MIDLAND’S 2018 HIGHLIGHTS
(January 2019) As we enter a new year with anticipation and excitement, we also want to remember some of the amazing experiences from this past year. Throughout 2018, we had the opportunity to help many great causes, accepted a number of awards, and made a lot of great additions to our ever-growing Midland team. Here are some of our favourite highlights from 2018!
Midland employees started off the 2018 year by lending a hand to Food 4 Children in Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. Food 4 Children is a fantastic charity that helps support students and their families by supplying healthy snacks to schools and backpacks of food for those in need.
The 25 Year Club grew with the induction
of 10 new members in February 2018. The inductees to this prestigious club were
honoured with a banquet to recognize the many years of dedication and service
to Midland. 25 Year Club alumni celebrating 30,
35, and 40 years were also in attendance and recognized.
In April, Gaston
Cormier was honored with the Professional
Truck Driver of the Month Award. With this award, Atlantic Provinces Transportation
Association recognizes drivers with a notable work ethic and passion for safety
in the trucking industry.
was honored with Trucking HR Canada’s Top
Fleet Employer Award for the 3rd consecutive year! This award is based on our recruitment and retention
practices, workplace culture, compensation, training, skills development, and
innovative HR practices.
Best Team Award was presented to Team Midland at the 2018 Atlantic
Driving Championships in Masstown, Nova Scotia. Our Midland “Dream Team” was comprised of Philippe Arsenault, Jacques Breau, Glenn
Fisher (Professionalism Award B Train Class, 2nd Place in B Train Class),
Steven Fisher, Richard Patriquin (3rd Place, Five Axle Tractor Trailer Class),
Myles Phinney, Homer Whittaker (3rd Place, Two Axle Straight Truck Class), and
had the honour of sponsoring Special Olympics
Nova Scotia as they hosted the 2018
Special Olympics National Summer Games in Antigonish, NS.
Midland Pulling for the United Way Truck Pull took place for the 4th
consecutive year in downtown Moncton where participating teams attempted to
pull a 60,000 lb. tractor trailer down Main Street in the fastest time.
Proceeds from this event are donated to the United Way of Greater Moncton and
Southeastern New Brunswick, who will use the funds to strengthen local
community and help those in need. The team from Irving Consumer Products took
home the 2018 award.
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic recognized
Midland’s continued commitment to equality in the workplace with the Building a Diverse Workforce Award!
Carruthers was named the 2018 Driver
of the Year by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association. The APTA
recognized Mr. Carruthers and the contributions he has made to the industry as
he continues to go above and beyond. Congratulations Dan!
Midland participated in many events over the holiday season
including the 18 Wheels of Christmas
Food Drive, Tea Toy Run, Operation Christmas Child, Toys For Tots, and The Grand Falls-Windsor Christmas Parade. All
these organizations aim to give to the less fortunate, both over the holiday
season and beyond.
As we move forward into 2019, we are looking forward to
duplicating many of these highlights, as well as accomplishing many more, as
we’re anticipating another busy and successful year in the transportation
industry. Thanks for coming along for the ride!
WINTER DRIVING SAFETY TIPS
(December 2018) Midland drivers cover thousands of miles every year and
need to regularly check equipment and plan their route to ensure a safe, smooth
trip. Whether our drivers are delivering a package across the city or halfway
around the country, pre-trip planning is always very useful. Do you want to be
as prepared as our drivers? Here are some tips for planning safe trips during
1. Plan Your Route
Before you leave your start location it is a good idea to plan stops and
check points. Considering the expected weather conditions will ensure there are
no surprises along the way. Know the distance between possible rest areas and
gas stations to ensure you have a plan should unexpected conditions develop. Always
remember to tell someone which route you’re taking and when you will be
2. Pack Proper
Tools and Technology
Having the proper resources can make all the difference if caught in a
tough situation. Installing winter tires that are in good condition is always
the best place to start. For longer or out of town trips ensure you have enough
windshield wiper fluid, ice scrapers, a sufficiently charged cellphone,
emergency blankets, flashlights, warm clothes, non-perishable food, and tools
should you get stuck.
3. Circle and
Ensure your mode of transportation is in tip top condition before hitting
the road. This means doing circle checks and ensuring everything under the hood
is working as it should. Remember to fuel up and check fluid levels before
4. Stay Vigilant
Ensure you have removed or minimized any distractions and are able to give
the road your full attention. Drive defensively and adjust speed depending on
road conditions. Listen to authorities and roadside signs warning of possible
dangers or road closures.
18 WHEELS OF CHRISTMAS
(November 2018) Help the
trucking industry fight hunger this holiday season! We are excited to be
participating in the 18 Wheels of Christmas food drive from November 26th
to December 14th. By bringing
together members of the transportation industry, this event is aimed at making
a difference in our local communities. The ultimate goal of 18 Wheels of
Christmas is to stock local food banks in an effort to ensure no one goes
without food during the holidays.
Our local food drive is
organized by Atlantic Provinces Trucking association and the Trucks For Change
Network. Join the food drive by bringing non-perishable food items to 100
Midland Drive, Dieppe.
For more information on how
you can help, visit 18wheelsofxmas.blogspot.com or 18 Wheels of Christmas on
TOP FLEET AWARDS
(November 2018) Last month,
members of our Midland team accepted the Top Fleet Award which was presented at
the Annual Top Fleet Employer Gala in Toronto, Ontario. Midland continues to
recognize that our people are the biggest contributors in delivering Superior
Quality Service. This is reflected in our past nominations by Trucking HR
Canada as an industry leader in human resources practices. Midland was honoured
with the award in the large fleet category for the 3rd consecutive
year in a row.
Awards are given to those who are recognized for their excellence in HR
policies and practices in the transportation industry. The awards are open to companies
of varying sizes and specialties across the nation. Trucking HR Canada began
the gala in 2014 and has since grown the awards to include four separate
categories: private/fleet services, small, medium, and large companies.
the team representing Midland at the 2018 award dinner, from left to right,
included Lev Krivchyonok (City Owner Operator, Concord), Dana Matchett (Driver
Development Specialist), Kathryn Edwards (VP Human Resources), Shane Esson
(Senior VP & General Manager), Cheryl Levy Smith (Director of HR), Dave
Luckasavitch (Director of Operations, ON), Amanda Hall (Regional HR Manager,
ON), Kerwin Henry (Terminal Manager, Concord), Dennis Eliopoulos (Director of
Courier Operations, ON), and Ian Bell (Courier Owner Operator, Toronto).
4th ANNUAL UNITED WAY TRUCK PULL
(September 2018) The 4th Annual Midland Pulling
for the United Way Truck Pull transpired in exciting fashion Saturday,
September 5th. Participating teams attempted to pull 60,000 LB.
tractor trailers 125 feet down Main Street, Moncton.
Businesses, community organizations, and high schools
participated in the event. Of the 16 corporate teams from across Greater
Moncton, Irving Consumer Products was able to narrowly edge Midland by only .04
seconds to be named the 4th victors of the annual fundraiser.
Sponsors for the event included United Way of Greater
Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick, Midland Transport Limited, 91.9 the
Bend, and The City of Moncton. The truck pull raised over $15,000 in funds that
will go towards efforts to improve lives locally, creating long-term,
sustainable change; moving people from poverty to possibility and creating