New board for AMTA

Grant Mitchell, president and CEO of RTL-Westcan Group of Companies has been officially announced as the AMTA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2017-18.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the great work that previous leaders have done for the organization and industry, and to working with all our top-tier leaders across the province and the country” said Mitchell.

Joining Mitchell on the AMTA’s 2017 Board of Directors:
• Senior Vice-Chairman: Doug Paisley, Lethbridge Truck Terminal
• Vice-Chairman: Chris Nash, Jones Transportation
• Immediate Past-Chairman: Gene Orlick, Orlicks Transport
• Past Chairman: Dan Duckering, Duckerings Transport
• Past Chairman: Carl Rosenau, Rosenau Transport Ltd.
• Past Chairman: Richard Warnock, Richard Warnock Transportation Consulting Ltd.
• Past Chairman: Greg Sokil, Sokil Transportation/Edmonton Transfer Ltd.
• Northeast Regional Director: Rod Shopland, Night Hawk Truck Lines Inc.
• Southern Regional Director: Rick Boulay, Inland Concrete
• Fort McMurray Regional Director: Jude Groves, Diversified Transportation
• Calgary Regional Director: Brian Baumann, Sobey’s West Inc.
• Central Regional Director: Cam Jesse, Ferus Inc.
• Northwest Regional Director: Gary Heaven, Regulators Oilfield Hauling Ltd.
• Edmonton Regional Director: David Schmidt, Lafarge Canada Inc.
• Director at Large: Jane Douziech, Seaboard Transport
• Director at Large: Ken Rosenau, Rosenau Transport Ltd.
• Director at Large: Don Achtemichuk, ATS Healthcare
• Director at Large: Real Durand, Bison Transport
• Director at Large: Matt Faure, Trimac Transportation
• Director at Large: Dave Hewlett, Loblaws Companies Ltd.
• Director at Large: Sid Heeneman, Stonehammer Transport Inc.
• Director at Large: Sunny Punian, Syndicate Transport

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AMTA picks Spacemakers Construction
The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) has named Spacemakers Construction as the design-build contractor for its new training facility in Edmonton.

In January, the AMTA, in conjunction with Edmonton International Airport (EIA), announced a new educational facility and five-acre test track – the third component of the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre at EIA. The scope and preliminary design was approved April 28 by the AMTA board, and construction will start this summer.

“Spacemakers is excited and proud to be working with the AMTA on their new Edmonton International Airport project,” said Mike Meyer, Spacemakers General Manager, Marketing & Sales. “As we embark on this journey, together we will build something remarkable for generations of world class transportation excellence.”

The nearly 20,000 sq. ft. facility and adjacent five-acre test driving track will be located on the northeast section of EIA between RedTail Landing Golf Course and 36 Street East. The facility will also include a driving simulation trainer, enabling AMTA to conduct complete training for commercial drivers all in one location. Safety training will also be provided in the new AMTA facility.

Since 1984, Spacemakers has completed a wide-range of developments, including the AMTA’s Calgary office.The estimated completion of the building is late summer 2018.

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Mullen Group acquires Envolve Energy Service
Mullen Group Ltd. has acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Envolve Energy Services Corp., a privately owned, Grande Prairie-based well disposal company. Prior to the transaction’s closing, Mullen Group owned 37.9% of Envolve.

Envolve provides well disposal services at a Class II facility located south of Grande Prairie that can handle over 1,000 cubic meters of fluid per day. The facility commenced operations in 2015 and is situated in the Montney resource play with ideal access from primary transportation routes.

Murray K. Mullen, Chairman and CEO, said, “This is exactly the type of acquisition that we look for and validates why we make minority investments alongside entrepreneurs. Over the last two years, we worked in collaboration with the founders of Envolve to define their business model and support the capital requirements of their New Build Strategy… This acquisition will expand our footprint into what is recognized by many as one of the best resource plays in North America and, more importantly, it will provide our organization with a new growth platform. As drilling activity recovers from the latest downturn, additional strategically located disposal well facilities will undoubtably be required.”

Mullen added, “Envolve has a first-class disposal facility situated in an active drilling area, which is absolutely crucial to maximize the capital invested. More importantly from my perspective and the principle reason why we acquired full ownership in Envolve, is the quality of the people. They are talented, competitive and have a desire to grow the business. And we have the balance sheet to support their New Build Strategy. I want to especially acknowledge Murray Head, who had the vision to start and build Envolve. He convinced us two years ago that he could put together a first-class management team and build a quality well disposal facility in the Grande Prairie region. He was right!”

