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​​CTA to be Part of the National Task Force Reviewing Commercial Insurance

- by Christina Hryniuk

(Feb. 10, 2020) -- Commercial insurance is a popular topic among those in the trucking industry and other commercial sectors in the economy. In response to the increasing attention pertaining to commercial insurance, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has formed the National Commercial Insurance Task Force, with the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) being a key member.

The Task Force will begin meetings this month in Alberta and travelling across the rest of the country in the Winter-Spring of 2020. The IBC Task Force has a mandate to:

  • Educate and inform consumers, governments and stakeholders on the factors contributing to the current availability and affordability challenges with commercial insurance;
  • Learn from different industry partners, consumers and stakeholders about their experiences related to challenges around insurance availability and affordability;
  • Develop a report with recommendations that aim to improve insurance availability and affordability for industry partners, consumers and stakeholders.

“The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) thanks and applauds IBC for taking leadership on this issue and establishing this process,” said CTA President Stephen Laskowski. “This is an opportunity to explore with the insurance industry what changes the membership would like to see in the area of commercial insurance.”

In preparation for this process, CTA has begun surveying its membership on potential areas for improvement they would like to see in commercial insurance.

“Early responses highlighted by members include issues related to insurance fraud, trucking sector specific issues, insurance personnel training, and length of claim process,” said CTA’s Senior VP Policy Geoff Wood. “Members will have an opportunity to be engaged in this process through CTA staff, or in some cases more directly by attending regional meetings of the Task Force. Either way we encourage the membership to get involved.”

To learn more about this important initiative, please click here.


MTA's Executive Director Terry Shaw on CJOB talking about Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel

- by Christina Hryniuk

Terry Shaw, Executive Director of the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA), speaks about the differences of biodiseal and renewable diesel in light of the province's announcement about increasing Manitoba's biodiesel content and what it means for the trucking industry. Shaw also dives in to other options for reducing green house gases.

The MTA has been advocating for the GrEEner Trucking Program for years. We will continue to advocate for other options such as electrification and policy programs that are industry standard.

Listen to the interview here.


RPM Trucking Industry Safety Program Announced

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Today the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) was pleased to have the Honourable Steve Ashton, Minister Infrastructure and Transportation officiating the launch of the Manitoba Trucking Industry Safety Program. Other guests in attendance were the Honourable Erna Braun Minister of Labour and Immigration, Jamie Hall COO of SAFE Work Manitoba, Winston Maharaj President and CEO of the Manitoba Workers Compensation Board, the Manitoba Trucking Safety Council and other guests.

During her address Minister Braun told those in attendance “I applaud the Manitoba Trucking Association on taking this important step to enhance the safety and health of its industry members”.

Jamie Hall Chief Operating Officer of SAFE Work Manitoba advised that “The new safety program will promote sound safety and health practices, and provide leadership in advancing a culture of safety in the trucking industry. It will develop and deliver safety and health training, programs and services for trucking companies”.

MTA President Greg Arndt stated “I’d like to recognize all those in our industry for understanding the need for better safety tools and training and agreeing to support a trucking safety program for all. I believe it speaks volumes about the Manitoba trucking industry that we came together so readily on this item.”

Jeff Odway, the Chair of the Manitoba Trucking Industry Safety Council said “it is our council’s mission to help guide a program that provides employers and workers in the trucking industry with accessible expertise, training and other supports that will assist them to create healthy, safe, productive workplaces and in an integrated culture of safety”.

The event also introduced the safety program’s official name: RPM Trucking Industry Safety. It was noted that while “RPM” has many connections to the trucking industry its connection to the Manitoba trucking safety program is that is also an acronym for “Risk. Professionally Managed”. All were advised that this statement outlines the program’s approach to safety through risk management principles and a commitment to maintaining high professional standards.

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PTH 59 Upgrades welcomed by the Manitoba Industry

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Today the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) is pleased to have been asked to participate with Premier Selinger, Chris Lorenc of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) and other guests to announce the beginning of construction on the interchange of PTH 59 and PTH 101.

