Montreal business leaders to head up Centraide Campaign 2008

    MONTREAL, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Centraide of Greater Montreal's 2008
fundraising campaign will be co-chaired by two recognized leaders of the
business community, Richard B. Evans, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Alcan, and
Jacques Lamarre, President and Chief Executive Officer of SNC-Lavalin Group
Inc. Mr. Evans and Mr. Lamarre will head up a Campaign Cabinet composed of
30 experienced executives from the business and institutional world. Their
role will be to mobilize the corporate sector around the cause of Greater
Montreal's most vulnerable people.
    Centraide President and Executive Director, Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire
said she was delighted with the support of these two volunteers, who will have
the task of visiting local business leaders to solicit a corporate donation
and ensure they organize an employee workplace campaign.
    "We are proud to be able to count on their key involvement in helping us
to raise the money required to build stronger neighbourhoods, and make Greater
Montreal into a great place to live," she declared.

    Centraide's campaign, one of Quebec's most important fund-raising events,
involves some 175,000 donors, 23,000 volunteers and 2,300 partner corporations
who are dedicated to helping 500,000 people in need. The goal of this year's
campaign will be announced on October 8 on the occasion of Centraide's March
of 1,000 Umbrellas through downtown Montreal. Last year's campaign raised
$54 million to support 360 community agencies serving the Island of Montreal,
Laval and communities on the South Shore. These agencies support our most
vulnerable fellow citizens, particularly families and youth, seniors, new
immigrants and persons with disabilities.

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For further information:

For further information: Annick Gagnon, Centraide of Greater Montreal,
(514) 288-1261, ext. 242,,;
For the membership list of the 2008 Campaign Cabinet, visit our website at

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