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Transport N Service joins KTG

The Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Transport N Service of Guelph, ON.  

Transport N Service was established in 1997 as a full-service transportation company based in Guelph, ON. Their modern fleet provides cross-border Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) and Truckload services, often moving up to 300 loads per month into the US. 

The current management team led by General Manager Kevin Allen will continue to ensure seamless service and reliable transport for the company’s customers. 

“Transport N Service brings more than two decades of LTL operational excellence to our group,” said KTG CEO Mark Seymour. “KTG is pleased to welcome another well-run Ontario-based LTL operator to our group.  We see this line of business as one we like and one that further diversifies our revenue streams”. 

“We are excited for the growth opportunity of joining a group the size of KTG,” said Kevin Allen of Transport N Service. “The operational synergies and large network of sister companies will allow us to extend our coverage, service offerings and shared knowledge base.” 

The addition of Transport N Service adds 90 tractors and 170 trailers to KTG’s fleet and is the twelfth company to join the group. 

Heather Mewhinney named HR Leader of the Year

KTG’s Heather Mewhinney has been named the HR Leader of the Year by Trucking HR Canada.

We’re excited and proud that she has been acknowledged for the excellence with which she approaches her role. As KTG’s Director of Human Resources, Heather oversees all eleven companies within the group. She creates an open and friendly atmosphere that encourages straight talk and honesty. Heather has transformed the HR processes at KTG by adopting a digital-first approach to recruiting, compensation management, performance management and benefits administration.

As an advocate of the Canadian transportation industry, she actively promotes the inclusion of women in trucking. She is also the inaugural co-chair of Truckers Against Trafficking Canada.

When receiving the award at Trucking HR Canada’s Top Fleet Employers gala, Heather commented, “I’ve been in the industry for 26 years and never have I been prouder to work in the trucking industry than in the last year and a half,” she said “The industry really did shine over the past 18 months. I’m lucky to work with Kriska Transportation Group and with so many great people who make my job easier every day.”

This video from the awards presentation highlights Heather’s contributions to HR Excellence in Canadian trucking.

Congratulations, Heather, on this well-deserved recognition. We think you’re the HR leader every year.

KTG awards 10 annual scholarships.

This August, KTG awarded ten students the Kriska Transportation Group Scholarship. Available to the children of all KTG employees, the scholarship supports post-secondary education and the promotion of the transportation industry to youth.

Since 2019, KTG has provided $75,000 to help with the cost of attending post-secondary education. While we can only hope that some of the recipients will join their parents working in transportation, we sincerely believe in the value of higher learning and are honoured to assist the student’s ambitions.

This year’s scholarship applicants provided essays on the role the transportation industry has had in their lives and how to attract youth to the business. Their ideas were fresh and insightful.

The 2021 Kriska Transportation Group Scholarship recipients are:
Zoe Bernier
Lauren Gellner
Zachary Hill
Samantha Kothe
Maryka Lebeau
Sophie LeBlanc
Miranda Main
Malenfant Martin
Jordan Meers
Greg Patrick

KTG Companies named SmartWay High Performers

KTG companies Icon Logistics Transportation Inc., Kriska Holdings Limited, Mill Creek Motor Freight, and Trailwood Transport have been named 2021 Smartway High Performers by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Smartway program provides carriers with guidance and standards to help reduce fuel consumption and increase efficiency. The result is lower carbon emissions and better utilization of our fleets.

Of all the carriers participating in the SmartWay program, fewer than 10% make the High Performer list for carbon emissions. We are proud that Icon, Kriska, Mill Creek and Trailwood consume thousands of gallons of fuel than their competitors.

KTG companies are committed to our stewardship of the environment. Our fleet consists of modern fuel-efficient trucks and trailers with low resistance tires and side skirts. Our drivers operate at limited speeds on routes carefully selected to use less fuel and when they are parked, idle their truck minimally.

From maintenance to drivers and dispatchers, KTG continues to innovate as one of the environmental leaders in the North American transportation industry.

