Marking a decade

By: Angela Splinter

May 4, 2021

This week marks my 10-year anniversary working in the trucking and logistics sector.

Always a keener and up for a challenge, I came here ready to make a difference.

Having worked in other industries doing the type of HR work I am doing now, I saw the opportunities that trucking and logistics present. The industry is an economic powerhouse with one of the country’s largest workforces. It also faces onerous and longstanding HR issues.

I was excited and enthusiastic to get to work.

But not for long. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I had a bit of a rocky road ahead, but not for the reasons you may think.

Yes, I was a young woman, ready to lead and get things done in one of the most male-dominated industries in the country. But what caused me strife were the organization’s significant financial burdens which I discovered during my first few weeks on the job.

In addition, just two months in I received notice that 95% of my operational funding would be cut within 12 months.

While an early exit certainly crossed my mind, I decided to give it five years.

What followed was me walking into an association board meeting feeling like the only woman in the room (I was in fact one of two at the time). For the record, that did not concern me. I had an organization to save, and I needed all hands to help me do that.

And that’s exactly what happened. Here I am, 10 years later reminiscing about the journey.

I am fortunate to have mentors, champions and sponsors who took the time to help me along the way. I will share a few:

  • David Bradley, the previous President and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. David and I frequently disagreed and sometimes argued. When I realized he was in fact like this with everyone, I reached out to David more often. When I began to observe him sometimes taking on my ideas and using some of my language, I knew he was getting it. David always took the time to let me talk things through, tell me what he thought I should do and then support me when I did my own thing.
  • Mike McCarron, Left Lane Associates and former partner at MSM Transportation. Now don’t fall out of your chair, folks. One of the first events I worked on with Mike had him picking me up at the airport with his daughter in tow. Mike’s family is a cottaging family like mine, and I found an instant connection. I often leaned on Mike for his industry insights, connections and, to be honest, when I just needed a good laugh.
  • John G. Smith, Newcom Media. Back before he was the editorial director at Newcom, publisher of Today’s Trucking and, John was a communications consultant, albeit one with loads of trucking industry experience. Let’s just say he taught me a thing or two and I always trusted his judgement . And there’s a theme: another cottager.

I’ve had the privilege of great team members at Trucking HR Canada. Some have come and gone over the years but each one was a part of the organization’s success. Today, I am proud of the progress we have made and that we can offer a compensation and benefits package that rivals the federal public service—our main competitor for talent in the Ottawa area.

I would be remiss if I did not mention my own rather large, personal bump along the way: my cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2017 was certainly a big one. I am grateful for the Board members who stepped up and did my job so I could make fighting cancer mine. I am in great health, three years into remission.

I also want to salute the women in this industry who inspire me every single day.

First, the other woman in the room at my first association meeting? She was Claudia Milicevic, head of Loadlink Technologies. I also want to mention Angelique Magi of Intact Insurance; Lorraine Card, former President of AMTA; Louise Yako, former BCTA President; Susan Ewart, President of the Saskatchewan Trucking Association; Joanne MacKenzie, Professional Truck Driver; Rebecka Freels, communications consultant; Vicki Stafford, Cavalier Transport;  Kathy Koras from Newcom Media; Michelle Arseneau of GX Transport; and Rachel Arseneau of GX Transport; Louise McCalpine, Snowbird Transport; Vicki McKibbon from Armour Transport; Linda Young from Bison; Caroline Blais from Kriska Transport; Rosana Preston from Rosedale Transport; Heather Day, President of Day Transport; Stephanie Theede of Westcan Bulk Transport; Myrna Chartrand, Professional Truck Driver; Shelley Uvanille-Hesch, CEO of the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada; Margaret Hogg, ambassador for everything trucking; Lisa Kelly, Professional Truck Driver; and believe me, the list goes on.

While I work to not see my gender as a barrier, I have met many along the way who have had different experiences. The women of this industry motivate me to do more, and I proudly blaze the trail with them.

Today, Trucking HR Canada is an industry leader in all regards. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of making that happen. I have missed some, I am sure, but you all know who you are, and you are all leaders.

Together, we have made a difference and I am so proud to be a part of it.

Four Key Takeaways from Women with Drive 2021

By: Katrina Pizzino

Trucking HR Canada’s 7th Annual Women with Drive Leadership Summit kept the international women’s day celebratory vibes of women, women leaders, and women in the industry going full speed. While the event was a little different – being the first time it was held virtually and globally, we still brought together over 200 women from the industry to connect and learn from one another.  It left delegates with the regular high dose of inspiration along with practical and insightful take-aways from a roster of formidable speakers.

The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, who served as Governor General of Canada from 2005 to 2010, and Halla Tómasdóttir, Icelandic businessperson and CEO of the B Team, left us with a plethora of insights.  The 2021 Women with Drive stage provided me with four key takeaways from our keynote speakers:

We are Change Makers

Michaëlle Jean trumpeted the efforts the trucking industry has put forward. She noted that we have been heralded as heroes during this time of pandemic, saying that it is time for the invisible to become visible.  She noted that front line workers and those in the trucking industry are finally getting the public attention that they deserve, claiming that it is the hard workers in our industry who have suffered an inexcusable blind spot before the pandemic; and that it is time we recognize that we offer good meaningful work for hundreds of thousands of Canadians. What we do with this new attention and praise is key. Truck drivers notably, as Jean mentions have a remarkable and unique role in that they get to see sights many of us never will. This is perhaps a potential draw for recruiters to take note of. A philanthropist at heart, she also encouraged us to leverage our reach. She earnestly reminded us that our trucks are moving billboards for cause and positivity. This is what many of our Top Fleet Employers do when participating in various charitable causes such as: Plaid for Dad, Pink for the Cure, and Art Saves Lives.  We often forget to highlight this part of the trucking industry as an attraction – that it is not JUST trucking, it is so much more. It is a multitude of causes and action, and ingenuity. By highlighting the change maker abilities of our sector, Jean created a powerful united feeling of potential.

Employers have an opportunity

Michaëlle Jean also reminded us that the pandemic has created an opening for us to further investigate some of our collective societal issues. Saying, “In the same way lemon juice and a light bulb manifest invisible ink” – the pandemic has highlighted many core societal issues including, racism, sexism, homophobia, and ageism. Thus, perhaps the pandemic has helped to dismantle many of the things that are otherwise wrong with our current society. She challenges employers to use this moment for change and examine their own diversity and inclusion policies.


Women belong everywhere – including trucking

Halla Tómasdóttir reminded us of the “inner leader” that we all have. We need to confront our imposter feelings in order to excel and believe in our capabilities. And, as women, we need to stop doubting and questioning our abilities and our right to be in certain professional spaces. Women belong everywhere – and yes, that includes trucking. The pandemic, she noted, has brought about a time when women’s leadership is being noticed and recognized. Tómasdóttir reminded us that when women have a seat at the table, positive changes are made, and we see progress. For more women to be in leadership, young women need mentors and to see women who are succeeding at the highest levels.

No more business as usual

We may never go back to how things were before the pandemic – and Halla highlighted that this is not necessarily a bad thing. A lot was wrong with the world before and the pandemic is causing us to question what could ultimately, be better.  Maybe Canadians can continue to honour truckers and the entire trucking industry as essential work.  Perhaps we can embrace a future when trucking is more alluring to new and young workers. And certainly, with current unemployment rates, we have the possibility to invite and welcome people into our industry more than ever before.

The trucking industry is one of change, one that appreciates inclusion and diversity, one that encourages women’s leadership, and one that is filled with Women with Drive. Women with Drive Leadership Summit thus remains an important event for the trucking industry – because we still need and always will need, women with drive.



