TNT Property Maintenance provides year-round services for our clients in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, including professional landscape maintenance during the summer months and snow clearing and ice melting services during the winter.
As a service oriented business, TNT is committed to maintaining our high degree of customer service and satisfaction while providing excellent task completion. Our dependable, efficient, knowledgeable and conscientious staff is committed to completing your project correctly the first time. We provide 24-hour emergency service and a mobile phone number is provided to all clients.
Rob Tester, Landscape Designer, Projects Manager, Stormwater Solutions Specialist Linda Tester, Co-owner
Co-owner Rob Tester has been actively involved in landscaping since he was a teenager working for his Uncle’s business in Toronto (areas such as the Bridalpath). After high school, Rob pursued a career as a licensed Chef, studying at Humber College and working at the Nottawasaga Inn, Holiday Inn and Belamy’s Restaurants just to name a few. His passion at that time was creating a culinary experience both in flavours and textures for the pallet, but also pleasing to the eye. In 1993 Robert began TNT….a company that renovated homes on the interior and exterior, including landscaping. Passion took over once again for creativity and soon the company changed direction to only offer exceptional landscape services including unique design/build.
Throughout the years Rob has continued his studies and is currently working on his CLP designation: certified landscape professional. He has already earned a designation as a Certified Health & Safety Representative and is 100% committed to safe work practices. Rob is certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) as a Concrete Paver Installer and is certified as a Permeable Pavement Installer.
If you are looking for a change in your landscape, Rob will be the one to come and visit your project, ask some pertinent questions and provide you with a quote. Be prepared to have/give Rob some idea of what you will be using the space for, the colours you like in your garden and any future projects you may have in mind (as sometimes it is better to plan ahead).
Co-owner Linda Tester came to TNT with her BA through University of Waterloo, majoring in Economics. Linda is in charge of the general office duties – invoicing, receivables, and payables. She is also TNT’s CHSO: Construction Health & Safety Officer, responsible for providing training to staff on such things as WHMIS, traffic control, confined space, scaffolds and trenching. Linda has also earned her designation as a Certified Health & Safety Representative, is 100% committed to safe work practices and is responsible for TNT’s Safety Program development. Currently TNT is working toward its Accreditation with WSIB.
Linda can be found in the office about 80% of the time. The other 20% of the time is spent on the job sites performing site inspections or physically performing the work.
At TNT Property Maintenance, we believe that our involvement in the community can make a difference. As responsible corporate citizens, TNT is committed to supporting local charities and their projects, community events and organizations, and causes that enhance the lives of those living and working here in Kitchener. Our support ranges from donations of cash, items to be used at auctions, and, most importantly, active participation and volunteering.
Helping High School Students Get Green
Big business likes to align itself with higher education. In the Waterloo Region, there is almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the support that successful companies give to the universities and colleges. While millions are being given to the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College, who is helping high schools students?
For 10 years, TNT has made it part of our business philosophy to bring our horticultural expertise to the secondary-school curriculum and create opportunities for young people to excel in this industry. From founding the Annual Regional Landscape Skills Competitions for Secondary Students to chairing the Waterloo Region District School Board’s landscape/horticulture advisory council or organizing Skills Ontario competitions for landscape students, Rob Tester thrives on seeing young men and women blossom into avid horticulturists as they immerse themselves in the hands-on world of landscaping.
Offering these kids an opportunity to learn about environmental stewardship and creating living, growing spaces and knowing that some of them will continue this as a career or a life long hobby is very fulfilling.
Community Rebate Program
It’s these sustainable green practices and the need for an educated workforce that inspired us to dream up a new way to help Kitchener Collegiate Institute with its Green Industries program. Having adopted KCI as our school to assist (we also provide a landscape scholarship for a worthy student entering apprenticeship), we knew that with educational funding cuts, the horticulture program did not have the equipment they need to meet the demand of this rapidly growing, provincially recognized program. In order to help Pat Rittinger, the head of the KCI’s Green Industries class, purchase the equipment and feed the need (KCI also has two goats and six laying hens), Tester implemented a loyalty program this year that would see a 2% rebate of the dollar value of KCI-supporter purchases from TNT Property being donated to the school’s Green Industries program. Rittinger estimates that four or five students go on each year to choose a green industry as their career, while hundreds more have a new appreciation and knowledge of environmental stewardship.
The rebate money will help teachers buy the equipment and supplies needed to run this program, and people will feel good about making a difference simply by purchasing landscaping products or services they were buying anyway. It’s a true win-win situation.
The Community Rebate Program is available to any non-profit organizations (including other schools) that wish to raise money for green initiatives. Just complete the application form and mail, email or fax it to us.
Contact Linda to request an application package be sent to your organization.
TNT is proud to have supported these very worthwhile causes:
TNT Property Maintenance Inc. is committed to a positive and lasting partnership within our community while creating and maintaining outdoor spaces through work excellence, safety dedication and environmental stewardship.
TNT Property Maintenance is committed to the following standards and organizations:
● Better Business Bureau Member
● ContractorCheck Accredited Member
● Snow & Ice Management Association® Member
● Landscape Ontario Approved Professional Member
● Smart About Salt® Approved Professional Contractor
● Promote Education within Our Staff and Industry
● TNT Maintains $5 Million in Business Insurance
● Dedicated to Serve Our Clients with Integrity, Knowledge and Creative Ability
● Promote Open Communication with All Clients and within Our Team Environment
● Committed to Provide the Highest Quality Service with Excellence and Consistency
● Honest and Ethical in All Our Business Activities; Holding Fast to Our Professional Convictions
Management of TNT Property Maintenance Inc. is committed to promoting health and safety within our varied work environments, with an emphasis on preventing workers from injury and occupational illness. TNT will make every effort to provide a safe and healthy work environment. All management, supervisors, sub-contractors and workers must be dedicated to the continuous objective of workplace safety.
At TNT Property Maintenance Inc., legislative requirements such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act will serve as minimum acceptable standards.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act is based on the Internal Responsibility System, the principle that workers and management share responsibility for health and safety. To support this commitment, management, supervisors and workers share a joint responsibility to implement and maintain an Internal Responsibility System directed at reducing and preventing hazards, incidents, injuries and accidents resulting in -occupational injuries, diseases and illnesses. Copies of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and TNT Property Maintenance Inc.’s Occupational Health and Safety Manual, are located in all designated worksites such as the office, the shop, and in all TNT Property Maintenance Inc. vehicles.
All management, supervisors, or workers who supervise other workers are responsible and accountable for the health and safety of those under their supervision and are responsible to ensure that machinery and equipment are safe and that all workers, including sub-contractors, work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and with established safe work practices and procedures. Supervisors and workers will be proactive to attain adequate training in all relevant work tasks and to understand and implement their rights and responsibilities for both individual and joint health and safety.
Every worker must protect their own health and safety by following the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Regulations for Construction Projects, and the Workplace Safety Insurance Act, in addition to safe work practices and procedures. All hazards and incidents must be immediately reported to supervisors or management.
Every worker is expected to consider health and safety in every activity. Commitment to health and safety must form an integral part of TNT Property Maintenance Inc. As management, part of our commitment is the ongoing upkeep of the Safety Groups Program. As such, we are committed to making continuous improvements by reviewing policies and communication methods, making recommendations for change, and recording successes and failures. Participation in this program is both welcomed and encouraged.