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KTG Covid-19 Update – March 19, 2020

Home dispatching office of Corey LeBlanc, Operations Manager TransPro Freight Sytems.

As we move through the first week of social distancing due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 it’s become clear to many about the importance of the supply chain to ensure the availability of necessary supplies. We rely on our transportation professionals to keep our company and the economy moving through all sorts of situations. The Kriska Transportation Group companies are taking steps to help keep our drivers safe and healthy while they perform their essential service.

Since drivers come in contact with many people and equipment throughout their day, we’ve encouraged them to follow public health recommendations for hand hygiene. We’ve implemented a reimbursement program for the purchases of antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and gloves to help protect them while they perform their critical job. Further, all KTG terminals have hand sanitizers in strategic areas.

To support social distancing, our operating companies have mandated work from home programs that won’t disrupt our day-to-day operations.

Rather than slow down during the COVID-19 outbreak, our dedicated team is working at full speed to help return products to shelves. We are prepared to help shippers and retailers supply the public with what they need at any time. When you buy food, hand sanitizer or toilet paper, think to thank a trucker.

KTG receives 20th Best Managed Companies Canada recognition.

For the 20th consecutive year, the Kriska Transportation Group (KTG) has received the prestigious designation as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. KTG is recognized for its overall business performance and sustained growth.

Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs that recognizes Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $25 million for innovative, world-class business practices. Every year since 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices. 

“We’re delighted to be honoured to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for our 20th year,” said KTG, CFO, Pierre Carrier. “We thank all of our employees for the effort that they make to keep us one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada. Our people are the difference in our ability to continue to grow and innovate.”

The Kriska Transportation Group, operating companies, are some of the safest carriers in Canada and are industry leaders in employing technologies that keep their drivers, operations efficient and customers satisfied. The group operates a young, fuel-efficient fleet of trucks with an eye towards sustainability. KTG continues to grow in this challenging market with the addition of diversified services and the acquisition of proven companies.

An independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges evaluates the applicants of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. 2020 Best Managed companies Selected companies all share commonalities that include (but are not limited to) a clear and concise strategy, capability to invest in R&D, tools and proprietary equipment, and a strong emphasis on corporate social responsibility.

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.”