“Manitoba’s economy is growing and investments in our transportation infrastructure will help keep it on track to continue creating more jobs,” Premier Selinger said. “This new interchange will make travel faster and safer, which will be a huge benefit, not only for commuters, but also for tourists and the commercial traffic that contribute so much to our economy.”

Terry Shaw, Executive Director of the MTA said ““Investments in our provincial road and bridge infrastructure provide for improved and more productive pathways for those in the trucking industry. While these improvements are obviously good for our industry, Manitoba’s economy as a whole is very trade focused, and this means investing in our provincial infrastructure affords benefit to all Manitoba industry. Strategic investments in infrastructure, such as the work being done on PTH 59, allow our economy as a whole to operate more efficiently which has significant benefits on safety, the environment as well as the obvious economic benefits.”

Chris Lorenc, President of the MHCA said “The announcement today is not just about building more highways and overpasses, it’s about equipping our trade-reliant economy with a transportation system that makes us more productive and competitive.”

The $204-million contract was awarded to Flatiron Construction Canada Ltd. after a competitive bidding process and it is expected the project will create the equivalent of 2,320 jobs and be completed by the fall of 2018, Premier Selinger said.


For more information, please contact:

Terry Shaw

Executive Director

Manitoba Trucking Association


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2015 Manitoba Driver of the Year Announced

- by Laura

The Manitoba Trucking Association and Volvo Trucks Canada are pleased to announce that this year's Manitoba Driver of the Year is – Murray Slack of the TransX Group of Companies.

The Driver of the Year is presented annually, and is selected from the Industry Excellence Award recipients from the previous year. The recipient is chosen based on commitment to the industry, safety, outstanding acts & customer service.

Annually there are 10 Industry Excellence recipients to choose from and the award was presented by Randy Fleming of Volvo Trucks Canada at the Truck Driving Championships Awards banquet on Saturday June 20 at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg.

A driver with over 35 years of experience, Murray has received numerous company safety awards and has over 4 million miles accident free. His employer says “Murray is a deck driver who is the epitome of dedication and loyalty. Even while battling cancer this past year he has come in and done runs when needed”.

As the Provincial Driver of the Year, Murray is now eligible for the Canadian Trucking Alliance/ Volvo Trucks Canada National Driver of the Year Award.

MB Driver of the Year Murray Slack and his wife Doreen with Randy Flemming of Volvo Trucks Canada MB Driver of the Year Murray Slack and his wife Doreen with Randy Flemming of Volvo Trucks Canada


For more information, please contact:

Laura La Palme, Marketing & Business Development
Manitoba Trucking Association
204-632-6600 |

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Experience, Skill and Efficiency showcased at Annual Professional Truck Driving Championships

- by Laura

Commercial Drivers from all over Manitoba came together for the 2015 Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championships (PTDC) held on Saturday June 20 at Peterbilt Manitoba located at 1895 Brookside Boulevard.

The PTDC is where commercial drivers in our province compete by demonstrating their skills on numerous levels including a written test, trip inspection station, and of course the driving track.

Winners for 2015 were announced later that evening at the Driver Awards Banquet held at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg. Winners are as follows:

  • Straight Truck: Bill O’Neill (GFL Environmental)
  • Single-Single: Brian Hrabarchuk (Canadian Freightways)
  • Single-Tandem: Greg Muzychka (Canadian Freightways)
  • Tandem-Tandem: Denis Roberts (TST Overland Express)
  • Super B Train: Ken Wiebe (EBD Enterprises)

These drivers will now represent Manitoba and compete against the other provincial teams at Nationals to be held September 9th -15th in Regina, SK.

Other event winners recognized at the banquet included:

Instructors Category (New):

  • 1st Place – Trent Klassen (First Class Training Centre)
  • 2nd Place – Dave Greschuk (Arnold Bros Transportation Academy)
  • 3rd Place – Bill Henderson (First Class Training Centre)

  • O. Dutton Award: Ronald Poirier (TST Overland Express)
  • First Time Entrant: Bill O’Neill (GFL Environmental)
  • Team Award: Canadian Freightways
  • Bjornson Memorial: Brian Hrabarchuk (Canadian Freightways)
  • Grand Champion: Denis Roberts (TST Overland Express)

Included in the evening was also the presentation of the MTA-Custom Truck Sales Inc./Kenworth Truck Company Industry Excellence Award. To be selected to receive an Industry Excellence Award, a driver must have demonstrated a commitment to the trucking industry, safety, and customer service and even may have performed acts of outstanding bravery or courage, risking their own lives to save others.

