2019 was a big year for Trans Mountain. As part of our company’s mission, we strive to be good neighbours and give back to the communities where we operate. We encourage and support our employees and contractors to be active members of their communities through volunteering, donations and giving back to our communities.

“Trans Mountain invests in a variety of grass roots programs and initiatives that help build stronger communities for our employees and contractors to live and work in. It’s important for us to have a positive meaningful local impact.” – Lexa Hobenshield, Manager Lower Mainland and Community Investment

Trans Mountain’s Community Investment Program funds positive legacies in the communities where we live and work, from Strathcona County, Alberta to Sooke, British Columbia including Puget Sound, Washington and Calgary, Alberta.

The organizations Trans Mountain support focus on environmental stewardship, community well-being, and education, all pillars of our community investment program. In 2019, Trans Mountain donated approximately $240,000 to over 100 community and Indigenous organizations in British Columbia and Alberta.

To learn more about our Community Investment Program and apply for funding click here

Here are some examples of support to our local communities 2019:

Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society

On southern Vancouver Island, Trans Mountain has contributed $25,000 over the last five year to the volunteer-run Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society, which maintains a salmon interpretive centre and demonstration hatchery on the Charters River near the community of Sooke. The society’s salmon education program is a big hit with teachers and students who arrive by the busload, particularly in autumn when chinook salmon leave the ocean and migrate up the river on their spawning run.

Wildlife Rescue of BC

Trans Mountain donated $10,000 to the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC (WRA). The investment will be used for an onsite building-use conversion project at WRA’s facility in Burnaby, BC to establish an expanded Medical Treatment Centre.

SHARE IMAGINE 2019 Gala

Trans Mountain supported the SHARE Family & Community Services event, IMAGINE 2019. This event helps keep the Tri-Cities Food Bank shelves full, to provide counselling for kids struggling with bullying at school, to support youth battling with addiction issues, to support speech, physical, and occupational therapists by providing them with the tools they need to help children with developmental disabilities or delays when they say their first words or take their first steps.

Burnaby Community Services: Coldest Night of the Year

Burnaby Community Services is a charitable society providing a voice, resources and opportunities to people who need support. Trans Mountain supported Burnaby Community Services in their Annual Coldest Night of the Year event. The Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, nation-wide, family-friendly walk that raises awareness and money for approved Canadian charities who serve Canadians experiencing homelessness and those facing the constant challenge of living right on the edge. 

Alberta Student Energy Conference

The Alberta Student Energy Conference brings together students, industry professionals and individuals together to raise awareness about the Canadian energy sector. Trans Mountain sponsored the 2019 conference because of its focus on education, collaboration and knowledge sharing between various disciplines involved in the energy industry. There were over 150 students and over 100 energy professionals at the conference. 

Raise a Reader Kamloops

Trans Mountain sponsored Kamloops This Week’s annual fundraiser for local literacy, Raise a Reader 2019. This annual event supports two local literacy groups, Literacy in Kamloops (LinK) and the Kamloops Early Learning and Literacy Initiative (KELLI), which is then match by a donation from the Province of British Columbia. 

Trade Winds to Success

Trade Winds to Success (TWTS) assists Indigenous, Metis and Inuit people to make informed career choices by providing academic and pre-apprenticeship training and follow-up support. Trans Mountain has a partnership with TWTS which supports pre-apprenticeship training and upcoming programs. In 2019, Trans Mountain supported an Indigenous Youth Training Program with TWTS, which is an innovative program designed to help those interested or motivated to begin a career in the construction trades. 

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Bursary

The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is the home of Indigenous public post-secondary education in BC. Trans Mountain has provided an annual $1,000 bursary since 2014, which is given to a second-year Environmental Resources Technology student who demonstrates all-round performance throughout the program.