On November 24, 2017 Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC announced Trans Mountain as its largest corporate donor of the year. 

A $500,000 cheque was presented at the TRU annual Donor Awards evening, which follows through on a community benefit agreement signed in April 2015, when Trans Mountain and the university entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). As part of our Community Benefit Program, the funds gifted to the university will contribute to a 20-year bursary program for students pursuing education and training in trades, social work, research and environmental science.

“Throughout our many conversations with TRU, we heard and mutually understood the growing need for education in BC’s Interior,” said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited. “We are proud of our commitment to providing local benefits for all communities along our pipeline, and investing in education and training at TRU will create additional and long-lasting education opportunities for many students, for years to come.”

Along with investing in TRU, Trans Mountain is also supporting other educational institutions and has signed agreements with Camosun College and the Coquitlam Foundation. In September 2016, Trans Mountain contributed funds for a dedicated space to house the Coastal Skills Initiative at Camosun’s Victoria, BC Interurban campus, as well as supporting student bursaries and scholarships. Trans Mountain’s contribution to the Coquitlam Foundation in November 2016 supports 20 years of annual awards for eligible secondary students pursuing studies in nautical science, marine engineering, heavy mechanics, environmental science, social work and/or emergency management studies. We will continue to work with key institutions to support students in trades, technology and environmental programs related to the pipeline industry. Our company strongly believes in the legacy the approved expansion will create in education and training opportunities – not just through employment and jobs on the Project – but also within the local construction and trades industry.