Our Team

Spencer McDonald

President and Founder of Thinking Driver

Spencer has over 30 years’ experience in driver training curriculum and instructor development. Spencer’s formal education is in psychology and motivation and he has brought these fields together with road safety and education to develop the attitude-based Thinking Driver programs. He is available for consultation and development, workshops and keynote speaking.

Reid Knutson

Chief Instructor, School Bus Division Lead

With over 35 years in the RCMP, Reid brings extensive experience in Driver Training, Law Enforcement training in New York and California, and was integral with the Vancouver 2010 Olympics Integrated Security Unit.

Since 2009, Reid has focused his expertise on Student Transportation and leads the School Bus Driver Training Division responsible for school bus training across British Columbia in collaboration with the Association of School Transportation Services of BC.

Joe McKeown

Chief Instructor, Fleet Safety Division

A certified driver training instructor and assessment officer, Joe brings with him a wealth of experience in the transportation industry with over 30 years experience in load securement in the heavy moving industry.  Joe provides leadership and operator and instructor driver training in Fleet Safety programs.

Sunny Jhaj

Chief Instructor, Academy Division Lead

A transportation specialist and an advanced driving instructional expert, Sunny has developed and delivered programs in the driving school industry and served as a Driving Examiner for ICBC. He brings his expertise to the Fleet Safety, School Bus and Academy divisions.

Vern Nystedt

Instructor, Manitoba

With over 40 years as a truck and heavy duty equipment operator, Vern brings with him extensive knowledge and experience in the transportation safety industry.

Kristy Gittens

Training Coordinator

Expertly matches the right instructor to deliver the best training for your drivers; handles the logistics of training, travel, site requirements and follows it all the way through to client invoicing, ensuring continuity and customer satisfaction.

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