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CBM Hosts Company Rodeo

On June 12th, 2016  CBM hosted their annual rodeo for drivers to decide who moves on to the larger competition with the Redi-Mix Association. The rodeo is a family styled event and allows family members to view the skills of the drivers at the company. As many as 24 drivers enrolled in the event and five drivers emerged as winners. The rodeo was held at the Howard Street plant in Burlington Ontario under the direction of Al Holbrook. Below is a highlight video from the event. Enjoy!

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 roadtoday.com or www.bruceoutridge.com



Ontario Truck Driving School (OTDS) joins the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) -Press Release

London Ontario – Ontario Truck Driving School (OTDS) joins the Professional  Truck Driver

Institute (PTDI).

Founded in 1978, Ontario Truck Driving School’s programs are designed for the entire industry. There are now seven locations through the Windsor/Sarnia/Niagara Corridor with Head Office located in London Ontario. Training is delivered by qualified over the road & in the field instructors who have experienced the challenges you may encounter as a new driver. Throughout the years, thousands of men and women have successfully obtained employment and began careers driving commercial  vehicles.

Gus Rahim, President of Ontario Truck Driving School, is pleased to announce the PTDI certification standard programs are now being offered. The added value of the PTDI certification standard further secures our student’s opportunities, and provides Carriers with a strong consistent skill set of new hires.

A founding member and past president of the Truck Training School Association  of Ontario (TTSAO), Mr. Rahim acknowledges  the added value ofPTDI certifications  bring to the students, carriers, and insurance providers.

Jim Campbell, OTDS Branch Manager, sees the addition ofPTDI as the perfect fit. We so often hear of the commercial driver shortage in North America, in fact what we have is a shortage of “professional” commercial drivers. PTDI and curriculum providing TTSAO standards will ensure Ontario Truck Driving School Graduates will continue to be the driving force.

PTDI is a national, nonprofit organization established for the twofold purpose of developing  uniform industry skill, curriculum,  and certification  standards for entry-level  truck driver training and motor carrier driver finishing programs, and certifYing entry-level truck driver training courses at public and private schools and driver finishing programs at carriers for compliance  with PTDI standards PTDI is based in Alexandria Virginia http://www.ptdi.org/.

For more information  you contact Gus Rahim President of the Ontario Truck Driving School

1800-799- JOBS (5627) Ext 227 or by email at: gusrahim@otds.com. www.otds.com.

Interview with Don Danbrook

In the February issue of Trucknews an article and interview was posted on the Fleet Safety Council by Don Danbrook. if you don’t have the paper copy you can find the story online at trucknews.com


Vickie deVos – Fleet Tax Services

About Fleet Tax Services

Servicing trucks and trucking companies across North America

Fleet-Tax Services is located in Southern Ontario, 50 kms from the Niagara Falls border in Grimsby, Ontario. Services include operating authorities, permit registrations, fuel tax reporting, Hours of Service auditing, dispatch, and fleet administration for independent owner operators and motor carriers.

Our priority is to provide you with cost effective, convenient, and fast professional services that you need to operate in the changing world of transportation. Whether it is applying for your operating authority, help with dispatching, or preparing for an audit we are here to help.

The President of Fleet-Tax Services is Vickie deVos. Vickie has been in the transportation industry for over a decade and started her career in fleet administration. She was so efficient that she was encouraged to help other transportation clients by setting up her own business. Originally working in a private office Vickie decided that she needed to be where she could interact with her clients offering reliable professional service. Today Fleet-Tax Services is located conveniently at the Fifth Wheel Truck Stop in Grimsby Ontario. Clients range from one truck operations to small and large fleets so the location allows all clients access to her office and onsite training sessions.

We are proud to provide:Vickie deVos

We are conveniently located at the Fifth Wheel Truck Stop, Exit # 74 (Casablanca Blvd.) off of the QEW in Grimsby, Ontario.

Member Profile Instructions

If you are an active member of the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council and would like to have a profile added the website then here are the directions for doing that.

