG CEO, Mark Seymour, “We’re happy to bring their team of drivers and staff into the KTG family. ITL’s expedited team service is an exciting new addition to our transportation menu. We know that they have been growing in this space and we hope to help them achieve that.”

“Becoming part of KTG offers ITL the opportunity to access a network of transportation companies that will help us better serve our existing customers.” says Alen Delija, “We’re excited to be part of a group that will help to grow our reach and share our strengths.”

 

Team KTG wins Trucks for Change / Daily Bread Food Sort Challenge.

Each November the Trucks for Change invites it’s network members to participate in a friendly competition against each other while helping the community fight hunger at the Daily Bread Food Bank’s Food Sort Challenge. For the first time since the founding of the challenge, the KTG team was victorious!

This year KTG entered a team of ten members from across our operating companies to sort 3000 lbs of food at the food bank depot. The competition is organized in two shifts of six teams that collectively sort 36,000 lbs of food during the day and raised $31,200 for the Daily Bread Food Bank. In the four years that Trucks For Change has been organizing the event teams from the transportation industry have sorted 144,000 lbs of food and donated an impressive $100,000.

The competition was tight but the team KTG finished ahead of our transportation friends. After completing the sorting we offered help to the others in the spirit of community.

Thank you to the Daily Bread Food Bank and Trucks for Change for inviting us. Also, thanks are due to our team members, Daniel Bonga, Gail Brito, Kelly Browning, Lissa DeChamplain, Joanna Foucault, Sean LeBlanc, Michelle Quintanilla, Ravi Patel, Amnit Sandhu and Tracy Wolfe for braving the first snow storm of the year to participate. We look forward to defending our title next year!