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KATE PENDRAGON | OPERATIONS MANAGER
JESSICA REID | LOGISTICS COORDINATOR
JORDAN EWART | POLICY ANALYST
KONNER SIEMENS | LOGISTICS COORDINATOR
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Kate Pendragon

Operations Manager
JJL Storage & Logistics

My name is Kate Pendragon

I am the Office/Operations manager for JJL Storage and Logistics

I have been in the trucking industry for 10 years. I am currently the operations and office manager. I do dispatch and I am in charge of making sure things run smoothly and putting out any fires that come up every day. I do all the bill of ladings and paperwork as well.

How did you get into the trucking industry? 

It just kind of happened. I was looking for a position in office administration. I started working with Richards Transport doing accounts receivable and I took an interest in it. I stayed there for five years and have continued to move forward with my career in trucking.

Has your perception of the industry changed since you started working in it? 

It has—my perception of the industry has changed. I never realized there would be such a sense of community in the industry. It doesn’t matter whether your talking to truckers from Ontario or BC, everyone really see’s the industry as a family. It is an industry full of great people.

What is your favourite thing about working in the trucking industry? 

My favourite thing about working in the trucking industry is that everyday is different. There is always a new challenge that presents itself that you need to work and flex your brain to solve.

Do you have a mentor who helped you when you first started? What is the best advice/guidance they gave you? 

At Richards Transport, Al Fisher, he was the VP of Finance there – he was great!

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in entering the industry?

My advice to anyone entering the industry is to stay organized. Things move fast and surprises are common. If you are organized, that will make your life easier.

My name is Jessica Reid.

I work for Aero Delivery

I am a logistics coordinator for operations department. I have worked in transportation since June 2011 (8 years)

How did you get into the trucking industry? 

I grew up in the industry, my father drove truck and later on him and my step mom owned their own trucks. After college I got a job as a Customer Service Rep at Yankee and I have continued from there.

Has your perception of the industry changed since you started working in it? 

Yes it has, like any industry, you expect changes and your perception will always change the more you learn. The industry has had a lot of changes over the years with increased safety, technology, and even a different mindset of drivers joining the force. Having seen these changes over the past 8 years has changed the way I viewed transportation from what I thought about it as a kid riding with my Dad to working in it and seeing it on a bigger scale

What is your favourite thing about working in the trucking industry? 

I enjoy that there are no two days a like. It is never the same thing twice. There is so much knowledge in the industry. Its not moving freight from point A to B, there is so much more that I am learning every day.

Do you have a mentor who helped you when you first started? What is the best advice/guidance they gave you?

I did have a mentor when I first started. My step mom was a driver for the same company as me. She was always my late night call to talk to about the challenges of the day or to explain things to me that I did not know. She took me out on the road for a week long LCV ride a long to help me learn the ins and outs so when my drivers called I understood equipment they were referring to problems they were having, so I could help problem solve for them. In my current role, I have a lot of mentors. We have a strong management team who all started behind the wheel, so they have advice and knowledge. The best advice and guidance I was given is always ask questions and you will be supported. Everyone wants to help!

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in entering the industry? 

My advice is to have confidence in yourself. As a female in a male dominated industry, I think you need to stand by your decision and beliefs to gain respect from others and to show that you understand what you are talking about and believe what you are talking about.

How has working in the trucking industry provided you new opportunities to grow in your career?

Working in the trucking industry has opened up a whole new career that I didn’t even know I was going to get involved in. I have a management degree in the hotel and restaurant industry, so it was a big change for me but I feel the principles of management have been applied to trucking and it has given me opportunity to move forward from a CSR role to a supervisor role.

What do you think is the most important story the trucking industry has to tell?

I think the most important story the trucking industry has to tell is it takes a community. We cant get anything anywhere without the trucking industry. I think that people do not see how big trucking is in the world. They bring your food and your clothes and I think the transportation has so much to share with the world.

A common misconception of the industry is that trucking companies lack good business practices…Being an employee of a trucking company, what has been the best part about being employed by a trucking business?

The best part about being employed by a trucking business is the opportunity. We don’t just throw freight on a trailer and say go – there are rules and procedures to ensure safety

What might you tell a parent who was hesitant on letting their young daughter find a career in the trucking industry?

What might I tell a parent about letting their daughter into the industry… I think the industry is changing. It is not how we used to view it. It doesn’t have the same types of drivers that people used to fear. Today we have women involved in safety and in other roles. Trucking is more than driving—so maybe your not co nfident on the road, but that doesn’;t mean there isn’t a place for you. There is safety, HR, there’s storage, operations, accounting, finance, all that type of stuff wehre females can fit in and the more females we attract the more we will drive the negativity away from the indsuty

How would you say that safety is prioritized each day in your work and in the industry?

At our company, we have a Safety and Compliance officer who is out in the yard everyday, checking on the operations of the business and making himself available. Safety has been taking a huge step in the industry over the last few year.s More people are getting certification to provide better training to industry professionals.

What do you think the future of the trucking industry looks like?

I think the future of the trucking industry look very digital. E-logs are rolling out to be mandatory, trucks are changing, there are no longer manuals. Getting drivers using there phones and using tablets. AS soon as deliveries are done customers have an invoice. I think tech is going to play a huge role

Where do you think that young people fit into the trucking industry?

I think young people fit into the industry as our future. As drivers get older and retire, we need to bring in new drivers, we need to bring in young people into the offices. It gives you a different view on safety and how to do the job and it will bring a new perspective to the industry., Young people are needed as we cannot hang onto everyone forever.