  1. Create an article or bio on a Word document and send it to the email listed below.
  2. Send a picture of you if you wish.
  3. Email the information to Bruce Outridge at consulting@outridge.ca

Bruce Outridge – Outridge Consulting Services / Profile

My first look into the world of transportation began at the age of 17 when I decided school was not a place I enjoyed being. As a so called coloured kid in white middle class school it took a lot of energy and brain power to fit in with the other kids. Life at school for me was not a happy time although I did my share of partying. I seemed to come into my own with the world of transportation. Starting in the moving industry anyone like me that was almost six foot tall was regarded as a prime candidate to carry furniture out of your house. Now I didn’t come from a long line of truck drivers, in fact in my household nobody knew what a truck was. My dad was a hard working accountant, my Mum worked for the airline, and there are many scholars in my family’s history. I just needed a job; there was no grand plan at this point. I had one thing going for me aside from my size, I enjoyed talking with people. From day one in the industry I learned the importance of customer service; the public is good for that – training! My father brought me up with a great work ethic and that carried me through in life to this day. As I put all of my energy into my job I was encouraged to move up and become a driver for the company eventually moving from Atlas Van Lines to North American Van Lines. As a driver I was paid a percentage for regional moves and learned the art of negotiating with helpers for pay, assessing costs for trips, and time management. As I moved further into my career I got my “A” license and even owned my own truck with a partner at the ripe young age of 20 years old. Salt and Pepper Trucking was our actual legal name, go figure! That business lasted for two years before I got out and decided to move to the freight side of the industry. Due to my young age it was hard to break into freight so I started in the city working for Queensway Cartage and Lakehead Freightways now known as Manitoulin Transport. From there through a connection I started my highway career hauling magazines throughout the US for a private carrier. I loved that job and finally had moved into the working with the big trucks with all the chrome. After the company shrunk its fleet I moved over to a smaller company where I learned the art of driver, dispatcher, and more, but found I always had to fight for my pay. So I made a bold move and started with J. Syvret & Co that lasted for six years. I enjoyed those years but kids came along and I found I wanted to be home more. An opportunity came up to run for a private carrier again and I joined the forces of Nalco Canada with their Chemtrak fleet. I have hauled chemicals for most of my career so I was a good candidate for their fleet. Since we were regarded as sales in a way my customer service skills moved me up the corporate ladder quickly finally arriving as Team Leader for the fleet. I flourished in that position but frustration with company policies I decided to leave after a 13 year employment with the company. I took the daring leap into entrepreneurship.

Now I had started using my art again in 1998 after going through a divorce, I even returned to school to get my degree. In 2003 I started an art business part time and after leaving my job in 2006 I decided if I could work that hard for someone else I can be successful on my own. So I started Bruce Outridge Productions doing editorial illustration, cartoons, caricatures, and more. Realizing by accident that I enjoyed public speaking I found I had 25 years of knowledge that I could share with new drivers and owner operators and opened Outridge Consulting Services in 2009. I now spend my time operating both divisions as needs arise. I absolutely love being an entrepreneur, being creative, and helping people. After adding Outridge Translation Services with my wife Carmen’s expertise we tied all the divisions’ into our parent company Outridge Enterprises Inc. The businesses have since launched many products and services from cartoon strips for many of the industry magazines to publications like Collar to Collar magazine to representing the OS Program for Owner Operators. I am privileged to write columns and blogs for many industry magazines and businesses and offer presentations and training for clients in business and leadership. In 2011 I was honoured as a recipient of the “Trucking Ambassador of the Year Award” by the Road Today Media Group. People ask why I am still in the industry when I don’t have to be. The answer is simple, the people.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a business and leadership consultant primarily focused in the transportation industry. he assists Owner Operators and entrepreneurs in operating successful businesses and small to medium sized business with marketing and recruitment. More information can be found on his websites at www.outridge.ca, www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com, www.outridgeenterprises.ca

Bruce Outridge -Outridge Consulting Services
Bruce Outridge -Outridge Consulting Services