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TBT Engineering CEO, Liana Frenette, Honoured With Alumni Award from L.U.

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On Saturday, October 1, Lakehead University held its 2nd annual Homecoming Celebration, inviting many past alumni and their families from across the country to join in the weekend-long festivities.

That evening, the Alumni Association hosted its Alumni Award reception to a sold out crowd in the Faculty Lounge.

Among this year’s award recipients was TBT Engineering’s own CEO and Local entrepreneur Liana Frenette (Photo: Center front row) who was recognized for her exceptional achievements with an Alumni Honour Award.

The Staff and Management of TBTE would like to congratulate all of this year’s nominees and winners for the great work they do to in and around our community!

To view a full photo gallery of the Awards Reception, please visit the Alumni website at:

TBT Engineering Is A Proud Supporter of Roots to Harvest!

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Matterhorn15_TeamIt started off as a small idea; and from there it just kept on growing…

If you haven’t already heard of Roots to Harvest… they are an incorporated, not-for-profit organization based in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Their Mission is to provide transformative educational opportunities for youth to engage with local agriculture and cultivate healthy communities. Their vision is of a future where youth are leaders, connecting a diverse community and cultivating food that’s healthy and accessible.

TBT Engineering (TBTE) has been a proud Supporter of Roots to Harvest for over five years and believes in what the Organization is trying to accomplish through it’s annual garden program.  In 2015, TBT Engineering also took part in our first ever Matterhorn Madness (Run up Mt. Baldy), with proceeds raised from the event going to support Roots to Harvest!

We look forward to continuing our support for this wonderful program which not only enriches our community but also enriches learning!

For the latest information on Roots to Harvest, or to find out how you or your organization can get involved, visit the link below:


TBT Engineering Is A Proud Sponsor and Mentor to Anishinabek Students!

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TBT Engineering is a proud sponsor of the Anishinabek Employment and Training Services (AETS) program. AETS’s mission is to empower the Anishinabek through holistic programming, cultural sharing and skills training to employment. AETS’s Construction Craft Worker Program prepares workers with training applicable to various construction-based roles and includes a placement piece to end the program.

TBT Engineering (TBTE) has facilitated placements for AETS’s participants since the inception of the program, and has retained several placement students by offering them full-time roles within our organization. TBTE plans to continue our role with AETS as they endure to provide unique solutions to support Anishinabek to overcome barriers that are customized to individuals in their search for meaningful employment in the North.

For more information on AETS, or to find out how you can get involved; please click the link below:


TBT Engineering Is Proud To Announce $5,000 Sponsorship for the Northern Ontario First Nations Environmental Conference (NOFNEC)

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TBT Engineering is excited to announce our commitment to Sponsor the Northern Ontario First Nations Environmental Conference (NOFNEC) for $5,000.

We hope through this Rushing Waterfall Sponsorship, TBT can continue to develop and nurture its growing relationship with First Nations Environmental Professionals, as well as Government, and our Partners throughout Northern Ontario.

For more information about NOFNEC, please visit the link below:
Northern Ontario First Nations Conference

TBT Engineering Champions Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program in the North!

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On Thursday August 25, 2016 TBT Engineering Limited pledged its support to area Aboriginal youth by signing on to Champion this year’s Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program – aimed at mentoring young people in the region towards their career aspirations. The $5,000.00 funding by TBT Engineering will help lead the way for 20 Aboriginal youth to get leadership training in Northwestern Ontario.

TBT Engineering President, Rob Frenette, had the following comments on Thursday, “TBT Engineering believes in the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program. Our company works in the north and recognizes the significance of mentoring and training our local young people. It is very important to recruit closer to home and to play our part in building capacity in the region for young people to succeed at all levels.”

Over the past year TBT Engineering has continued to expand its operations, hiring additional staff from within the local population and now has a full-time workforce which exceeds 180 employees. The company anticipates future growth and has identified that a skilled labour shortage would have an impact on our local economy, which is why they felt strongly about supporting this initiative.

If you know of other area businesses that would like to assist Leadership Thunder Bay with this year’s Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program, we ask that you direct them to:

New Gold Mine Bringing Economic Turnaround To The Northwest!

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New Gold has yet to mine an ounce of gold from the site under development located 420 kilometres west of the city but it’s already had a $70-million impact on Thunder Bay’s economy.

Twenty-seven local firms have successfully bid for contracts to construct and supply New Gold’s Rainy River project. The lion’s share of the local impact goes to EKT90, which will be constructing the mine’s on-site gold mill.

Other companies are providing a spectrum of goods and services, from roads and highways to power line management, propane, fabricated products, as well as health and safety equipment.

Some local companies have been waiting for the mining market to rebound for a generation while others continue to adapt to changing marketplace and expand their offerings.

TBT Engineering was founded in 1995, more than a decade after Northwestern Ontario’s last significant industrial developments were built. It survived through the prolonged regional recession in the energy sector by pursuing hydrological, wind and solar projects.

TBT Engineering president Rob Frenette said the New Gold development is an “unprecedented” opportunity to shift and expand his company’s focus to add mining infrastructure to its portfolio.

The company’s expertise makes up a 40 per cent share of the Ozaanaman Engineering consortium, a partnership with Fort Frances-based Saulteux Consulting & Engineering along with partners in Naicatchewenin and Rainy River First Nations.

TBT Engineering is leveraging its long-standing expertise in civic and energy infrastructure as it evolves into the region’s new mining era. Greenstone Gold contracted the company to route the highway south of Geraldton in 2011, it has studied aggregate at the Hammond Reef project and expanded transmission lines into Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine.

Frenette believes the prospect of building infrastructure north of Ontario’s existing roads and power lines will drive new demand that will fuel Thunder Bay companies.

Article written by: Jon Thompson

TBT ENGINEERING Participates In 2016 Heart & Stroke Big Bike Campaign!

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On Tuesday, May 17, 2016 TBT ENGINEERING participated in the 2016 Heart & Stroke Big Bike Campaign to raise both funds and awareness for those affected by heart disease. 29 staff members embarked on a sunny 16-minute bike ride which took us from the Best Western (DAYS INN) around Confederation College and onto the Harbour Expressway for the final leg of our journey! We were motivated to return to this worthwhile campaign by the knowledge that we were riding to raise money for those affected by heart disease and the hope that our contribution would help to save a life. By the end of the campaign, TBT Engineering and its staff raised just under $4,000.00 for Heart and Stroke research.

A great team effort; Thank you to all those who sponsored us as well as our riders!

TBT Engineering is participating in the 2016 PDAC International Convention, Trade Show in Toronto! (March 6- 9)

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If you find yourself at the 2016 PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange in Toronto this week, be sure to stop by the TBT Engineering booth in the “Northern Showcase” portion of the trade show. Meet Rob, Scott, or Brian and be entered to win something cool and unique to PDAC attendees-only.

We hope to see many of you out on the floor this week!

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