Supporting Women in Your Workplace: 5 Best Practices from Top Fleet Employers

By: Alero Okajugu

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace can help increase productivity, innovation, and employee retention, benefits that cannot be overstated in today’s business world.

Women are essential to diversity, but the trucking and logistics industry still falls short with just 15% of women in the workforce.

Trucking HR’s Top Fleet Employers Program recognizes and celebrates companies with innovative employment practices and policies, and several fleets have taken specific steps to improve their recruitment and retention of women.

In reviewing what these fleets have done to diversify and encourage inclusion in their workplace, here are five best practices that stand out.


Creating connections


By participating in industry events and creating formal and informal coaching and mentoring arrangements, Top Fleet Employers help women leverage networks that can lead to professional development opportunities in the industry. These initiatives include Trucking HR Canada’s Women with Drive event or partnering with Women Building Futures.


Targetted recruitment


Many of our Top Fleet Employers take a targeted approach to recruiting both men and women who want to work in a diverse environment. For instance, a hiring practice among many Top Fleet Employers is to ensure that job descriptions in recruiting ads are free of unconscious bias that may affect individuals applying for that role. We also see recruitment targeted at community groups that focus on women, and customized onboarding processes. These efforts make women feel like they belong and not like they must adapt to fit into the workplace.


Flexible work arrangements


97% of our Top Fleet Employers offer benefits, policies, and flexible work arrangements to support their employees and their families. Some examples are a policy that allows truck drivers decide when and where to shut down overnight; flexible start/stop times; being able to choose routes close to home; permission to have a family member in the cab; part-time work upon request; and separate facilities for women. Workplace flexibility fosters loyalty and a higher quality of life for the employee, which consequently benefits the employer.


Evaluate your training offerings


Top Fleet Employers are committed to offering training that supports a diverse and safe workforce. For example, they provide sensitivity training that addresses stereotypes and biases in the workplace. In the case of female drivers, safety and security remain a very big concern. In response, many employers have programs that include training in anti-harassment and violence in the workplace—an area for which Trucking HR Canada has developed industry-specific training.



If you’ve got it – flaunt it


Top Fleet Employers with a good percentage of female employees in various roles portray this in their recruitment tools. Pictures of women can be seen in their public postings, websites, and other social media platforms.


There is much to be done in order to increase the number of women in trucking and logistics. However, our Top Fleet Employers are leaders and have embraced a culture that continually encourages and supports women in the industry.


As we approach International Women’s Day on March 8, take a moment to consider how your organization is doing when it comes to recruiting and retaining women. If you need a place to start, visit THRC’s website for helpful resources.

Gender imbalance in trucking and logistics

By: Craig Faucette

Some jobs just seem to attract more workers of one gender than another. These patterns have more to do with long-standing biases about which industries and occupations are “better suited” to men or women than actual gender-based differences in knowledge, abilities, or career interests.

In trucking and logistics, men make up 85% of the workforce. The ratio of women to men drops even further in certain jobs such as truck driver (3% female) or technicians and mechanics (1.5% female).

In contrast, women account for 87% of general administrative workers, 85% of accounting staff, and 61% of HR staff.

These numbers are consistent across the industry: similar data show up on virtually every trucking association’s website around the world!

Is it the job or the industry?

Why does this gender imbalance exist?

Is it the reputation of the industry as being a male domain? Or that certain jobs are perceived as being inherently oriented toward men?

Our labour market information suggests that it may be both.

On one hand, the percentage of female mechanics working across all sectors of the economy is roughly the same as it is in trucking and logistics: 2%, compared with 1.5%. Perhaps the job just doesn’t appeal to women.

On the other hand, more that 50% of dispatchers in Canada are women compared to only 39% in trucking and logistics, suggesting that the industry is an issue.

THRC’s research, “Millennials Have Drive 2,” found that women make up about one third of the 1.1 million “warm leads” who say they might consider a job in trucking.

That’s more than 360,000 young women.

Where we are today

What do we know about women who already work in trucking?

Right now, about 97,000 women are working in Canada’s trucking and logistics industry and more than half are doing front-line jobs in shipping and receiving (21%); driving a truck (10%); driving for a local delivery or courier service (8%); dispatching (6%); or material handling (5%).

Another 21% of women in trucking work in administration, accounting, and human resources.

Fewer than 5% of the sector’s female employees are in management or supervisory positions. This small fraction in senior leadership no doubt contributes to the industry’s problems recruiting and retaining women.

Finding equilibrium

Highlighting the experiences and variety of career choices of women who already work in trucking and logistics could help companies appeal to more female leads.

And tapping into their workplace experiences would help us all better understand and address the gender-based challenges and barriers in our workforce. We must:

– Determine if the challenges our industry faces in attracting and retaining women are the same or different than those in other male-dominated industries.

– Study and learn from more gender-balanced sectors.

– Create a more balanced culture that appeals to diverse groups of people.

– Set clear, achievable, and measurable targets and KPIs for achieving a more gender balanced workforce in trucking and logistics.

With our industry facing severe labour shortages—on average, trucking and logistics has about 7,300 vacant jobs annually—women represent a vastly underutilized source of workers. The industry’s gender imbalance is a complex issue but one that requires us to think about the most appropriate strategies to get it right.

Women’s Resource Inventory

Women's Resource Inventory


The concept of mentorship is not new. It is how age-old artisanal crafts and skills have been passed on through generations; it is the heart of the apprenticeship learning model; and it is cited most often by successful people as a key factor in their accomplishments.

It is also something that employees in trucking and logistics are looking for. Our “women with drive” surveys have two in three respondents citing mentorship as a tool that would support them professionally.

Mentorship is the process where an experienced worker (mentor) works with and educates a less experienced worker (mentee) to help foster skills development and professional growth. The mentor shares his or her skills, knowledge, techniques, best practices, and experience. It is a personal relationship that can happen informally or be the result of a structured corporate program.

Let’s take a look at tools and resources that can help.

Mentorship Toolbox
Trucking HR Canada

A series of mentorship materials designed to support women in the Canadian trucking industry. Tools include: employer guide, online peer network guide, one-on-one mentorship, and a networking event guide.

Advice for Mentors/Mentees

Blog, support, tips, and techniques for establishing mentorship programs, as well as advice for mentors and mentees.

Mentorship Circle
Women in Communications and Technology

Women in Communications and Technology offers a National Mentorship program that matches members with a senior or peer member for one year of counsel, leadership, and professional development.

Mentoring Program
Women’s Transportation Seminar

Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) advances women in transportation and offers a successful mentoring program for members, developed to benefit both the mentor and the mentee. Benefits for the mentor include: sharing career success stories with future women leaders, building long-term relationships, and giving back to an industry that needs to hear and remember these stories. Mentees gain the knowledge and wisdom of the women pioneers who blazed the path before them. WTS also offers a variety of networking events with other mentor teams.

Mentorship Center
Women in Trucking

The mission of Women In Trucking is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face. The organization offers a mentorship center to connect mentors with mentees.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. AWE provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and network development.

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs mentors, educates, energizes, and connects women entrepreneurs to be wildly successful. A mentorship program encourages women to push their businesses to the next level and pairs them with experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs for support.

Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

SCWIST specializes in improving the presence and influence of women and girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in Canada and promotes participation and advancement through education, networking, mentorship, collaborative partnerships, and advocacy. There’s a 360-degree mentorship program that offers women opportunities for building diverse connections, and community programs to encourage girls’ participation in STEM careers.

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic
The Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic Mentorship program connects mentees with mentors in the Atlantic region.

