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NOV 2017

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Page 52 of 59 ROCK products • November 2017 • 51 Canadian Industry Leaders Converge on Parliament Hill More than 60 Canadian cement and concrete industry del- egates gathered at Parliament Hill in Ottawa last month to meet with ministers, members of Parliament, senators and senior civil servants to convey the importance of the industry. "The cement and concrete industry is uniquely positioned to help all levels of government in Canada achieve their climate change priorities, while also ensuring best value for money invested," said Michael McSweeney, president and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada. "The materials we produce – concrete and concrete products – are essential to all public infrastructure projects due to their renowned strength, dura- bility, resilience and versatility. Far less well known is that our sector is also leading the clean economy transition, improv- ing our environmental profile through constant innovation, and rapidly emerging as a massive cleantech opportunity for Canada to leverage." In their meetings with elected officials and senior civil ser- vants, the delegates highlighted the enormous economic benefits provided by the cement and concrete industry to local communities. The delegates also discussed how using a "three-screen" lifecycle criteria for federally funded infrastructure investments before the funds are transferred to provincial and municipal governments will help ensure the taxpayers' investment in infrastructure is spent most appropriately. These three screens are: •  Lifecycle Cost Assessment: Using building materials that last the longest. •  Lifecycle Assessment: Choosing building materials that deliver the lowest carbon footprint. •  Best Available Solution: Using the best available approaches, technologies or designs. "As the federal government embarks on an unprecedented level of investment in public infrastructure, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that our country's leaders are fully aware of the vital role our industry can play in the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy," added McSweeney. The concrete industry is a major, indispensable participant in Canada's economy, contributing more than 151,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country, and $73 billion in direct, indirect and induced economic impact. LafargeHolcim Names New CFO LafargeHolcim announced the appoint- ment of Géraldine Picaud as chief financial officer and member of the executive committee, effective Feb. 1, 2018. Current CFO Ron Wirahadiraksa, who joined LafargeHolcim from Philips in December 2015, has "decided to pursue opportunities outside the group," according to the company.He will however remain in his role to pro- vide a smooth handover to Picaud in due course. Jan Jenisch, CEO of LafargeHolcim, said: "I am excited to welcome Géraldine to LafargeHolcim. She is an agile and successful CFO who has worked in the UK, U.S., France and Switzerland. With a track record in delivering business results and restructuring within com- plex global business environments, she is the ideal person to join our execu- tive team and drive the next phase of growth in the company." Picaud, a French national, joins Lafarge- Holcim from Essilor International, an ophthalmic optics company, where she has been chief financial officer and member of the executive commit- tee since 2011. Trained as an auditor, Picaud brings 20 years of experience leading and transforming finance teams in complex, multinational companies. Géraldine Picaud HeidelbergCement Renews Sustainability Commitment HeidelbergCement announced the launch of Sustainability Commitments 2030, the six-point successor to its current Sustainability Ambitions 2020 program. Sustainability Com- mitments will center on reducing carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent from 1990 levels; steering 80 percent of the research & development budget to sustainable products; increasing natural resource substitution with by-products or recycled materials; and eliminating lost-time accidents.

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