29th Annual Fleet Safety Conference Recap


On Friday October 2nd 2020, the Fleet Safety Council held it’s 29th Annual Educational Conference. The sessions included:

  1. Opening remarks by Minister of Transportation the Hon. Caroline Mulroney
  2. The FSC Annual General Meeting facilitated by Bonnie Learn (Joint Executive Chair) and Donna Bisch (Joint Executive Vice Chair)
  3. A welcome message by FSC Conference Chairperson, Charlie Charalambous
  4. Introduction by Enzo Garritano, President and CEO of the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association

Recorded educational sessions included:

  1. OTA Update by Geoff Wood, Senior Vice President, Policy at Ontario Trucking Association Canadian Trucking Alliance

2. Insurance Update by Todd MacGillivray, Vice-President, Transportation and Logistics at Northbridge Insurance

Click to watch the full recording (coming soon)

PDF (coming soon)

3. Legal Update by Rui Fernandes, Partner at Fernandes Hearn LLP

4. Industry Update by Lou Smyrlis, Managing Director, Newcom Media’s Trucking and Supply Chain Group

Industry thank you videos:

The theme for this year’s conference included several pre-recorded thank you messages from the annual conference planning committee and representatives from the regional chapters.

  1. Industry thank you narrated by FSC Joint Executive Chairperson, Bonnie Learn (click here to watch the video)
  2. Industry thank you #1 (click here to watch the video)
  3. Industry thank you #2 (click here to watch the video)
  4. Industry thank you #3 (click here to watch the video)
  5. Industry thank you #4 (click here to watch the video)

Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney Confirmed for FSC Annual Educational Conference Opening Remarks

The Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Francophone Affairs, has agreed to provide the opening remarks for the 29th Annual Fleet Safety Council Educational Conference. Minister Mulroney is the latest speaker to be added to the upcoming virtual conference scheduled for Friday October 2, 2020.

Hon. Caroline Mulroney

Minister Mulroney was appointed Minister of Transportation in June 2019 and has been focused on getting people where they want to go, when they need to get there. This work includes creating historic partnerships with the City of Toronto and York Region that will support the Province of Ontario’s $28.5 billion investment program in four new priority projects, overseeing an ambitious expansion of the GO rail network, and the development of regional transportation plans across the province.

As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic the FSC Conference Committee made the decision earlier this year to move the event to an online format. Minister Mulroney joins an already announced fantastic line-up of speakers which include:

This years conference is being provided free of charge to all delegates as a thank you to the transportation industry for all that they have done to support the Canadian economy during these challenging times.

Click here to download the full conference agenda and speaker bio’s

Click here to register for the conference

Understanding The Impacts of COVID-19 Research Study

Long haul truck drivers are invited to participate in a research study called Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on truck drivers taking place through the University of Saskatchewan. The researchers are interested in learning how COVID-19 has impacted a drivers work (fatigue, hours worked, access to food and rest areas) as well as challenges they’ve experienced and recommendations for improvement should there be a 2nd COVID-19 wave or something similar in the future.

The researchers wanted to share that they are aware of the critical services that long haul truck drivers are providing to ship goods and products across Canada. The goal of this project is to develop and propose changes (policies and procedures) that support improving the working conditions for drivers.    

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential. If you are a long haul truck driver and are interested in participating and sharing your feedback please click on the link below to complete the survey. Additional information is provided on the first page of the link.

Note: To complete the survey, participants are required to be a long-haul truck driver and reside in Canada. This research project was approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Saskatchewan.  

Click here to participate in the survey

2020 & 2021 Fleet Safety Council Sponsor Update

A Message from the Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee to Our Sponsors:

On behalf of the Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee we would like to thank all of our sponsors for their commitment and dedicated sponsorship. Through their support and generous contributions, we were able to make the 2020 Fleet Safety Council Virtual Conference completely free to our participants. This event has a great line up and is sure to offer some fantastic information that will be relevant for all attendees.  To show our appreciation we encourage all of our members to take the time to review the offerings of our sponsors and support those that have made these conferences possible. Visit our 2020 Conference Sponsor page to learn more about each of these great organizations.

It was a difficult but understandable decision to make this year’s event virtual and the social interaction will definitely be missed by all attendees, however we have 2021 to look forward to! Our Conference Committee has already began planning the 2021 Conference and it is scheduled for October 1st, 2021,at Millennium Gardens Banquet Centre in Brampton.  

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference in 2021 please see our 2021 Sponsorship Information or contact Rick Brown at rickb@fleetsafetycouncil.com or Donna Bisch at sponsorship@fleetsafetycouncil.com .

As we continue to grow and improve our FSC Conference experience year after year, please know that partnerships with our sponsors are vital to the success of this event. Our sponsors are truly appreciated.

Thanks again and we hope that you enjoy the 2020 Virtual Conference and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.


The Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee

Click here to register for the free of charge 2020 Fleet Safety Council Annual Conference

Fleet Safety Council Announces Agenda and Opens Registration to 29th Annual (Virtual) Conference

The Fleet Safety Council (FSC) Conference Committee is excited to share to share the following important and exciting update. The agenda for the 29th Annual (Virtual) Conference has been confirmed and registration is now open!

The virtual conference will run from 8 am until 12:30 pm with scheduled breaks between sessions and is being provided at no cost to attendees!

The conference planning committee is pleased to confirm the following four speakers:

Click here to register for the 29th Annual Fleet Safety Council Educational Conference.

To learn more about this announcement, please read the FSC Conference Committee press release below.

Fleet Safety Council Provincial Meetings

With the cancellation of in-person meetings the Fleet Safety Council has facilitated two virtual Provincial Meetings which were open to all members.

April 15th and 17th:


  1. Charlie Charalambous, IHSA Coordinator, Research and Stakeholder & Public Relations shared the Transportation services health and safety presentation with the members
  2. Andrea Morley, Nutritionist & Program Manager with Healthy Trucker shared a presentation on Driver Mental Health & COVID-19

Click here to view the session recording.

Click here to download the Meeting Minutes (FSC member sign in required)

June 2nd, 2020


  1. Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada & Craig Faucette: Director, Policy and Programs, Trucking HR Canada shared an update on the Trucking Industry and COVID-19 and How Has The Pandemic Impacted the Impression of Trucking.

Click here to view the session recording

Click here to download the Meeting Minutes (FSC member sign in required)