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2008 — Our People

Impact Awards 2008: Quebec rakes in the honours!

Of the 220 project presented at this year’s Impact Awards, an Alcoa jury – which included Pascal Cléry, General Manager of the Bécancour Smelter – narrowed the list down to 12 finalists (two per category).
The winners were revealed on June 11 before nearly a hundred representatives from Jamaica, Mexico, the United States and Canada, who had gathered for the occasion at New York’s prestigious Waldorf Astoria hotel.  Our three smelters were not only among the 12 finalists, but made up no less than one quarter of this illustrious contingent of Alcoa employees, whose work has had a significant impact on the company’s performance in North America.
And the winners are:
Community category –
The Bécancour Smelter won the silver medal, out of 22 projects presented, for Anna et la mer.  Born in Bécancour, today this project has a regional impact since it is presented in each of the communities where we have a smelter.
Copy/paste category – Gilles Proulx from the Deschambault Smelter is a member of the gold winning team for the Best practices in anode positioning project.
Environment, health and safety category – The Baie-Comeau Smelter team took home gold, out of 45 projects presented, for its 33% reduction in GHG emissions associated with anodic effects project.
Innovation category – The Deschambault Smelter was awarded the gold medal, out of 27 projects presented,  for its Increase in the life cycle of electrolytic pots project.
Surprise of the night – the Best of the Best award, which encompasses all six categories, was awarded to the team from Baie-Comeau! 
All of the representatives from Quebec, Jean-Pierre Gilardeau first among them, wore smiles that said it all – smiles of the victorious that expressed all the satisfaction that goes with a job well done.  Quebec is assuredly a region that Alcoa can count on and where it can invest with full confidence!
Congratulations to the Alcoa Canada Primary Metals team who contributed to this memorable success.  And now, who will present a project in 2009 that will translate into such unforgettable moments?  Consider that an official invitation!