Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking Association
952-442-8850 ext.220, brynn@WomenInTrucking.org
Women In Trucking
Announces its 2019 June Member of the Month
WI – June 3, 2019 –
Women in Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Jo-Anne Phillips as its
June Member of the Month. Jo-Anne is the COO of Jeramand Trucking Ltd based
in Irishtown, NB, operating a fleet of 22 trucks. She and her husband Dan
Boudreau, both successful New Brunswick-based entrepreneurs, also run a
construction and building production facility and a Never Enuff Chrome
& Detailing shop.
foray into trucking began as a 19-year-old university student, when she was
encouraged by her father to help out a good family friend who needed a
driver to move a truck and trailer across the country to summer fairs. She
added a commercial driver’s license to her growing list of qualifications
and has been involved in the industry ever since.
in Manitoba into a military family, Jo-Anne lived in various parts of
Canada and Europe before returning to Western Canada where she earned a
degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology from University of Calgary,
and a Bachelor of Science, Dietetics, Nutrition degree from University of
still a student, Jo-Anne opened a gym in the city of Calgary, and for the
next few years, was heavily involved in the world of sport and fitness –
back country guiding, cycling, rowing, coaching – and inspired by the
Olympic Games in Calgary in 1988 was a member of Canada’s National bobsled
team for several years.
a friend boasted that he could earn more in a week driving a truck in the
oil patch than she could make in a month running a gym, Jo-Anne accepted
the challenge and spent six years working in Alberta’s crude oil pipeline
system as a commercial driver, instructor, safety officer and a medic.
relocated to Eastern Canada in 2006 where she and Danny grew Jeramand
Trucking from a four-truck operation to the fleet it is today.
has incorporated her knowledge and experience in sport and fitness into her
trucking business, and Tozai Synergy, her fourth business, the wellness
arm, plays a key role in bringing better health/wealth/lifestyle balance to
her employees. She also works with sports and corporate clients providing
nutritional consulting, personal training and lifestyle coaching services.
sees this as a natural fit with the trucking industry. Spending long hours
seated, doing repetitive work, with sometimes limited options for healthy
food and adequate rest, puts drivers at risk. “We need to pay better
attention to the health and wellness of our drivers and encourage them to
make better choices,” she says. “It’s vitally important for both safety and
Jo-Anne puts her money where her mouth is.
has shared her leadership skills and endless energy over the past number of
years organizing and developing the Convoy for Hope – Atlantic, which
raises awareness and funds for breast, colorectal, lung and prostate
cancers. The convoy has been a rewarding opportunity for truck drivers and
the industry to support important research. Jo-Anne and her team have
raised nearly $300,000 for cancer prevention, detection and treatment in
Atlantic Canada, while celebrating the trucking industry.
sits on the Advisory Board of Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), Atlantic
Division, is a chair on the organizing committee of the Wake Up Call
Breakfast – Moncton, and is an active volunteer for the Greater Moncton
Prostate Cancer Support Group, with a very personal connection. In 2014,
Jo-Anne’s husband Danny was diagnosed and successfully treated for prostate
cancer. In 2017 she received PCC’s Local Hero Award.
also shares her expertise as a nutritionist with youth groups, sports teams
and the Hemophiliac Society, offers ergonomic assessments and nutrition
coaching to business clients, and she is a dedicated supporter of the Ride
For Dad, the Irishtown Community Centre, and other fundraisers for those
affected by disease or cancer. In 2017, she reinforced her hands-on
involvement with the wellbeing of the people she works with by donating a
kidney to one of her employees.
has been recognized for her commitment to community building and
fundraising with the Transportation Club of Moncton Humanitarian Award, and
this year was nominated for the Club’s Woman of the Year.
year, Jo-Anne was named one of the Top Women to Watch in the industry by
WIT’s Redefining the Road and was selected for WIT’s first Canadian Image
Team. She is honoured to be in a forum of influential women. “I love the
industry, and I love the impact females have in the industry,” she says.
“Women have so much to offer, and I am thrilled to share my experiences and
to advocate on behalf of the group.”
advice for other women in the industry, or those considering trucking as a
career choice? “Don’t feel afraid of being judged, embrace who you are and
what you do. Yes, it’s a tough industry, but you don’t have to accept the
bad to enjoy the good. If you feel that something’s not working, speak up,”
she says. “Trust yourself and believe that you can make a positive impact.”
Women In Trucking Association, Inc.
Women In Trucking Association,
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: Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle
Systems, BMO Transportation Finance, Daimler Trucks North America,
Expediter Services, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport,
Michelin North America, Peterbilt Motors Company, Ryder System, Inc., and
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information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.