Category Archives: Member Events

Sheila Land-Celebration of Life

We are very sad to have to say goodbye to long time member Sheila Land. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 27th, 2019. Brad Bird has forwarded information on the event. Sheila will be missed by all that knew her.

Sheila Land Presentation
Sheila Land with Brad

Sheila Land Celebration of Life

On the evening of July the 6 th we lost this beautiful woman.  Sheila Land will be missed by so many friends and family. When Sheila knew her time was coming  she decided against a traditions funeral. So her celebration of life is going to be honouring her wishes as best as possible.

Date:  Saturday July 27 th.  2019.

Time:  Farewell service to begin at  1:00 pm. Drinks,food and celebration to follow.

Place:  St. Elizabeth Village Edelweiss Clubhouse  ( The Barn) 1 Bishop Tonnos Way  Hamilton, Ontario

Directions:   Follow Rymal Road to Garth. South on Garth first driveway to your left is main gate. Follow roadway into Village past main parking and office area to security gate. Enter pin code at gate drive straight then to The Barn at end of street.

PIN Code is 8917 for this event.

For those who attended Sheila*s retirement party it*s the same building.

As per Sheila*s wishes this is to Celebrate her life, to enjoy each other*s company, share stories, and in true Sheila fashion to get together and  have a few laughs.

Brad Bird


Central Ontario Truck Driving Championships with the Fleet Safety Council

Fleet Safety Council Members area active in many parts of the industry and events such as the Central Ontario Truck Driving Championships. You can view pictures of some of the members in action from a previous post by clicking here.

Below are some videos provided from The Lead Pedal Podcast and if you would like to hear interviews and a recap of the event listen to the show via the link below.

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About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at

Saying Goodbye to Sheila Land

It is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to long term member and friend Sheila Land. She will be missed, but will not be forgotten. Below is information from Brad Bird.

It is once again with great sadness that I send out more bad news.  Sheila passed away Saturday evening. 

I have been speaking with Sheila**s Husband Larry this afternoon, and there is a celebration of Life Service planned for July 27th.  Once more details are finalized I will forward to all. 

Sheila LandSheila was a dedicated member of The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety council.  Sheila Joined our Chapter in the beginning When she was approached by TSA Representative Dave Wallace, and as Dave advised the Hamilton Niagara was starting a Chapter of The Council of Driver Trainers. (Now called Fleet Safety Council).   Sheila was a dedicated member from our Chapters very first meeting with Nick Nicholson Chairing, and as a dedicated member for 28 years.  Sheila held many roles over the years includeing assistant recording secretary, for our Chapter and the only Chairperson for our Bus Division.  Many Years ago Other Chapters had a School Bus divisions.  The intent was that as most of the discussions / speakers at regular Chapter meetings were primarily about Truck Transportation.  We had a large group at that time of members in Bussing.  It was decided that we would have a Sub Chapter and call it Hamilton Niagara Bus Division.  Sheila stepped up to the plate to become the first Chairperson on the Bus Division and held that position for over 10 years. l as many of the small bus companies were purchased by larger companies, our attendance declined and as a small group in later years, it was decided to have the membership attend the regular Chapter.  Sheila always had hopes that we would once again revive the Bus Division.

Sheila as well through her employer provided the meeting facilities and refreshments for the Bus Division and as well a good number of Regular Chapter meetings when there was a conflict meeting at our usual Location. 

As well Sheila Served for many Years on the Annual Conference planning Committee.  Again through her employer  on the Saturday of the Conference,  Sheila supplied Buses and Drivers to shuttle guest**s of the Conference attendees to Day Trips  / Tours of the area  where the Conference was being held that year.  ( Back when we had the weekend conferences. )

Sheila Land Presentation
Sheila Land with Brad

In April of 99 when I joined Transportation Safety Assoc.,  I was directed by my Manager Mark Diacur to visit Sheila Land at  Hillfield Strathallan College.  The Purpose of the visit was not for me to assist Sheila with her safety program, but was instead for Sheila to Brief me on the Hamilton and Area, Driver award Banquet.  Yes Sheila was the the Chairperson of that organization as well, and part of my New Role at TSA, was to assist Sheila and Committee with the annual Banquet.    Those Banquets were a lot of work, but with Sheila at the helm, the work always seemed fun.  I would be getting nervous at crunch time when companies would not have their driver lists and atendees submitted, and the caterer would be looking for numbers.  Sheila would Chuckle and say don**t worry it will work its self out like it always does. 