Jessica Reid

Logistics Coordinator
Aero Delivery

Jordan Ewart

Policy Analyst
Saskatchewan
Trucking
Association

My name is Jordan Ewart.

I work as a Policy Analyst for the Saskatchewan Trucking Association. I have been in this role since early 2019.

How did you get into the trucking industry?

I had a connection inside the STA and an opportunity presented itself to come and do some policy work. I had no prior experience in the trucking industry and never thought this would be an industry I would get involved in.

Has your perception of the industry changed since you started working in it?

My perception of the industry has changed without a doubt. I had no idea what to expect coming into this role. I thought this would be a stop gap for my career, however, as the months go by, I see a long-term career for myself within it. Trucking is a professional industry with a passionate group of people working in it. Often, I find that trucking is looked at as a last resort career or a meaningless career. I’ve done more meaningful work in 7 months than I have in the past five years.

What is your favourite things about working in the trucking industry?

Trucking is the backbone of the Saskatchewan economy. Having the opportunity to work for an association that advocates for and represents trucking in Saskatchewan has been an exciting experience for me.

Do you have a mentor who helped you when you first started? What is the best advice/guidance they gave you?

I would say my mentor is Nicole Sinclair. Nicole was the former policy analyst for the STA and has been a tremendous help for me getting up to speed, feeling confident, and recognizing the steps I need to take to be successful in my role. Best advice I have been given is to set goals. Goal setting is so important and gives me direction and purpose each day I come to work. This would be the best advice I have been given.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in entering the industry?

To remember that you will not learn everything in a day – and to go at your pace. It is a supportive industry, and everyone wants one another to be successful.

How has working in the trucking industry provided you new opportunities to grow in your career?

Being in the trucking industry has provided me new opportunities to learn and grow as a person. The STA has provided me with opportunities to interact with the government, our board of directors and other regulatory officials which has been helpful to my growth being so new to the trucking industry.

What do you think is the most important story the trucking industry has to tell?

I think the most important story trucking must tell is that there is room for everyone. Whether you grew up around trucking or have a community development background, your skills can be transferred to the trucking industry. It is a profession of more than just truck drivers and as people learn this, I believe the industry will become an attractive option to young people embarking on their careers.

How would you say that safety is prioritized each day in your work and in the industry?

Safety is at the core of the industry and is prioritized in everything trucking companies do. Although I do not work for a carrier, I am a part of an association that advocates for safety. We want safe roads for everyone in Saskatchewan, and we all have a role in ensuring that.

Where do you think that young people fit into the trucking industry today?

I think that if young people are passionate, thoughtful and want to make a difference—that there is a place for them in the trucking industry. Trucking has a bright future with technology leading the way. The industry is evolving and my short experience in it tells me that there is room for everyone.

My name is Konner Siemens.

I work for Edge Transportation, it’s a flat deck trucking company and I am a logistics coordinator and CSR Rep.I have been working in the trucking industry for 8 years – 7 of those years with the Siemens Transportation Group

How did you get into the trucking industry?

I have been involved in the transportation industry pretty much my whole life. It has been a family business so being a 3rd generation is employee is something that I am very proud of.

Has your perception of the industry changed since you started working in it?

My perception of the industry I would say has been steady my entire life. I have always had a positive outlook on the industry as it is the livelihood for me and my family.

What is your favourite things about working in the trucking industry?

My favourite thing about working in the transportation industry is its never the same. Day in and day out it is something new. Whether it is something your learning or working on, there is always something new and different that makes my job exciting.

Do you have a mentor who helped you when you first started? What is the best advice/guidance they gave you?

My mentor is my Dad, Tom Siemens. He is always the first one to provide me with solutions and advice, but also critique on decisions that I make. Positive feedback is huge. He has been involved in the industry for 35 plus years, so he knows his way around and is always there to provide me with solutions. The best advice I have received from Tom is to be confident and sure of your decisions. Do not second guess yourself, but also don’t be afraid to ask questions when your unsure.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in entering the industry?

My advice to someone entering the industry would be to not come into the industry with a negative perception. Trucking is so much more than just drivers and dispatchers. There really is a niche position for anyone who wants to work in the trucking industry.

How has working in the trucking industry provided you new opportunities to grow in your career?

For me, the trucking industry has provided me with countless opportunities. As well, because it is a family business, I’ve had opportunities to learn and grow whether its at home or at work daily, I’ve been given so many opportunities because of my family.

What do you think is the most important story the trucking industry has to tell?

I think the most important story the trucking industry has to tell is that its not just the perception that it has, it is a lot more. People think trucking involves a driver and the load and that’s it, but there is so much more to it than that. There are career options available and if we could spread awareness I think we would start seeing new people entering into the trucking industry.

A common misconception of the industry is that trucking companies lack good business practices…Being an employee of a trucking company, what has been the best part about being employed by a trucking business?

The business practices at Edge Transportation are with the utmost positive intention and to provide everyone here with a safe and comfortable work environment with the intention of keeping drivers moving and money going into pockets.

How would you say that safety is prioritized each day in your work and in the industry?

I would say that safety in the industry and on my side of things, we always have to make sure we are obtaining the proper information from our customers to relay to our dispatchers who can then tell the drivers the proper procedures they need to take whether it’s the loading or unloading of the truck, trucking is all about safety and needs to be acknowledged and a top priority at all times.

Where do you think that young people fit into the trucking industry today?

I think that if young people are passionate, thoughtful and want to make a difference—that there is a place for them in the trucking industry. Trucking has a bright future with technology leading the way. The industry is evolving and my short experience in it tells me that there is room for everyone.

Konner Siemens

Logistics Coordinator
Edge Transportation

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