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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.

2020 KTG Scholarship Recipients Announced.

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For the second year, KTG has awarded a scholarship to ten students entering post-secondary education.
We value education beyond high school and believe that students like these will become the innovators and leaders in the evolving transportation industry. Transportation, logistics and supply-chains employ graduates from many disciplines, including engineering, finance, human resources, and trades.

The KTG scholarship was founded in 2019 to support children of employees in their pursuit of post-secondary education. Applicants submit an essay about the Transportation industry’s impact on their lives and reflect on how to recruit young people. To date, KTG is proud to have awarded $50,000.

We are honoured to announce this year’s list of recipients. They are:

Conor Barratt – TransPro
Daniella Ceccacci – TransPro
Laura Cook – Trailwood Transport
Emily De Silva – Service Freight Systems
Davis Moore – Mill Creek
Stephanie Noecker – Mill Creek
Kassandra Silver – Mill Creek
Alex Trimble- Mill Creek
Kyle Whiteman – Kriska
Betty Zaharieva – TransPro

Congratulations to all. We wish these and all students the best of luck in their studies in this unusual school year.

TransPro achieves best-ever safety rating.

When Mike Frolick TransPro‘s Director of Safety & Compliance talks about commercial vehicle safety, his eyes light up. He is excited that this July, TransPro achieved its best-ever safety rating.

In Ontario, all commercial vehicle operators are assigned a rating based on roadside inspection results, the number of tickets and accidents. The lower the rating, the better and any rating below 20% is classified as “Excellent.” For the first time in its history, TransPro earned a rating of under 10%.

TransPro’s excellent rating is the result of an effort between our Safety, Operations and Maintenance departments to support drivers to be successful during roadside inspections and ongoing driver training.

Safe trucks and trailers start in the shop where increased standards and frequency of inspections help identify defects and repair them before going on the road. Our mechanics received training to have a critical eye during maintenance inspections by former commercial vehicle inspection officers. Recently, we invited drivers to bring their truck for an inspection and for our mechanics to share their knowledge with drivers who can now find potential issues before they become a problem. All drivers participated and are welcome to have their truck inspected anytime without a reservation.

As equipment ages, it requires more time and effort to keep it safe. We removed a number of trailers, which decreased the average age of our trailers by 25% while ensuring enough capacity to service our customers. To ensure we keep to our maintenance schedule, we introduced preventative maintenance stickers on all trailers.

Safe drivers drive safe trucks and trailers. TransPro keeps its drivers up to date with regular training sessions and safety bonuses.

We’ve integrated the steps we’ve taken to earn our safest ever rating into our daily routines. Drivers and mechanics and the entire team share in the pride of this accomplishment. For TransPro, our customer’s freight and the motoring public, the road ahead is a safe one.

KTG Develops Driver Healthcheck App for Isaac Tablets

KTG drivers provide an essential service during the current health crisis and always. Their ability to stay safe and healthy is critical to the supply chain of food, medical supplies and raw materials used in manufacturing. KTG Director of Safety and Compliance, Eugenia Churilov recognized that we needed a tool to quickly and easily assess driver health daily and set about to build one.

After consulting with the IT department, Safety and Driver Services, she decided on an app-based questionnaire that drivers would answer and submit on their in-truck tablets from Isaac Instruments.

Isaac home screen

The team developed the questionnaire based on a list of COVID-19 symptoms from Health Canada. The questions are all yes/no and are in less than a minute. They’re available in English and French.

The KTG Driver Healthcheck app asks the following questions:

In the last 48 hours have you had any of the following symptoms:

1. Fever

2. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

3. Cough

4. Sore throat

5. Prolonged headache

6. Stuffy or runny nose

7. Feeling sick (weak, fatigued, achy, tired and drained)

8. Loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste

KTG Driver Healthcheck

From concept to deployment, the app was developed and tested in three working days. The Safety and IT departments worked closely with Isaac to ensure that it was stable and records and reports the data accurately.

KTG Safety and Security constantly monitor driver entries to the Healthcheck app. Should a driver answer “yes” to any question, an alert and email are generated and sent to the Safety Manager who contacts the driver immediately. The driver and Safety Manager then decide on the course of action that is best for the driver’s health.

In the past several weeks, the KTG Driver Healthcheck app has accessed thousands of times, providing a real-time view of the safety of our fleet. It’s a valuable tool to ensure driver health and business continuity . We’re thankful to Isaac Instruments and our IT and Safety teams for their swift work

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.