February 23, 2012

Alcoa wins Quebec City’s Snow Pentathlon Corporate Challenge

  • $2,500 donation to not-for-profit organization À l’école, moi j’bouge and to the academic component of the Snow Pentathlon
  • 25 Deschambault Smelter employees take part in the event
  • One of Alcoa’s teams wins Gold at the Corporate Challenge

As a pilot project for Alcoa Foundation’s new program Alcoans in Motion, employees of the Deschambault Aluminum Smelter participated in the 8th edition of the Snow Pentathlon, which was held in Quebec City on Saturday February 18. A total of five teams of five employees took part in the Corporate Challenge, a non-stop relay race that required them to either bike, run, cross-country ski, speed skate, or snowshoe. And one of these five teams won the gold medal!
Christian Bellefeuille, Yohann Deshaies, Sylvain Gauthier, Guy Germain, and Pascal Rochette proudly crossed the finish line leading the silver medalists by over 200 meters. And, as participating teams had to take up the added challenge of finding a name for themselves, as well as a distinctive and original accessory, another Alcoa team finished the day with a win: the Pink Ladies came out on top!
In addition to encouraging physical activity, this event, which brought together 60 corporate teams, raised funds to benefit causes promoting sports among youth. Overall, more than $13,000 were shared between not-for-profit organization À l’École, moi j’bouge (In school, I’m active!) and the academic component of the Snow Pentathlon – a program through which young students were able to participate in the event at a reduced cost. And thanks to Alcoa Foundation, both organizations received an additional contribution of US$2,500. Alcoans in Motion is a new global engagement program from Alcoa Foundation that supports teams of employees who walk, bike, run or participate in other group physical fitness activities for charity. The program will launch at the Alcoa Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday March 18.
“At the end of this beautiful sunny day, we could see pride on our people’s faces – pride of representing Alcoa, of giving back to the community, of one of our teams having won and, mostly, of having participated in this unique challenge!,” said Martin Brière, General Manager of the Deschambault Smelter, who also participated in the event. Comments were unanimous... The experience has to be repeated next year!
The aluminum smelter in Deschambault has a team of 500 employees producing over 250,000 metric tons of aluminum per year. In addition to the Deschambault smelter, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products (GPP Canada) is comprised, in Québec, of the Baie-Comeau and Bécancour smelters, as well as the Bécancour Rod Plant. The four plants have an annual production capacity of roughly one million metric tons of ingots, castings, billets and aluminum rods. GPP Canada employs close to 3,200 people and its activities generate over $1.3 billion in economic spin-offs annually in Québec. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com/canada.
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 million since 1952. In addition to responding to local needs identified by Alcoa communities, Alcoa Foundation seeks to find solutions to broader sustainability issues, like climate change. In 2011, the Foundation supported 35 projects managed by organizations in communities where Alcoa Canada facilities are located, including five major tree planting projects. Its impact is magnified by the commitment of Alcoa employees in Canada who have contributed more than 200,000 hours of service to 200 organizations in the course of the past five years. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com/canada.

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Pentathlon des neiges Team