What a great amount of support I have been witness to lately! It is exhilarating and really gives one a shot in the arm. The Trucking Industry was shown some real love on February 25th, 2015 when the TTSAO hosted a Round Table discussion focusing on MELT (Mandatory Entry Level Training). The Honourable Steven Del Duca (Minister of Transportation) was in attendance and showed that he is very engaged and very committed to making our roads safer by supporting entry level training for tractor trailer commercial drivers. Also, at that Round Table was David Bradley, the president of the CTA and OTA. Talk about fire power! The conversations that were had and what the speakers had to say were invigorating and enthusiastic, and I may go as far as passionate. It is amazing to be in a room of over one hundred people, all talking about the same thing, and for the most part, all of them being on the same page. There is always room for discussion, not everyone is going to agree about every point. But to see the camaraderie and the one mindedness was truly a great thing for me. I honestly believe that our industry will see some great changes going forward and that it
has some great leaders to take us there.
Speaking of great leaders, just over a week later, I was in attendance at the Women With Drive Leadership Summit. What an amazing collection of like-minded, passionate advocates for not only the trucking industry but for women in industry. They all spoke of mentorship, championing one another as women in transportation as well as bringing to the table a voice that has watched, learned and have something to contribute. Some notable quotes came from speakers such as Ellen Voie of Women In Trucking who said “always assume good intent’. I particularly liked that one. Other quotes such as “your careers…are you on the path or in the past” and a curious survey result that states “men are promoted for potential, women for accomplishments” left me wondering. Whether you like or dislike; agree or disagree, these are some provocative thoughts that were shared and anything that starts a conversation is a good thing, I say!
I am energized for the coming months. I see these conversations and summits and round tables turning into positive changes. New rules, sensible regs and a real proliferation of our industry…and all because ours is an industry that cares and believes in leaving it better off than it was when we got here!
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