Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking Association
952-442-8850 ext.220, brynn@WomenInTrucking.org
De Ridder Named Women In
Trucking’s 2020 Female Driver of the Year
WI – April 1, 2020 – The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Walmart
announced today Susie De Ridder, company driver for Armour Transportation
Systems in New Brunswick, Canada as the winner of the first annual Female
Driver of the Year award.
Ridder was among three finalists for the award. The other finalists include
Carmen Anderson, a company driver at America’s Service Line, LLC and Sarah
Fiske, a company driver at FedEx Freight.
Ridder has been driving for 40 years and has approximately 4 million
accident-free miles. A former board member for Women in Trucking Federation
of Canada, she was named to WIT’s Image Team in 2018. Since then, she
has appeared in trucking magazines in USA and Canada, providing great
exposure for the career opportunities open to women in the trucking
industry. De Ridder attends trucking industry events, participates in media
interviews, serves as a speaker and panelist at industry events and
conducts ride-alongs for lawmakers. As a mentor, she regularly attends Girl
Gala Events at high schools and community colleges. She participates
in the Convoy for Hope Atlantic yearly, raising funds for cancer research
and awareness. In 2019, she won first place for best-dressed driver,
best-decorated truck and raising the most funds in the Convoy’s 10-year
history. In honor of her fundraising efforts, she proudly led the Convoy of
35 trucks, the first time ever for a female driver. De Ridder is on the
cover of this month’s MyPort Magazine in honor of International Women’s
am always inspiring and encouraging the next generation to join the
trucking industry. I promote this in my daily travels with Clare, WIT’s
trucking doll. She is proudly displayed on my dash and is a great
conversation starter to tell others about my awesome trucking career,” said
De Ridder has been a visible advocate for women in the trucking industry
and we are so proud to honor her with the first-ever ‘Female Driver of the
Year award.’ Her safety standards and community involvement enhance a
positive public image of the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, president
and CEO of WIT.
by Walmart, the inaugural award was established to promote the achievements
of female professional drivers who lead the industry in safety standards
while actively enhancing the public image of the trucking industry.
is honored to partner with Women In Trucking to recognize an outstanding
female driver making a positive impact in the transportation industry,”
said Bryan Most, vice president of transportation for Walmart and WIT board
member. “During times like these we really see how important truck drivers
are and we congratulate Susie and each of the finalists of the Female
Driver of the Year award for their examples of safety and service to our
of the judging panel were: Lori Furnell, director of talent acquisition,
Walmart Supply Chain; Jeana Hysell, senior safety consultant, J. J. Keller
& Associates, Inc.; Tim Ridley, talk radio host; Ellen Voie, WIT
president and CEO.
Click here to watch the virtual winner announcement
About Women In
Trucking Association, Inc.
In Trucking, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the
employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments
and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.
Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who
support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the
generosity of Gold Level Partners: Amazon, Arrow Truck Sales, BMO
Transportation Finance, Daimler Trucks North America, Expediter Services,
FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America,
PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, Walmart, and Waste
Management. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more
information, visit www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.
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