Sheila Land Presentation
Presenting the award

Sheila was a great organizer.  Sheila Called me up a couple of Months ago and asked if I could meet her for lunch.  This was about 5 months following being diagnosed with terminal Cancer.  Sheila had finished her treatments, and she looked fantastic.  Sheila would have had the right to be bitter with her situation as she was entering  her second year of retirement .  But Not Sheila.  Did I mention Organized.  Sheila**s purpose for our meeting, was so she could ask me to speak at her celebration of life.  After my Obvious Yes reply, how could I ever  answered anything else to a person whom is given so much to her Family, her Job, and her volunteer organizations.  Sheila was always about making sure that everyone else was looked after first.  Sheila explained that when the time came she did not want a traditional service, she wanted a place where her friends could meet to celebrate her life.  We visited, she updated me on her Family whom she is very proud.  We laughed remissed about days gone by.  In Fact it**s a wounder that Kelseys did not kick us out as we visited for about 3 and ** hours.  I am so Glad we had that visit as I am sitting here writing this, I can still hear Sheila**s Chuckle. 

I thought I would start the ball rolling early so have attached Sheila**s Nomination for Safety Professional of the year in 2017, and as well Bruce**s Clip where sheila was presented with the award. 

Sheila will certainly be missed but her infectious smile and legacy will certainly live on.

Brad Bird / IHSA


Fleet Safety Council Members Help Make Transportation Industry a Safer Place

The Fleet Safety Council has been promoting safety for a number of years along with the professionalism of the industry. All chapters have members that are involved in many good initiatives across the Province. Here are few pictures of volunteers giving their time for greater causes.

FSC Members Promoting
Safety at Skills Competition

FSC Members at the
Central Ontario Truck Driving Championships

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at

Fleet Safety Council Opens 2019 Conference Registration

The Fleet Safety Council has now opened their annual conference for registration. This is the 28th Annual  Safety Conference and is open to both Fleet Safety Council Members and non-members. This conference has sold out in the past for both sponsorships and attendees so register early.

Sign up on Eventbrite by clicking this link

2019 Fleet Safety Council Registration Final June 27

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Learn more about the conference at


HFSC Talks Driver Trainers at Managing the Risk Lottery Seminar

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council talked about compliance in regards to driver training qualifications at their recent seminar. Here is a bit of the discussion  from the panelists at the seminar.

Members can go to the Presentation Page to listen to the full seminar in audio format.

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at

IHSA Attends Skilled Trades Competition

IHSA was front and center at the recent Skills Ontario Skilled Trade Competition promoting safety in the workplace. Displays included the Workplace Mobile Trailer and inside booth in the main arena. The Skilled Trades Competition is in it’s 30th year and was held at the North Toronto Congress Centre. Here are some pictures from the event. Way to go IHSA!

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at

Managing the Risk Presentations

If you were at the 2019 Managing Your Risk and would like to view the presentation slides you can do so by clicking the PDF links below. Video replays will be available for members as they are available on the presentations page.

Managing The Risk Lottery Intro Presentation

Policy and Procedure Lottery


You can also find these on the seminar page


Pictures from HFSC Spring Seminar 2019

Good information was delivered to a full house at the 2019 Spring Seminar Managing the Risk Lottery put on by the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council yesterday in Hamilton Ontario. Below are pictures from the event.

Audience walks away with amazing content at the HFSC Managing Your Risk Seminar

Great content was shared yesterday at the 2019 Annual Spring Seminar hosted by the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council. An expert panel including legal, safety, insurance, and management experts offered amazing information to attendees. many comments were made on how good the content was provided at the full seminar.

Thank you to our sponsors and panelists for a job well done!

Managing The Rsk Lottery Intro

Check out the Presentation Slides and information from the seminar by clicking here.