It was the wish of Ken Reed, founder of Tenaquip Limited, that a foundation be created to assist registered charities in Canada and abroad to help meet their charitable objectives. Founded in November 2006, The Tenaquip Foundation, provides relief primarily in the areas of homelessness, poverty, abuse, caregiving, medical research, children’s welfare and humanitarian causes.
Since its operations began in 2006-2007 the Tenaquip Foundation has donated over $20,000,000 to Canadians in need and has also taken part in several international projects.
A cause particularly close to our heart is helping those living with ALS and ALS research, for this reason the foundation has become involved with The Montreal Neurological Hospital as well as ALS societies in a number of provinces. 2014 marked the opening of the Ken Reed Motor Neuro Research Unit, a research lab several years in the making, dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of neurological diseases.
This is the story of Kenneth George Reed, father, entrepreneur and philanthropist, from his humble beginnings to industry leader.
Having spent much of his childhood in Verdun, Quebec, and coming from a machinist father and stay-at-home mother, Ken Reed learned the value of hard work. Dad was not destined for a formal education and in Grade 9, he left school. He started working at the age of 14 and bounced from job to job, from packer to salesman to cashier. Dad was looking for a way to make a living and build a career.
After meeting his wife Shirley at the age of 20 at the Montreal YMCA and marrying shortly thereafter, Ken decided it was time to move into a more secure profession. He started as a full-time salesperson at Williams and Wilson, a small industrial distribution company. After several years of learning the trade, Dad decided it was time to get into business, as he was an entrepreneur by nature. In 1968, in his own basement, Dad founded Tenaquip Limited. At home, his ever-growing family of 5 children learned the tricks of the trade at Tenaquip. Of course, there were many lean years, but hard work and determination paid off. Tenaquip finally managed to get out of the basement. Over the next ten years, Tenaquip moved to several locations due to the growth in sales and staff. Tenaquip’s head office is now located in Senneville and has several other locations across the country.
One cause that is particularly close to our hearts is helping people with ALS and ALS research. This is why the foundation is involved with the Montreal Neurological Hospital and ALS societies in some provinces. The year 2014 will mark the opening of the Ken Reed Motor Neuron Disease Research Unit, a research laboratory that took several years to establish and is dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of neurological diseases.
Many of the beneficiaries we work with operate on a very limited budget and in many case resources and personnel are very scarce.
If you would like to donate some of your time to help out one of these great organizations then you are in the right place. See below (or) click on a link below to see the opportunities available to you.
How To Apply for Funding From The Tenaquip Foundation
The Tenaquip Foundation continually reviews funding requests from new applicants. The Donations committee meets in early October of each year to make final decisions on beneficiaries.
We ask that you submit your request through email.
You must provide us with a brief history of your organization, who you are, what you do etc. (please keep it brief as we receive a lot of new applications)
You must also provide us with last year’s financials, they do not need to be official; we are simply trying to get a quick snapshot of who you are.
Finally, please let us know how much you are asking for in funding and what the money will be used for.
I personally review each request; I then present the requests to the board and donations committee for their review and decision.
All the best,
The Tenaquip Foundation
450 boulevard Beaconsfield
Beaconsfield (Qc) H9W 4B9
Board of directors
Shirley Reed President
Mark Armitage Vice-President
Steve Weinstein Secretary
Micheal FitzGerald Executive Director
Glenn Watt Vice-President of Finance