Liana Frenette voted Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs

In 1994, Liana Frenette (B.Ed '88) and her husband were approached about purchasing a small materials testing lab with a three-person staff. Fast-forward to 2015, and Frenette’s company (TBT Engineering & Ozaanaman Engineering) now employs over 100 people full time and boasts an expanded roster of services catering to northwestern Ontario’s mining industry. In that same year, Frenette was voted one of PROFIT/Chatelaine's Top Female Entrepreneurs.  The PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranks female business leaders according to a proprietary formula that combines the sales, three- year revenue growth rate and profitability of their businesses. All data is verified through financial statements supplied by candidates. To qualify, candidates must be owners or significant stakeholders who at least share chief decision-making capabilities."Building positive relationships with indigenous communities has been key to their success," Frenette says, adding that her greatest achievement to date was helping found Ozaanaman Engineering, a First Nations–owned firm. “Developing relationships is important to any business doing work in and on traditional First Nations lands.”