REAL Women in Trucking
A US-based organization of women truck drivers that provides a network of support for qualified women who wish to become commercial drivers. The organization connects women with quality employers, services, and offers a mentorship program.

Aboriginal Mentorship program
The program aims to connect Indigenous post-secondary students in the STEM disciplines with member mentors to help them take their education and experience to the next level. It includes one-on-one coaching and mentoring, along with meaningful paid summer employment and other opportunities to help students further their studies and future careers.

Tools and tips:

Mentoring and Employment and Social Development Canada
Successful Mentoring Relationships

Includes tools that can help employees develop and maintain positive and successful mentoring relationships, which incorporate the development of essential skills.

Mentoring Guidance
Government of Canada

January is mentorship month across the public service. The Government of Canada created an online resource to help. It includes: tips, fundamental principles of building a network and developing a mentorship relationship, and shows how mentoring is linked to leadership.

Professional Psychological Association
Tips for Developing a Successful Mentoring Relationship

Tips for developing a successful mentoring relationship, including setting goals as a mentee.

Department of National Defence
Video from Chief Petty Officer First Class Gilles Grégoire with a message about the way good leadership and good culture go hand-in-hand for successful organizations.

Coaching and Mentoring
Aboriginal Construction Careers

Includes several useful tools, including assessment for determining need for coaching or mentoring, and questions to consider when developing a mentoring program.

Learning and Mentoring — Alberta
Government of Alberta — Alberta Learning Information Service

Career, learning and employment information from the Government of Alberta, including tips for being an effective mentor, how to manage the mentoring relationship, and rewards of mentoring.
Tips for anyone who wants to work with a mentor, including finding a mentor, approaching them, and making the most of the relationship.

Mentoring and Essential Skills Government of Canada
This tool helps employers and practitioners support the development of essential skills through mentoring. It supports the development of an informal mentoring system and includes tools that can help employees develop and maintain positive and successful mentoring relationships.

Women Who Inspire (for women)
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic spotlights women in the trucking sector who are supporting other women, especially those who have experienced growth and advancement within the sector and contributed to a stronger workforce.

Blog – Women in Trucking

This blog is for issues specifically related to women truck drivers and other women in the industry. It features a variety of members and guest contributors.


Blog – Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada

The blog features members sharing stories, information, ideas, and anything else they may find interesting or benefit from.

Online Resources
CRST International

CRST International is a trucking company with online resources for women truck drivers. They share news, hotline numbers, and links to organizations that feature information that may be helpful.

Peer Support
Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada

The Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada is a network of women created to empower, expand, and retain employment of — and shift attitudes about — women in the industry and beyond. It also features a helpful and informative blog.

Women Truck Operators in the Concrete Industry

Concrete Ontario (Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario) is developing a program to encourage more women to pursue careers as truck operators in the concrete industry. While the program is being developed, a series of profiles on women truck operators is available on their website.


Career Profiles for Women in Transportation Careers

A variety of programs and resources for women who are looking for employment, ranging from mentoring in business development to training in the trades. If you are looking for new employment or want to advance in your career, the resources here can help you find work with job satisfaction and independence.


Forum —
Women In Trucking

This forum is for issues relating specifically to women truck drivers. The Truckers Forum is among the most popular online spaces for truckers and covers a range of useful topics – from regulations to practical advice about maintaining your truck. It also has a resources page where you can search by different criteria, such as most active authors, to find relevant information.

Forum — Truckers Report
Canadian Truckers Forum

This forum is a place for Canadian truck drivers to discuss issues related to Canada’s trucking industry. It has more than 160,000 members and 192,000 threads, separate sections for company drivers, owner-operators and freight brokers. There is also a whole section where new drivers can ask questions and get expert advice. canadian-truckers-forum.329/

Forum — Class A Drivers (CAD) Forum
Women in Trucking

This forum is for female professional truck drivers and the situations they face, including a discussion board specifically for women in the trucking industry.

Forum — Expediters Online
Women’s View

This forum is the place to discuss issues mostly affecting female owner-operators and drivers, veterans, and newbies alike. If you are dealing with expedited freight, Expediters Online is the place to find over 18,000 people related to the industry.

Portal —            

BC Trucker is an information exchange portal for truck drivers and others involved in British Columbia’s trucking industry. Users can swap information, ideas, stories and experiences, ask questions, post classified ads, read the latest industry news, and more.

Forum — Canadian Truck Drivers Forum

Operated out of Mission, British Columbia, the Canadian Truck Drivers forum allows participants to voice concerns and opinions, and share stories and pictures.

Forum — Truckstop Quebec Forum

Truckstop Quebec is an online forum for French-speaking drivers. It includes a section on Les Femmes dans le Transport, as well as discussions on technical and professional matters, and a classifieds section.

Forum — Truckers Forum

Ladies of Trucking

Forum for women to empathize, encourage, and inspire each other.

Forum — Freight Relocators

This forum is for issues relating specifically to women truck drivers.

Women in Trucking is the internet's longest continually running website dedicated to truck drivers and the trucking industry. For over 20 years, has provided drivers and their families with everything they need, from job opportunities, trucking related news, and even a little help to pass their time on the road.

Blog — Roadmaster: Women Truck Drivers Blog

Articles for women looking to become truck drivers.

Blog — Life as a    

A blog where female truck drivers can share their personal experiences.

She Drives Trucks
Truckers News

A weekly newsletter targeted at female company drivers and owner-operators that addresses the unique issues women face on the road, including personal safety, health concerns, and the best driving jobs for women.

Financial Support

Trucking HR Canada Career ExpressWay Program

THRC connects you with a career that will fuel your passion.  From the open road where you help to deliver essential goods, to exploring new technological innovations.  Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact? Do you want to grow your skill set, feel valued, and become a core part of a team? Do you want to have a career that is stimulating and challenging?


Financial Support

Canada Job Grant

This federal grant provides direct financial support for trucking employers that want to purchase training for their workforce. The cost of the training is shared between employers and the government, with up to $15,000 per person available. Employers hiring anyone unemployed may be eligible for 100% funding. Truck driver training schools are often familiar with the grant program as training must be supplied by third-party trainers. Check the info for your province or territory (not available in Quebec).

AB: Alberta

BC: British Columbia

MB: Manitoba

NB: New Brunswick 

NL: Newfoundland and Labrador

NS: Nova Scotia

NU: Nunavut

ON: Ontario

PE: Prince Edward Island

SK: Sakatchewan

YT: Yukon


Financial Support
Driving Back to Work Grant (AB)

Unemployed Albertans have an opportunity to start careers as commercial truck drivers through

the province’s new Driving Back to Work grant program that supports Alberta’s Recovery Plan. The grant

provides funding for the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program to earn a Class 1 driver’s licence.


Women Shifting Gears (SK)

Women Shifting Gears is a unique, three-phase program offered via the Saskatchewan Trucking Association. The program is designed to empower women and develop their skills to enter the transportation industry as Class 1A Professional Truck Transport Drivers.


Career Planning
Government of Saskatchewan

Trained career development professionals help you learn about career options and how to get started on your career path, including: information on occupations, wages and future prospects; understanding your skills, interests and goals; referrals to employment and training programs; and developing a career action plan to align with your goals.


Labour Market Programs and Training
Government of Quebec

Information about career development, occupations, and training programs in Quebec.


Business Development Training Programs (Maritimes)
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic

The Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic offers a wide range of training opportunities for men and women interested in a career in the trucking industry. For women specifically, they offer training in business skills development to succeed in trucking.


