On Nov. 11, we recognize Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada in honour of those who have served and those who continue to serve and sacrifice, and in memory of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
We are proud to work alongside nearly 200 veterans and soldiers and value the diverse skills, experience, and perspective that veterans and military personnel bring to our workplace.
We spoke to Keon Flamont and Scott Jordan — veterans whom we are grateful to have on our team. Thank you to Keon, Scott and all our veterans for your service.
Keon in Bosnia in 1994
I am an avid camper, competitive shooter and Indigenous veteran. My role at TC Energy is as an Indigenous Relations Business Engagement Advisor working on the West Path Delivery 2022 and 2023 projects. I am based out of Calgary, but my position requires a fair bit of travel to engage with community contractors. In my role, I work to build relationships with Indigenous groups affected by our projects to maximize Indigenous economic inclusion. One of my favourite parts of my job is building employment opportunities with Indigenous communities to create sustainable companies and trained employees that benefit the community long term.
Joining the military is what I wanted to do since I was knee-high to a grasshopper — I can’t remember wanting to do anything but serve my country in the Infantry. My 17th birthday happened on the weekend and I was at the recruiting office on Monday — being a soldier has always been a large part of who I am.
I began my military career in the reserves with the Royal Regina Rifles until there was an opening for me to join the regular force with Princes Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). I spent a large amount of time in Western Canada training in different bases and I had the opportunity to train with the U.S. Marines followed by a tour in Bosnia in the 1990s.
The military constantly challenges you. One of the big things that I take into my everyday work is to ‘keep it simple’ and uncover the root cause of issues to find solutions in uncertain situations. Along the way, I also learned the importance of organizations like TC Energy, who support those still in active service and recognize the additional role they have in their lives to serve their country.
As I get older, I make an effort to stay close to many of those that I served alongside — service brings an outstanding bond and camaraderie due to shared hardships. This Remembrance Day, I plan to get together with my family and my brothers and sisters I served alongside. I take the day to recognize those who are not with us anymore and acknowledge their service and sacrifice.
I am a husband, father, veteran and avid runner. My family is very important to me. I have been married for 24 years and I have two wonderful daughters: Emma, who is a sophomore at Texas A&M University and Ella who is a junior in high school. I am a passionate runner — I have completed three marathons and still try to run each day, although I can’t go quite as far as I used to!
I enlisted in the Army when I turned 18 because I wanted to join a cause greater than myself and serve my country. My father, grandfather and brother were also in the Army — our service is a big part of who we are and has shaped who I have become today.
I joined the military and began my career as an Army Cavalry Scout — a reconnaissance specialist working to understand, gather information and make recommendations based on what’s happening behind enemy lines. Army Cavalry Scouts can be defined as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Army, as well as it’s ‘first line of defense’ which can potentially save countless lives based on the intel they collect. I spent three years in active duty and five years in inactive ready reserve — I have taken many skills I learned in my military service into my role with TC Energy today.
Scott in Fort Polk, Louisiana
At TC Energy, I am a Talent Acquisition Advisor focused on recruiting talent in the United States. Veterans bring many valuable skills to our organization that we often look for in prospective talent like leadership, teamwork and attention to detail. Veterans have many diverse experiences that contribute to our organization’s success — I am proud to work alongside those who have served and champion the hiring of veterans within our organization.
This Veterans Day, I plan to take some time to reflect with family and friends on my service, those who served and the ones currently serving who allow us to enjoy our freedom each and every day!