Generating a Leadership Path for Women in Trucking

Payne Transportation is pleased to announce that our VP of Finance, Pauline Wiebe Peters, who has been a board member of the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) for the past 6 years has recently been elected as the only female currently serving on the MTA’s Executive Committee.  

The Board of Directors sets policy for the MTA and the Executive Committee is a sub-committee of the Board that oversees the staffing and financial operations of the MTA.

As members of the MTA, we are incredibly proud of Pauline for her dedication to the industry and the steps she is taking  to promote women in leadership roles in the trucking industry.  Those who are elected to  the MTA Executive Committee often become a President of the MTA and serve a two year term.

Congratulations Pauline!

Darlene & Jacob Hiebert receive the 2017 Driver of the Year Award

Payne Transportation Ltd. celebrates safety, service and a passion to give back at annual awards gala.

Payne Transportation employees came together on Friday November 24 to celebrate the achievements of another year in business at their annual awards dinner and dance at the Hilton Hotel in Winnipeg.

The event was attended by over 160 of Payne’s drivers, mechanics, and office staff to celebrate those who have committed to making safety and service a priority and to recognize individuals who are celebrating milestone employment anniversaries.

The highlight of the gala, was the announcement of the Payne Transportation driver of the year. The selection process for the driver of the year involves being nominated by the operations team, vetted by the safety department to ensure they qualify, and then voted on by the Executive Advisory Committee.

The finalists were announced and recognized at the awards gala, They are:, Patrik Anias, Dilpreet Bilkhu, Jean Paul Friesen, Jake & Darlene Hiebert (team drivers), Iain Iverson, Dan & Linda La Fond (team drivers) Efim Lanstein, Isaac Letkeman and Alex Melnik.

Out of this group of nominees Jake and Darlene Hiebert were chosen as the 2017 Payne Transportation driver(s) of the year.

The annual celebration also included a silent auction to raise funds for Siloam Mission, a local organization that alleviates hardships and provides opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness. For the past 3 years Payne has been able to raise $7,500 toward the organization through this auction and this year was able to raise another $5,000 to add to that total.

“Our annual gala is a celebration of our drivers and staff to recognize them for their innovation, service and leadership, but we also work toward celebrating change for the better to help improve the quality of life in the communities in which we operate” says Payne Transportation President Tom Payne.

Items for the silent auction are donated by Payne Transportation’s customers, vendors and suppliers.

Payne Transportation Ltd. wins the Best New Entry Award for North American Occupational Safety & Health Week

Payne Transportation Ltd. was presented with the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Award for Best New Entry for their activities during NAOSH week May 7-13, 2017.

Judy Murphy, President and CEO of Safety Services Manitoba (the award sponsor), presented the trophy to Peter Bonneville, Director of Safety for Payne Transportation Ltd. at the SAFETYS gala on Wednesday, September 27 at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg.

“Payne Transportation Ltd. had activities planned for each day during NAOSH Week. Events included participating in Steps for Life, sponsoring the official NAOSH Week Winnipeg launch, providing on-site fire extinguisher training, and holding a fire drill. Payne also partnered with the staff at the Manitoba Trucking Association and organized a blood donation drive to support those who needed blood as a result of a workplace injury” stated Murphy during her presentation.

“To finish their action-packed week, they had their staff write down why they make safety a habit on a card, and produced a video montage of all the responses. They accomplished all this in their first year of participation in NAOSH Week!” she added.

L to R: Judy Murhpy, Peter Bonneville & Minister Blaine Pederson

“We are honored to have been selected for the Best New Entry Award” says Tom Payne, President of Payne Transportation Ltd.  “Workplace safety is all encompassing as we believe it is everyone’s responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.  For us NAOSH week was a perfect opportunity to renew that message by getting all employees engaged in workplace safety & health activities.”

Payne Transportation Ltd. named a Top Fleet Employer!

Payne Transportation Ltd. named a Top Fleet Employer!

Top Fleet Employers is a national program which recognizes the importance of having sound HR policies and practices in the trucking industry.

It distinguishes fleets that offer the best workplaces in Canada’s trucking industry, as reflected in the broad range of human resources policies and programs that they have in place.

Fleet employers self-nominate and participate in a rigorous three-part review of their human resources policies and programs. The review includes the completion of a comprehensive online application that is supported by a hard-copy submission, a Trucking HR Canada survey of the company’s employees and follow-up discussions with the company.

The review assesses the scope of an employer’s formal HR policies and programs in four key categories: Basics, Respect, Training and Family.

We take great pride in creating a work environment and culture that fosters success, and we are honored to be noted for our outstanding workplace practices and standards. 

Congratulations to everyone at Payne Transportation Ltd. for the role you play in our overall success! 

L/R: Tom Payne Jr. & Thomas McKee


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Kel-West Carriers Ltd. becomes part of Payne Transportation Ltd.

We are excited to share the news that Kel-West Carriers Ltd. has become part of the Mullen Group of companies effective February 1st, 2017.  Kel-West Carriers Ltd. will be a division of Payne Transportation Ltd.  

Kel-West Carriers is an international cross border flatbed carrier operating for over 42 years.  They have 23 Owner Operators and approximately 10 full time employees.

 The decision to have Kel-West operate as part of Payne Transportation was due to the symmetries of both carriers operating as primarily an owner operator based organization.

