Creating a strong start for tomorrow’s female trades

Kate Palmer & TC Energy

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Kate Palmer, TC Energy area manager

Giving back to communities where they live and work, TC Energy’s community giving program, Build Strong, supports local organizations that equip first responders, protect the environment, alleviate poverty and improve access to education.

“We invest in organizations that improve access to education for all because our experience has shown that a diverse workforce drives innovation, facilitates collaboration, and sustains continued growth,” said Kate Palmer, area manager for TC Energy.

This dedication to diversity inspired TC Energy to contribute $6,000 toward bursaries for students in the College’s Women in Trades Training (WITT) trades sampler program.

Providing access to six different skilled trades (Carpenter, Electrician, Automotive Mechanic, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) and Welder) over a 12-week period, the WITT trades sampler program prepares participants to enter a trades foundation program at the College. Students also receive supplemental coaching, mentorship, and industry connections during and after the program through the College’s Women in Trades Mentorship Program.

“Whether we are providing grants to organizations, awarding scholarships or bursaries to students, or sponsoring a local event that brings community members together, our goal is to help build strong, vibrant communities through mutually beneficial relationships,” Palmer said.

For over 70 years, TC Energy has proudly operated pipelines, storage facilities, and power-generation plants that support life in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The company is proud of delivering energy safely, responsibly, collaboratively, and with integrity, operating from the core belief that creating opportunities for women is fundamentally important for their organization and for other businesses and corporations in the region.