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Date 05/09/2014

Lafarge Establishes Exshaw/Lac Des Arcs Education Endowment

$315,000 legacy fund to be managed by Banff Community Foundation


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Exshaw, AB - Today, Lafarge in Exshaw announced a $315,000 legacy project that will see future leaders who reside in the neighbouring communities of Exshaw and Lac Des Arcs become eligible for a $5,000 scholarship toward their first year of post-secondary training or education. Managed by The Banff Community Foundation, the first two scholarships will be available for the school year beginning September, 2014.


Lafarge has a long tradition of supporting communities and building better cities. In 2012, the Company put in place a renewed community investment program to support programs and projects across the Bow Valley in the areas of Education, Environment and Sustainable Construction, Lafarge's three pillars for giving. A volunteer program, where Lafarge employees give time to causes aligned to these pillars, was also established.


"Since we announced our commitment to our pillars for giving in 2012, it's been our vision to develop another program that is Exshaw and Lac Des Arcs focused, as these are the communities closest to our plant," says Heinz Knopfel, Lafarge's Exshaw Plant Manager. "Education is one of the most important investments we can make in our future, and we see this as the ideal opportunity to invest in the future of the families living closest to our operations."


"This announcement by Lafarge is an exemplary display of community leadership and community building," says Executive Director of The Banff Community Foundation, Lorraine Widmer-Carson. "Lafarge's commitment to the sustainability of our world for future generations and their wish to work with local partners is truly inspirational. The Foundation is delighted to be selected as the trusted steward for catalyzing their vision for years to come. This is legacy work. Today's announcement is a benchmark of optimism and illustrates that business, community and philanthropy are thriving partners in Exshaw, Lac Des Arcs, and the greater Bow Valley."


Details of the Lafarge Education Endowment are still coming together, according to Knopfel, who wanted to make the announcement now, as many students are thinking about their post-secondary choices. Future leaders who have lived in Exshaw or Lac Des Arcs for five years take priority for funding. If there are years when no students come forward from these two communities, the scholarship will become available to any Bow Valley resident - from Morley to Lake Louise -- who meets the funding criteria. Details about how to apply for the scholarship will be released by The Banff Community Foundation June 12 (


Each year, Lafarge in Exshaw funds additional initiatives related to its pillars for giving. To learn more about its community giving programs or plant operations, visit Lafarge's website. Applications for funding can be filled out online ( and are considered by a committee each quarter.


Michelle Gurney

Communications  |  Exshaw

Lafarge Canada Inc.

403-762-9357 or


Lorraine Widmer-Carson

Executive Director | Banff Community Foundation

403-762.8459 or



About Lafarge Canada Inc.


Lafarge Canada Inc. 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 Canadians live, work, and raise their families along with the infrastructure that supports their communities such as roads, bridges, transportation links, water, and waste management benefit from the solutions provided by Lafarge.


Through our Sustainability Ambitions for 2020, Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around its 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 in our operations. For more information:


About the Lafarge Group


A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. For more information:



About the Banff Community Foundation


Established by and for the people of the Bow Valley in 2002, the Foundation facilitates collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and local organizations for the long term benefit of Bow Valley communities from Exshaw to Lake Louise. The Banff Community Foundation is a proud member of the Community Foundations of Canada - the national membership organization for the 180+ community foundations across Canada.



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