It was a busy year in 2017 for Trans Mountain as it continued to work with local businesses and organizations, many who have expressed support for the Project and whose members are excited about the opportunities the expansion provides. The Business Council of BC along with chambers of commerce and business improvement associations throughout British Columbia and Alberta remain strong advocates for responsible resource development and economic growth for small businesses across the country.

As a member of all the chambers of commerce along its pipeline corridor, Trans Mountain makes it a priority to engage with chamber members at networking events, trade shows, committees and meetings to share the most up-to-date information about the Project. In 2017, Trans Mountain partnered with chambers in Burnaby, Edmonton, Hinton and Valemount to host a series of Business Readiness Workshops to assist in maximizing the economic opportunities with the Project, help local businesses understand and prepare for potential procurement opportunities and showcase the possible local business opportunities for chamber members and their businesses. Trans Mountain will be hosting more of these interactive workshops in the new year.

Trans Mountain also supports various not-for-profit organizations such as the Burnaby Neighbourhood House, the Coquitlam Foundation, Resource Works and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. This year, Trans Mountain attended the Burnaby Neighbourhood House Annual Diamond Ball Gala to help raise funds for its local social programs for families in Burnaby. Attending the event was an excellent opportunity to meet new people in the community, answer questions about the Project and receive feedback from community stakeholders.

Trans Mountain also makes an effort to share information about the Expansion Project in multiple different languages and platforms. Key Project information is available in six languages on the Trans Mountain website. Trans Mountain also engages with the Chinese-Canadian community to highlight the importance of increasing international trade and market access for Canadian products.

The Independent Contractors Association of BC (ICBA) is a strong proponent of the Project and proactively shares information about its economic benefits such as the 15,000 jobs that will be created per year during construction and the thousands of skills training and apprenticeship opportunities that will be available in communities across British Columbia. ICBA represents more than 2,000 members and clients and is the single largest sponsor of apprentices in the province of BC.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) continues to be the voice of Canada's upstream oil, oil sands and natural gas industry. Through its Energy Citizens initiative, CAPP encourages people to join thousands of other Canadians who are proud of the positive impacts of Canada’s energy industry. You too can sign the pledge to support the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and strengthen Canada’s ability to be a supplier of choice for energy around the world. As the Trans Mountain team looks back on all the support the Project received in 2017, it’s excited for the New Year ahead and construction to be fully underway. Many businesses are preparing for an influx of economic activity and employment opportunities in their local communities. The team will continue to build more relationships and work with the community and business to share the most up-to-date information about the Project.