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Lafarge sponsors "Women building futures"

Mar, 22 2012


(Canada) -- For the second year, Lafarge is helping women gain skills and jobs in Edmonton. A unique partnership has been forged with Women Building Futures (WBF), an Alberta based non-profit that is quickly becoming the go-to place for women choosing a career in non-traditional employment and for employers wishing to hire them.

“Lafarge was challenged to find and retain experienced drivers with a strong safety mindset and customer orientation”, explains Larry Diduck, General Manager in Edmonton. “In a brainstorming session WBF was put on the table as an alternate training and recruiting source. We are proud to be involved with WBF and support their model whole heartedly”, he continued.

“Women Building Futures is thrilled that Lafarge identifies women as a key component to growing their workforce” says JudyLynn Archer, President & CEO. “The partnership exemplifies what can be achieved when organizations think beyond what’s been done before. We tip our hat to Lafarge for their innovation and leadership; it is a win-win for everyone involved.”

Lafarge values diversity and seeks to attract more women at all levels. The Ready-Mix Driver Program offered by WBF is approved by the Province of Alberta and provides graduates with experience in air brakes, load securement, ergonomics, and workplace culture as well as 30 hours of in-truck driving.

Lafarge Canada Inc.'s (LCI) has two main operating units, Western Canada and Eastern Canada. Operations in Western Canada span over half a century beginning in 1956 with the construction of a cement plant in Richmond, BC. Today, LCI - Western Canada has over 4,000 employees and 200 industrial sites in the 4 western provinces, and a sales territory with its affiliates that extends Canada-wide as well as to the Pacific Northwest and the Dakotas.

LCI is active in environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships in Western Canada including the Rocky Mountain Conservation program with WWF-Canada and a NetZero Precast Concrete home with Habitat for Humanity.

Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, the Group posted sales of 16.2 billion Euros in 2010.

Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., ("Lafarge"), are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. The Lafarge Group entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. The Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

For more information about Lafarge North America, go to
Contact: Jennifer Lewis, Director of Communications, 403-723-7151

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