Private motor truck council of Canada



Eastern Region Educational Seminar, Wallace, NS
Date: September 18, 2019


For Immediate Release


Milton, On: The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada and Trucking Human Resources Sector Council Atlantic have announced details of their annual Eastern region educational seminar.


The seminar will be held on September 18th at the beautiful Fox Harbour Resort in Wallace Nova Scotia. The Educational Seminar will run from 8:45am to 12pm, with registration beginning at 8:15.  This will be the 5th year in a row the two organisations have joined forces to provide attendees with exceptional educational value to take back to their workplaces. This year’s event will center around youth recruitment, retention and engagement in the Transportation industry, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project and will also provide a brief update on the Federal Electronic Logging Device Regulations. This seminar will bring value to employees and employers from many different sectors of the industry.


The Topics covered include:


Federal Electronic Logging Device Update: Mike Millian, the President of the PMTC, will provide attendees with a brief update on the ELD mandate. The Canadian ELD Regulation was posted in Canada Gazette part 2 on June 12th of 2019. What does the rule mean to you, when will the regulations take effect and for who? Mike will answer these questions as part of his presentation.


Youth Initiatives and Engagement: Matt Richardson, Sales & Operations Manager of KRTS, and the Chair of the PMTC’s Young Leaders Group, will discuss what the group has been working on to promote the industry to the youth who are currently outside of it. Matt will go into specifics on the YLG and their membership, the initiatives they are working on, which are focused on attracting more young people to our industry. Matt will also discuss the success and future of the ‘Driven to Lead’ leadership certificate program that the first class just graduated from in May of 2019.

Smart Start Program & how it helps recruit & support new drivers to the Industry:  Leanne Quail, operations manager at Paul Quail Transport, will discuss her creative and innovative approach to combating the driver shortage through her program called Smart Start. This is a joint venture with the provincial/federal government that has seen many successful candidates obtain funding to obtain their AZ licence and move into careers as professional drivers for Paul Quail Transport. Over the last year Leanne has spoken at several industry associations and events on the success of Smart Start. She was named the first ever National Recruiter of the year at the National Recruiting and Retention Symposium in April of 2019, and the success of this program was instrumental in helping her achieve this great honour.

Panel of Youth in the Industry: Matt and Leanne will come together to be part of a moderated panel where they will discuss the support they have received, and need, and their experiences as being young leaders in this industry. This is also your opportunity to ask them questions and gain further from their perspectives and experiences as an up and coming leader.


Office of Immigration: Attend to hear recent additions to programs, clarifications on Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and have a chance to clarify any questions you might have around the programs. Build your recruiting opportunities!


More information to come




Register Now

Space is limited, so people are encouraged to register early by contacting Annette Kieft at You can also register online at Please feel free to call the office for more details as well at 905-827-0587.

Registration is just $50 for a PMTC or THRSCA member, and $125.00 for non-members.

Interested in Sponsoring?

Sponsors are also being welcomed and start at only $300.00, if you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Annette for details at, or register online at .


Full speaker bio’s follow

Leanne Quail is the Operations Manager for Paul Quail Transport and has been in the trucking industry for over 18 years.  She started her career in transportation with data entry and has progressed into the position she holds today.  Leanne is very passionate about the industry and has a strong interest in Safety, Compliance and driver recruitment.  As an AZ license holder for over 10 years she understands industry issues including qualified driver shortages, barriers to entry, and quality of entry level drivers.  Her unique perspective on these issues help her to see the challenges within the industry and constantly test new strategies to address those challenges. Leanne has recently received the National Recruiter of the Year award at the 2019 National Recruiting and Retention Symposium, and also received the Young Leaders Education Bursary at the 2019 PMTC Conference.


Matt Richardson is the Sales and Operations Manager at KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. (KRTS) and has been in the trucking industry since he was old enough to hold a scrub brush and help wash trucks. A proud holder of his AZ license, Matt is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he played football for the Gryphons and captained the team in his final 3 years. Along with his role at KRTS, Richardson is the Chairman of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s Young Leaders Group (PMTC YLG).


Mike Millian grew up on a beef farm in rural Southwestern Ontario in Huron County and began his career in the Trucking Industry in 1990 at the age of 18.

Mike spent three years working for a local carrier Hauling Livestock and bulk agriculture products. At the age of 21 Mike went to work for a long Haul Refrigerated and general freight carrier and spent 5 years hauling freight in all 48 US Mainland States and 6 Canadian Provinces. The Carrier then opened a Certified Driver Training School in 1998 and Mike came off the road to become one of the Schools First Certified Driver Trainers.

In 2000 Mike Transitioned into Safety and Compliance for the Fleet, while still working part time as a Trainer for the School.

In 2002 Mike moved over to a Private Fleet and became the Safety, Compliance, Maintenance and Training manager for the Hensall District Co-operative’s Commercial Trucking Fleet. Mike spent the next 12.5 years with Hensall and oversaw the Fleets as it grew from 40 Trucks in 2002 to over 160 in 2015. 

In January of 2015 Mike moved into the Trucking Association business and was named the President of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, where he remains in his current role.

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