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Doug Ladds of Guelph, Ontario, Named TCA’s 2007 Company Equipment Driver of the Year

Paradise Island, The Bahamas:

Doug Ladds of Guelph, Ontario, a company driver for MacKinnon Transport, Inc., also of Guelph, Ontario, has been named the grand prize winner in the 2007 Company Equipment Driver of the Year Contest sponsored by Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), Detroit Diesel and Truckers News. The announcement was made March 3rd during TCA’s Annual Convention at The Atlantis Resort.

The Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest honors the top company drivers based on their excellent safety records, unblemished work histories, and community and industry involvement.

Ladds has been a truck driver for 24 years, working for MacKinnon Transport since 1994. During his career, he has logged more than 3.6 million accident-free truckload kilometers. A member of his company’s Driver-trainer Team for 14 years, Ladds is now the Head Driver Trainer. He has attained certification as a Certified Professional Driver and is a member of the executive board for the MacKinnon Transport Drivers Association. Ladds is also the first driver to attain the President level of MacKinnon’s Road Masters Program, an initiative designed to recognize both a driver’s safety-first attitude and his general knowledge of the trucking industry.

Ladds is currently serving a two-year term on the Ontario Trucking Association’s Road Knight Team, a select group of ten truck drivers who speak to the media, students, civic groups, driving schools and other interested parties about the trucking industry, safety and sharing the road with trucks.

In 2001, Ladds received TCA’s Highway Angel Award for assisting three young motorists in a burning vehicle.

When not driving a truck, Ladds is an avid motorcycle enthusiast, with many kilometers logged with the Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers. As the senior road captain, he provides safety training for group rides and explains emergency procedures and maneuvers. He also volunteers for the annual Santa Claus parade held in his community.

In the contest application presented to TCA on Ladds’ behalf, Jeff Lehmann, safety and compliance manager for MacKinnon Transport, writes: “Doug Ladds is genuinely concerned about the Transportation Industry. He portrays the image of a tractor-trailer driver with a courteous, professional attitude. This is reflected by his continued efforts to enhance and elevate his personal knowledge and also to share his experience within the industry.”

As the Grand Prize winner, Ladds will receive the following prizes:

  • A Cummins engine-powered Dodge Ram pick-up truck
  • All-expense paid trip for two to the Grand Ole Opry
  • Roundtrip airfare for two to anywhere in the continental U.S.
  • A GPS navigation system
  • $10,000 in cash
  • $5,750 in truckstop gift cards
  • $500 truck parts gift certificate

Note: Publications that would like to receive a photograph of this winner accepting his award should contact Deborah Sparks after March 7, 2008, at (703) 838-1950 or