Another sell-out crowd packs 26th Annual Fleet Safety Council Annual Educational Conference

The 2017 Fleet Safety Council Annual Educational Conference once again proved to be a major success as nearly 200 delegates packed the Conference Centre at CHSI in Mississauga for an opportunity to listen to a first-rate lineup of industry speakers.


It was a packed house at this year’s conference.

The 2017 Annual Conference got off to an early start October 19th as out-of-town delegates began arriving. An afternoon fun-filled bowling event was held at Planet Bowl (sponsored by Ontario Trucking News) which was followed by an evening reception at the Residence Inn Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West (hosted by Dalton Timmis Insurance) where a festive group of early arrival delegates convened for some appetizers and refreshments.

Hosted by Today’s Trucking editor, John G. Smith who provided delightful insights into the conference speakers, the 2017 featured the current and hottest transportation sector topics.


John G. Smith led the day as the Master of Ceremonies

Nearly 60 sponsors took advantage of some outstanding promotional opportunities and participated in the 2017 event. Industry exhibitors with offerings from a wide variety of products and services showed off their wares in the exhibit areas.

This year’s topics address critical areas of health and safety that stretch beyond traditional issues and key matters that are at the centre of many safety-related discussions across Ontario.

Infrastructure Health and Safety Association’s (IHSA) President and CEO, Enzo Garritano kicked off the 2017 event with a warm welcome to the delegates and health and safety message from IHSA.

Promoting Diversity & Understanding—Generational Influence in the Trucking Industry

Jane Jazwary (CEO CarriersEdge) started this two-part opening session off with a presentation on women in trucking and how to best take advantage of this huge untapped resource. Carriers Edge – Promoting Diversity and Understanding Generational Differences.

The session concluded with Isabel Hétu (Trucking HR Canada) who provided insight into dealing with and attracting millennials, who by 2020, will represent 40% of the Canadian workplace, generally considered to be technologically savvy, community-minded, environmentally aware, and resourceful multitaskers. THRC – Diversity and Generations in the Workplace.


Isabelle Hétu is Director, Programs and Services at Trucking HR Canada.


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Bruce Outridge provided some simple, effective methods for presentations.

Easy as 123: Creating Memorable Presentation Content

Bruce Outridge delivered a lively, tip-filled workshop outlining to delegates the key principles on how to create and deliver impactful presentations that get your message across. This interactive session included a workbook enabling the audience to be involved hands-on. 3 Steps to Creating Content Presentation.

Medical Marijuana—How Will You Roll?

The after lunch presentation addressed one of the more current day pressing topics of medical marijuana. This session featured Barb Butler (Barb Butler & Associates) and Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler (Chief Medical Review Officer for DriverCheck).

Barb Butler addressed the current status of medical marijuana and legalization, the challenges for employers and how to manage the situation through policies and programs and more.

Dr. Snider-Adler delivered additional information on the topic with a medical perspective. Cannabis Craze Fleet Safety October 2017

Not Legalese but Legal T’s—Trump, Trudeau, Trials, and Tribulations

The final session of the 2017 annual conference involved a panel discussion of industry legal experts from the US and Canada.

John G. Smith moderated a panel of transportation legal experts which included Jodi Burness (Burness Paralegal), Brian Del Gatto (Wilson Elser LLP) and John (Jack) Weston (Secrest Wardle) who engaged the audience and provided perspectives on the implications of issues relating to U.S. and Canadian government policy initiatives.


Our legal experts discussed various legal issues in the US and Canada.

View John Weston’s presentation – Fleet Safety Annual Educational Conference Presentation

View Jodi Burness’ presentation – Top 10 reasons to seek legal representation

The conference planning committee is already gearing up to provide another information-packed event in 2018.

Date announced for 2018 conference

The 2018 Fleet Safety Educational Conference dates have been announced. 

The 27th annual Fleet Safety Educational Conference will take place in Mississauga on October 19, 2018. Check the Fleet Safety Council website for regular updates throughout 2018 including conference details, registration forms and more.

You can also follow the Fleet Safety Council Twitter feed.

26th Annual Fleet Safety Educational Conference

The Fleet Safety Council is proud to unveil the exciting lineup scheduled for this year’s 26th Annual Educational Conference.

The conference will be held on Friday October 20, 2017 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation – 5110 Creekbank Rd. Mississauga L4W 0A1 Canada.

This one-day event (which is expected to sell out once again this year) will bring together fleet safety professionals from the truck, bus, courier, ready-mix, and waste management industries as well as insurance companies and other related businesses to discuss the latest industry trends.

This year’s topics address critical areas of health and safety that stretch beyond traditional issues as well as key matters that are at the centre of many safety related discussions across Ontario.

Don’t delay and register today! Please click here for all of the details.

Click here for a copy of the registration form.

Central Chapter addresses “Code Red” scenarios at their February meeting.

Fleet Safety Council examines six potential catastrophes

It was a busy day for members of the Central Ontario chapter of the Fleet Safety Council Feb. 14. They collectively dealt with a violent employee, the death of a senior executive, a serious crash involving an impaired truck driver, the breakout of a contagious illness, the complete destruction of a trucking company by tornado and a missing driver and load. All that before lunch. Click here for the full story!

