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TBT Engineering Limited Announces New President on its 26th Anniversary

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Scott Peterson assumes new role effective February 1, 2021.

Thunder Bay, Ontario, February 1, 2021; – February 1 continues to be a significant day in the evolution of Northwestern Ontario’s largest independently owned engineering consulting firm. TBT Engineering Consulting Group, which was previously incorporated as Thunder Bay Testing (1995) Limited on February 1, 1995 now announces the appointment of Scott Peterson as the new President, TBT Engineering Limited.

Peterson, who previously held the position of Vice President, assumes the role of President from the company’s co-founder, Rob Frenette, effective February 1, 2021.  Peterson is widely respected in the geotechnical, geological, transportation and environmental engineering community. As Vice President, he was responsible for providing technical, professional and project management services for several of the company’s core divisions. This experience coupled with the company’s current leadership team and business strategy will allow Peterson to integrate quickly into the President role. Peterson will work closely with the TBTE Senior Management team including Liana Frenette, CEO.

Says Rob Frenette, outgoing President of TBT Engineering Limited; “It’s incredible to look back at how far we’ve come together over the past 26 years. Working with such a talented and passionate team to grow TBT Engineering has been one of the greatest achievements of my life. Today, we are an award-winning, employee—owned company that employs over 130 full time professional and technical staff in the north. I look forward to supporting the company’s continued growth under Scott’s leadership.”

Frenette will continue to maintain a strong presence within the TBT Engineering Consulting Group in his capacity as President of TBT Surveyors Inc. as well as Managing Director of all TBT Engineering Consulting Group companies.

Says Scott Peterson, “Today, TBT Engineering Limited sits at the forefront of one of the most exciting markets in our region. Thanks to the incredible vision and leadership of Rob and Liana Frenette and their entire team, TBT Engineering is a unique, Northwestern Ontario success story. I look forward to working with the team to build on the foundation that has been laid and to capture the new opportunities before us. Together we will drive industry-leading growth that benefits employees, shareholders and communities across our region.”

TBT Engineering Limited’s primary sectors are Infrastructure, Mining, Energy, Transportation, First Nations, Government and General Public with commercial services through sixteen complimentary divisions.

A major contributor to TBT Engineering Consulting Group’s continued growth and success has been the ongoing recognition and engagement of rights holder groups, First Nation communities and Indigenous Businesses and partnerships across Northern Ontario.

About TBT Consulting Group

TBT Engineering Limited’s roots trace back to 1968 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The company was sold in 1995 to two young engineers and aspiring entrepreneurs named Rob and Liana Frenette. They renamed their new venture Thunder Bay Testing (1995) Limited.

Thunder Bay Testing became known as Thunder Bay Testing and Engineering in 1997 and later became TBT Engineering Limited (TBTE) in 2009. The change in 2009 cemented the fact that TBTE was no longer just a testing laboratory, and no longer served clients only in Thunder Bay.

TBT Surveyors Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of TBT Engineering Limited) was formed to allow for the provision of Legal (Cadastral) Surveying, Geomatics and Reference Plans.

In recognition of the evolving corporate structure TBT Engineering Consulting Group was subsequently registered as a trade name for the growing commercial entity. Corporate acquisitions of Profor Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical) in 2015, followed by the acquisition of Sostratus Engineering (Structural and Civil Engineering) in 2016 and then EXP’s Fort Frances and Dryden offices (Surveying and Geomatics) in 2017 has expanded the company’s ability to provide “One Stop Shopping” for our clients throughout the region – and beyond!

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Christmas Donation

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One of our most anticipated events at TBT Engineering is our annual Family Holiday Party.

We get together with coworkers we haven’t seen in a while. We give gifts. We get to appreciate what makes our company so special; the employees and their families.

This year COVID put a pause on our usual plans.

In lieu of our gifts and party this year, TBTE is making a donation to the RFDA Thunder Bay Regional Food Distribution Association, Shelter House and Our Kids Count.


Children’s Ornaments

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Every year, for many years, a call goes out to our employee’s children for handmade ornaments. Every year, we are always blown away with the creativity we see in each piece.

It makes us so happy to decorate our office tree with these amazing ornaments year after year. Our collection is growing again with these lovely entries.

Thank you to all the kids who put there time and love into creating ornaments this year!


TBTE Social Distance Lunches

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During the summer, we like to get together with our coworkers. Enjoy the summer weather, eat some good food and take a break during our busy season.

