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.