FSC Central Chapter Award Winners

Central Chapter Safety Person of the Year – Mike Kroetsch
At the year end joint meeting of the Central and London FSC Chapters held at the Grand Valley Golf and Country Club special presentations were made to the Central Chapter’s Transportation Safety Professional of the Year’ Mike Kroetsch of Transportation Safety and Compliance Solutions. Mike has been involved in the FSC since the Central chapter began more than 20 years ago and has a long history with managing safety and compliance in Transportation. Congratulations Mike on a well-deserved award!


Central Chapter Driver of the Year – George Jamieson
The Driver of the Year for the Central Chapter, George Jamieson was also given a special presentation during this meeting. George not only has more than 30 years of collision free driving, he is a great guy to work with and volunteers his time with numerous charities and volunteer programs.

Congratulations George, drivers like you emphasize the pride in Trucking!


FSC Conference Speaker addresses “The important role mental health plays in trucking”

Mental health is a topic some people are not comfortable discussing. However studies show that 1 in 5 Canadians are suffering from mental illness each and every day, and most are doing so in silence.

At the Fleet Safety Council’s 25th annual educational conference in Mississauga, Ont. Nitika Rewari of the Mental Health Commission of Canada enlightened fleet executives on mental health and the role employers play when it comes to mental illness.

Click here for the full story

2016 Fleet Safety Council – 25th Annual Educational Conference Another Outstanding Success

enzoThe change from weekend to one-day format for the Fleet Safety Council’s Annual Educational Conference appears to have really hit a bulls-eye with another sellout event at in 2016.  Nearly 200 delegates jammed the Conference Centre at CHSI and enjoyed a worthwhile day of information from several outstanding speakers who addressed the Council’s 25th Annual Educational Conference who covered a wide variety of topics as follows:


(Session I) The Changing Landscape of Motor Vehicle Incident Protocols

The first component of the conference consisted of a three part session that addressed the technological aspects that can assist with accident prevention from Hernan Median of Lytx, followed by an enlightening address on Handling the new world of 24/7 multimedia. The session was capped off with a look at the impact a fatality with a real life story behind the numbers and reveals the devastating impact of workplace tragedies on families, co-workers, managers and the community.



Hernan Medina (Director of Enterprise Sales Lytx/Drive Cam) dsc_0595

Hernan Medina provide our audience with some great insight around Driver behavior modification with Video Safety Technology. Click here for a look at his presentation

Dr. Terry Flynn – McMaster University

dsc_0597Dr. Flynn delivered an insightful and informative presentation on the new world of 24/7 media, the impact it is having on individuals and organizations. Click here for a look at this presentation.


Threads for Life Lorna Catrambone)

Lorna Catrambone provided a different perspective with a look at the impact a fatality.  With some insight on a real life story behind the numbers, Lorna revealed the devastating impact a workplace tragedy can have on families, co-workers, managers and the community.dsc_0602

Threads of Life is a national registered Canadian charity dedicated to supporting families after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Their network of family members and corporate partners believe traumatic workplace injuries, occupational diseases and deaths are preventable. Click here for a look at this presentation.

(Session II) What can your workplace do to prevent and help those with mental health issues?

Nitika Rewari (Mental Health Commission of Canada)dsc_0625

Nitika Rewari discussed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (Standard).   This is currently a voluntary program across the country and Canada is one of the first countries to implement something of this nature.  Nitika walked our delegates through the standard and its benefits. Click here for a look at this presentation.

 (Session III)  Relieving Stress with Humour (Judy Croon)dsc_0669

The keynote presenter at the 2016 Annual Conference was Judy Croon.  Judy is a comedian, motivational speaker, radio host, Second City stand up coach and author. She has worked with many celebrities including; Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, Robert Klein and Joan Rivers. Her specials have appeared on NBC, CBS, CTV and The Comedy Network.

Judy Croon was a fantastic, effective and entertaining addition to our annual educational conference. Her delivery was funny, engaging and educational for all of our conference delegates.


(Wheel-Separations and Keeping Your Wheels On)

As promised this session provided a valuable insight into wheel separation events, addressed common myths about wheel installation and looked at the root causes of wheel-offs. Our two subject matter experts in this area provided some valuable information on the root causes and preventative measures that can be taken eliminate these types of events.

ii) Sgt. Scott Parker – Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Divisiondsc_0695

Sgt. Parker is a designated commercial motor vehicle inspector and a dangerous goods inspector and has investigated numerous Wheel Separation events. Sgt. Parker provided some detailed insight into Wheel-off incidents along with some interesting statistical data, causation details, legislation and prevention measures. Click here for a look at Sgt. Parker’s presentation.

ii) Dave McDonald – Dave McDonald Bridgestone Commercial Solutions; CVWS Instructor.


Dave McDonald has been an active Certified CVWS instructor for the past 12 years and is very active in Fleet and Dealer training from a sales and maintenance perspective and has conducted numerous Pre-trip, Alignment and wheel related Workshops. At this session Dave reviewed Ontario regulations covering CVWS – who can/can’t; Root causes of wheels offs; Common myths surrounding wheel installation; Top five common mistakes in the shop and the field; What to watch for by the shop/service providers; and finished off with a look at available training. Click here for a look at Dave McDonald’s presentation.

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