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Advancing Women in Trucking

The Trucking Human Resource Council-Atlantic had a successful conference in early November. THRSC Executive Director Kelly Henderson said the Advancing Women in the Trucking Industry Conference was directed toward all human resource professionals in the industry.
“We had a great line up of exciting speakers and a very engaged audience,” commented Kelly Henderson, Executive Director THRSC-Atlantic.
Keynote speaker Micheline Roy set the tone for the conference with her presentation ‘Why Women Make Great Leaders.’ In her presentation Ms. Roy emphasized the unique skills and competencies that make women great leaders. Her talk explored how leadership skills can be developed and how to adopt a workplace environment which encourages women to assume leadership roles in the trucking industry.
Micheline Roy is a Certified Human Resource Professional and has worked as a Human Resource Coordinator with businesses across Canada. She is also the owner of HR Réflexion RH, which offers HR services including executive coaching, one on one coaching, recruitment and hiring for clients.
The luncheon speaker, Shelley Uvenille-Hesch, is CEO of the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada. Shelley celebrates twenty-seven years of experience in the transportation industries, and through her organization encourages women in non-traditional roles, promotes their accomplishments and strives to minimize obstacles for women in the trucking industry.
The luncheon also hosted the Women Who Inspire Award presentations. Kelly Henderson explained that nominations were sought throughout the Atlantic region’s trucking industry, and she was overwhelmed with fifty nominations of women who inspire their fellow workers.
Women Who Inspire awards were presented to Amanda Loomer – Armour Transport, Jennifer Turnbull – REM Transport, Denise Beaupré – Auction Transport and Katrina Henderson – THRSC-Atlantic.
The conference hosted a panel of non-trucking industry employers addressing recruiting practices in other industries. Corrie Anderson of Optimum Talent presented on leadership styles.
A panel consisting of Todd Seaward – Classic Freight, Trevor Bent – Eassons Transport and Dave Miller – Armour Transport shared their point of view about leadership in the trucking industry.

Women Who Inspire

Amanda Loomer joined Armour in May 2014 as an entry level driver. She benefitted from a positive mentor through her internship and established herself as a highly regarded professional driver at the Dartmouth Terminal. In addition to her day to day driving duties, Amanda also serves as a member of the drivers committee at the Dartmouth terminal, which reviews driver’s challenges and seeks solutions. She also serves on the safety committee as well as mentoring new employees and is a driver coach. Amanda also represents Armour at job fairs. Additionally, she has competed in the Atlantic driving Championships, finishing in the top ten.
Jennifer Turnbull has worked at REM Transport for only six years in an administrative role, but in that short time has inspired fellow workers with her work ethic and her calm and controlled demeanor. She is recognized at REM as the glue that holds the organization together.
Jennifer’s strong work ethic inspires others to do the best job they can and she is the person everyone goes to in times of crisis. Jennifer is recognized for her effective communication skills which has helped her earn the respect of the REM shareholders, and other stakeholders. While her job title has remained the same since she started with REM, she has assumed an additional workload and responsibilities in the organization. Her nomination outlined that she gets the extra work because her supervisors realize it will get done, and get done correctly.
Denise Beaupré displayed her strong work ethic as a youngster working in her family’s business. That work ethic continued to serve her well through university, and working with her family when not at her studies. Following university Denise gained her Realtor License and became a top producing agent. Denise developed a keen interest in her domestic partner’s business – Auction Transport, and her work and commitment to the business earned her the position and responsibilities of Vice President.
In just two years in the VP position Denise helped triple the size of the business and increased staffing. Denise maintains a strong focus on safety and training for all employees at Auction Transport. In 2017, Auction Transport was recognized as an Employer of Choice. The award relies on employee surveys, which again, recognize the strong leadership of Auction’s executive team.
Denise continues to be motivated to learn and grow and to attend training sessions, inspiring her employees and others in the industry.
Katrina Henderson has worked in the trucking industry for more than seventeen years, the past thirteen of which have been with the THRSC-Atlantic.
Katrina has worked closely with both employers and entry level drivers. Through experience, she has a very clear understanding of industry standards and needs. She has creatively identified new strategies to help recruit new drivers. Katrina’s dedication and creativity has fostered growth at the THRSC.
Katrina continues to take on challenges and learning opportunities and participates in professional development.
Her most visible work has been with entry level drivers, and through the One Journey funding program she has recruited close to 300 people for the industry. With more than 85% retention of those recruits, Katrina has made a remarkable contribution to the industry.
Katrina is currently focused on increasing the number of women entering the industry as professional drivers.
Katrina is recognized as a team player, contributing to managing projects and building success in the THRSC organization and the industry.

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