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Kim Richardson has been in the Transportation Industry for 34 years. Currently he is the President of Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists Inc. a family owned and operated business which has won multiple awards. Under the KRTS group of businesses is Transrep Inc. and The Rear View Mirror. Kim is currently on the board of directors for the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), on the board of directors with Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC), on the membership committee of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), on the advisory board of the Women’s Trucking federation of Canada (WTFC), and in the past, Chairman of the Board for the Truck Training Association of Ontario (TTSAO) and Chairman of the Board for the Allied Trade Division of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA). Kim is a proud Husband, Dad, Grandpa and loves his community of Caledonia. He can be reached at krichardson@krway.com or phone 1-800-771-8171 ext. 201.

I know it’s only August but everyone’s schedule gets so jammed up and the sooner you can get the don’t miss events in your calendar the better, at least that is how I’m wired.

One date I’m pretty stoked about is Feb 26/27, 2020, the annual TTSAO Conference.  It’s going to be a full two event and the agenda looks amazing, the Conference Committee has put together a stellar line up of speakers that will deliver valuable information to improve your businesses and educate.  Without a doubt the annual event held at the IHSA Conference Center in Mississauga has become a popular event for Truck Training Institutions, Carriers, both For Hire and Private, insurance, government and suppliers.  This Conference is affordable, educational and is viewed by many as a terrific networking opportunity. For more information on the conference go to www.ttsao.com.

Speaking of gatherings and events, the TTSAO Insurance Group has been actively conducting Pre Qualification and Re Qualification visits at new and existing schools across the Province.  I have spoken with many involved and this oversight program is being well received and supported by industry and government.

The reality is our government does not have the resources to properly provide a viable oversight program that will be effective for the industry.

Chairperson Lisa Arseneau has done a terrific job working with her insurance colleagues and industry stakeholders to help raise the bar of our industry.  We are an unique group and this sector of the MTCU/PCC needs special attention.  The truck training sector works with the general public and road users every day and need special attention, road safety depends on it.  We as an industry have a social and moral responsibility to ensure our educational standards are at the highest level, that is why most who are members of the TTSAO Full Member Schools exceed the minimum Provincial MELT standard of 103.5 hours and many schools actively promote the 200 TTSAO Program with huge success.

If your looking to get involved with the TTSAO give me a call. I would be happy to discuss the benefits of this great organization.

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Kim Richardson has been in the Transportation Industry for 34 years. Currently he is the President of Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists Inc. a family owned and operated business which has won multiple awards. Under the KRTS group of businesses is Transrep Inc. and The Rear View Mirror. Kim is currently on the board of directors for the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), on the board of directors with Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC), on the membership committee of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), on the advisory board of the Women’s Trucking federation of Canada (WTFC), and in the past, Chairman of the Board for the Truck Training Association of Ontario (TTSAO) and Chairman of the Board for the Allied Trade Division of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA). Kim is a proud Husband, Dad, Grandpa and loves his community of Caledonia. He can be reached at krichardson@krway.com or phone 1-800-771-8171 ext. 201.