Kriska wins PMTC 3M Graphic Award

The trailer fleet at KTG companies consists of nearly 2000 strong, but none are as noticeable as the She The North trailer that celebrates the historic Grand Slam win by Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu.

This June, the trailer design won the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) 3m Graphic Award in the Special Events/Promotions Category. The stunning trailer features images of Andreescu and graphic elements representing the dynamism of tennis was designed by Turbo Studio.

Based in Mississauga, ON, Turbo Studio is the sister company of longtime KTG vendor Turbo Images. They are a design-forward branding and marketing agency that provides boutique-style customer service and care.

The She The North trailer was the first of three projects that Turbo Studio has designed for various KTG companies. After the success of both the image and the quality wrap, we relied on them to develop creative ideas for another trailer and an office mural. 

Turbo Studio’s second design was an update for Kriska’s ageing community events trailer. Community groups in Eastern Ontario use the 36′ refrigerated trailer at events such as Ribfest, Canada Day and others. Kriska requested that the wrap reflect the heritage of the area and the company’s place within it. The resulting design showcases local landmarks and a Kriska truck with a map of the region in the background. As on the She The North trailer, the bright red of the Kriska logo was strategically used throughout.

Recently, the company completed a mural installed to celebrate Champion Express’s 30th anniversary. This project was more of a conceptual challenge than the others. Champion’s design brief described a 16′ x 9′ mural that illustrated the company’s reach across Canada and needed to include road and rail transportation as well as famous Canadian locations. Turbo Studio’s talented designers worked with the company to produce multiple versions to get to the final design and are delighted with the result.

KTG wins 21st Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation.

For the 21st consecutive year the Kriska Transportation Company (KTG) has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. The 2021 Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $25 million demonstrating leadership in the areas of strategy, capabilities and innovation, culture and commitment, and financials to achieve sustainable growth.
KTG has continued to grow this past year despite the challenges of the global pandemic. Our operating companies continue to provide award-winning service and remain some of the safest carriers in Canada. Our dedication to constant improvement and investment in people, technology, and the acquisition of proven companies continues to be a winning strategy.
“The past year has posed numerous challenges for Canadian businesses and has touched everyone in some form or another—including this year’s Best Managed winners,” Kari Lockhart, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “They should be extremely proud of this designation and use it as a catalyst to continue the work they do each day. Their unwavering commitment to their people and their adaptability amid a year of turmoil has led them to this achievement, and it mustn’t go unnoticed.”
Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. 2021 Best Managed companies share commonalities that include (but are not limited to) enabling a remote workforce, making employee health a top priority, acting with an increased sense of purpose and social responsibility and a significantly heightened focus on cash flow.
“It’s with great pleasure that we accept this award for the 21st year.” said KTG, CFO, Pierre Carrier “This award reminds us every day that we need to keep innovating and growing our business, for our employees and our community. We wish to thank all our employees for the effort that they make to keep us one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.”

KTG’s Heather Mewhinney & Kriska’s Caroline Blais join Truckers Against Trafficking Canada Committee.

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), an international non-profit working with the trucking, bus and energy industries to fight human trafficking as part of their everyday jobs, announces the appointment of Heather Mewhinney, Director of Human Resources at the Kriska Transportation Group, as the first chair of the newly formed TAT Canada Committee (TCC). Caroline Blais, Recruiting Manager, Kriska will co-chair the committee.

The TCC will expand TAT Canada’s reach and implementation by activating its volunteer members’ networks, resources, and expertise. Integral to the success of TAT are partnerships with the industry leaders, carriers, government transportation entities and crucial anti-trafficking voices in Canada that comprise the committee membership.

TCC members will commit to training and implementing additional TAT Canada action steps within their organizations. They will encourage TAT partnerships as speakers at conferences and events and within their professional networks. TAT Canada will also promote that provinces and law enforcement adopt the Canadian Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Model (Canadian CVE) to utilize entry points into the trucking and bus industries to spread the TAT anti-trafficking message.

