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

There are many different quotes relating to learning and individual learning styles but one of my favorites comes from Benjamin Franklin.  He said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

In 2019 I graduated from the first ever Driven to Lead program put on by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) Young Leaders Group (YLG) and facilitated by Eagles Flight in Guelph.  This was by far the most “involved” I have felt in an educational environment as all modules of the program are based on experiential learning with some peer to peer and group discussion mixed in.  I found the program extremely valuable and it has had a positive impact on the development of my leadership skills.

Along with the learning that took place throughout the program, the networking was excellent.  Not only did I have the opportunity to get to a better understand of how some of my previous connections are successful in the industry, but I also met some inspiring professionals who shared experiences that added great insight to some of the topics we were learning about.  I think one of my favorite parts of this program was how Jeremy Enns, the facilitator from EaglesFlight, was able to get all participants to check egos or agendas at the door which allowed for so much dialogue and sharing of experiences that added to the learning taking place.  In addition to the educational and networking opportunities this program provides, individuals graduating from the program to receive their registration to the 2020 PMTC Annual Conference for free and to be introduced on stage with the rest of their graduating class!

Now, I may be a little bias to this program as I am the Chairmen of the PMTC YLG, so I wanted to share some comments from others who graduated the program with me;

“Earlier this year, I participated in the Driven to Lead program, hosted by the PMTC Young Leaders group and sponsored by KRTS.  By participating in this course, I have learned how to communicate more impactfully and effectively with my team and different strategies for coaching, leading and building stronger teams within the company.  By implementing the strategies learned, we as a team have created a stronger sense of culture within the company!  The learnings and takeaways from this program are invaluable and serve me and my team everyday.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to have participated in and completed this program!” Jessica Griffiths, Senior Operations Manager, Motive Media.

“The hands-on leadership techniques taught valuable topics including culture, teamwork, accountability, and strategy.  Combining teamwork, professional and personal experience as well as observations to effectively learn new leadership methods.  Extremely helpful, creative, inspiring and eye opening for any leader in the transport industry.  I would highly recommend the Driven to Lead program to anyone.” George Cierpich, Training Coordinator, Metro Truck Driving School.

“What we learned always applies at work and are great tools for both new and experienced leaders.” Sud Malhotra, Fleet Manager, PowerBev Inc.

The testimonials I have shared are only a portion of the great feedback received from this program.  I think one of the biggest testimonials is that many companies who enrolled employees in the first Driven to Lead program, including KRTS, have enrolled more participants into the 2020 program which will take place on the below dates;

March 11: Creating a Culture of Accountability

March 12: Building and Leading Teams

April 15: Communicating for Impact

April 16: Coaching for Results

New for the 2020 Driven to Lead program is two scholarships generously provided by The Wellington Group of Companies for $500 each.  These scholarships are geared toward participants enrolled in the program, meeting the YLG criteria with a selection committee choosing the recipients based of their application and essay that must be submitted.  These scholarships show a big commitment from The Wellington Group to the future leaders of the transportation industry.

One important thing to note is that this program isn’t just for individuals who fall in the young leader’s category, it is for anyone currently in a leadership role or striving towards one.  There were participants in the first program of all ages, and at all point in their leadership journey who found great value in the education received.

Registration for the program is open until March 1, 2020.  If you would like more information on the Driven to Lead program or would like to register someone, you can click the link below.

www.pmtc.ca/join-us/young-leaders-group/driven-to-lead-program

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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

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