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TBT Engineering Sponsors 2017 BizKids Camp!

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TBT Engineering is a proud Sponsor of the 2017 BizKids Camp!

BizKids Camp provides youth the opportunity to experience the role of an entrepreneur.  Participating youth develop a business plan and with help from their business coaches, run their business on the last day of camp and try to turn a profit!

Congrats to all the young entrepreneurs that took part in today’s Market Day.

From homemade bath products, chocolate bark, pigs in a blanket, indoor planters, and organic dog treats; there was something to delight everyone!

For more information on this and other summer camps, please visit:

TBT Engineering Is A Proud Sponsor of PROJECT SMILE!

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On Thursday May 18, 2017 Corpus Christi School hosted Project Smile, a stress buster day put on by dedicated St. Ignatius teachers, students, and volunteers.  The goal of Project Smile was to develop a set of activities that would assist in alleviating stressors, anxieties, and other pressure that may be experienced by many young students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6.  In addition to teaching coping strategies to the children, the program was intended to help young students understand, recognize and deal with mental health issues.  Activities throughout the day included painting, dancing, making individualized stress balls, and even a puppy playroom where students got to spend one on one time with puppies from Paws for Love dog rescue.  At each station children received a “gift” to put in their self-soothing kits which later went home with them; helping promote what they had learned throughout the day.  TBT Engineering was honoured to sponsor Project Smile for $3,000 in order to help them continue the amazing work they are doing to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues!

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 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:

TBT ENGINEERING Sponsors Young Women In Trades Event With $3,000 Commitment To SKILLS ONTARIO!

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Skills Ontario with sponsorship from TBT Engineering is looking to bring their annual Young Women’s Event to Thunder Bay & Kenora in 2017. The goal of the event is to bring the message of trades and technology based careers to as many young women living in the region as possible! TBT Engineering is once again getting involved by committing $3,000.00 for next year’s event. We encourage other area businesses to please get involved by contacting Skills Ontario ( or by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

TBT Engineering Creates a Brighter Future for Engineering Students

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By Lee-Ann Camelin, Lakehead University Alumni Association

With the same spirit and drive that has made TBT Engineering a leading force in the business sector, Rob and Liana Frenette continue to demonstrate a commitment to Lakehead University through the establishment of a graduate level scholarship in civil engineering. “Having 50 years of Lakehead University in Northwestern Ontario has allowed numerous students to attend University. Without an engineering program in the region, TBT Engineering would not have been able to achieve all we have as a Northwestern Ontario business.”

In the spring of 2015, Liana Frenette, past member of Lakehead University’s Board of Directors and a Lakehead Alumna along with her husband, Rob, also a Lakehead graduate graciously made a gift of $20,000 to establish a graduate scholarship in Civil Engineering. “We rely on the students and graduates every year. A Masters in Engineering Program at Lakehead will allow many to fulfill their dreams of furthering their engineering education,” they explain.

Recently ranked as one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs, Liana Frenette appreciates the value of a good work ethic and a dedicated team. Having just celebrated their 20th anniversary under Liana’s leadership as CEO, TBT Engineering credits their success on fostering relationships with local communities and Aboriginal communities.

For the full article by Lee-Ann Camelin, please visit:  AALU Website

TBT ENGINEERING Awards Post-Secondary Scholarships to Children/Grandchildren of Staff

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This week TBT Engineering awarded Post-secondary Scholarships to the children and grandchildren of qualifying staff members to help them in their endeavors to further their education.

TBTE would like to Congratulate the four recipients (shown below) of this years “TBT Engineering Scholarship” and wish them all the best in reaching their educational goals!

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