In commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA), Executive Director Jean-Marc Picard presented Special Recognition Awards to deserving members that have put in years of dedication and continued support contributing to the success of the APTA.
McConnell Transport was one of 20 recipients of this award!
Pictured, left to right: APTA Executive Director Jean-Marc Picard, McKenzie McConnell, Larry McConnell
During a recent ‘Jeans Friday’ event, the Staff determined which group will receive the funds raised by a small donation to wear jeans on Fridays.
The local School District Breakfast Program is administered by the Volunteer Family Services/Food Bank and we are pleased to share a picture of Sandra Olmstead of VFS accepting the Staff Donation from Shannon Tompkins, Recruiter for McConnell Transport.
Check out the Facebook page for Volunteer Family Services!
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), the country’s national trucking group, in conjunction with the provincial trucking associations, launched National Trucking Week many years ago. It begins on the first Sunday in Sept. and runs to the following Saturday.
The purpose of the weeklong celebration is to recognize the important contributions made by the 400,000 Canadian men and women who keep the country’s freight moving.
Provincial trucking associations, carriers, industry suppliers and other stakeholders are encouraged to undertake activities in their own province to mark the event. In previous years, provincial associations have marked the occasion with newspaper supplements, radio advertising, contests, special promotions, and special events at truck stops and roadside inspection stations.
Carriers and industry suppliers have hosted BBQs, breakfasts, truck washes, offered special giveaways to employees and marked the week event with a wide variety of activities.
It takes everyone at McConnell Transport to move the freight. We are all part of the over 400,000 people who keep the freight moving – office, drivers, shop and everyone in between work hard TOGETHER to keep it all moving forward.
TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE
Brian Parker and Charles Wilson received accreditation as the first Long Combination Vehicle Licensed Drivers within the McConnell Transport fleet. Brian and Charles completed the Canada Safety Council Professional Driver Improvement Course and on June 12, 2015 the APTA LCV Driver Certificates were presented by McKenzie McConnell and Ross Wilson.
McConnell Transport has completed the first step in its Long Combination Vehicle program by obtaining permits for New Brunswick. It took a lot of teamwork and effort to obtain all the necessary equipment and information to support the permit application. It took further efforts of the team to complete the hands on training and certification of these first two drivers.
We are very pleased to mark this month in the history of McConnell Transport as a step forward in our continuing service to our customers and, in turn, their customers!
McConnell Transport has recently commenced utilization of additional equipment with technology to improve a trailer’s fuel efficiency by over 5% without hindering cargo capacity, loading or unloading. McConnell Transport is very excited to be able to continue with the fuel efficiency improvements we have set as a continuous goal.
The technology to streamline the airflow around a semi-trailer will reduce the low pressure suction drag that occurs at the back of the trailer which acts as a vacuum pulling the trailer backward and reducing its fuel efficiency.
This technology saves an average of 8 gallons of diesel fuel for every 1,000 miles a truck drives and every gallon of fuel not burned reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the air, keeping our air cleaner and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
McConnell Transport staff recently made a donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation, from money raised from office staff on “Jeans Friday”.
Above, accepting the donation from Amy Norrad of McConnell Transport (right) is Gerry Beresford, Director of the Children’s Wish Foundation of New Brunswick.
“The Children’s Wish Foundation is a uniquely Canadian charity that helps Canadian children, families and communities by granting the favourite wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.” – to learn more, visit them at
McConnell Transport Ltd. of Jacksonville, NB, a frozen and refrigerated food transportation company, recognizes the value of loyalty and determination to accomplish a goal. Recently, a Service Awards Gala evening was hosted by McConnell Transport at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre in Woodstock, NB.
This well-attended gala honoured long-service to McConnell Transport Ltd. by Alta DeMerchant of Elmwood, NB; John Bruce of Charlottetown, PE and Lisa White of Woodstock, NB. This annual event is an opportunity to highlight the contributions each has made to the company and to their departments. A delightful evening of friendship, food and reminiscing was followed with an entertaining performance by Remi – a World of Magic.
Pictured here are: Alta DeMerchant, John Bruce, Lisa White.
Managers: Andy Davenport; Larry McConnell, President; McKenzie McConnell; Chris O’Donnell; Max Hutchison; Marilyn Wilson. (photo by Ashley Marie Photography)
McConnell Transport Ltd staff recently made a donation to the Carleton County Animal Shelter with monies raised during the office “jeans Friday” collection. Office staff wear jeans each Friday with a donation to a local charity which is chosen by the office staff.
The Carleton County Animal Shelter is located in Debec, NB, and houses, cares for and re-homes dogs and cats from Western New Brunswick. They can be found on the web at:
Presenting the donation to Carleton County Animal Shelter representative Gordon Gilhuly (left) is Janet Allaby of the Traffic department of McConnell Transport Ltd.
National Trucking Week 2014, which ran from September 7 – 12, was a way to thank everyone in the trucking and transportation industry for their hard work and dedication to keeping the freight moving. McConnell Transport Ltd thanks all its staff and drivers for another great year.
McConnell Transport raises money for various charities and organizations in the area through weekly “Jeans Day” donations by office staff.
In the photo above, Andy Davenport, McConnell Transport Recruiter, presents a cash donation to Jon MacDonald, Executive Director of Camp Shiktehawk.
The money will go towards the camp’s “Fix the Crik” campaign: a major fundraiser effort to restore waterfront activities. Camp Shiktehawk is a year-round camping and retreat center located in Florenceville-Bristol, NB. They can be found on the web at www.campshiktehawk.com.