How It All Began
The year was 1937, and although the province of Saskatchewan had only 132 miles of paved road to accompany 2,402 miles of gravel, it was blessed with an energetic group of truckers who felt there was a need to present a united voice when dealing with the provincial government. Thus was born the Saskatchewan Motor Transport Association (SMTA).
In the late 1950s, the organization changed its name to the current Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA). Over the years it has helped the industry fight its battles in everything from deregulation to weights and measures. It has always been there to represent the industry in discussions with government. From city halls to the Saskatchewan Legislature to the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, the STA has always represented Saskatchewan truck transport with strength, pride and honesty, reflecting the industry for which it speaks.
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the STA, this special logo was designed for 2017.
In May 2016, the STA decided it was time to create a new image. Some of us will fondly remember the red truck in our old logo but we are going through a time of revitalization and modernization which just seemed to call for a change. Change is good!
As to be expected with an organization about to turn 80, the logo has changed several times.
The trucking industry has changed significantly since our beginnings in 1937...and so has our Association.
AGM Conventions ...A Rich History!
Waiting to See the Minister of Highways about Rate Increase in 1962
Why has the STA survived and been successful?
"The STA has continued to flourish due to the dedication of its Board members and its membership. And we can't forget the daily contributions of staff that often toil in the background while making the organization tick. We've been fortunate in maintaining strong working relationships with governments, regulators, stakeholders and other truck transport organizations across Canada and the US."
Executive Director (2008 - 2016)
1974 AGM in Regina
1983 Board of Directors
1973 AGM in Saskatoon
35th STA Convention with Minister of Highways & Transportation Neil Byers
1986 Board of Directors
Service to Industry Award
A long-standing tradition...
1968 Harv Wilkening
1975 Dean Bowerin
1982 Dave Ridsdale
- Basil Hindmarsh
- Tom Atkinson Sr.
- George Peacock
- George Solomon
- George Smith
- Pete Maiers
- Moose Jaw: Dave Skingle & James McLellan
- Regina: Harold McElroy, Sam Poland & Adam Pounder
- Saskatoon: Jack Lewis & J. Byers
A History in Training Commercial Drivers
Although the STA is no longer a truck driving school, and we no longer have tractor/trailers, we still offer training for commercial drivers in a variety of topics related to safety and compliance.
The truck driving school ceased operations in 2011, but the STA continues to provide classroom training related to safety and compliance.
The Wallace Street training facility is part of our history and has been part of many truck driver's beginnings. Our future training facility will continue to assist the next generation with their training needs.