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Safe Driving Rewards Program Issues Over $27 Million To Drivers

As safety becomes increasingly prevalent in the transportation industry, safe driving rewards programs are becoming more and more common. With drivers looking for opportunities to increase their earnings, companies are offering significant financial rewards to drivers who have a proven track record of safety on the road.

As the industry leader in safety, Bison Transport's Safe Driving Rewards Program (SDRP) was one of the first of its kind and has proven to be one of the most successful rewards programs in the transportation space. Established in 2005, Bison's SDRP has issued over $27 million in financial rewards to its Drivers since its inception.


Roger has completed over 3.25 million consecutive safe driving miles.

"The Safe Driving Rewards Program gives us a monetary incentive to focus on safety, working our way up the bonus scale mile by mile, with a sense of pride," said Roger Maltman, a Bison Driver who is on pace to reach 3.5 million safe driving miles this year.

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Tagged with: Bison, Canadian Trucking, Trucking, Bison Transport, Safety, Transportation, Careers

Canada/US Northeast Short Haul: Non-Stop In The Northeast

With a wide variety of lifestyle options, Bison works closely with our Drivers to find a run and schedule that best suits their needs. Recently, it has been our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet that is experiencing strong growth, and the reason is simple: our Drivers are making more and working less, so they’re able to spend more time at home with family and friends.

Nicolo “Tiny” Caleca, who has been driving with Bison since October 2008, recently made the move from Open Board to our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet and is really enjoying his new lifestyle.


Tiny recently switched to the Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Fleet and enjoys his new lifestyle.


“Before I switched I was running a 70-hour cycle and out for roughly two weeks at a time, so there were never really any set days off to be at home with the family,” Tiny said. “Now I have a steady start date and steady home time, so I get the weekend off and I can still have a social life and a family life.”

In addition to getting time off each week, our Canada/US Northeast Short Haul Drivers, who can be based out of Mississauga, Ottawa or Dorval, run round trips into the Northeast United States, meaning they are able to get home between runs every two or three nights.

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Tagged with: Career, Canadian Trucking, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Safety, Road Stories, Careers, Canada/US Northeast Short Haul

Becoming An Owner Operator: What It's Like To Be Your Own Boss

Making the decision to become an Owner Operator truck driver can be a complicated one, but Bison is providing you with several resources to keep you as informed as possible as you determine whether being an Owner Operator is the right choice for you.

We recently shared an infographic showing the pros and cons of being a Company Driver and an Owner Operator, and have also released a video series featuring one of our Owner Operators:

Meet Muhammad. He is a professional Driver and has been an Owner Operator with Bison since 2015 and has over 350,000 safe driving miles. In this series, Muhammad talks about: preparing meals on the road, the misconceptions of Owner Operator earnings, the perks of being an Owner Operator and what it's like to be your own boss.

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Tagged with: Canadian Trucking, Business, Bison Transport, Culture, Careers, Owner Operator, Owner Operator careers, Owner Operator Jobs

Blazing Toward A Cure: Bison Teams Up To End Cancer

With CancerCare Manitoba's Challenge for Life event set to take place this weekend, the Blazing Bisons are in the final stages of a fundraising campaign that has spanned several months and put them at the top of the corporate standings!

Having raised over $100,000 already, the Blazing Bisons are the top corporate team participating in the Challenge for Life and that number includes only the individual fundraising efforts. Bison's Challenge for Life team members have put in countless hours raising money through a variety of initiatives, from baking cupcakes to making quilts.

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Tagged with: Bison Cares, Canadian Trucking, Community, Bison Transport, Culture, Wellness, Challenge For Life, fundraising, Cancer, CancerCare Manitoba

Bison Launches 3-Trailer XLCV Configuration (April Fools!)

UPDATE: Thank you for all of your comments. While we are still highly focused on sustainability and safety we will not be launching the XLCV fleet. April Fool Day!!!”

Original Post Below:

Bison Transport is excited to announce the launch of its 3-Trailer Extra Long Combination Vehicle (XLCV) Fleet, effective immediately.

At over 160 feet in length, the three-trailer configuration is designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The new configuration will also allow Bison to move more freight at greater speeds throughout the continent, improving our expedited operations and allowing us to better serve our diverse customer base. To the surprise of many, initial research has also proven that the three trailer configuration is the safest on the road, furthering Bison's reputation as North America's Safest Fleet.