Career and Training Supports

WorkBC offers a variety of programs and resources to help women looking for employment, mentoring in business development, or training in the trades, including truck and trailer mechanic and transport trailer mechanic.


Certificate in Logistics

The Certificate in Logistics is offered in coordination with the Red River College (RRC) Transportation and Distribution Management program.


Supply Chain and Logistics Sector designation

The Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation offers professional development in the supply chain and logistics sector.


Career Guidance and Training
Trades Discovery program (BC)

Trades Discovery programs are designed so participants have access to trades and technical training at British Columbia Institute of Technology campuses, including: heavy-duty mechanics, transport trailer mechanics, diesel mechanics, and commercial transportation mechanic.


YWCA Changing Gears (BC)

YWCA Changing Gears is a free 23-week Class 1 truck driving training program for women, as well as the training needed to kick-start a career in transportation. All participants require a referral to the program from a WorkBC Centre. WorkBC will also cover the cost of transportation and childcare.


Heavy Equipment Technician
Tradesecrets (AB)

Take a three-year apprenticeship for a truck and transport mechanic (three 12-month periods) through Tradesecrets, including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year.


Truck and Coach Courses (ON)
Ontario Colleges

Truck and coach programs are offered as one-year certificate and two-year diploma programs, where students learn to inspect, diagnose, and repair trucks and coaches. Depending on the program, courses can be used as part (or all) of the in-school component of truck and coach apprenticeships. Co-ops and work placements may also count towards the required apprentice hours.


Transport Trailer Trade Technician Apprenticeship (BC)
Okanagan College

When you complete a Heavy Mechanical Foundation or Level 1 of the Heavy-Duty Equipment Technician Apprenticeship you are eligible to enter Level 4 of Transport Trailer Technician Apprenticeship.


Trucking Careers (Maritimes)

Partner of choice in developing and delivering personalized programs that meet the specific needs of Aboriginal communities. The trucking program prepares students to operate tractor-trailer combinations for the transport of goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial, and international routes.


Second Career Training
Ontario Employment Services

Support for women interested in training in the fields of coach/heavy-duty equipment technician (Conestoga College) or truck and coach technician (Centennial College). Online workshops are available to find out more, including eligibility, funding, and application information.


Professional Class 1 Driver Training
Women Building Futures (AB)

Professional Class 1 Driver is an introductory skills development program formally endorsed by the Alberta Motor Transportation Association (AMTA), designed to prepare students for the commercial transportation industry. This eight-week program includes the essential safety awareness and certification, best practices for working in transportation, exposure to technical skills, and hands-on training. The program is sponsor funded.


Training Support for Indigenous Students
Building Brighter Futures Supports

Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students for a variety of programs. All Building Brighter Futures donations are matched by the Government of Canada.


Career Awareness
Skills Canada

Skills Canada promotes skilled careers in trades and technologies to youth and their communities. Career seekers can find out about careers in heavy vehicles among others through hands-on events and basic training.


Grants for Career Training — Newcomers, Women
Government of Ontario

A variety of programs designed to support training and education for women.


Training, Funding
Femmessor — Réussir  

Funding, training, or mentoring for the acquisition, start-up, expansion, or consolidation of your business.


Funding for Training

Youth Employment Program

The NRC-IRAP Youth Employment Program is designed to assist the hiring young Canadian post-secondary graduates and can provide up to $30,000 per graduate for six to 12 months. Participants must be under 31 years of age.


Funding for Work Co-ops
Canada Summer Jobs

This program assists public sector, small businesses, and non-profit organizations hire co-op students for the summer with a wage subsidy of 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Non-profit organizations are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.


Provincial Employment and Training Services

Each province has its own collection of employment services centres that can help with work, career guidance, and skills development information:

Trucking HR Canada (CAN)

As a national, non-profit organization, Trucking HR Canada advances modern HR solutions for the trucking and logistics workforce. The promotion of diversity and inclusion, including attracting women and non-traditional employees to the workforce remains a key strategic area of focus.

Key initiatives that support employers in the recruitment and retention of women include the annual Women With Drive leadership summit, regional Women With Drive Hit The Road events, labour market information, HR resources to support employers in diversity, inclusion initiatives, and more.


Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (CAN)

The Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.


Women in Supply Chain Association (CAN)

WISC works to globally connect and collaborate with industries and stakeholders under the supply chain umbrella, create links and bridges, and remove silos through relationships that support professional opportunities, growth, and understanding.


Women In Trucking (WIT)

The Women In Trucking Association is a non-profit organization to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.


Girl Scouts – Transportation Patch
In partnership with Women in Trucking (US)

Girl Scouts in the United States have an opportunity to showcase their interests, learn about the transportation industry, the role trucks play in the supply chain, and earn a Transportation Badge.


Advancing Women in Trucking In the Atlantic region
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic (CAN)

This toolkit helps break down barriers and open doors for more women entering and advancing their careers in the trucking sector.


Advancing Women in Transportation
Women’s Transportation Seminar (US)

Women’s Transportation Seminar is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. The goal of WTS is to expand opportunities for women in the transportation industry by providing professional development, leadership programs, mentoring, and career advancement.

Women With Drive Leadership Summit
Trucking HR Canada

This annual national leadership summit brings women and men from the industry together to network and learn about practical solutions and best practices designed to support increased recruitment and retention of women in the industry.


Women with Drive hits the road

Building on the success of the annual national leadership summit, these regional events are delivered with local partners, bringing industry stakeholders together to share best practices and bring awareness to the issues.


Western Women with Drive
Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA)

In partnership with Trucking HR Canada, this is an annual networking event that brings together women and men based in Western Canada to learn about practical solutions and best practices to support increased recruitment and retention of women in the industry.


Ladies Lunch and Learn
Toronto Transportation Club

Throughout the year, the TTC hosts networking events for women in transportation, including the annual Ladies Lunch and Learn.


Connects women from all parts of supply chain
Women in Supply Chain Association

WISC hosts regular networking events to globally connect and collaborate with industries and stakeholders under the supply chain umbrella, build links and bridges, and remove silos through relationships that support professional opportunities, growth, and understanding.


Accelerate! Conference and Expo
(Sponsored by) Women in Trucking Association

An opportunity for transportation, logistics, and supply chain peers to learn about critical transportation issues and trends, along with perspectives of the positive impact women can have on the industry.

Trade Awareness of Women
YWCA Trade Journey (SK)

Trade Journey is a 16-week program designed for women who like working with their hands and who have already worked in either construction, renovation, mining, or maintenance or who want to make a transition into a career in the trades.


Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity
Electricity Human Resources Canada

The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity is a public commitment by Canadian employers, educators, unions, and governments to promote values of diversity and inclusion within their organizations.


Bright Futures BC
Electricity Human Resources Canada and BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources

Bright Futures BC promotes careers in the electricity and renewables sector and provides young people with the information they need to consider a future in the industry.


Career Awareness
Women Building Futures

Women Building Futures is a non-profit organization based in Edmonton, Alberta with a mission to empower women’s economic prosperity by removing barriers and providing training in the construction trades, maintenance, transportation industries, and more.


Career Awareness
Women Building Futures – Indigenous Services

This Indigenous team works closely with Indigenous communities to raise awareness of the growing employment and training opportunities for women in the skilled trades, driving, operating industries, and more.


Trades Discovery for Women
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

BCIT’s Trades Discovery for Women program allows women to gain hands-on experience in 20 different trades and prepares them to successfully enter and complete trades and technical training. If you don’t know what you want to do, this is a great way to narrow down your options and get started on your path.