Congratulations to the ten Industry Excellence Award recipients. They are: Craig Stinson (TransX Group of Companies), David Collins (Arnold Bros. Transport), Les Dutchyshen (Arnold Bros. Transport), Delmer Thiessen (Steve’s Livestock Transport), Edward Hogg (Bison Transport), Kirk Cassidy (TransX Group of Companies), Murray Slack (TransX Group of Companies), Robert Rudyk (Bison Transport), Robin Dophiede (Arnold Bros. Transport), and William Collicutt (Sobey’s). From this pool of drivers, the annual Volvo Trucks Canada Manitoba Driver of the Year is selected.

Team MB 2015 Team MB 2015

Industry Excellence Winners Industry Excellence Winners


For more information, please contact:

Laura La Palme, Marketing and Business Development
Manitoba Trucking Association
204-632-6600 |

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Commercial Truck Driver to become first Certified Occupation under proposed act

- by Laura

The new certified occupations act introduced in the Manitoba legislature Wednesday May 6 by Kevin Chief Manitoba Jobs and the Economy Minister would provide better training and skills development for Manitoba workers, specifically people wanting to start a career as a truck driver in Manitoba.

The proposed act would ensure Manitoba workers in certain industries would be able to receive certification in their occupation from on-the-job training as well as classroom training from accredited providers.

“Manitoba businesses have many specialized jobs that people new to the job market need to know are an option for them,” said Minister Chief.  “We have the youngest and fastest growing demographic in Canada, as well as many newcomers and others who are just looking for a chance to put their abilities to use in a new occupation.  This proposed act is about giving them a tap on the shoulder to show them the possibilities available.”

The proposed act would see enhanced training and certification for select occupations.  The first occupation that would be certified would be commercial truck drivers.  The Manitoba government has worked closely with industry stakeholders to develop the legislation and training programs, the minister noted.

“This type of investment means there will be greater quality and selection of skills training for Manitobans including truck drivers,” said Terry Shaw, Executive Director, Manitoba Trucking Association.  “Investing in training and education means better equipped workers and a stronger labour market for our industry.”

The new system would include industry-led standards development, a competency-based training model, and the requirement of both classroom and on-the-job training.  Standards would be developed through consultation with industry stakeholders.

On a very timely and related note Trucking HR Canada has also just released the updated National Occupational Standard (NOS) for Entry Level Truck Drivers.  This means industry is ready to hit the ground running when this act is passed.  Further information on the updated NOS can be found here.




For more information, please contact:
Terry Shaw
Executive Director
Manitoba Trucking Association
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Manitoba Trucking Association looks to the future with Transportation 2020.

- by Laura

 The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) decided to shake things up this year when planning the annual general meeting and annual spring fundraising dinner, creating a one day event, along with a technology symposium during the day.

The objective of the one day conference which was titled “Transportation 2020…Driving the Future”  and held on Friday April 10 at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg was to expose industry to technologies/tools they might not access as individual companies.

The event kicked off with the MTA’s annual general meeting, including a presentation from Jamie Hall, COO of SafeWork Manitoba, outlining a new provincial safety certification program for the trucking industry.

Following the AGM was an Essential Skills & Safety update from Kelly Henderson, Executive Director at Trucking Human Resources Sector Council Atlantic focussing on the link between literacy and safety.  The symposium officially began with keynote speaker Yves Provencher, Group Director of PIT (Performance, Innovation, Transport) on developing, testing and implementing innovative technology to improve heavy-duty transportation efficiency.

Attendees were then able to attend a series of breakout sessions on a variety of items such as social media techniques, in-cab and in office technologies that will allow quicker and easier access to documentation.  The event also included a mini-trade show for participants to network and for members of the MTA’s Associated Trades Division to showcase their products and services throughout the day.