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Tagged with: Manitoba Trucking Association, Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Technology, XLCV

Bison Goes To School: Team Members Work With Local Students To Promote Literacy

It’s no secret that child literacy rates correlate strongly with future success, and with a recent study demonstrating that the number of books in a child’s home is linked directly to academic achievement, the need for promotion of reading, and access to the necessary resources, at a young age has never been greater.

In an effort to promote the importance of literacy in our community, several Bison Transport team members joined Corus Entertainment and First Book Canada this morning to donate books to kids at Winnipeg’s Brooklands School and had the opportunity to sit down and read with them afterward.

"Price is the number one barrier to book ownership." - First Book Canada

Grade one and two students from Brooklands were treated to an exciting presentation by Maureen Fergus, author of The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, before signed copies of the book were given to each student to take home and keep. After the presentation, volunteers from Bison and Corus Entertainment read with the students and gave each of them additional books to take home.

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Tagged with: Bison Cares, Canadian Trucking, Business, Community, Culture, Bison Mission and Core Values, Bison Transport. Bison, Brooklands School, Corus Entertainment, First Book Canada, Literacy

Becoming North America's Safest Fleet: Our Safety Story


After building a foundation of industry-leading service throughout the 1970s and '80s, Bison made safety the focal point of its business in the '90s and has been recognized as North America's Safest Fleet 10 consecutive times since.

In an industry like ours, time is of the essence. With goods being moved all over North America, and all under tight deadlines, shippers, carriers and drivers are always under pressure to get a load to a destination on time. Sometimes, that means bending the rules and putting their drivers and their business at risk.

Today, there are still many carriers doing whatever they can get away with to get a job done and considering any fines that come with it to be the cost of doing business. Even at Bison, where we’ve been recognized as North America’s Safest Fleet for 10 consecutive years, there was a time many years ago when our safety protocol lacked.

That all changed in 1993, when Bison had its “day of reckoning.” The US Department of Transportation (DOT) did an audit and their findings were unsatisfactory. The result was immediate action from our owner, Duncan Jessiman, who stated that from that point on we would run a legal business. Gone were the days of fudging log books and bending the rules - skirting the boundaries was no longer an option.

But this was about more than just being legal, the new approach meant a complete culture change within our organization. Safety would no longer be viewed as a compliance requirement at Bison, it would become the focal point of our business.

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Tagged with: Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Safety, Driver Development, Skills Development

Be Recognized By The Most Recognized!

It’s been an exciting week at Bison, as we earned the TCA’s Grand Prize National Fleet Safety Award, were named 2016’s Overall Best Fleet to Drive For and have also been recognized by Forbes as one of Canada’s Best Employers of 2016.

The Forbes award makes Bison one of 250 employers who were chosen based on the results of an independent survey conducted among 8,000 Canadian employees working at large companies and institutions from 25 industry sectors. Employees were contacted anonymously online without the involvement of their employer.

Bison was the only trucking company to be recognized, and one of just 12 organizations on the list from the transportation sector.

We take a lot of pride in our people at Bison, and understand that none of the recognition we receive as an organization would be possible without the collective efforts of our incredible workforce, led by our Professional Drivers and Contractors.

With that in mind, Bison has created one of the industry’s most comprehensive Driver recognition programs. From safety incentives to mileage milestones, we’ve got you covered:

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Tagged with: Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, Safety, TCA, Careers, Best Fleet to Drive For, Forbes, Top Canadian Employers

Celebrating Women at Bison

To celebrate women in the transportation industry, Bison is excited to share several stories from women who have had great success in our business. We encourage you to keep up with us as we continue share stories about women in trucking and work to expand the impact of women in trucking.

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Tagged with: Women with Drive, Women in Trucking, Bison, Canadian Trucking, Business, Women, Community, Trucking, Bison Transport, Culture, International Women's Day

ELD Mandate: Impact on Shippers

It’s clear to see that the impending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will have a major impact on professional Drivers and their carriers, but how will it affect shippers?

Just as ELDs can be used to maximize efficiency gains for Drivers and carriers, shippers will also have an opportunity to increase their revenues by streamlining their processes.

With this new technology, a Driver’s clock can’t be stopped once it’s running, so shippers have to focus on how to maximize a Driver’s time to ensure loads can be delivered on-time and within the law.

Bending the rules is no longer an option, and pressuring a Driver to ignore hours of service regulations is certain to be a costly decision under the new mandate.

But more than just having an impact on the ability to move individual loads, the ELD mandate is likely to influence how shippers select carriers and vice versa.

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Tagged with: Canadian Trucking, Business, trucking regulation, Trucking, Bison Transport, ELD Mandate, Safety, Technology, ELDs, E-logs

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