National Trucking HR Transformative Change Group

Under the leadership of Trucking HR Canada’s Board of Directors, we are establishing a new advisory group of diverse, forward-thinking individuals keen to contribute new perspectives and ideas that will inform rapid systemic change within key industry action areas.

The Group?  The National HR Transformative Change Group.

The job?  To stimulate new solutions to old, yet ongoing problems.

A look at the issues:

Today – increasing global labour shortages in trucking and logistics remain an ongoing and growing concern. The demand for new workers is outstripping the supply of talent, placing enormous stress on the entire industry, and significantly impacting other critical sectors of the Canadian economy.

The driver shortage in Canada is not new – the topic has dominated agendas in industry strategic planning sessions, association meetings, and conferences for well over a decade now.  The topic is consistently reported on by a wide spectrum of news platforms.

What’s more, labour shortage dilemmas are not confined to the trucking and logistics sector alone. Instead, it is an issue that permeates across critical pillars of the Canadian supply chain.

Trucking HR Canada’s latest labour market information (LMI)  can help us understand our situation.

Our recent LMI shows: 

  • In the second quarter of 2021, there are over 18,000 truck driver vacancies in Canada
  • Overall, our projections suggest that the trucking and logistics sector will be looking to hire almost 28,000 new workers each year by 2025 and more than 60% (17,230) of these will be drivers
  • Close to 75% of employers see the recruitment of new drivers as a significant business challenge, whereas 40% now see the recruitment of workers in non-driving occupations as an emerging and significant business challenge

Let these figures serve as a call to action – to ensure the industry’s health now and in the future, we need new ideas, fresh perspectives and quick action.

As a first step in this direction, we are seeking a diversity of perspectives and cross-sectoral collaboration through engaged discussions on key transportation labour issues. Ideal outcomes will include the development of fresh, new approaches, opportunities and solutions that fall within the Trucking HR Canada mandate and strategic priorities.

About Trucking HR Canada:

Trucking HR Canada is an industry leader in advancing modern HR solutions for the trucking and logistics workforce.
We collaborate, partner, and work with a dynamic network including industry associations, government departments and industry professionals to ensure Canada’s freight transportation network has the skilled workforce needed for today and into the future.

Our labour market information work informs our work – ensuring evidenced-based approaches that meet industry needs.  These approaches include practical HR tools, resources and programs designed to support recruitment and retention efforts; support in complying with modernized federal labour standards; our Top Fleet Employer Program; and, most recently, innovative training and wage subsidy programs.

To learn more about Trucking HR Canada, click here.

Despite working to meet a broad spectrum of industry needs, we nevertheless see the need to identify new ways to quickly do more. In taking steps to promote innovative approaches, dialogue and collaboration now, our hope is to ensure the industry’s health now and in the future.

Next steps: 

  1. We need to collaborate across impacted sectors to develop consensus on the key problems and practical approaches to affect real change.
  2. We need to better connect, educate, and recruit the next generation of workers.
  3. The Canadian economy as a whole will benefit from a better understanding and integration of industry perspectives into government planning and policymaking.
  4. Trucking HR Canada benefits from broader industry and cross-sectoral input into programming areas that can support a fluid and stable supply chain.
  5. We need a plan to identify workforce skills challenges – particularly as the sector is adopting and adapting to technological innovations that will both enhance, and potentially disrupt supply chain dynamics.

We are seeking disruptive and forward-thinking leaders ready to co-operate, engage, and get to work in identifying new solutions.

Want to be a transformative change agent?  We are looking for candidates with the following:

  1. Ability to commit their time, on a voluntary basis, to actively participate in four meetings annually. We anticipate three virtual, with one face-to-face over 1-2 days in a retreat-style setting (venue TBD)
  2. Passionate, and able to contribute to positive change
  3. Open and flexible to new approaches and ideas
  4. Understanding of emerging trends and issues impacting the fluidity of Canada’s supply chain

We will select a limited number of participants, and final selection will depend on the ultimate size of the applicant pool.  Rest assured – should it not be a complete fit for this group, we may benefit from your contribution in other strategic areas and we will reach out.

KEY DATES:

  • October 30th, 2021 – Application deadline.
  • November 12th – final selection of Transformative Change Group members
  • November 30th – sending of pre-meeting materials for first group meeting
  • December 16th – NOON Eastern, planning for 2.5 hours first virtual meeting
  • March  – in-person meeting tentatively planned

Application Form:

Please complete the following form by Thursday, October 30, 2021.

We anticipate contacting our chosen applicants by the middle of December and are planning our first meeting for Thursday, December 16 at NOON Eastern, for 2.5 hours.

 

Application form for Transformative Change Group