I worked as a professional driver for 28 years in the United Kingdom before economic conditions in Europe led me to look overseas for employment. I saw a posting that Westcan Bulk Transport was offering opportunities for international drivers to come to Canada and sent in my application. After my initial conversations with the recruitment team and management at the Calgary terminal, my impression of Westcan was a positive one and I soon traveled to Canada to visit the branch in person and get a better feel for what living and working in Canada would be like. Everyone was extremely welcoming and I got a good vibe from the terminal manager and the rest of the staff right away. I moved to Canada in March 2012 and started driving with Westcan in April of that year. After a year and a half with Westcan, my terminal manager suggested I apply for the Driver Trainer position, which I did and my application was successful. In March 2016, another opportunity came up, and again I was encouraged by my terminal manager to apply. In April 2016, I moved into the role of Training Supervisor here at the Calgary terminal.
In my time with Westcan, I have been blown away by the support and encouragement I have received, both professionally and on a personal level. Moving halfway across the world with my family was a huge transition for us, but I don’t regret a single moment of it. Westcan is a large company but it still feels like a family-run and family-focused business, and I have built good working relationships with my colleagues and managers in my time here. The encouragement, training, and opportunities I have received here at Westcan have boosted my own confidence and made me feel like I am truly a valued member of the team.