Multi-Modal Labour and Skills Shortages Symposium Invitation

Multi-Modal Labour and Skills Shortages Symposium Invitation


Transport Canada would like to invite you to attend a virtual Multi-Modal Symposium on Labour and Skills Shortages in the transportation sector. The theme of the Symposium is “addressing labour and skills shortages by increasing participation of underrepresented groups.” 

The Symposium will bring together industry, academia, government, and other representatives to discuss labour and skills shortages in the transportation sector. Discussion will focus on the barriers and solutions to increase the participation of underrepresented groups (including youth, women, Indigenous Persons, and ethnic or racial minorities) in the sector.  

Event details: 

  • The Symposium will be held virtually over two half-daysPlease find attached the draft agenda. 
    • Day 1 will be held on November 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST). 
    • Day 2 will be held on November 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST). 
  • Agenda (attached). 

Register your attendance at: Multi-Modal Symposium on Labour and Skills Shortages in the Transportation Sector 

We invite you to share this registration link with others in your organization, relevant regional associations, and any companies that are actively engaged in advancing the participation of underrepresented groups. Additionally, we request that you register before Wednesday, November 8th. 

 Why you should attend: 

  • Increase your knowledge and awareness of government actions to address labour and skills shortages;  
  • Share your views and learn from others to support improved actions by governments, industry, and other partners to recruit and retain underrepresented groups in the transportation sector; and 
  • Explore individual and collective actions to address labour and skills shortages. 

Complete this survey: 

Your feedback is important to us. Please take the time to complete this voluntary survey, which will help inform discussions during the Awareness, Promotion, and Outreach break-out room session of the Symposium agenda. 

Contact Information: 

For inquiries, or any additional information, please contact us at     

We look forward to welcoming you to the Symposium. 

Download the following attachment:
Symposium Agenda – Ordre du jour du Symposium

Thank you,

Melanie Vanstone
Director General
Multi-Modal and Road Safety Programs
Transport Canada

Mike grew up on a beef farm in rural Southwestern Ontario in Huron County and began his career in the Trucking Industry in 1990 at the age of 18. Mike spent three years working for a local carrier Hauling Livestock and bulk agriculture products. At the age of 21 Mike went to work for a long Haul Refrigerated and general freight carrier and spent 5 years hauling freight in all 48 US Mainland States and 6 Canadian Provinces. The Carrier then opened a Certified Driver Training School in 1998 and Mike came off the road to become one of the Schools First Certified Driver Trainers. In 2000 Mike Transitioned into Safety and Compliance for the Fleet, while still working part time as a Trainer for the School. In 2002 Mike moved over to a Private Fleet and became the Safety, Compliance, Maintenance and Training manager for the Hensall District Co-operative’s Commercial Trucking Fleet. Mike spent the next 12.5 years with Hensall and oversaw the Fleets as it grew from 40 Trucks in 2002 to over 160 in 2015. In January of 2015 Mike moved into the Trucking Association business and was named the President of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, where he remains in his current role.