AMTA names new IRT Director

The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) is pleased to introduce Martin Thomsen as our new Injury and Reduction Training Director. Martin comes to the AMTA from Lethbridge College where he’s spent the last five years as Dean of the Centre of Justice and Human Services. Martin also spent time as chair and instructor of the School of Justice Studies as well as director of the Centre for Advancement in Community Justice.

Prior to joining Lethbridge College, Martin spent 13 years as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) officer, including Chief Constable. During his years in the field, he worked with Lethbridge College to develop and deliver several commercial vehicle related courses, and was eventually asked to join Lethbridge College as a faculty member.

With his strong commercial vehicle background, he worked directly with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch (CVEB) to design and develop the Commercial Vehicle Recruit Training program. He was instrumental in writing/developing the courses and instructed many of them. Also, he developed and delivered an Effective Teaching Practices course for CVEB and various National Safety Code courses and programs.

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AMTA new member announcements
The AMTA is pleased to welcome new Carrier members Alta West Bus Charters (2009) Ltd., Arrow Transportation Systems Inc., Dueck Brothers Trucking, EW Transport, Fuel Flo Logistics and Mustang Freightways. Also taking membership in the AMTA are new Supplier Members, J D Factors and Hitachi Capital Canada.

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PIC names new director, announces member engagement sessions
After a full recruitment and selection process, and vetting by the PIC Advisory Council, Andrew Barnes has been selected as the acting director for the Partners in Compliance program. Andrew will manage the PIC program while continuing to act as director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs.

PIC has also announced it will be facilitating Member Engagement Sessions in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and Grande Prairie on July 31, Aug. 1, Aug. 8 and Aug. 9. These sessions will be instrumental in building a new relationship with new PIC director Andrew Barnes as well as aid in the development of a three-year PIC business plan. To attend a session, please contact PIC coordinator Matthew Greene at 780-395-6146, or matthew.greene@amta.ca.

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Leduc interchange design jointly funded
Edmonton International Airport (EIA), the City of Leduc and the Government of Alberta are partnering to fund design work for a new Leduc interchange. The interchange, at 65 Avenue and the QEII highway, is the next step in connecting industrial development south of Leduc’s 65 Avenue with the EIA’s Perimeter Road.

The province, the City of Leduc and the EIA are each contributing $1.2 million for the design work. The interchange would help reduce congestion on this busy part of the QEII, while providing a major new connection to developments in Leduc and at the EIA.

Leduc is part of one of the fastest growing regions in Alberta and attracts business and investment from around the world. The proposed interchange would support this growth by helping reduce traffic entering the QEII at both Highway 39 and Airport Road by providing an alternate route to the west end of Leduc.

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