Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Borough: Air Liquide Canada Launches a Greening Project With Earth Day Quebec

    MONTREAL, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Liquide Canada, proud Associate
Partner of Earth Day Quebec, announced today the launch of a greening project
in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough by unveiling the project's landscaping
plan. Excavation of the land will begin in May, and the project will be
completed in June.
    A vacant lot, located at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Lasalle
streets, will be transformed into a small park for the borough citizens to
enjoy, thanks to the financial investment of Air Liquide Canada and its
commitment to the environment. The greening project will be completed in
collaboration with SDC de la promenade Sainte-Catherine Est and Services
horticoles, Les Pousses urbaines.
    The landscaping for this serene urban oasis includes indigenous trees,
shrubs and flowers that will be planted by Services horticoles, Les Pousses
urbaines. A bicycle rack and two benches will also be supplied by the City of
Montreal. Moreover, artists from Café Graffiti, a partner of SDC de la
promenade Ste-Catherine Est, have already begun spray painting an original
graffiti mural that illustrates the borough's history.
    "We are excited to promote environmental awareness with Earth Day Quebec
and to be working closely with local organizations in the creation of such an
important project for the well-being of the community. Through this
initiative, Air Liquide Canada is able to put into practice its core values of
social involvement and sustainable development," explains Luc Doyon, President
and Chief Executive Officer, Air Liquide Canada.
    "We appreciate Air Liquide Canada's support and are thrilled by its
community and environmental commitment. Besides enhancing the borough with
this new park, Air Liquide Canada will enable participants of our social
economic activities to gain the necessary skills to reintegrate into the job
market or return to school, a vital need considering the current economic
climate," says Marylise Morin, General Manager of Services horticoles, Les
Pousses urbaines, a non profit organization that offers green horticultural
services and young adults between the ages of 16 to 30 with workplace
reintegration opportunities.
    "It is important for us to collaborate with partners who share our values
such as preserving the environment, helping local communities, and providing
innovative ecological solutions," says Pierre Lussier, Director, Earth Day

    About Air Liquide

    Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in over 75 countries with 43,000 employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air
Liquide's activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air
Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current
and future markets. The Group innovates to enable progress, to achieve dynamic
growth and a consistent performance.
    Air Liquide combines many products and technologies to develop valuable
applications and services not only for its customers but also for society.
Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry's energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy... Oxygen for hospitals,
homecare, fighting nosocomial infections...
    A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment,
customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable,
competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide's teams, businesses, markets
and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer
new territories and build its future.
    Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life,
staying true to its sustainable development approach. In 2008, the Group's
revenues amounted to (euro)13.1 billion, of which almost 80% were earned
outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange
(compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

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For further information:

For further information: on this initiative, to organise an interview,
or for high resolution photos, please contact: Julie Brouard, Director,
Communications, Air Liquide Canada, (514) 933-0303,
julie.brouard@airliquide.com; Catherine R. Cunningham, Consultant,
Massy-Forget Public Relations, (514) 842-2455, extension 33,

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