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Please meet John Farquhar, Risk Solutions Specialist.

John has had an extensive and extraordinary career in the transportation and insurance industries over the past 30-plus years. He has seen many changes on both sides of the desk, which gave him the opportunity to start his own company conducting comprehensive risk evaluations. This hands-on assistance to clients will help them in developing, improving and enhancing their risk management programs and practices. 

John started his career in the 80s as a driver, before making the first big step of owning his own truck. He eventually owned several trucks and managed the safety of their drivers and equipment. He then took on the adventure of owning his own company, which specialized in over-dimensional cargo on open-deck trailers throughout North America.

In 2003 John stepped out of the trucking owner role and moved over to risk management, providing consulting services for several trucking clients. It was not long before he was recruited by a global insurer, where he helped to strengthen risk services training programs and risk evaluation processes. He managed a team of highly qualified risk specialists across Canada, along with a national portfolio of transportation clients. 

In 2013 John was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to work with a long-time and well-known Canadian insurer in developing and building a unique and specialized transportation product from the ground up. John was instrumental in developing and delivering the customized and comprehensive risk evaluation process. He was also responsible for recruiting, mentoring and leading an elite team of risk solutions specialists that conducted the comprehensive risk evaluations. John and his team were tasked with developing unique client support tools for tracking and analyzing violations, losses and trends, as well as creating a one-of-a-kind mentoring and training curriculum for client staff and drivers. 

This new chapter in John's career sees him continuing to share his knowledge and expertise with transportation companies to enhance and improve their risk management programs and practices. 

Those who know John will agree he enjoys adding a touch of humour to his work. Whether he’s working on a project with colleagues or holding a risk evaluation meeting with a client, he will always include humour to help with the learning process.

 

 "He who laughs most, learns best." John Cleese

 

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Please meet Michael Derry, Risk Solutions Specialist.

Michael has been involved in safety, training, and compliance within the transportation industry for over 30 years. He started his transportation career as a driving instructor for Canada’s largest driver training organization and worked his way up to a senior and classroom instructor. Larger equipment piqued Michael’s interest, so he obtained his commercial driver’s licence through a large insurance provider via their well sought after driver training program. He drove for several years before being attracted to the role of safety and training to aid other drivers with their continuous education.

Over the course of 20 years Michael worked exclusively with a couple of large motor carriers and was instrumental in developing and implementing several successful training programs for drivers.  He created management programs to combat poor carrier safety profile performance scores to reduce violations and collisions. Michael was successful in reducing his employer’s carrier safety profile scores from 70% to single digits in less than two years and obtained an excellent safety rating through an MTO audit. This was no easy feat for a large overdimensional carrier. However, he was able to maintain low safety scores and improve the overall operation and profitability of this company.

In 2015 Michael transitioned into the insurance marketplace where he joined a long-term and well-known Canadian insurer. He worked with a close knit specialty transportation risk management team to aid motor carrier customers in developing unique risk management programs and processes to aid in reducing violations, collisions, and driver turnover. His involvement with these customers also helped to change and improve their company culture.

Michael is a “thinking” individual who likes nothing better than a challenge to the mind. He loves working on difficult problems resulting in overcoming the roadblocks to suit his advantage, always with cost savings in mind. He investigates the finest details looking, not only for immediate solutions but, long term future beneficial goals in whatever his undertaking entails.

From basic transportation through to specialized multi axle over-dimensional cargo, Michael’s experience in the transportation industry as both a driver and a safety professional are the two main factors that shape his approach and attitude to transportation safety.  The improvements that he has made in every business that he has worked at attest to his skills and personality. Michael’s involvement in the trucking industry, safety associations, and real-life best practices for running a transport company made his transition to working with the Summit Risk Solutions team a natural one.