Industry Training Authority

Women in Trades Training (WITT)

The WITT program provides training, financial assistance, and support for eligible women in British Columbia who are thinking about a career in the skilled trades but are unemployed or employed and low-skilled. It offers introductory trades training that allows you to experience a variety of trades, helps you get job ready, and works with employers to sponsor women for apprenticeship placement.


Women in Skilled Trades (WIST)
The Centre for Skills Development and Training

The WIST program at Ontario’s Centre for Skills Development and Training provides eligible women with tools and training to launch their careers in the residential construction industry.


Women Unlimited
Nova Scotia’s Women’s Economic Equality Society

A program that helps women explore, prepare for, get hired, and maintain employment in the skilled trades.


Office to Advance Women Apprentices (NL, NS, NB, PEI, MB)

The OAWA partners with employers, unions, government, and training institutions to help secure employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades. It has helped hundreds of women obtain jobs in the trades.


Build Together
Women of the Building Trades

A national program that promotes, supports, and mentors women in the skilled construction trades.


Career Awareness and Supports
Canadian Construction Women (CCW)

CCW provides women with opportunities for support, mentoring, networking, community involvement, learning, and development to attract and retain women to the building industry.


Career Awareness and Supports
Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC)

This organization has a diverse membership — from skilled trades to project managers, general contractors, estimators, lawyers, engineers, and architects – and offers mentorship opportunities to advise, guide, and assist women with industry challenges.

Career Awareness
Skills Canada - Alberta and Saskatchewan

Programs to introduce youth to careers in the trades, especially girls who want to pursue non-traditional careers.


Skills Work! Day Camp
Skills Canada Ontario

This week-long day program for kids entering grades 7 and 8 allows them to explore careers in skilled trades through interactive games, industry tours, and entrepreneurship programs. There are 20+ camp locations across Ontario, including specialized camps for girls only.


Techsploration (NS)

The Techsploration program in Nova Scotia empowers young women in grades 9 through 12 to explore careers in science, trades, and technology. Students from more than 20 participating schools meet role models and participate in interactive presentations and workshops.


Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC)

WRDC is helping women in Newfoundland and Labrador prepare for and achieve meaningful, positive, long-term careers in trades and technology.


Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA)

The OAWA, funded by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, was created in 2009 to increase employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades.


Women’s Network (PEI)

A not-for-profit organization that works to strengthen and support the efforts of PEI women to improve the status of women in our society. Their Trade HERizons project aims to increase the number of women in non-traditional trades and technology occupations on Prince Edward Island.


Women’s Equality
Government of New Brunswick

This organization works to advance gender equality as an important part of building a strong economy with more jobs for all New Brunswick residents.


Junior Achievement

JA is a partnership between the business community, educators, and volunteers — all working together to prepare and inspire young people to reach their potential and succeed in today’s global economy. Some programs specifically encourage young women in areas of leadership, business skills, and entrepreneurship.


Rotary Club

Rotary’s programs are developing the next generation of leaders, providing funding to make the world a better place, and making peace a priority. Numerous programs are aimed at supporting young leaders, including women, in their chosen occupations.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

AWE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. It provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and network development.


Women in Logistics (WIL)

The mission of Women in Logistics is to provide resources for both women and men in logistics, transportation, supply chain management, and technology. WIL is an information resource network for career development, mentoring, and educational opportunities.


Women in Supply Chain (WISC) Association

The goal of WISC is to globally connect and collaborate with industries and stakeholders under the supply chain umbrella, create links and bridges, and remove silos through relationships that support professional opportunities, growth, and understanding.


Women Entrepreneurship

The Government of Canada has established a strategy to ensure women across the country have access to the supports they need to start or grow a business, including access to financing, talent, networks and expertise to start up, scale up, and access new markets. Resources also include guidance for funding and mentoring, expert advice, and a knowledge hub.


Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FEW)

FWE is a BC-based organization that educates, mentors, energizes, and connects women entrepreneurs to be wildly successful. The forum supports women in any stage or size of businesses, in any industry, anywhere in Canada. A mentorship program encourages women to push their businesses to the next level and pairs them with experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs — everything women entrepreneurs need to overcome barriers and challenges in today’s economy.


Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is a resource for women looking to start or expand their businesses. They work one-on-one with women across the province to answer questions and help them determine the steps to make their businesses successful.



SheEO offers programs and services across Canada to help women entrepreneurs access non-traditional financing along with customized training.


Futurpreneur: Youth Start-up Resources, Mentoring, and Financing

Futurpreneur Canada is a business support service that has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for over two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring, and support tools for aspiring business owners aged 18-39. There are local offices in every province.


Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

The full suite of ONE programs and services can be accessed by contacting one of the 14 Research Innovation Centres (RICs) located throughout the province. These resources are available to entrepreneurs and young companies looking to start, grow, and finance their ideas. Staff at RICs include entrepreneurs-in-residence, specialists, and analysts with years of business experience.


Service Canada Programs and Services

Service Canada offers a catalogue of programs and services to help businesses with employment, apprenticeships, and wage subsidies. Some programs are aimed at women, young entrepreneurs, new immigrants, and other sectors.


Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Advisory Services and Loans

BDC can help your business with financing options and advisory services to position your business for success. They work with the full spectrum of businesses across Canada and can help build the foundation for your business growth.


Women’s Enterprise Centre BC
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WECD)

Women’s Enterprise Centre assists women in starting and growing businesses in BC. They provide a wide array of resources, many online, for BC women who own a business or are thinking of starting a business.


The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth
University of Ottawa

The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth is a national consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics, and industry associations. Women’s Enterprise Centre is a founding member of this national taskforce, which has identified action strategies to create economic development in Canada through the support of women entrepreneurs. The Taskforce maintains a comprehensive library of research into women’s entrepreneurship.


Mentor Works

Mentor Works makes business funding more accessible to companies across Canada by helping them discover, evaluate, and leverage grants and loans to accelerate their growth plans.


Government of Canada/Western Economic Diversification Canada
COVID 19 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is providing loans of up to $40,000 for eligible women-run businesses to help them cope with financial hardship and recovery from economic disruption resulting from COVID-19.


Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP)

BSP supports high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services, or technologies with interest-free repayable funding.


Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)

For more than 30 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada has been working to diversify the economy and improve the quality of life of western Canadians by supporting businesses in building a strong, competitive region. WD focusses on business development, innovation, and community development and has specific programs for women, Black-owned, and new immigrant-owned businesses.


Women’s Enterprise Initiative
Western Economic Diversification Canada

There is a Women’s Enterprise Initiative organization in each of the four western provinces that provide a variety of unique products for women entrepreneurs, including business advisory services, training, networking opportunities, loans, and referrals to complementary services.


Government of Canada
Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP)

The BEP is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. With an investment of up to $221 million over four years, it will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.


Community Futures Program

Overseen by the federal government, the Community Futures Program is a community-driven economic development initiative that assists communities in rural areas with strategies for dealing with a changing economic environment. Support includes general business information including planning for growth and details about access to capital for small- and medium-sized businesses.


Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is a program of the federal government designed to serve as a one-stop source of knowledge, data, and best practices for women entrepreneurs. Hubs have been established in almost every province and deliver activities to support the advancement of women entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.


Government of Canada Grants for Women Entrepreneurs

This a great starting point for finding and understanding Canadian government grants earmarked specifically for women entrepreneurs.


Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE)

FWE’s programs and events empower women entrepreneurs to overcome barriers and challenges that they face in today’s economy. The forum can help with raising capital, developing a pitch, growing your HR, sales, and leadership skills. FWE supports women entrepreneurs with businesses at any stage, any size, in any industry, anywhere in Canada.


