AN EX­CLU­SIVE TV SHOW FO­CUSED ON AUTO WORLD, TRAN­SIT, TRUCK­ING, TRANS­PORTA­TION & ROAD SAFETY JUSTIN MARTIN FROM IN­TER­NA­TIONAL TRUCK­LOAD SER­VICES WINS 2016 OTA-VOLVO TRUCKS DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD

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Justin Martin, a thought­ful, overtly friendly truck driver for In­ter­na­tional Truck­load Ser­vices in Belleville was named the 2016 Volvo Trucks Canada-on­tario Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Driver of the Year at the OTA’S 90th an­niver­sary ex­ec­u­tive con­fer­ence in Toronto held last month.

Be­fore be­com­ing a truck driver, Martin served in the Cana­dian Armed Forces and was a mem­ber of the UNPROFOR dur­ing the Bos­nian civil war. His ac­tions over­seas earned him the Prime Min­is­ter’s Com­men­da­tion for go­ing above and be­yond the call of duty. This award has only been given out four times since the Korean war to a ranked non-com­mis­sion of­fi­cer with less than 10 years of ser­vice.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from the mil­i­tary in the late 1990’s Justin was look­ing for a new ad­ven­ture when he was asked by a friend to drive team across North Amer­ica. He liked the ex­pe­ri­ence so much that he de­cided to do it on his own, join­ing Chal­lenger Mo­tor Freight and, later, In­ter­na­tional Truck­load Ser­vices, where he con­tin­ues to work to­day.

“I think Justin’s mil­i­tary ca­reer served him ex­tremely well as a truck driver and I’m con­vinced that’s what makes up his char­ac­ter,” says Rob Hag­gerty, pres­i­dent of ITS. “His achieve­ments, his alert­ness and at­ten­tion to de­tail and safety; as well as his abil­ity to teach younger driv­ers and show them the right way, are serv­ing this in­dus­try ex­tremely well.”

No stranger to emer­gen­cies, Justin is the first in line to help any­one in need. In 2009, he pulled a woman from a burn­ing car in Vir­ginia. This past year, he de­manded that his com­pany make him the point man in de­liv­er­ing goods to the peo­ple of Ft. Mcmur­ray dev­as­tated by the wild fires.

When he isn’t truck­ing, Justin do­nates his time at com­mu­nity events, play­ing at mu­sic fes­ti­vals or pulling trail­ers for char­i­ta­ble fundrais­ers. He proudly served on the most re­cent OTA Road Knights Team, pro­mot­ing the truck­ing in­dus­try and ca­reers to school kids.

Newly ap­pointed OTA pres­i­dent Stephen Laskowski says it’s an hon­our to be able to hand this award to some­one as de­serv­ing as Justin.

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