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What It Means To Be A Trucking Pioneer: An Interview With Garth Pitzel

The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) held its Annual Awards Gala earlier this month, recognizing the efforts and contributions of members of the trucking community who have distinguished themselves.

Among the award winners was Bison Transport's Garth Pitzel, who was inducted into the MTA Pioneer Club. The Pioneer Club recognizes members of the local trucking industry who have been continually employed in the industry for at least 25 years and are actively and directly engaged in the formulation, direction or execution of policy in a managerial capacity for an MTA member company.


We sat down with Garth, who serves as Bison's Director of Safety and Driver Development, to learn more about his 34 years in the trucking industry. Here's what he had to say:

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Tagged with: Manitoba Trucking Association, Awards, Canadian Trucking, Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Safety, Careers

Bison Companies Complete Volvo's 'Triple Crown' Of Safety

There are no horses involved, and it's unlikely you'll ever find a jockey at the helm of one of our tractors, but Bison's recent "Triple Crown" achievement is no small feat - much like winning each of horse racing's three biggest titles.

With Searcy Trucking, a Bison subsidiary, earning the 2015 Volvo North America Safety Award, all three Bison companies have now earned Volvo's highest award for safety. Britton Transport, also a Bison subsidiary, earned the award in 2014, while Bison Transport, the parent company, won the inaugural prize in 2009.

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Tagged with: Trucking, Trucking Industry, Bison Transport, Canada, Safety, Transportation, Careers, Volvo Trucks

Truck Drivers, Unicorns And Instagram: 2 Of These 3 Things Go Together

It seems as though many people think that truck drivers using social media is about as common as catching a leprechaun riding a unicorn (intentional exaggeration to add dramatic effect).

When you look at it though, more and more professional drivers are embracing social media. Here are 3 reasons why:

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Tagged with: Facebook, Community, Instagram, Bison Transport, Twitter, Road Stories, Technology, Social Media, Careers, Communication

Bison Empowers Drivers To Make The Right Decision

There are many conditions that can make driving extremely risky including poor visibility, slippery roads and heavy traffic.

A Driver’s personal condition when affected by fatigue, illness or stress can also lead to high risk and even unsafe driving.

These types of conditions are what we call adverse driving conditions. Professional Drivers must be skilled and knowledgeable to detect conditions like these in a timely manner and to make responsible decisions in the interest of safety.

Bison Transport’s Right to Decide (RTD) policy expects Drivers to make decisions that ensure they always make it home safely after each and every trip. Drivers have the responsibility to choose to suspend travel temporarily if they deem conditions to be unsafe. These decisions may include wearing proper safety gear to prevent injuries, using safe dock procedures, adjusting speed to conditions, increasing following distance, getting enough rest, taking a break when needed or even waiting out a storm in a safe place.

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Tagged with: conditions, adverse, Business, Drive, Community, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Safety, Transportation, Careers, Wellness, Right to Decide

Soldier for a Day (Part III): 'What started as war game type excitement quickly turned into a humbling, eye-opening experience'

Each year Canada Company, a non-profit organization invested in developing relationships with the business community to increase employment opportunities for Military members transitioning to civilian life, recognizes certain companies who earn the distinction of being considered Military Friendly Employers.

As a recognized Military Friendly Employer, Bison consistently hires Military veterans because the unique skill set they develop in the Forces translates very well in meeting our business needs. The current shortage of professional Drivers and heavy-duty technicians makes sourcing strong talent vital to Bison’s success, and we find Military members continue to meet our heightened expectations.

This year, the men and women of Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadian), a Canadian Forces regiment in Edmonton, Alberta, invited Bison to send a team member to their military base to gain a better understanding of the incredible sacrifice our Forces make and the unique skill sets they possess.

Follow the links to read PART I and PART II of the series.

In the third instalment of Bison’s three-part “Soldier for a Day” series, Blair Scott, the Terminal Manager for Edmonton and Langley, profiles a few of the incredible men and women he met throughout his two-day glimpse into the life of a soldier.

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Tagged with: Military, Bison, Canadian Trucking, Canada Company, Community, Trucking, Military Employment Transition, Bison Transport, Culture, Careers, Canadian Forces

Soldier for a Day (Part II): 'This regiment is the envy of the Army because of the extra support they provide for each other and military families'

Each year Canada Company, a non-profit organization invested in developing relationships with the business community to increase employment opportunities for Military members transitioning to civilian life, recognizes certain companies who earn the distinction of being considered Military Friendly Employers.