“The goal of the TCC is to be a growth accelerator for TAT Canada across the nation so that every CDL holder understands the role they can play in discovering and disrupting human trafficking networks,” said Kendis Paris, TAT executive director. “We relied on our partners at the TTSAO to select the chair and co-chair, as they could identify who has strong relationships

with industry members across Canada and natural leadership qualities, Heather and Caroline are excellent choices, and we’re extremely pleased to have them lead the group.”

TAT has been expanding into Canada since 2019 when it hosted a Coalition Build event in Toronto and has researched the Canadian transportation industry and law enforcement. The organization has relied on existing partnerships with UPS, Pilot and Bridgestone to introduce their Canadian affiliates. Key initiatives include working with the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) to educate commercial truck driving students to recognize the signs of human trafficking and with the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) to promote TAT Canada to their membership.

Currently, fifteen Canadian companies have provided TAT training and certification to all their employees. An additional twenty-four have committed to implement training in 2021.

Round The Lakes Motor Express and Ready To Load Logistics join KTG

The Kriska Transportation Group has acquired Round the Lakes Motor Express Inc (RTL) and Ready To Load Logistics Inc. (RTLL), both of London, ON.

Each company will continue to be managed by its current leadership team to maintain operational excellence, growth and customer relationships. Brad Berfelz will remain as RTL General Manager and Travis Haines in his current Operations Management role. Dean Henry will continue as RTLL General Manager.

“Round The Lakes and Ready To Load are great strategic fits with the Kriska Transportation Group,” said KTG CEO, Mark Seymour.” We believe RTL expertise in cross border LTL, aligns well with our company, TransPro Freight Systems, and will bring operational synergies and best practices. Ready To Load adds brokerage to our growing logistics services and further diversifies our revenue streams”. 

“We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished since our inception in 2003.  Moving forward, we are excited to be part of KTG as we see a great fit for our staff and customers. It’s clear to us that the culture of the two companies are very likeminded.” said Berfelz, “Ready To Load will benefit from KTG’s larger brokerage footprint and sales structure by helping our team enhance growth and operational capabilities”, added Henry.  

Round The Lakes Motor Express Inc. offers domestic and cross-border less than truckload services, specializing in the Midwest regions.

Ready To Load Logistics is a Third Party Provider of surface transportation solutions to customers operating across North America.

Mill Creek wins 1st place TCA Fleet Safety Award

Mill Creek Motor Freight has lots to celebrate this year. Not only is this the company’s 40th anniversary, but they have also placed first in the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Fleet Safety Award.

The 1st place award is in Division 2 (5-14.99 Million Miles) in TCA’s 45th Annual Fleet Safety Awards. A carrier’s annual accident ratio and a safety audit determine the rankings.

Mill Creek’s focus on safety has resulted not only in this award; the company recently achieved its lowest CVOR score in years. These milestones are the results of deep attention to detail to keeping drivers, freight and the public safe on the roads. The Mill Creek Safety department has built a comprehensive program that includes training, maintenance, supervision and monitoring above industry standards.

“We all share this award,” says Krista Murray, Safety and Compliance Manager, “drivers, mechanics and the operations team are all safety-minded. It’s always our first consideration.”

The award will be presented at the TCA Annual Convention in April 2021. Mill Creek is a finalist for the grand prize, also announced at the Convention.

Mill Creek, TransPro and Kriska named Top Fleet Employers 2020

The people who work with us are transportation professionals dedicated to providing a reliable and safe service and our greatest asset. It is an honour that Trucking HR Canada has awarded Kriska Holdings Ltd., Mill Creek Motor Freight and TransPro Freight Systems as Top Fleet Employers for 2020.

The award acknowledges trucking companies that provide an exceptional workplace and participate in human resources best practices.
This is Mill Creek’s first Top Fleet Employer award and the seventh consecutive award for Kriska and TransPro.