TORONTO, Ont.—Trucking HR Canada launched its Women with Drive 2015 Leadership Summit today with a panel session moderated by Canadian Shipper Editor Julia Kuzeljevich. The panel examined ‘Best Practices from Other Industries’ on the recruitment and retention of women into industries where they are currently under-represented, and which share a commitment to increasing and supporting more women in their workforce.
Speakers included JudyLynn Archer, president and CEO of Women Building Futures (WBF), a grassroots organization and strategic workforce development partner for the construction industry, Michelle Branigan, chief executive director, Electricity Human Resources Canada, a national organization with a mandate to identify and address HR issues facing the electricity industry, and Denise McLean, a senior associate with Graybridge Malkam, which specializes in workplace diversity and inclusion.
Speakers addressed strategies around education, awareness, safety training, understanding workplace culture, targeting underemployed women, and better onboarding techniques to encourage retention.
Examples from these industries can help the transportation industry as a whole gain better knowledge of techniques, issues and strategies that could help the industry employ more women.
Trucking HR Canada’s Women With Drive National Project aims to raise awareness among women of the various career opportunities that exist in the trucking and freight transportation industry, raise awareness among employers of recruitment and retention practices that can better support the integration of women into the workforce, and develop practical tools to support connecting women with careers in trucking and freight transportation.
Trucking HR Canada has spearheaded the development of a national advisory committee which will lead the development of an employment action plan for women in the trucking industry.
This plan will include:
A national employment strategy
Identification of best practices
Identification of challenges, including existing barriers
Promoting the trucking industry as an industry of choice for women
Julia Kuzeljevich is Editor of Canadian Shipper. She has been writing about transportation and logistics issues since 1999. All posts by Julia Kuzeljevich