Transportation 2020 wrapped up around 3 pm giving attendees enough time to go home and change for the Annual Spring gala dinner and dance, which continued on with the innovation and futuristic theme.

The MTA thanks this year’s sponsors for their support of our industry and this event.


For more information, please contact:
Terry Shaw
Executive Director
Manitoba Trucking Association
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Manitoba Trucking Association’s (MTA) 83rd Annual General Meeting

- by Laura

The Manitoba Trucking Association’s 83rd Annual General Meeting was held Friday April 10, 2015 at the Hotel Fort Garry in Winnipeg, MB.

This year’s President’s Report focused on the MTA’s work on regulatory change, HR challenges, environmental issues and provided an update on the membership including plans for the year ahead.

The AGM began with a presentation from Jamie Hall, COO of SafeWork Manitoba, outlining a new provincial safety certification program for the trucking industry. Following the presentation was the election of the new Board of Directors.

The 2015/2016 MTA Board of directors is as follows:

Greg Arndt - Jade Transport Ltd. (President)
Gary Arnold - Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd. (1st Vice President)
John Erik Albrechtsen - Paul’s Hauling Ltd. (2nd Vice President)
Ed Dillon - Kleysen Group LP (Executive Committee)
Bernie Driedger - Portage Transport Inc. (Executive Committee)
Doug Witt - Gardewine. (Executive Committee)
Jason Dubois - Len Dubois Trucking
Darrin Fiske - Kleysen Group LP
Scott Kinley - Gladstone Transfer
Derek Lachaine - TransX Limited
Darren Lane - Fast Lane Freight Services Inc.
Marc Meyer - Meyer Bros. Trucking Ltd.
Jeff Odway - Prairie International Container & Dray Services Inc.
Dan Simcock - Trapper’s Transport Ltd.
Kevin Small - Agri-Tel Transport
Dave Tyrchniewicz - Turk Enterprises Ltd.
Pauline Wiebe-Peters - Payne Transportation LP
Steve Zokvic - Bison Transport Inc.
Jas Brar - 4Tracks Ltd.
John Curcio - Manitoulin Transport
Bruce Danylchuk - E.B.D. Enterprises Inc.
John Oades - Beaver Truck Centre
Tom Aldridge - Investors Group
Michael Mourant - Rosewood Bulk Milk Hauling Ltd
Gilles Durand - Du-Vall Transport Inc.

The MTA thanks this year’s event sponsor BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc. for their support of our industry and this event.


For more information, please contact:
Terry Shaw
Executive  Director
Manitoba Trucking Association
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Province of Manitoba makes changes to Wide Base Tire regulation

- by Laura

March 2, 2015 Winnipeg, MB – Today the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) is pleased to have partnered with the Province of Manitoba to announce that New Generation Wide Base Tires can now be used at full RTAC weights on RTAC highways in the province.

“Long-haul tractor trailers outfitted with New Generation Wide Base Single Tires can now carry the same weights as dual tires on designated Manitoba highways” Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief and Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.

“Research shows recent technology gives wide base single truck tires improved characteristics and reduced fuel consumption with minimal effect on the road networks” said Minister Chief.  “These rule changes will mean greater opportunities for companies that rely on tractor trailers for shipping as operators using this technology will now have access to more markets in eastern Canada and the US.”

Terry Shaw, Executive Director of the MTA said “We’ve been advocating for this change for many years so today’s announcement is very welcome news.  Trucking companies interested and able to utilize this technology can recognize significant cost savings through reduced fuel consumption.  Of course with less fuel being consumed, less greenhouse gasses are created so the opportunity to promote wider deployment of these tires with this regulatory change is a win economically and environmentally for our industry and province.”

“While we obviously commend the Province on this progressive decision” said Shaw “we’d also like to acknowledge the contributions of Providence’s Buller Centre for Business and  Their participation in the conversations on the benefits of greater weight allowances for Wide Base Tires, and a host of other economic and environmental opportunities we’re working on for the trucking industry, was much appreciated.”

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