Loto-Québec Recognized for the Quality of its Building and Environmental Management



    MONTREAL, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Loto-Québec was honoured at the 2007-2008
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Gala, which recognizes
excellence demonstrated by individuals and buildings within the commercial
real estate sector. More specifically, the Corporation received the Office
Building of the Year Award in the "100,000 - 249,999 Square Feet" category for
its Montréal Multifunctional Complex, as well as the Earth Award for its
building located on Grande-Allée Street West in Québec City. Moreover, the
Corporation has earned four new Go Green Plus certifications.

    Office Building of the Year Award in the "100,000 - 249,999 Square Feet"
    category

    The Office Building of the Year Award in the "100,000 - 249,999 Square
Feet" category earned by the Multifunctional Complex at this year's 10th
edition of the BOMA Gala is the most prestigious distinction presented within
the North American commercial real estate sector. The prize acknowledges
excellence in real estate management by recognizing quality of operations,
commitment to conserving resources, and the environmental awareness and
respect of building owners and managers.

    Earth Award

    After becoming one of the first four buildings in Québec to receive Go
Green Plus certification in 2006, Loto-Québec's Québec City office has been
further recognized with the 2007-2008 Earth Award. This prize aims to promote
awareness of the role played by each and every individual in dealing with
environmental issues. It also reinforces the importance of effective
management approaches and communication, and distinguishes buildings that have
taken environmental considerations into the highest regard.

    New Go Green Plus Certifications

    In addition to the Québec City office's certification of last year, four
other Loto-Québec buildings - the Laval office, the Multifunctional Complex on
Bridge Street, the building on Pierre-de-Coubertin Street, and the Montréal
head office building - have also recently received Go Green Plus certification
from BOMA Québec. Launched in September 2006, this second certification
program encompasses the 10 Go Green program criteria, along with others that
allow for a more in-depth assessment of a building's environmental management
practices.
    "Loto-Québec was the first Crown Corporation to have obtained Go Green
certification for all of its buildings," underlined Mr. Alain Cousineau,
Corporation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The Go Green
Plus certifications and Office Building of the Year and Earth Awards are a
reflection of our firm commitment to excellence in the environmental
management of our buildings, and they illustrate the high level of awareness
and involvement of our employees in promoting superior environmental
practices. Moreover, these distinctions are the product of the Corporation's
overall dedication to sustainable development."
    Winners of Building of the Year and Earth Awards become eligible for
consideration at the national level of the BOMA competition. This year's
national winners will be announced next September at the BOMA Canada
convention in Toronto.
    All 10 of Loto-Québec's real estate holdings now hold Go Green
certification, which is awarded by BOMA to building owners and managers who
have implemented excellent practices aimed at protecting the environment.

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