Pitch for the Purse

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FEW) offers Pitch for the Purse to help women entrepreneurs access capital. The program is divided into four sections to educate and mentor entrepreneurs along the way with pitch training, semi-finals, mentorship, and pitch finale.


The Amber Grant for Women

The Amber Grant was created by WomensNet in honour of Amber Wigdahl who passed away at the age of 19 without the chance to reach her entrepreneurial dreams. This grant offers $4000 every month to female entrepreneurs who still have the opportunity.


Woman Entrepreneur – Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

The BDC works with organizations to support and uplift women-owned businesses as they network, learn, and ask questions of their expert advisors. They also offer flexible financing to help grow your business.


Women in Trade – Export Development Canada (EDC)

Export Development Canada (EDC) helps Canadian women-owned and led businesses achieve success with insurance options to protect your exports, capital, and financing solutions for your business.


Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada

The National Association of Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada offers networking, financing, and business skills development, and supports women entrepreneurs who innovate and are looking for continuous improvement. They also provide information on a vast array of organizations across the country that support women in business.


Startup Canada and Evolocity Financial Group Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Startup Canada, in partnership with Evolocity Financial Group, invests in women-led companies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). They help women start and grow their businesses with grants of $4,000 to $5,000 to support operations or growth opportunities.


Communitech Fierce Founders

Communitech helps start and grow tech-driven businesses with access to investors, funding, expert advice, and networking – among many other learning and development opportunities.


Organizations for Business Women

Information about women’s business organizations across Canada and the world, including transportation and trade-related businesses. Many groups offer exceptional networking opportunities, mentorship, training, and resources exclusively for Canadian business women.


Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

As a woman in Alberta, you can take advantage of this network and its tools to gain business skills and help your business succeed.


Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan

If you are a woman living in Saskatchewan, you can apply for a loan to start, grow or buy a business through Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan.


Women’s Enterprise Centre Manitoba

Women entrepreneurs in Manitoba can get help to improve business skills and acquire financing to start, expand or purchase a business through the Women’s Enterprise Centre.


PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise is a non-profit that offers programs and services to women in Ontario who want to start or grow a small business, including getting started, scaling your business, and networking and resources with conferences, workshops, and events for continued development.


Business Women in International Trade
Government of Canada

This is a great source to find key contacts, trade events, marketing opportunities, and export advice from experienced businesswomen.


Job Bank
Government of Canada

The Government of Canada maintains this national job board which includes jobs available in trucking.


Women in Business New Brunswick

If you are a woman who owns at least half of your business, you can access support and resources to help your business grow and succeed through Women in Business New Brunswick.


Centre for Women in Business

As a Nova Scotia woman entrepreneur, you can access support and resources at any business stage through this business development centre.


Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association

If you are a woman entrepreneur on Prince Edward Island, you can access services and support to foster the growth of your business through this association.


Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs    

If you are a woman entrepreneur in Newfoundland or Labrador, you can get help to start, grow, and advance your business through this organization.


Women’s Policy Office Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Find out about gender equity related activities, violence prevention initiatives, statistics and research on issues affecting women through this office.


WEConnect International in Canada

WEConnect can help your company get certified as a Women Business Enterprise to increase your access to contract opportunities in Canada and abroad.


WBE Canada Certification
Woman Business Enterprise Canada

If you are a women-owned business wishing to be certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise, this organization can evaluate your business readiness.


Women in Communications and Technology

Leadership development and mentoring services to help woman entrepreneurs in the communications sector achieve their goals.


Board Ready Women

This is a team of people who actively network to support women obtain board positions with recruitment opportunities, skill-building programs, and thought-provoking events.


Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Online Community
Idea Connector Network (ICN)

ICN is a social enterprise and independent organization that has been producing content and building its Aboriginal entrepreneurial online community since 2011.


Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)

CAMSC operates as a private sector-led, non-profit membership organization of major multinational corporations operating in Canada. Its goal is to boost economic development efforts and employment.


Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (CAWEE)

CAWEE connects Canadian businesswomen and is considered one of Canada’s most respected networking organizations, representing professionals from a broad range of disciplines, markets, and perspectives.


Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT)

CanWIT is a national volunteer organization that encourages young women to consider a career in a technology field and helps accelerate the careers of women already in the field.


Canadian Women’s Business Network (CWBN)

CWBN has been providing affordable, effective online advertising and resources to assist small businesses for 20 years.


Canadian Women’s Foundation

This foundation invests in the strength of women and the dreams of girls and advances gender equality through national and regional projects.


Workplaces that Work for Women

Catalyst Canada

Catalyst Canada is the leading non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to creating opportunities for women and business in Canada. The group has some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies among its members.


Organization of Women in International Trade  (OWIT)

OWIT is a volunteer-based non-profit organization of professional of women and men involved or interested in international trade and business.


Professional Women’s Network (PWN)

PWN is a Canadian non-profit organization that assists business women with connecting and referrals, as well as developing and leveraging strong business relationships, increasing profile and profitability, and contributing to the success of other business women.


WBE Canada

WBE Canada certifies majority-owned, managed, and controlled women’s businesses and helps them meet buyers and get access to bids for corporate contracts as part of supplier diversity programs.


Universal Women’s Network

The Universal Women’s Network is a global platform to advance women in their networks, communities, and workplaces. Members connect, celebrate, and recognize women along with men who SupportHER™ to empower women to succeed personally and professionally.


Women in Biz Network

This is a national organization with a community of 35,000 influential and collaborative women in business. They offer an online and in-person hub for business advice and advancement and welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, new Canadians, and people with disabilities.


Women in Communications and Technology (WTC)

WTC is committed to advancing women in Canada by providing opportunities for members to remain relevant and connected through strong relationships and continuous learning. It provides networking, mentoring, and educational opportunities for women in the telecommunications, media, and technology.


Women in Leadership Foundation

This is a national non-profit established to increase the number of women in leadership roles, provide education and mentorship on pertinent leadership topics, and help remove barriers to success.


Women of Influence

Women of Influence produces events across the country to connect women looking for mentors, or to connect with like-minded individuals on their path to success, or unique corporate entertainment.


Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

The members of the WPO are all women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies; they take part in professionally facilitated peer advisory groups to bring the “genius out of the group” and accelerate the growth of their businesses.


Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC)

WEOC is committed to the growth of women’s entrepreneurship. It works with women’s enterprise support organizations to champion innovation, broaden expertise, and enhance collaboration.


Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)

A networking organization for women at the management level in the maritime industry.


Women Unlimited Association

The Women Unlimited Association helps Nova Scotia employers address labour shortages in the skilled trades and technologies and connect women with well-paying, meaningful jobs.


Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA)

The CTA is a federation of provincial trucking associations that represents a 4,500 carriers, owner-operators, and industry suppliers. It represents the industry’s viewpoint on national and international policy, regulatory, and legislative issues that affect trucking.


Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA)

The Alberta Motor Transport Association is a province-wide, not-for-profit association formed to provide a voice for the highway transportation industry in Alberta.


Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA)

This association networks, advocates, and lobbies to address economic, health and safety, security, and environmental issues in trucking.


British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA)

BCTA is a province-wide, non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association formed solely to advance the interests of British Columbia motor carriers.


Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA)

The Manitoba Trucking Association exists to develop and maintain a safe and healthy business environment for its industry members since 1932 and advocates on behalf of the trucking industry.


Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)

Since 1926, OTA has been the voice of responsible trucking in Ontario and represents all segments of the industry: for-hire carriers, private carriers, intermodal, and suppliers.


Quebec Trucking Association (ACQ)

Since 1951, the Quebec Trucking Association studies, advocates and works to advance the economic and social interests of its members.


Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA)

The Saskatchewan Trucking Association has been the leader and voice of truck transport since 1937. As proactive trusted advisors, the STA represents the collective interests of the truck transport industry through authentic advocacy and education.


Toronto Transportation Club

Toronto Transportation Club offers opportunities to expand personal networks, connect with professionals from all modes of transportation, and participate in networking and professional development opportunities just for women.


Hamilton Transportation Club

Hamilton Transportation Club provides opportunities for members to build professional and personal relationships through networking, continuing education, and events, including professional development for women.


Logistics Networking Organization

Traffic Club of Montreal

The Traffic Club of Montreal has been bringing transportation and logistics professionals together since 1926. The club offers networking for supply chain professionals, including events for women, and hosts an annual awards event to recognize the success of women in logistics.


Vancouver Transportation Club

This organization fosters and promotes shipper and carrier co-operation in transportation, promotes sociability and friendship, develops transportation policies, and inspires those in traffic work to the importance and dignity of their profession.


Saskatoon Transportation Club

A non-profit, volunteer organization whose primary purpose is to educate and promote all aspects of the logistics industry by facilitating social settings with other interested individuals, and arranging for guest speakers to share their knowledge and expertise.


Transportation Club of Moncton

The Transportation Club of Moncton has a vital role to play in nurturing, supporting and developing the growth of transportation and the transportation infrastructure in its region.


Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC)

PMTC is the only Canadian association dedicated to the interests of private fleet operators. It provides opportunities for fleet operators and industry stakeholders to exchange views and resolve issues together, and communicate those views to government.

Labour Market Information
Trucking HR Canada

Labour market information (LMI) is actionable intelligence pertaining to the supply and demand of labour. It puts raw data into context and facilitates better decisions by employers, workers, job seekers, policymakers, educators, career practitioners, academics, students, parents, and more. LMI at Trucking HR Canada includes publicly available sources, such as Statistics Canada’s census and labour force surveys, as well as qualitative and quantitative research directly from employers.


Funds for Fleets
Trucking HR Canada

Funds for Fleets is a free guide to government funding opportunities for employers in Canada’s trucking industry. Trucking HR Canada can help determine if an employer is eligible for government grants, complete the paperwork, and connect them to the decision makers.


Top Fleet Employers

The Top Fleet Employers program is a national program that recognizes the importance of having sound HR policies and practices in the trucking and logistics industry. Top Fleet Employers is not a competition – it’s recognition for those who meet HR standards of excellence. Fleets are recognized at a Gala Awards event.


HR and Training Resources (THRC)

Trucking HR Canada delivers a comprehensive collection of up-to-date guides, reports, templates, and more to support effective human resources management, recruitment, and retention efforts as well as quality and consistent training.


Labour Market Services Government of Saskatchewan

The ministry's Labour Market Services branch provides job searching, job matching, career planning, and job training services to Saskatchewan residents. These supports are designed to develop and match the skills of Saskatchewan workers with the skills needed by Saskatchewan employers.


Advancing Women in Trucking

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic offers a toolkit and other free resources for Atlantic employers to help women entering and advancing their careers in the trucking sector.

Next Generation Certificate
Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)

The Next Generation Certificate program, delivered by the Humphrey Group, is an intensive leadership communication course for future leaders in the trucking industry. All registrants must be Ontario Trucking Association members in good standing.


Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)
Schulich Executive Education Centre Business Leaders Certificate (SEEC)

The OTA-SEEC Business Leaders Certificate program is offered in conjunction with the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) at York University and focuses on the theme of innovation, with the intention of creating an innovative mindset in leaders and using that mindset to drive innovation in the workplace.


Leadership Support for Women
Diversity Woman (USA)

Helping smart, savvy women of all races, cultures, and backgrounds achieve their career and business goals, Diversity Woman Media is designed for women business leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs of all races, cultures, and backgrounds with articles and programs designed to support women’s leadership goals.


Leadership Support, Non-Traditional Trades Business Training
Indigenous Leadership Development Institute

Based in Winnipeg, the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute is Indigenous-owned and operated and helps teach skills that are relevant to the construction and heavy trades. It also offers a women's program, and business leadership training for women including proposal writing, project management, HR development, and more.


Start a Business (Indigenous)

Grow business skills with the programs and services featured in British Columbia’s Indigenous Small Business Resources guide. Use the visual key to find leadership development, mentorship, skills training, financing, and loans.


USDOT’s Women and Girls in Transportation Initiative (WITI)

This program is designed to increase the participation of women in the transportation industry and prepare young women to become future leaders. The program creates opportunities towards careers and internships in the transportation industry, educates participants about opportunities in the transportation industry, and inspires them to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.


Canadian Management Centre

Workshops, courses, and support for leadership development for women.


Report that makes the case for women in leadership
When women lead, workplaces should listen

This McKinsey and Company report on the benefits of female leadership outlines how female executives are empowered to do — and ask for — more after participating in women-only leadership programs. The report shows they value the opportunity to examine their strengths and shortcomings in the psychological safety of their peers, and use the experience as a springboard for personal development.


Leadership Training for Women
Leadership Management International (LMI)

The LMI’s Leadership for Women program is designed to help women overcome past conditioning, redefine their self-restrictions, and enrich their self-concept as a leader.


Leadership Training for Women
The Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute

The goal of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership institute is to build the capacity of young emerging female leaders to fill future leadership positions. Initiatives include culturally-inclusive mentorship and leadership program for young women of colour, building girls’ leadership, and rethinking leadership — the next generation of leaders.


Leadership Training
The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT)

WinSETT works in partnership and collaboration to advance the career success and leadership of women in science, engineering, trades, and technology (SETT) fields. The WinSETT Centre delivers a series of professional development workshops tailored to early to mid-career female engineers, scientists, and technologists.


Leadership Training for Indigenous Women
Alberta's Future Leaders Program

The Alberta's Future Leaders Program collaborates with Indigenous communities in Alberta to provide a multi-summer youth program with sport, arts, recreation, leadership, and cultural activities facilitated by mentors living and working in the community.

New Anti-Harassment and Violence Obligations for Federally Regulated Fleets

New Anti-Harassment and Violence Obligations for Federally Regulated Fleets

July 7, 2020 by Marisha Tardif


Many fleets in our employer community have been following developments surrounding Bill C-65 – a piece of federal legislation that amends the Canada Labour Code by introducing new guidelines on how harassment and violence can be prevented in the workplace, and how to address it if and when it occurs. While Bill C-65 received Royal Assent in 2018, specifics surrounding employer obligations and compliance timelines remained to be confirmed. But as per recent updates, there is now new information surrounding detailed requirements that federally regulated employers will have to meet.

On June 24, 2020, the federal government published the Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations. The new framework will apply to the federally regulated private sector as of January 1st, 2021. Transportation companies that provide international and interprovincial services are regulated by the federal government and are therefore subject to these updates.

