Trans Mountain signs MOU with Coquitlam Foundation

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Expansion Project Signs Agreement to Further Educational Awards for Marine Science, Humanities, Trades and Engineering Students in the Tri-Cities

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see a $300,000 contribution over 20 years toward funding annual awards for eligible secondary students in School District 43 pursuing studies in nautical science, marine engineering, heavy mechanics, environmental science, social work, and or emergency management studies. Scholarships are applicable for various diploma programs offered at BCIT, Douglas College and some recognized post-secondary institutions and will be awarded after all Expansion Project approvals.

“This proposed educational funding will allow the Coquitlam Foundation to continue to fulfill an important part of its mission to provide benefits to our community – in this case, to support students as they seek to further their education,” said CF Board Chair Janet Toddington.

“Today’s agreement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to support educational opportunities to communities along the pipeline.” said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada. “We are proud to partner with Coquitlam Foundation to provide more access to post-secondary education for high school students in the Tri-Cities.”

This is the third agreement Trans Mountain has signed that will further post-secondary opportunities for students in B.C.  In April, 2015 Trans Mountain signed an agreement with Thompson Rivers University, to provide $500,000 in funding for students studying trades, environmental science and social work and signed an MOU with Camosun College contributing $400,000 toward a dedicated  space to house the Coastal Skills Initiative and student scholarships. Additional agreements with educational institutions along the pipeline corridor are being pursued as project planning continues.

In addition to agreements with educational institutions, Trans Mountain has also secured Community Benefits Agreements with local governments along the pipeline corridor. To date, Trans Mountain has signed 18 agreements with a dollar value of more than $8.5 million representing some 95 per cent of the pipeline route.

Awards Established:
Coquitlam Foundation will provide the following annual awards over 20 years to eligible students in School District 43:

Trans Mountain Pipeline Award for Nautical Science – BCIT
Trans Mountain Pipeline Award for marine Engineering – BCIT
Trans Mountain Pipeline Award for heavy Mechanical trades– BCIT
Trans Mountain Pipeline Award for Environmental Science – Douglas College
Trans Mountain Pipeline Award for Environmental Studies – Douglas College
Trans Mountain Pipeline Award for Bachelor of Emergency Management and Security Studies – Justice Institute of BC
Trans Mountain Pipeline Award for Emergency Management Certificate – Justice Institute of BC
Trans Mountain Pipeline Award for Environmental Trades, and social work –  recognized post-secondary institute

About Trans Mountain Expansion Project
In spring 2012, Kinder Morgan Canada announced it will move forward with its proposed plans to expand the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline system – between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia – following strong commitments received from its customers. To date, as part of a comprehensive stakeholder engagement program we’ve consulted with thousands of individuals through 93 open houses or workshops along the pipeline and marine corridors and more than 1,234 meetings between project team members and stakeholder groups. For almost 60 years, the 1,150-km Trans Mountain pipeline system has been safely and efficiently providing the only West Coast access for Canadian oil products, including about 90 per cent of the gasoline supplied to the interior and south coast of British Columbia. For more information, please visit

About the Coquitlam Foundation
The Coquitlam Foundation was established in 1992 to help generous and compassionate citizens and organizations create enduring legacies in their community. Since then visionary donors have built the Foundation into a growing endowment that helps local students and non-profit organizations through bursaries, scholarships and community grants. The Foundation encourages and supports creative, targeted philanthropy that builds a vibrant, sustainable and healthy community.  For more information, please visit



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