|Ilie Crisan turned a job loss into his own successful business in Quebec.|
Crisan came to Montreal in 2001. He had previously managed a German company’s head office in Romania, after working as a bus driver in the early days of his career.
In Montreal, his lack of good English and French communication skills made it impossible for him to get a bus driver job. So he went after the trucking business. There, it was his lack of Canadian work experience that held him back.
Finally, after six months, one company recruiter gave him a chance. Crisan was told he would have work as a subcontractor, if he bought his own truck.
He started with one truck and gradually, Crisan built up a fleet. By 2006, he had 16 trucks and 30 drivers. He often hired immigrants as drivers because no one else would.
Things were going well until the recession hit the company Crisan worked for, and he was let go. This was a difficult time for Crisan as he was left with truck payments, bills and drivers’ salaries to pay, and no way to pay them. It took him about two years to recover financially, but Crisan pulled himself out of that rut and then some.
He found some other subcontractor work to make ends meet and simultaneously started looking for his own clients. Eventually he was able to create his own business, and is now president of Andy Transport in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. He manages 120 trucks, 150 trailers and about 200 employees and subcontractors.
Crisan is also actively involved in his community in Montreal and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield where he sponsors events, church activities, a soccer team and concerts.
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