New rules will thus soon come into effect that will increase employers’ responsibilities in matters of workplace health and safety. The new Regulations set a framework of obligations centered on three elements: the prevention of workplace harassment and violence, the delivery of a timely and effective response to incidents, and the provision of support for affected employees. Based on these three pillars, the new Regulations bring changes in the following main areas:

  • Workplace harassment and violence prevention policy
    • Employers will be required to make available a workplace harassment and violence prevention policy that aligns with new Regulatory requirements.
  • Workplace assessments
    • Employers will have to conduct assessments that identify risks of harassment and violence in the workplace and implement preventative measures to protect the workplace from these risks.
  • Emergency procedures
    • Employers will be required to develop emergency procedures to be followed in situations where an occurrence of harassment and violence poses and immediate danger to the health and safety of an employee(s).
  • Training
    • Employers will be required to identify and develop harassment and violence training and ensure it is delivered to all members of the organization, including to employers themselves but also to employees, and to the designated recipient of harassment and violence complaints in the workplace. Training will need to align to specific guidelines proposed under the Regulations, and will be delivered once every three years, including in the onboarding of new employees.
  • Support measures
    • Employers will be required to make information available regarding support services that employees may access should they experience an incident of workplace harassment and violence.
  • Resolution process
    • Employers will be required to respond to every notification of an occurrence of harassment and violence in their workplace, but also to structure their response around a more detailed web of specific requirements (including prescribed timelines, processes, and procedures).
  • Records and reports
    • Employers will be required to keep records relating to harassment and violence in their workplace. They will also be required to submit annual reports to the Minister, as well as report on any fatalities that occur as a result of workplace harassment and violence.

It is clear from the above that the new Regulations will require major adjustments to policies, programs, and processes for many employers. Given new requirements, it is important for both employers and employees to understand the nature of these changes and how it will impact them and their workplace.

Trucking HR Canada is committed to providing trucking sector-specific resources to support the needs of the industry in adapting to these new changes. Central amongst these tools will be a bilingual suite of online and in-person training modules for employers, employees, and designated recipients of workplace harassment and violence complaints. Pamphlets that clarify employer and employee rights and obligations will also be made available, in addition to other forthcoming resources centered on best practices in workplace anti-harassment and violence. These supports will be made available in time for the January 2021 entry into force of the Regulations – follow our website and social media channels to find out more.


My Toolbox for Mentoring Women in Canada’s Trucking Industry: Employer & Association Guide

Bridging the Gap: Women In Trucking and Logistics

Prepare Now for Federal Pay Equity

May 7, 2019 by Miguel Mangalindan


Modernizing your workforce starts with modernizing your HR approach.

In today’s labour market, successful truck fleets and logistics companies know that staying abreast of the issues will help them stay ahead of the competition. Follow Trucking HR Canada’s 10 part “Modernizing Your HR Approach” blog series as we navigate emerging trends and share tips for finding, hiring, and retaining the talent you need.

Miguel Mangalindan is a Senior Associate Lawyer at Monkhouse Law where he practices Employment, Human Rights and Disability Insurance Law. He was a panelist at Trucking HR Canada’s Mental Health symposium last October, and recently participated as one of the Learning Highway session presenters at Women with Drive, sharing insights on how Bill C-86 will impact you. This week, we invited him to again share his expertise with us through our Blog Series.

On December 13, 2018, the federal government’s Bill C-86, which among other things establishes a new Pay Equity Act, received royal assent. The Act will require federally regulated employers to make sure that employees in female-dominated jobs receive the same level of compensation as those in male-dominated jobs of similar effort, responsibility, skill, and working conditions.

In short, it aims to ensure equal pay for work of equal value.

Who has to comply?

The Pay Equity Act applies to federal workplaces with 10 or more employees. This includes public services; Crown agencies and private companies that operate a federal work, undertaking, or business; and any employer with more than $1 million in federal government contracts.

Employers will have three years to establish a pay equity plan once the Act comes into force, and have to review and update their plan at least once every five years. Different deadlines apply to provincially regulated employers that become subject to the Act due to becoming federally regulated after the Act comes into force.

What is a Pay Equity Plan?

According to the Act, a pay equity plan must do the following:

  • Indicate the number of employees and job classes within the workplace;
  • Indicate what gender is predominant in each class;
  • Evaluate the value of work performed by each job class;
  • Identify the compensation associated with each job class and compare female- and male-predominant job classes of similar value;
  • Set out the results of the comparison, identifying which female-predominant job classes require an increase in compensation and when those increases are due; and
  • Provide information on the dispute-resolution procedure available to employees.

How do you put this plan into action?

In terms of process requirements, there must be a committee that creates the pay equity plan, notice of the plan to all employees, and then implementation. The employer must also maintain pay equity after the initial plan and payouts are made.

The Act specifies the members of the pay equity committee as well as the contents of the plan. It also sets out a formula for how to compare male and female jobs. There are rights of appeal to a new federal Pay Equity Commission that will be part of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The federal government has yet to proclaim a date when the Act will come into force but there will be some grace period allowed for implementation.

In the meantime, federally regulated employers should start reviewing their compensation systems and begin the process of planning and implementing pay equity, which will take lots of time, expertise, and resources to do.

A Modern HR Approach Is a Collaborative One

April 30, 2019 by Bridget O'Shaughnessy


“Modernizing your workforce starts with modernizing your HR approach.”

In today’s labour market, successful truck fleets and logistics companies know that staying abreast of the issues will help them stay ahead of the competition. Follow our “Modernizing Your HR Approach” blog series as we navigate emerging trends and share tips for finding, hiring, and retaining the talent you need.

As the world becomes more interconnected, we can learn a lot from other economies and cultures about how to solve our own issues in the Canadian trucking and logistics industry. One of those issues is the inclusion of women and how to improve the diversity of our industry overall.

What can we learn from others and what can we share?

On April 23, Trucking HR Canada was invited to speak at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women in Transportation Roundtable in Vancouver. APEC brings together leaders, ministers, senior officials and business representatives, who meet regularly to drive the APEC agenda forward and implement policies and projects across a wide range of issues. Since 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development have worked together to implement the APEC Women in Transportation (WIT) Initiative, seeing value in this solution to labour shortages.

For me, the roundtable demonstrated just how important it is to collaborate with people from different economies and sectors who have taken on similar challenges. Here’s what we learned:

A diverse workforce is a more successful workforce

Gender equity in the workplace is no longer just an equality issue, it’s an economic one. When women do better, everyone wins.

Progress takes time

“At the current rate of progress, it will take 200 years to close the gender gap,” said Thao Pham, Associate Deputy Minister at Transport Canada, during her opening remarks at the roundtable. She’s referring to a study from CCPA Research Associate Kate McInturff that looks at Canada’s progress in closing the gap between men and women over the past two decades. Despite high-profile initiatives to increase the representation of women in politics and on corporate boards, Canada’s overall score has climbed just 2.3% in two decades.

If we want to see gender equity in our lifetime, we are going to have to make some dramatic changes. But how?

Mentorship programs work

In a study by the Wharton School of Business, 25% of employees who took part in their company’s mentoring program have experienced a salary increase compared to just 5% of non-participants. Mentors were six times more likely to be promoted than those not in the program; mentees were promoted five times more often.

Trucking HR Canada’s “Industry Youth” surveys show that the majority of young people want more mentoring and coaching in the workplace, and our “Women with Drive” surveys have two in three respondents citing mentorship as a tool that would support them professionally.

Key takeaway: Implement that mentorship program you’ve been thinking about.

Include women at every level

Gender equality is more likely to be achieved when women are involved with planning, hiring, training, and mentorship at every level of a company.

In the panel moderated by Trucking HR Canada’s CEO, Angela Splinter, we learned why it’s important to make a conscious effort to include women in surveys and data collection. It is also key to be aware of biases within the data based on women’s previous participation in the data.

The insightful panelists who spoke included: David Chien, Executive Director, Office of Policy and Plans, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration; Lori Summer, U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration; Dr. Stephanie Ivey, University of Memphis; and Kelly Clifton, Portland State University.

I am hopeful that, moving forward, these collaborative approaches across economies and sectors will help everyone recognize opportunities for gender equity in our industry and in our country in my lifetime. We’ll continue to share ideas, but it’s also time for action.