On December 30th, 2016 Governor General David Johnston announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. This year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the order, as well as the 150th anniversary of Canada.
Wes Armour was one of only three New Brunswickers chosen in this year’s selection process as a Member of the Order of Canada. Selected for his leadership as an entrepreneur and for his dedication to the well-being of his community, Wes was humbled and surprised by the recognition.
Wes grew up on his family’s farm in Taylor Village, a small farming community 20 miles southeast of Moncton, New Brunswick. After completing high school he attended College and graduated with a diploma in Business Administration. Having worked on the farm with his father, Gordon, during his earlier school years and later in trucking, Wes joined his father full time upon completing his formal education. At this time in 1966, the business was incorporated and included a fleet of 10 straight trucks and 11 employees. Two years later Gordon Armour retired and Wes acquired the company at the age of 22.
Today, Armour Transportation Systems, one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, has over 4,000 pieces of equipment, 2,000 employees, 26 freight terminals and more than 700,000 square feet of public warehousing. Wes has actively promoted the trucking industry in Canada through membership in both regional and national trucking associations. He is past President and current Director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association as well as past President, past Chairman of the Board and current committee member of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, which represents all provinces in Canada.
In addition to Wes’ membership on trucking industry boards, he is involved with a number of private and public boards of other businesses and community groups. “Contributing to the success of our economy has always been important to me,” he said, adding he’s heartened to know to help “large and small communities grow, particularly in Atlantic Canada.”
Being named Canadian Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year is always special, but it was made even more so this year as Mike Gaudet became the first winner to have his name etched into the same trophy that bears that of his father.
Mike, vice-president, fleet maintenance and equipment purchasing with Armour Transportation Systems, won the award 19 years after his father Alban was named Canada’s top fleet maintenance manager. Gaudet said it’s especially meaningful since both represented Armour Transportation when they won the prestigious national award. To read more click here.