Mullen Group owns a network of independently operated businesses. The corporation is recognized as one of the leading suppliers of trucking and logistics services in Canada and provides a wide range of specialized transportation and related services to the oil and natural gas industry in western Canada – two sectors of the economy in which Mullen Group has strong business relationships and industry leadership. 

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New member announcements
The AMTA is happy to welcome new Carrier Members Torque Rathole Drilling Inc., Evans Consoles, Kings Alliance Group Inc. MAC-D Trucking Ltd., Maxxam Analytics, Chaschin Forestry, S.O.R.E. Oilfield Services, Bhullar Trucking Ltd., A-1 Towing, Auto Express and Expediting; 4L Holdings Heaven Ltd., Walton’s Truck Service Ltd. Capital Towing and Recovery, FRIELEM55 Inc., Hashir Enterprises Inc., Divine Flooring, and Paradise Moving Services Inc.

Also welcome to Supplier Members Cambridge Station Consulting, Western Star Trucks, PeopleNet
Canada, Coast 2 Coast Pages, Spectrum Equipment PERI Formwork Systems Inc., Bell Canada, and Crestcom.

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Crestcom’s Bullet Proof Manager Leadership Development Series
The AMTA is happy to offer its members the Crestcom Bullet Proof® Manager Series. Training people for over 25 years across Canada and worldwide, Crestcom offers this comprehensive management-training program where current and future leaders connect and grow.

Your company leaders will receive 48 hours of accredited classroom training in either Calgary or Edmonton. In the once-a-month, half-day seminar, supervisors and managers will explore two topics per month that teach managers how to manage… providing your team with skills critical to your company’s growth including hiring, managing change, negotiation skills, customer service and team building. They’ll work alongside peers from other industries to expand their knowledge of management techniques and generate real business results through the people they lead.

As well, AMTA members receive a 10% discount off the $5,000 tuition. Members are also eligible for assistance in filing government forms associated with the Canada-Alberta Job Grant that, if approved, will refund 2/3 of your training investment, making the program net $1,500. Now more than ever could be the time to develop your team’s leadership skills with a proven process that’s budget friendly too.

For more information contact Crestcom’s Alberta Area Representative Ken Strilchuk at 403-807-6491 or

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Senior levels of government announce highways investment
Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation have announced funding for 10 bundled highway rehabilitation and improvement projects in the province.

A release from the province said the federal government is providing funding for up to 50% of eligible costs for the projects – almost $255 million – and the Government of Alberta is investing more than $279 million, for an estimated total of $535 million.

“The Government of Canada’s investments in trade and transportation infrastructure will build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to regional and international markets and help Canadian businesses to compete, grow and create more jobs for Canada’s middle class,” said Sohi. “These investments in highway infrastructure across Alberta will support economic growth and provide safer and more efficient transportation routes for Canadians.”

“By working with our federal counterparts, we are able to do even more to improve highways, connect communities and enhance the movement of goods and services across Alberta,” said Mason. “The projects will also pay long-term dividends by supporting new economic growth while reducing congestion and increasing safety for Albertans.”

Among the 10 bundles are Highway 2, Highway 43, Highway 63 and bridge renewal across the province.

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Women Building Futures announces new partnership
Over 300 employers choose Women Building Futures (WBF) to help recruit and train women for the transportation, construction, and maintenance industries. In fact, many WBF programs are entirely driven and funded by industry partners. Each year, WBF has been able to add new programs and capacities on the basis of the generous support of industry leaders who want to see their sectors evolve.

Women Building Futures has announced that Caron Transportation Systems and RTL-Westcan Group of Companies have provided their support to sponsoring a new Professional Class 1 Driver program, paying the tuition for 12 women to be trained as entry-level professional drivers. Graduates of the program have the potential for full time, permanent year-round employment with our sponsors, and the opportunity to live and work in Edmonton and surrounding areas. This program is officially endorsed by the AMTA.

The Professional Class 1 Driver program starts on July 31, 2017, with an application deadline of May 25, 2017 to allow for the comprehensive WBF screening process, which includes fitness to work and D&A testing with SureHire Occupational Testing, a long-time WBF partner.

In partnership with the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA), students of the 10-week program will receive five safety certifications, a value of over $2,000, along with an Alberta Class 1 certification, tools and engines workshops, job shadowing, ride-a longs, work productivity, and best practices for working in transportation. These students will join the ranks of over 1,000 graduates who have received unrivalled preparedness for the realities of a new career from WBF.

“This new partnership will enable women to take their training with WBF and provide potential employment with our company sponsors,” said Jacqueline Andersen, Director Industry Relations of Women Building Futures. “This is good for women and good for the employers who will hire them.”

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