“The addition of Kel-West gives us the opportunity to expand into the BC market with an existing solid brand. “Said Tom Payne, President of Payne Transportation. “After meeting the team at Kel-West, we quickly saw they are a company that shares our values and brings to the table a knowledgeable staff from which we can learn and grow, they will be a great addition to our team” adds Payne.

Payne Transportation celebrates safety, service and announces Driver of the Year at Annual Awards Gala.

Payne Transportation held its annual awards gala dinner and dance on Friday November 25, 2016 at the Hilton Airport Suites in Winnipeg.

The annual gala is the opportunity to come together as a large group and celebrate the achievements of the drivers who have committed to making safety a priority and to recognize those individuals who are celebrating years of service milestone anniversaries.

At the gala, one driver is selected annually as the Payne Transportation Driver of the Year.  This individual exemplifies what is means to represent Payne’s high performance standards and commitment to excellence.

The 2016 Payne Transportation Driver of the Year is owner operator, John Unrau.  John has been with Payne for over 4 years.  His peers say that John is a great ambassador for Payne Transportation in all aspects of his job, he is a dispatcher’s dream to work with and constantly supersedes what is expected of him.

There were 6 finalists out of many nominations for 2016 Driver of the Year. They were, 1st Runner Up, Brian Kemp and finalists, John Bekus, William Friesen, James Wall, and Mark Little.

L-R, Peter Bonneville, Tom Payne, Thomas McKee, Tanya and John Unrau and Andrea McNicholl

L-R, Peter Bonneville, Tom Payne, Thomas McKee, Tanya and John Unrau and Andrea McNicholl

President Tom Payne says “Congratulations to all the drivers celebrating years of safe driving and those celebrating 5, 10 and 15 years of service.  We know that in this industry achievements like this are not without hard work and a dedication to continuous improvement, hence our mantra …. No Payne No Gain”

Payne Transportation employees open their hearts and wallets for local charity at annual awards gala.

At the end of November each year, Payne Transportation celebrates its annual awards gala dinner and dance.  

For the past three years, the gala celebrations included a prize auction to support a local Winnipeg organization called Siloam Mission. Siloam Mission provides meals, clothing, and hope services to Winnipeg’s impoverished and homeless.

Prizes ranged from gift cards to hockey tickets to a big screen TV and many of the items were donated by Payne’s customers and suppliers.  This year’s event raised $2500, bringing total donations to just over $7500 in the past three years. 

Tom Payne, President states “We believe in the positive results that come from being a good corporate citizen and supporting local charities is something we have always done and will continue to do”.

 The funds raised from this year’s gala will be presented to Siloam Mission later this week.Prize Auction table 2016

Payne Transportation LP Joins the Trucks for Change Network.

Payne Transportation LP is now a member of the Trucks for Change Network, a non-profit group of leading highway carriers from across Canada who actively support their communities with in-kind transportation services and charitable activities.

Tom Payne, President, states “As a leading carrier we have the assets and the means to provide a positive impact when it comes to “giving back”.  Whether we are supporting a local charity, volunteering or sponsoring an event, philanthropy in business has widespread value for our organization and our people well beyond the obvious benefit of supporting the charity.”

As a Trucks for Change Network member, Payne Transportation will be able to contribute by matching available truck capacity with the freight needs of charitable organizations ranging from Food Banks Canada, Habitat for Humanity Canada, Canadian Red Cross, and many others.  For more information about Trucks for Change Network visit


Renewed Mission For Payne

Payne Transportation opened its doors for business over 16 years ago. During those first few months we developed our Mission, Vision and Values that we lived by as we successfully grew our business.

Our Mission
We will Provide Quality, “over-the-road” transportation services that exceeds our customer’s expectations
Our Vision
We will expand our business through sustained and controlled growth that will continue to provide financial success to our company, employees and owner operators
Our Values
We will conduct ourselves with integrity, respect and excellence in everything we do

16 years ago, these were leading edge statements and very innovative. However; today, they stand for what we were more than who we are and who we wish to be. We long ago reached our vision and it is therefore no longer a vision. Our values have been copied by many and in fact are now a given in today’s world, in order to succeed long term. Therefore, we decided to review our statements at this year’s Leadership Conference and developed new ones that don’t change who we are, but define it better. A new vision to aspire to, and values expanded to include our integrity within. We are pleased today to introduce these new statements to you all. If we remember these statements and apply them to everything we all do, success will always be ours and our future bright.

Our Mission
Our life is the Highway, it is our culture; we are the driving force in providing transportation excellence
– We felt our life really is about the highway. It is part of our culture and it’s what we do. We wanted to integrate our slogan into our mission statement.
Our Vision
To be the leader in providing innovative transportation solutions as we grow our business, while maintaining our culture
– We wanted to set the bar high…we are a leader in innovative transportation but we want to be the leader. And we don’t want to ever sacrifice our culture in getting there.
Our Values
“No Payne, No Gain” is used to hold ourselves accountable to our commitment to high standards and excellence in everything we do
– Our Mantra has always been “No Payne, No Gain” but what did it really mean to all of us. We wanted our values to show clearly what it means. We hold ourselves accountable. We will go above and beyond to ensure success for all stakeholders…Employees, owner operators and our customers and never sacrificing to do so.

Learn them, live them… in everything you do.

15 Years of Service Award


Left to Right: Tom Payne Jr., Robert Yablonski, Ron Barron, Joe Storozuk, Peter Bonneville, David Bangartt, Don Neumann, Karen Veldkamp, Robin Veldkamp, Pauline Wiebe & Ron Webster

Congratulations to all those receiving their awards for 15 Years of Service.