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Do you have a driver to nominate for driver of the year?

It is that time of year to get your information together and choose the best driver in your fleet.  The last one nominated was in 2011 by G. Zavitz Ltd.  Check out the Driver of the Year Page for criteria on nominating your drivers.

Rick Grammick Award Nomination Form

The Driver of the Year Award for 2011 was awarded to Herbert Peters who is currently driving for G.Zavitz Niagara Falls Ontario. Herb has shown outstanding abilities as a professional driver and upstanding person and was chosen by the Hamilton Niagara Chapter as this years recipient. Herb was presented with a Fleet Safety Council Jacket and the Rick Gramick Memorial Award Trophy at the September 2011 meeting for the Hamilton Niagara Chapter. Nick Nicholson read the many accolades and extremely impressive biography about Herb while presenting the award.

Herb was honoured again in October 2011 at the annual safety conference in London, Ontario .

Congratulations to Herb for a job well done!

Nominate your driver today!

Rick Grammick Award Nomination Form

Bruce Outridge teams with Road Today on Seminar Series

Consultant Bruce Outridge has teamed with Road today Media Bruce OutridgeGroup to start The Smart Trucker Seminar Series. The series aims to help drivers and owner operators be better at their positions and businesses. With various locations set throughout Ontario the day long workshops will be teaching advanced techniques in areas such as customer service, leadership, safety, and business. The first seminar is set for March 5th in the Brampton-Mississauga area. To learn more about the series or register to attend please visit either or



It’s Not My Fault,or is it?

At the May meeting for the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council insurance expert Rick Gladman of Old Republic Insurance gave a great presentation on who really is at fault in the event of an accident. Many people think if they are not charged they are not at fault, however Rick brought to light the fact that blame and liability are two different things and all parties may still be on the hook for a lawsuit. The presentation was a real eye opener into the world of fault recognition. Thank you Rick for great presentation.

About the Chapter
The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council meets the last Thursday of each month in the Grimsby Ontario area. To learn more about the chapter please visit their website at

Mary Jane Bauer talks training curriculum at Hamilton Chapter

Ministry of Transportation Training and Development Analyst presented to the Hamilton Niagara Chapter of the Fleet Safety Council today about the importance of creating a meaningful curriculum for professional drivers in a training system. The group used modelling profiles to assess training modules for students learning to become professional drivers. Thank you Mary Jane for an awesome presentation with great information.


Next month Rick Gladman of Old Republic Insurance will discuss how to handle issues when incidents happen within your fleet.

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is a member of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety on the roadways for the transportation industry. To learn more about the chapter visit their website at

Upcoming Presentations 2011-2012

As of November 2011 a number of speakers are lined up to present at the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council Meetings. The list is updating all the time so please bookmark the website for current information.

Our November 2011 presentation is with Constable Claus Wagner on substance abuse.

In January 2012 we have Torren Delforte on vehicle ergonomics in transportation. Topics will include tracking systems, fuel reporting, EOBRS, engine codes and alerts, and driver scorecards.

February 23, 2012 we have Peatsorb talking about environmentally absorbent products for the workplace.

March 29, 2012 is our spring conference being held in Burlington, Ontario, for more information please visit the Spring Conference page.

April 26, 2012 will feature Paul Curle who will do a presentation on Training requirements from HRSDC

If you have a topic or know a presenter that would be interested in presenting to our group please forward their name and contact information on to speaker committee or by leaving a reply in our comments section.