A graduate of the University of Guelph, Richardson played five years of football for the Gryphons captaining the team in his last 3 years. He started working in the trucking industry at age 5 washing trucks and 20 years later his career is now in the industry with KRTS and The Rear View Mirror. Each year during summer vacation while attending university Matt has worked and learned different areas of the business. His focus is on customer service and sales for all programs offered by KRTS and The Rear View Mirror. To connect with Matt Richardson please email him at mrichardson@krway.com or advertising@therearviewmirror.ca

On December 14, 2017 I had the pleasure of hosting my first General Meeting as Chairperson of The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s Young Leaders Group (PMTC YLG). To say I am happy about the results of the meeting would be an understatement. In my time with the YLG, this was the most well attended general meeting I have been part of, and the participation of the membership and guests in attendance was excellent. We had a full agenda for the day, part of which included a presentation on the four-part educational program the PMTC YLG will be offering in partnership with Eagles Flight beginning in 2018. Eagles Flight is a world leader in experiential learning that has worked in conjunction with the PMTC and the YLG to develop the ‘Driven to Lead’ diploma program for the trucking industry. For more information about the program feel free to reach out to myself, or email info@pmtc.ca. Below I have listed the module titles and the dates in which they will run;

September 19, 2018  Creating a Culture of Accountability

November 21, 2018   Building and Leading Teams

February 20, 2019      Communication for Impact

May 15, 2019              Coaching for Results

The meeting included an overview of the YLG’s activities in 2017 which included membership growth of nearly 40%, a revamped logo and branding statement “Get Out, Get Involved, “Get Inspired”, and amongst other things being featured on Cogeco Televisions ‘Inspiring Youth’ show hosted by Bruce Outridge. Another topic discussed at the meeting was the the YLG’s participation in the 2018 PMTC Annual conference which will include a YLG sponsored educational session, a cocktail/networking reception, and a YLG member event. Lastly, a vote took place to elect 3 new members to the YLG’s Board of Directors. A press release will be coming out over the next couple of days to announce them, so I will not blow the surprise, but I will say that with these new directors and the current executive that is in place, the YLG is in a great spot going forward.

Annually at the YLG’s December meeting, nonperishable food items and monetary donations are collected to make a contribution to a charity which is local to where the meeting is hosted. This meeting was hosted at the TDL Group in Guelph, and the charity of choice was the Guelph Food Bank. Guelph holds a very special place in my heart as I called it home for 6 years while I attended university and played football for the Gryphons. Thanks to the generosity of the YLG members and the companies they work for, the PMTC YLG was able to donate over 40 LBS of food, and $1,320!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season and I look forward to 2018!

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A graduate of the University of Guelph, Richardson played five years of football for the Gryphons captaining the team in his last 3 years. He started working in the trucking industry at age 5 washing trucks and 20 years later his career is now in the industry with KRTS and The Rear View Mirror. Each year during summer vacation while attending university Matt has worked and learned different areas of the business. His focus is on customer service and sales for all programs offered by KRTS and The Rear View Mirror. To connect with Matt Richardson please email him at mrichardson@krway.com or advertising@therearviewmirror.ca