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PROFILE

Badder Bus Operations
by Jeffrey Reed

M

uch has been said about how
family traits of teamwork,
trust and a good old-fashioned
work ethic lend themselves
to a successful business operation. Look
no further than Badder Bus Operations
for a perfect example of how family can
thrive in the competitive industries of
school bus and motor coach travel.
Currently with 380 employees across
Ontario, Badder had modest beginnings
in 1950 when founders Allan and
Marianna Badder launched their school
bus company. The couple started with
just one school bus route, carrying
high school students from Thamesville
district to Florence, Ontario, because
the high school in Thamesville had
been closed.
The company quickly expanded as
the demand for charter trips grew, with
the school bus fleet handling charters.
Clients were requesting more luxurious
buses, so in 1978 Badder Bus purchased
its first highway coach: a two-year-old
GMC 47-passenger coach equipped with
a washroom, air conditioning, air ride
and reclining seats - very luxurious at
the time.
Today, the recently-renamed Badder
Bus Operations, led by Doug Badder,
company president, and his brother
Neil Badder, secretary/treasurer and
chair, offers an extended menu of travel
options. Over the years, the company
has seen much expansion through
purchases and amalgamations involving
both school buses and coaches. In 2006,
Badder split the school bus operations
and the charter operations into two
sister companies.
In February 2017, Badder purchased
Airways Transit, an airport
transportation specialist since 1975.
Airport ground transportation serving
the Greater Hamilton-Wentworth
region, the cities of Burlington and

Oakville, and the Waterloo Region
including Kitchener, Waterloo,
Cambridge and surrounding areas is now
part of Badder's expansive operations.
"We do serve every type of client
imaginable, depending on the division of
our company," explained Doug Badder.
"When you look at our areas served, we
range from the Oshawa and Toronto
area, right down to Windsor. We cover a
hugely populated area.
"But because we do have seven
operating offices, the challenge is
relatively minimal," Badder said. "The
toughest area to serve is the northern

Doug Badder

portion of Grey and Bruce counties,
because of the travel involved and
because we don't have a satellite office
in that portion of the province. But

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Fall 2017

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Regulatory Update
Industry Controls Its Response to U.S. Travel Ban
Will Competition From Airbnb Disrupt the Travel Industry? It Depends on Who You Ask
OMCA’s 2017 Golf Tournament
Badder Bus Operations
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Travel Highlights Marketplace
Classifieds
Index of Advertisers
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Industry Voice
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Regulatory Update
The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Industry Controls Its Response to U.S. Travel Ban
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The Road Explorer - Fall 2017 - Will Competition From Airbnb Disrupt the Travel Industry? It Depends on Who You Ask
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