John Hanson

  • Road Safety Trainer

    John Hanson joined SSM’s Road Safety team in 2012 and since then has trained over 5,000 students in a variety of courses, including the MPI Driver Improvement courses (Responsible Driver, Novice Driver and Defensive Driver); Mature Driver course; and all courses pertaining to SSM’s Corporate program (Driving the Brand, Driver Assessments, Trailer Towing and the new Natural Resources Canada SmartDriver in the City program). He is an expert in program development, delivery and training for all aspects of road safety.

    John has developed a variety of Corporate Defensive Driving courses and has modified the evaluation forms used when performing in-vehicle driver assessments for SSM. Currently, he is working on a major project to develop a Train the Trainer curriculum for responsible/safe driving and energy efficient driving. He is also developing Train the Trainer programming for performing in-vehicle assessments, writing a manual and developing documentation.

    John’s skillset has been advanced through a number of training programs, such as the Motorcycle and Motorcycle Instructor courses; Class 1 and air brake training with Reimer Express; Class 3 and air brake training with Winnipeg Transit; Class 3 School Bus training with River East Transcona School Division; and WHMIS and Flagperson training with SSM.

    Before joining the SSM team, John has been employed in a variety of roles related to road safety. He has worked as a motorcycle instructor; a Driver Examiner, testing all classes of driver’s licences; and as a Reviewing Officer, conducting Show Cause Hearings for errant drivers. He also has trained staff for both the Driver Examiner and Reviewing Officer positions.

    John got his start in the safety industry by teaching a motorcycle safety course – which makes perfect sense, given that his passion is for teaching people how to ride safely and stay alive on motorcycles. John enjoys engaging with his students, and continually receiving positive feedback motivates him to do his job well.

    “Too many people get seriously injured or killed on our roadways,” John says. “If we can help our students modify their behaviour on our roadways, we can save them time and money, save their licences, and hopefully save their lives.”