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ASC reaches Top Fleet milestone

April 5, 2023
Canadian bulk hauler Alchemist Specialty Carriers among Trucking HR Canada’s Top Fleet Employers of Distinction who’ve made the prestigious list at least five times

Alchemist Specialty Carriers (ASC) is on the move again.

The bulk carrier based in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, this week ascended into Trucking HR Canada’s prestigious list of Top Fleet Employers of Distinction for companies who’ve earned Top Fleet Employer status for at least five years. The 2023 group includes 93 of the best Canadian fleets to work for in trucking and logistics.

“We are honored to receive this award of Top Fleet Employer for the fifth year in a row,” Glen Parsons, ASC owner and president, told Bulk Transporter. “This award helps distinguish companies in the industry that truly believe in the value of their people—and any driver should use this classification when choosing their employment.”

Trucking HR Canada’s Top Fleet Employers program recognizes top-performing fleet employers for meeting and exceeding human resources standards. The national initiative evaluates applicants based on multiple criteria, including recruitment and retention practices, workplace culture, compensation, training and skills development, and innovative HR policies.

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Additionally, employers who have been recognized in the program for at least five total years are awarded Top Fleet Employer of Distinction status.

“Over the past decade, the Top Fleet Employers program has become an important part of the Canadian trucking industry—raising the bar in human resources practices and positioning the industry as a great place to work,” Angela Splinter, Trucking HR Canada CEO, said in a news release. “We are proud to celebrate 10 years of recognizing the best in the industry and look forward to celebrating all recognized fleets.”

Several tank truck companies are among Canada’s Top Fleet Employers, including KAG Canada and Tandet, each recognized for five-plus years of distinction; Trimac Transportation, which joined ASC in reaching the five-year milestone; Castle Fuels (three years); and Jade Transport (first year).

Bulk Transporter last year highlighted ASC, which also boasts Premium Carrier status in Canada, for helping raise the bar on driver pay in the region, while also revitalizing the operation acquired from Coastal Pacific Xpress in 2015. “We know that the men and women who seek a career in transportation have choices, and at ASC we want to be the ‘Carrier of Choice’ who rewards them for their hard work,” Parsons said.

“We consider ourselves to be a people company that happens to be in the business of delivering transportation services.”

Trucking HR Canada will celebrate the 2023 Top Fleet Employers during its 10th anniversary Awards Gala, set for Oct. 12 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

Top Fleet Employers of Distinction (10+ years)

  • Bison Transport, Manitoba
  • C.A.T., Quebec
  • Home Hardware Stores, Ontario
  • Kindersley Transport, Saskatchewan
  • Kriska Holdings, Ontario
  • Logikor, Ontario
  • The Erb Group of Companies, Ontario
  • Transpro Freight Systems, Ontario

Top Fleet Employers of Distinction (5+ years)

  • Arnold Bros. Transport, Manitoba
  • Arrow Transportation Systems, British Columbia
  • Bandstra Transportation Systems, British Columbia
  • Beyond Transportation, Ontario
  • Brian Kurtz Trucking, Ontario
  • Canaan Shipping, British Columbia
  • Canada Cartage Systems, Ontario
  • Carmen Transportation, Ontario
  • Caron Transportation Systems, Alberta
  • Challenger Motor Freight, Ontario
  • Edge Transportation Services, Saskatchewan
  • Fortigo Freight Services, Ontario
  • Groupe Guilbault Ltée, Quebec
  • Harv Wilkening Transport, Saskatchewan
  • J&R Hall Transport, Ontario
  • JD Smith Supply Chain Solutions, Ontario
  • Joseph Haulage Canada, Ontario
  • KAG Canada, Alberta
  • Liberty Linehaul, Ontario
  • Linamar Transportation, Ontario
  • LOTS Ventures Canada, British Columbia
  • Midland Transport, New Brunswick
  • National Shunt Services, Ontario
  • Olymel-Transport Transbo, Quebec
  • ONE for Freight, Ontario
  • Onfreight Logistics, Ontario
  • Payne Transportation, Manitoba
  • Polaris Transportation Group, Ontario
  • RST and Sunbury Transport, New Brunswick
  • Rosedale Transport, Ontario
  • Rosenau Transport, Alberta
  • Ryder Canada Supply Chain Solutions, Ontario
  • Steed Standard Transport, Ontario
  • STG Fleet Services, Saskatchewan
  • Sutco Transportation Specialists, British Columbia
  • Tandet, Ontario
  • TIP Fleet Services Canada, Ontario
  • Triton Transport, British Columbia
  • Woodcock Brothers Transportation Group, Ontario
  • XTL Transport, Ontario

Top Fleet Employers of Distinction (5 years)

  • Alchemist Specialty Carriers, British Columbia
  • Armour Transportation Systems, New Brunswick
  • Big Freight Systems, Manitoba
  • GX Transportation Solutions, Ontario
  • Spring Creek Carriers, Ontario
  • Trimac Transportation, Alberta

Top Fleet Employers (4 years)

  • 4Refuel, Ontario
  • ASL Global Logistics, Ontario
  • Cardinal Couriers, Ontario
  • Diversco Transport, Ontario
  • Mill Creek Motor Freight, Ontario
  • Northern Resource Trucking, Saskatchewan
  • Steve’s Livestock Transport, Manitoba
  • Vitesse Trucking Services, Quebec
  • Whitecourt Transport, Alberta

Top Fleet Employers (3 years)

  • Castle Fuels (2008), British Columbia
  • ColdStar Solutions, British Columbia
  • Energy Transportation Group, Quebec
  • Frontier Distribution Services, Ontario
  • Nortrans Freight Management, British Columbia
  • Trans4 Group, Ontario
  • Walmart Fleets ULC, Ontario
  • Wellington Group of Companies, Ontario

Top Fleet Employers (2 years)

  • APPS Transport, Ontario
  • B.S.D. Linehaul, Ontario
  • Classic Freight Transport, Nova Scotia
  • Eassons Transport, Nova Scotia
  • Gardewine Group, Manitoba
  • Groupe Morneau, Quebec
  • Light Speed Logistics, Alberta
  • Linde Canada, Ontario
  • Trappers Transport, Manitoba

Top Fleet Employers (first year)

  • 4Tracks, Manitoba
  • Autobahn Freight Lines, Ontario
  • Caneda Transport, Alberta
  • Jade Transport, Manitoba
  • Lighthouse Transportation, Nova Scotia
  • New Way Trucking, Alberta
  • Northland Transport, Ontario
  • Parkland Corporation, Alberta
  • Penner International, Manitoba
  • TDL Group, Ontario
  • Wills Transfer, Ontario