As a recognized Military Friendly Employer, Bison consistently hires Military veterans because the unique skill set they develop in the Forces translates very well in meeting our business needs. The current shortage of professional Drivers and heavy-duty technicians makes sourcing strong talent vital to Bison’s success, and we find Military members continue to meet our heightened expectations.

This year, the men and women of Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadian), a Canadian Forces regiment in Edmonton, Alberta, invited Bison to send a team member to their military base to gain a better understanding of the incredible sacrifice our Forces make and the unique skill sets they possess.

Click here to read Part I of the series.

In the second instalment of Bison’s three-part “Soldier for a Day” series, Blair Scott, the Terminal Manager for Edmonton/Langley, continues his incredible journey with Lord Strathcona’s Horse, giving you a two-day glimpse into the life of a soldier.

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Tagged with: Military, Bison, Canadian Trucking, Canada Company, Community, Army, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Careers

Soldier for a Day (Part I): 'As we travelled further off the beaten path the reality of what was in store for me began to sink in'

Each year Canada Company, a non-profit organization invested in developing relationships with the business community to increase employment opportunities for Military members transitioning to civilian life, recognizes certain companies who earn the distinction of being considered Military Friendly Employers.

As a recognized Military Friendly Employer, Bison consistently hires Military veterans because the unique skill set they develop in the Forces translates very well in meeting our business needs. The current shortage of professional Drivers and heavy-duty technicians makes sourcing strong talent vital to Bison’s success, and we find Military members continue to meet our heightened expectations.

This year, the men and women of Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadian), a Canadian Forces regiment in Edmonton, Alberta, invited Bison to send a team member to their military base to gain a better understanding of the incredible sacrifice our Forces make and the unique skill sets they possess.

In the first instalment of Bison’s three-part “Soldier for a Day” series, Blair Scott, the Terminal Manager for Edmonton/Langley, joins Lord Strathcona’s Horse, giving you a two-day glimpse into the life of a soldier.

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Tagged with: Military, Bison, Canadian Trucking, Canada Company, Community, Trucking, Bison Transport, Careers, Canadian Forces

Trucking Industry Provides Military Veterans With Successful Second Career

Bison Transport is recognized as a Military Friendly Certified Employer Partner by Canada Company. We are committed to working with transitioning Military Members and Veterans, and their spouses, as they seek employment in the civilian workplace.

The Military Employment Transition (MET) Program’s goal is to place 10,000 Veterans in civilian jobs by 2023. Bison Transport is dedicated to helping Canada Company achieve their goal by hiring Military Members and Veterans, and their spouses.

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Tagged with: Career, Military, Business, Canada Company, Veterans, Community, Trucking, Military Employment Transition, Bison Transport, MET, Culture, Canada, Transportation, award, Armed Forces, Careers, Canadian Forces, Military Friendly Employer

2016 Peterbilt 579 Tour: Safety, Fuel Efficiency & Driver Comfort Emphasized In Bison's Newest Truck

Peterbilt recently released the 2016 model of its industry leading 579 series, and Bison was quick to add them to its fleet.

Chock-full of exciting new features and improvements, the 2016 Peterbilt 579 is undoubtedly one of the best trucks on the market. Below are a few of the notable features from Peterbilt's newest piece of equipment:

  • New, aerodynamic design for improved fuel efficiency
  • Cummins ISX 450 HP, 15-litre engine, paired with Eaton's 16-speed automatic transmission
  • Unique engine/transmission combination is designed for maximum fuel efficiency, leading to an average of 8.7 MPG
  • Engine is designed to operate within 200 RPM of peak performance, regardless of weight being pulled
  • Low maintenance fairings made from robust plastic
  • Emergency cab exit via storage area access door
  • Luxurious interior including leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Self-levelling driver seat with customizable seating preferences
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Tagged with: Peterbilt 579, Canadian Trucking, Trucking Equipment, Trucking, Bison Transport, Safety, Technology, Careers, Peterbilt

Mississauga Terminal Tour: New Facility Embodies Bison's Open Culture

Of all the big announcements at Bison recently, there is perhaps none more exciting than the opening of our new terminal in Mississauga, Ontario!

The beautiful new facility, located just outside Toronto, one of the largest trade centres in the world, features a combination of traditional Bison décor and new, innovative features that make it a unique facility.

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Tagged with: Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Mississauga, Culture, Transportation, Careers

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