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The third an­nual Women with Drive Sum­mit from Trucking HR Canada was another huge suc­cess. The Toronto event held on March 2nd at the Sher­a­ton Toronto Air­port Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre fea­tured hu­man re­sources, mar­ket­ing and op­er­a­tions pro­fes­sion­als and fo­cused on strate­gies for re­cruit­ing, re­tain­ing and men­tor­ing women in Canada’s trucking in­dus­try.

The event in­cluded in­dus­try ex­perts across sev­eral panel dis­cus­sions who dis­cussed a wide range of is­sues on how the in­dus­try can at­tract, ac­com­mo­date and em­power more women. Not sur­pris­ingly, or­ga­niz­ers and at­ten­dees agreed that the big­gest bar­rier is still be­hind the wheel. Sta­tis­tics Canada says just 3 per­cent of Canada’s driv­ers are women – a num­ber that Trucking HR Canada and par­tic­i­pants at Women With Drive would like to see in­crease.

OTA VP of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Marco Beghetto led a two-hour ‘Global Per­spec­tives’ dis­cus­sion and Q&A fea­tur­ing five very suc­cess­ful ca­reer women from Swe­den (Elin Engstrom, test driver, Sca­nia), Den­mark (Vibeke Theisel, driver), the UK (Jenny Tip­ping, driver-trainer, Man­power Lo­gis­tics), Aus­tralia (Heather Jones, CEO Pil­bara Heavy Haulage Girls) and New Zealand (Meryn Mor­ri­son, health & com­pli­ance man­ager, Re­gal Haulage). Each of the pan­elists dis­cussed their early strug­gles as women in trucking and how over time they ex­celled in the in­dus­try. They also of­fered di­verse per­spec­tives on how

to com­bat the driver short­age.

The Women with Drive event also in­cluded an open­ing ad­dress by Stepha­nia Var­alli, co-owner and coCEO, Women of In­flu­ence or­ga­ni­za­tion and a highly en­ter­tain­ing and in­spir­ing key­note lun­cheon Q&A with Mandy Ren­nehan, founder, (a highly suc­cess­ful re­tail main­te­nance and con­struc­tion com­pany), among sev­eral other panel ses­sions.

As a na­tional part­ner­ship-based or­ga­ni­za­tion, Trucking HR Canada pro­motes the pro­vi­sion of safe, se­cure, ef­fi­cient, and pro­fes­sional trucking ser­vices in Canada. To learn more about on­go­ing projects and how you can get in­volved, log on to www.truck­


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