Women with Drive Leadership Summit Linked Global Leaders Virtually

Trucking HR Canada held today the 7th Annual Women with Drive Leadership Summit: Linking Global Leaders. The international virtual event brought together women from across industry to celebrate the achievements of women in trucking and logistics, and to recognize global female leadership.

The summit featured its opening keynote by the Honorable Michaëlle Jean, and closing from Halla Tómasdóttir, CEO of The B Team from Iceland.  Moderated by Heather Day, President at C.S. Day Transport Ltd., the Panel Discussion: WOMEN LEADING THROUGH COVID-19 shed light on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work for women everywhere in the industry.

Delegates heard women’s voices from Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. The panelists included:

  • Anne Kathrine Steenbjerge, CEO of ANCOTRANS/Anders Nielsen & Co A/S from Denmark,
  • Bibbi Steinert, Trucking Company Owner, from Sweden
  • Heather Jones, Founder, Managing Director and Head Trainer of Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, from Australia
  • Meryn Morrison, Safety Consultant at Safety Interchange Ltd, from New Zealand
  • Ruth Waring, Directorof Compliance Acumen Logistics Group and Women in Logistics UK from England.

The Honorable Michaëlle Jean set the stage with one of the most inspiring Opening Keynotes we have heard. Jean highlighted the essential role of truck drivers “It makes you change makers – you can make a lot happen. And this is something I want to praise you for, this important role that you can play.” Said, Jean. She provided examples of successful women lead trucking businesses. Closing speaker Halla Tómasdóttir, CEO of The B Team from Iceland carried us to end of the event with an authentic fireside chat with Trucking HR Canada CEO, Angela Splinter. “Business as usual is no longer an option – and we need to move from measuring short-term profit to what matters.” Tómasdóttir urged us all to manifest our inner leaders and confront our tendency as women to doubt our abilities and potential. Both keynote speakers were equally inspirational. In addition to speakers and panelists, the event featured celebratory videos that made for an enticing and engaging virtual experience.

“Attracting more women into the trucking industry remains a key important business issue.  We are an essential sector that is hiring, and we want Canadian women who are looking for good work to see themselves in our industry.” says Angela Splinter, CEO at Trucking HR Canada.  “We are proud to have been able to celebrate virtually, we hope we can connect in-person next March.”

To watch a celebratory video showcasing the Women with Drive (WWD) Leadership Summit over the years, click HERE.

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