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Building long-lasting relationships

Building strong communities where we live, work and operate is important to all of us. And, ensuring our stakeholders are meaningfully engaged and respected is critical to our success. We build long-lasting relationships with governments, communities, landowners, Indigenous groups, suppliers, contractors and the public.

TC Energy’s Build Strong community investment program supports hundreds of local non-profit and charitable organizations. The program provides valuable tools and resources to first responders, helps fund educational programs, supports important community needs and strengthens environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Nourishing at-risk communities during COVID-19

We support local needs unique to each community, focusing on poverty reduction, youth development and community events.  

Food banks and food pantries help us fulfill this commitment across the TC PipeLines, LP operating regions by providing nutritious food to individuals who otherwise may not have it. Partners like the Kendall County Community Food Pantry in Yorkville, Illinois helped us support families and individuals impacted by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic by providing meals and non-perishable items at no cost to residents across three counties.  

These community-centric partnerships allow us to be responsive to local needs, ultimately supporting the causes and organizations that are working to make our communities equitable and enjoyable for all. 

Working with Native American groups

We recognize Native American groups as rightsholders who have a distinct relationship to the land. Our Indigenous Relations team engages early and often with potentially affected groups to understand their interests, identify opportunities, respond to their concerns and facilitate participation on our projects. By working together and ensuring open communication with Native American groups, we strive to earn their respect and trust to establish and grow positive long-term relationships.  

Landowners

Our infrastructure is designed to last for generations. So building and managing long-term relationships with landowners is critical to our success. In all interactions with landowners we are committed to being respectful and trustworthy, honest, fair, accountable and professional.

Filling a critical educational need in Oregon 

When Oregon State University - Cascades (OSU-Cascades) first decided to open a campus in Central Oregon, they asked local industry what they thought was important.

"The overwhelming response was engineering,” says Rebecca Webb, the Energy Systems Program Lead at the university. "But some very forward-thinking individuals thought that it needed to be energy engineering. They saw that there was a need and they drove that forward as an initiative." 

In 2010, OSU-Cascades in Bend, OR, launched an Energy Systems Engineering four-year degree program, which TC Energy has supported since 2014. The program is a combination of mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering core courses, supplemented with energy-related and business management courses. The investment from TC Energy allows for experiential learning for senior-year students as they work on their final design projects, collaborating with local energy companies to solve a real-world problem. 

"The Energy Systems Engineering program is filling a critical niche," says Andrew Ketsdever, the Associate Dean at the university. "Energy, the use of energy, the efficient use and production of energy, is becoming more and more critical for society as we know. And we're playing a role in producing engineers who think about energy first and foremost."

More information

TC Energy subsidiaries are the operator of most of our pipelines.  

Learn more about our approach to engaging communities, Indigenous groups, and landowners: TCEnergy.com/Sustainability.