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Date 15/05/2013

Lafarge Partners with Calgary Zoo’s Centre for Conservation Research

Calgary, AB
Lafarge Canada Inc.

Lafarge Canada, Inc. is proud to announce it has partnered with the Calgary Zoo and the zoo's Centre for Conservation Research. Through a cash donation, gift in kind of aggregates, concrete and cement, as well as employee volunteer hours, Lafarge aims to help sustain the ecosystems where we work and live.

"Lafarge has a long history of environmental leadership and has connected specifically with the Conservation Research Centre to further our efforts. We have supported the zoo for over 20 years and find their research work critical to biodiversity," notes René Thibault, President and CEO of Lafarge Western Canada.

Lafarge's Sustainability Ambitions 2020 are a step towards a vision of the future where we strive to protect the environment and make a net positive contribution to society as a whole.

"This funding is immensely helpful. With Lafarge behind us, we can continue our long-term projects and excellent science which are critical components in the fight against species loss in Canada," says Dr. Axel Moehrenschlager, head of the Centre for Conservation Research.

The support from Lafarge will help back critical field research on a variety of projects such as black-tailed prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets, whooping crane incubation studies at the zoo's Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre and international community-based conservation work in collaboration with the zoo's conservation outreach team.

Launched in 2003, the zoo's Centre for Conservation Research specializes in using science to help save species that are at risk of extinction nationally or globally. The CCR collaborates with academic, government and industrial partners to address key environmental needs by conducting scientifically excellent research particularly in the field of species reintroductions.


Jennifer Lewis
Director, Communications, Western Canada, Lafarge Canada Inc. Ph: 403-835-6603 or

Larissa Mark
Communications Advisor, Calgary Zoo
Ph: 403-294-7677 or

Black-footed Ferret, Photo credit Soulene Touzeausm

Whooping cranes-, Photo credit Calgary Zoo


Lafarge Canada Inc. is Canada's largest provider of solutions to the construction and development industry. With more than 6000 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. More information is available on Lafarge Canada's website:

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. More information is available on Lafarge's website:

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