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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 Participates In 2015 Heart & Stroke BIG BIKE Campaign!

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On Thursday, May 14, 2015 TBT Engineering participated in the 2015 Heart and Stroke Big Bike Campaign to raise both funds and awareness for those affected.  29 staff members embarked on a rainy 20-minute bike ride which took us from the DaVinci around Arthur Street and Victoria Avenue and back.  It was cold, it was wet; but more than anything… it was fun!  Our spirits were raised 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 over $2,100.00 for Heart and Stroke research.


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In April 2015, TBT Engineering CEO Liana Frenette sat down to speak with 100 girls about careers in the skilled trades and technologies as Skills Canada–Ontario presented its “Skills Work for Women Career Exploration” event at La Place Rendez-Vous here.  The goal of the event was to provide information, guidance and to answer questions young women may have about the opportunities that exist for them if they pursue a career in a skilled trade of their choosing.

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Liana Frenette, CEO of TBT Engineering & Ozaanaman Engineering recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Influential Female Entrepreneurs!

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PROFIT and Chatelaine recently ranked Liana Frenette, CEO of Thunder Bay’s TBT Engineering on the 17th annual W100 list of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs. The list which is published in the June issue of Canadian Business (on newsstands now) and online at and, ranks female entrepreneurs with a proprietary formula that considers size, growth rate and profitability of the businesses they own and run.

“You need a bold vision, an innovative strategy and loads of tenacity to earn a spot on the W100,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-Chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “Every person on this list represents the pinnacle of business success in Canada. Their stories are inspiring and instructive for those seeking to excel as an entrepreneur.

“TBT Engineering and Ozaanaman Engineering are honoured to be on the W100 ranking,” says CEO Liana Frenette. “This achievement reflects the strength of our companies and the dedication of our team.”

TBT Engineering recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary this spring under Liana’s leadership. The company is proud of their newest business partnership, Ozaanaman Engineering, and the direction in which both organizations are moving forward. Frenette credits their success on fostering relationships with local communities and stresses the need for openness and trust with First Nations when doing work in and on traditional First Nations lands.

Now in its 17th year, the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs is Canada’s largest celebration of achievement by women business owners. Produced by the editors of PROFIT and Chatelaine, the rankings and extended coverage of the women honoured are published in print and online. To see this year’s complete ranking and find links to all W100 editorial coverage, visit or pick up the June 2015 issue of Canadian Business which is on sale now.

About TBT Engineering and Ozaanaman Engineering

TBT Engineering Limited (TBTE) is Northwestern Ontario’s largest independently owned multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm with headquarters in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Originally established in 1968, TBTE currently employs over 100 full time professional and technical staff, along with as many as 50 additional seasonal staff serving public and private clients across a diverse range of industries and sectors. We have successfully completed numerous projects all across Ontario and Western Canada, from Manitoba to British Columbia and all the way to Nunavut in Canada’s Far North.

Meanwhile, Ozaanaman Engineering is an engineering company made up of a partnership between two engineering companies and two First Nation communities; TBT Engineering Limited, Saulteaux Consulting & Engineering, Naicatchewenin First Nations, and Rainy River First Nations.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise ( for nominating Liana to the 2015 W100!

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