The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has knighted seven exceptional truck drivers who will travel the province over the next two years, sharing their experiences and knowledge of the trucking industry and highway safety with students and community groups.
The 2015-2016 OTA Road Knights Team is:
- Gerald Brown, Kriska Transportation
- Phil Blanchette, Bison Transportation (O/O)
- Don Dunbar, Trimac Transportation Services
- Mike Foster, Challenger Motor Freight
- Justin Martin, International Truckload Services
- Jimmy Pereira, Onfreight Logistics
- David Stocker, Erb Transport
“The professional transport drivers who make up the team are first-class drivers who represent their peers Ontario transport drivers who are dedicated to safety and professionalism in the industry,” said OTA president David Bradley. “They are highly qualified to spread the message of road safety because they travel our roadways every day and have faced every type of traffic and weather condition imaginable.”
The program is a free, province-wide community outreach program in which transport drivers share their knowledge of sharing the road with a truck. Over the next two years team members will participate in media interviews and speaking engagements in order to help improve road safety and increase awareness of the economic and social importance of the trucking industry. The Knights will also visit local schools with their trucks to introduce young people to the industry. Team members also participate in career fairs to promote awareness of the wide array of careers that are available.
Team members are selected by a panel of industry, government, and media representatives every two years. The six member selection team consisted of: Guy Broderick 2009-2010 OTA Road Knights Team; Dean Dunn, Manager, Labour Management Network, Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario; Lak Shoan, Program and Education Coordinator, Ontario Trucking Association; Steve McCallum, Eaton Roadranger, OTA Allied Trades Representative; John Stall, President, Stall Communications; Barrie Montague, Consultant, Erleigh Associates.
In order to be considered for the team, drivers are nominated by their employer (or company they are contracted to in the case of an owner/operator). OTA then scrutinizes the applications and shortlists the candidates. The candidates then appear before the selection committee to deliver a speech, participate in a personal interview, and prepare a detailed written statement outlining why he or she wants to serve on the team.
OTA Road Knights are available for community outreach events and will provide insight on sharing the road with a transport truck and how all road users can be partners in safety. Please contact Lak Shoan at 416-249-7401 ext. 235 or e-mail [email protected] to book a free presentation by an OTA Road Knight for your school or community event.
(Look for a new video in March, introducing the 2015-2016 Road Knights to the industry).