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Date 03/11/2016

Dome name chosen, honourable mention for most creative, nostalgic and humorous

Bow Valley locals earn total of $4,000 to give to their favourite charities    

Exshaw, AB - Today, Lafarge Canada Inc. announced it will name its dome in Exshaw, the EcoDome. The name was submitted by two entrants in the competition to name the most talked about feature on Lafarge's expansion project. Jim Petersen and Bruce Brinkworth will each receive the grand prize of $1,000 to go toward their charity of choice. The contest was open to all Bow Valley Residents, and approximately 300 submissions to the contest were received before it closed February 23, 2016. Lafarge employees had the chance to review all names, selecting EcoDome as the winning entry.


"We were absolutely blown away by the number and quality of the entries," said Jim Bachmann, Plant Manager for Exshaw. "EcoDome is fitting. It's a name that reflects the balance between the economy and the ecosystem - a balance we aim to achieve in our everyday operations."


The dome helps minimize dust on the Exshaw site. It stores and blends all the raw materials needed to make high quality cement. When the contest was launched in February, Lafarge outlined the winner would get:



  • Their name on a plaque outside the dome
  • A VIP tour of the dome and plant expansion
  • $1,000 donated to a charity they choose
  • Bragging rights.


"We thought we would see about 50 entries max, so we've been pleasantly surprised and to be honest, we've had so much fun seeing the entries, we have decided to give out a few honourable mentions," Bachmann added.


In addition to the two $1,000 checks that will go to the grand prize winners' charity of choice, four Bow Valley entrants will have the chance to make $500 donations toward their favourite non-profit organizations:


  • Most creative: The Mixing Bowl, Daryl Mikalson, Justin Francis
  • Most nostalgic: The Diver-Fleming Dome, named after Dan Diver and Hugh Fleming who discovered high quality limestone in the Bow Valley. Submitted by Pat Zawada
  • Most humorous: The Duster Buster, Taryn Wagar.



Lafarge hopes entrants will consider donating their winnings to groups working in support of our pillars for giving: education, sustainable construction and the environment. However, the company recognizes entrants have the right to put their money toward the charities that matter most to them.


"We want to thank everyone who entered," said Bachmann. "It was just great to see this level of community involvement with our expansion project." 


Michelle Gurney




ABOUT Lafarge Canada Inc.

Lafarge Canada Inc., a member of LafargeHolcim, is Canada's largest provider of solutions to the construction and development industry. With more than 6,000 employees across Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions that build better cities and communities. The cities where we live, work, and raise our families along with the infrastructure that supports our communities such as roads, bridges, transportation links, water, and waste management benefit from the solutions provided by Lafarge.


Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around our operations. At locations across Canada, we have worked to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, restore wetlands for native plants and animals, and identify waste materials that can be recycled and used at our operations. For more information:


ABOUT LafargeHolcim


With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 bn (EUR 27 bn) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.

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