This year, COVID put our usual events on hold. To keep our employees safe, we sent them to work from home. It was hard to not see everyone like we were so used to.

So we found a solution! Since our grounds are so large, we were able to invite our employees back to enjoy an outdoors, social distance lunch. Every few weeks, we would order lunch from a local restaurant and eat with everyone we missed so much. Even if it was just for an hour, and even if it spaced apart, getting together again brought back a sense of normalcy.


COVID-19 Protocols

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Covid-19 Protocols – UPDATE


TBT Engineering Limited acknowledges growing concerns over the spread of Corona Virus and the associated Covid-19 disease.


To reduce exposure, we are limiting all non-essential visitors to our facilities and request our clients, colleagues, service providers and the public contact us by electronic methods for the foreseeable future.


Delivery of material samples and parcels will be limited to a dedicated location at 274 Kingston Street where sanitation arrangements and PPE for safe receipt and handling of samples have been provided.


Delivery of mail will be limited to dedicated, sanitary containers at our offices at 274 Kingston Street, 15 Quebec Street, 1918 Yonge Street in Thunder Bay and at 255 Scott Street in Fort Frances.


We are adopting alternate work arrangements for employees to allow for work from home as much as possible as well as defined shift assignments to reduce staff numbers present at work at any one time.


We have increased sanitation procedures of all hard surfaces and touch points and are limiting common areas to reduce potential for non-contact transmission.


We continue to encourage all staff to limit inter-personal contact and maintain appropriate hygiene procedures, in particular – regular and effective hand washing.


We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and as additional measures are introduced by Government we will comply fully with any and all recommendations and requirements.


If there are any questions regarding TBTE’s Protocols, please contact the undersigned at T: 807-626-6639 or email at rfrenette@tbte.ca


Yours truly,
Rob Frenette, P. Eng. President, TBT Engineering


TBTE 9th Annual Curling Fun-spiel

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On Saturday, 6 teams took to the ice to compete in our 9th annual Curling Bonspiel. All skill levels took part in the fun event!

Congrats to our winning team, Team Number One! The team consisted of Glenn Graham, Shelby Wideman, Darryl Kelly and Michelle Kelly. Way to go guys!

Glenn not pictured.

First Annual Women in Technology Meet and Greet a Success

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On Friday February 28th, 50 women from the Engineering and Architectural industry came together to celebrate and promote women in Technology in Thunder Bay.

This wonderful Women in Technology night was hosted by Stephanie Pesheau, the representative for Women in Technology for the Thunder Bay Chapter of OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists). We are so proud of Steph’s hard work and dedication in supporting and inspiring young women to pursue their dream careers in Technology and Engineering.
We can’t wait for next year’s event!


TBT Engineering’s new promotional video

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Westfort Productions worked with Rob and Liana Frenette to create a dynamic promotional video. It displays our expansive company and the many faces that make up our workforce. Thank you to everyone that was a part of making this video.


TBT Engineering Limited’s GRAND OPENING of Fort Frances Engineering, Environmental and Legal Surveys Consultancy Office.

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An interested and enthusiastic group of approximately 50 well-wishers representing local businesses, contractors, government and variety of other organizations joined TBT Engineering President Rob Frenette and team members from both Fort Frances and Thunder Bay to celebrate the Grand Opening of TBTE’s Consultancy Office at 255 Scott Street in downtown Fort Frances. The September 12th event marked the further realization of our company’s mission to provide “One Stop Shopping” for our Engineering and Surveying clients; now more directly than ever throughout the Rainy River District and beyond.  As was explained to those in attendance, TBT Engineering Limited (TBTE) is Northwestern Ontario’s largest independently owned multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm and the Fort Frances office represents the gateway to our full range of Engineering and Surveying services.   

The milestone re-opening of the refurbished landmark Lloyd Building also represents an important step in the re-development of the emerging Rainy Lake Square area.  The building’s west exterior now features historic artifacts and images from the region.  Former building owners Ruth and Ted Brockie were on hand to see the rededication of their long-time Brockie’s Jewelers site under TBTE’s care and these perennial pillars of the community marked the occasion with a very tangible demonstration of support as they elicited Brennan’s Jewelers of Kenora to provide a dazzling set of diamond earrings as a door prize.  Mike Bolstad was the lucky winner of the earrings and Lisa Brockie won the draw for a $1000 gift certificate toward TBTE Surveys services.  DJ, Aaron, Murray & Heidi very much look forward to continuing to meet clients’ needs from our new facility.  



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