I still learn everyday and I’d like to be able to help the new drivers entering this great Industry. My father always said ” the day you think you know it all, is the day you need to hang up your keys ” My Love and Passion for the trucking industry made me realize that if I remained silent on issues important to me then I have no room to complain . I’ve 27 yrs in the Transportation Industry, the last 17 yrs in a Big Truck. I started in a school bus while my children were young. Then I drove a coach for a few years. Then I went into a straight truck driving Canada and the USA. Then I followed my dreams into a big truck. I drove solo for a couple of years and my husband decided to get his license and we’ve been driving team ever since. I’ve been employed by Sharp Transportation Systems Inc for the over 12 yrs.

The inaugural Bridging the Barriers event is intended to take a different approach in bringing industry information to drivers and carriers. With a diverse group of keynote speakers and front-line panelists, this event will dispel myths while also raising awareness to industry accuracies and produce an overall knowledge surge.

Todd Moore will speak on the issue of cargo security and theft, where the actual responsibilities lie. There will also be a surprise hands-on and interactive demo. Todd has years of investigative experience and is an expert in his field. Considerations such as, “How not to be a target” and “How to be a better witness”, are critical aspects of the role, yet drivers in most companies receive little to no training on.

Jeremy Thiel from DriverCheck will be delivering a highly enlightening presentation on Cannabis.  In this discussion, he will be explaining what the guidelines are for drug and alcohol testing in bare terms that both carriers and drivers can understand.

Kim E Stoll’s discussion will be examining the legal rights and defences from the driver’s point of view. On July 1st, Ontario put a zero-tolerance rule in place for commercial drivers. This includes alcohol and Schedule 1 drugs. Clarification on medical marijuana certificates will be outlined, such as: “What are the legal rights and obligations of a driver”.  Alan Cofman is a Regulatory Lawyer who will also be taking part in this discussion. The highly controversial and often heated topic of driver-facing cameras and their anticipated future will be reviewed; along with where it relates to the insurance industry and their perspective towards the benefits of these cameras, versus the privacy and rights of drivers.

The highly anticipated OPP Sergeant Brian Jones is expected to engage the audience with his knowledge, insight and dual perspective into the industry, from an enforcement viewpoint along with 25 years experience as a driver under his belt. “Drivers Wanted” is meant to encourage and motivate professional drivers to aid Enforcement Officers by reporting unsafe behavior around them. Sergeant Jone’s has also garnered respect in the Driver community through his active involvement with the Trucking for A Cure Convoy in Prescott, which includes escorting and fund raising.

The conference agenda continues to impress with a Special Presentation that will be offered by Vickie De Vos from iMVR: Launching A New Driver Technology. This is absolutely something you will not want to miss!

Training initiatives from good carriers, schools and industry suppliers provide workplace diversity and a safety-first culture. These are leaders in our industry. Adequate training and qualified candidate screenings are areas our industry is heavily lacking, no doubt, a culture change is needed today in order to pave a future for tomorrow.

Perhaps one of the most influential and inspiring components to this event will be our Front-Line Panelists. This panel, which includes a range of new to experienced drivers, diesel technicians, front line office staff as well as women with children, will hopefully help others understand how they balance their careers and personal lives in a world of extraordinary expectations and unanticipated scenarios. These ladies go the extra mile to promote the industry. By sharing their experiences, they can inspire the exponential recruiting of more women to the industry.

Events like these are not possible without the help of our industry Partners and Corporate Sponsors.  We would like to thank Fulger Transport Inc., Contrans, Execucor Financial, TTSAO, Flash Freight Systems, NewCom Trucking Group – Truck News, The Lead Pedal Podcast, Trucker Radio, Over the Road magazine, The Rear View Mirror, Western Star Trucks, Sharp Transportation Systems Inc., iMVR and RJS Motorsports.

A personal note of thanks to Charlie Charalambous, Kelly Henderson, and Mike Millian, your support has been invaluable as we plan our first event.

For more information, to become a sponsor or to register, please visit

http://www.womenstruckingfederationofcanada.net/bridging-the-barriers/

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I still learn everyday and I’d like to be able to help the new drivers entering this great Industry. My father always said ” the day you think you know it all, is the day you need to hang up your keys ” My Love and Passion for the trucking industry made me realize that if I remained silent on issues important to me then I have no room to complain . I’ve 27 yrs in the Transportation Industry, the last 17 yrs in a Big Truck. I started in a school bus while my children were young. Then I drove a coach for a few years. Then I went into a straight truck driving Canada and the USA. Then I followed my dreams into a big truck. I drove solo for a couple of years and my husband decided to get his license and we’ve been driving team ever since. I’ve been employed by Sharp Transportation Systems Inc for the over 12 yrs.