In addition to all three Bison companies - Bison Transport, Britton Transport and Searcy Trucking - winning the Volvo Safety Award, Bison has completed another Volvo safety trifecta, as three of our Drivers were recognized as Volvo Canada's Driver of the Year in their respective provinces this year.
Roger Maltman (Manitoba), Randy Kuryk (British Columbia) and Vern Stratton (Alberta) were each recognized as their provincial Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year for 2016, a result of their exemplary professionalism both on and off the road.
Roger Maltman, who joined Bison in 1994, was selected by the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) from a pool of 10-15 drivers who "epitomize excellence in the trucking industry."
"Roger has been a model of consistency in our organization," said Garth Pitzel, Director of Safety and Driver Development. "He has represented Bison and the transportation industry with the utmost professionalism throughout his illustrious career."
In addition to his Volvo Driver of the Year Award, Roger became the first Bison Driver to reach three million consecutive accident-free miles earlier this year. Even more impressively, Roger has run 1.8 million of his safe miles as part of Bison's long combination vehicle (LCV) network, hauling two 53-foot trailers simultaneously with a single tractor.
"Ultimately it's me behind the wheel, but there are a large group of people doing their jobs with expertise, which enables me to do mine at a high performance level," Maltman said.
Randy Kuryk, who got his start in trucking with Bison in 1987, was honored by the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) for his commitment to safety and involvement in the community, enhancing the image of the trucking industry.
"Drivers like Randy are the main component in Bison Transport having been North America's Safest Fleet for so long," Pitzel said. "Randy is a great example of what safe driving should encompass, and the level of professionalism he exhibits makes him a pleasure to work with."
After working with his father on the family farm for 10 years after high school, Randy made the switch to trucking and has really enjoyed his career behind the wheel. He says the improved quality of today's equipment has played a major role in his success.
"These trucks now are the best," Randy said, while accepting his award. "They make my job a whole lot safer and easier."
Vern Stratton, now in his 17th year with Bison, was recognized by the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) after over 30 years of safe driving.
"Safety has always been Vern's top priority, not just for himself but also for the people he shares the road with," Pitzel said. "We are proud to have nominated Vern for the AMTA Volvo Canada Driver of the Year, and know he will represent the award, Bison, our Drivers and the industry with honour."
Vern got his start in trucking while driving for his father, who has provided valuable advice throughout his career. At Bison, Vern has been a Company Driver, Lease Operator and Owner Operator and served for nine years on the Driver Advisory Board, sharing his insight and making valuable contributions to the work of the Board.
Of working for Bison Transport, Vern said: "All those awards Bison wins are so well deserved. The focus on safety and the 'people first' attitude within the company make it an amazing employer to work for."
About Bison Transport
Bison Transport is one of the largest carriers in Canada, offering award winning transportation solutions to the industry for over 46 years. Recognized by the TCA (Truckload Carriers Association) as North America's Safest Fleet, Bison is a high-service, dependable and value creating supply chain partner. Bison offers full truckload service, full service logistics, intermodal, LTL, dedicated fleet operations, yard management and warehousing & distribution. Bison is an active member of Natural Resources Canada's FleetSmart Program, as well as a SmartWay Transport Partner, a national and voluntary partnership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information, please contact:
Garth Pitzel, Director, Safety and Driver Development
Lionel Johnston, Corporate Marketing Manager