A year after being named the top truck driver in Ontario, Bison Transport’s Jack Fielding notched the title of National Truck Driver of the Year.
The award, established by the Canadian Trucking Alliance and sponsored by Volvo Trucks Canada, is the highest honour bestowed upon a truck driver in Canada who has maintained a collision-free driving record and demonstrated exemplary professionalism both on and off the road.
The National Truck Driver of the Year is selected among all of the previous year’s provincial Driver of the Year recipients by a panel of judges made up of representatives from Transport Canada, the Traffic Industry Research Foundation and the Canada Safety Council. This is the second consecutive year the OTA nominee was crowned with the national title.
Fielding – a truckload operator for Bison over the last 18 years – was handed the award during the opening breakfast at the OTA’s 90th annual executive conference in Toronto.
“Jack is the kind of driver other new drivers entering the industry should try to emulate,” says Peter Currie, Ontario district manager, Volvo Trucks Canada. “It’s no surprise that he followed up last year’s honour with this national award. He goes about every day with professionalism and class.”
Described by his employer as a “modest guy, whose actions on and off the road speaks volumes,” Fielding has amassed over 3 million collision-free km throughout his 40-year career.
“Jack is the kind of driver we’d like to clone,” says Norm Sneyd, Bison’s VP of Business Development. “When we have a special situation that requires immediate attention – something that requires the Fielding touch – we bring Jack in and he gets it done every time.”
Jack has been a loyal driver for nearly two decades as well as an in-house driver-trainer/mentor to new drivers at Bison. He also served proudly as an OTA Road Knight in 2011-2012 when he travelled the province, visiting schools and community events to help promote safe driving, environmental responsibility and enhance the image of the trucking industry.
The CTA-Volvo Driver of the Year punctuates a long list of industry accolades, including being named the 2013 Driver of the Year by the U.S.-based Truckload Carriers Association.
“Driver like Jack are the backbone of our industry,” says CTA CEO David Bradley. “On behalf of CTA and the other provincial trucking associations, I am proud to honour such as dedicated professional as Canada’s top truck driver.”
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