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CN ECOCONNEXIONS COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING PROGRAM TO DOUBLE NUMBER
OF 2017 RECIPIENTS, AWARD 50 GRANTS

Communities to receive commemorative plaque, ceremonial tree in honour of Canada’s 150th

OTTAWA, ON – (September 26, 2016) — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced that 50 communities across Canada will be awarded grants of $25,000 to fund local tree planting projects in honour of the nation’s 150th anniversary.

The 2017 grant awards, the sixth year of the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program launched in partnership with Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, double from 25 to 50 the number of communities that have been awarded grants in previous years.

Selected communities will each receive a $25,000 grant from CN, and a commemorative plaque and ceremonial tree to be planted in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program promotes community sustainability through the greening of municipal and community properties across Canada.  CN and its partners, Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, assist Canadian municipalities and community groups in establishing tree planting and green space enhancement initiatives in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner.

Since CN launched From the Ground Up in 2012, more than 60,000 trees and shrubs have been planted, helping to enhance the environmental and social health of 150 communities across Canada. Through its various tree planting initiatives, including From the Ground Up, CN has planted 1.2 million trees across North America since 2011.

“CN remains committed to making a positive impact on the cities and towns along our network, and we are proud to be part of a program that helps to make them better places to live, work and play,” said Sean Finn, CN Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services, and Chief Legal Officer. “We’re not only helping beautify these communities, we’re positively contributing to a sustainable future one community at a time, as planting trees improves air quality and offsets carbon emissions.”

“Tree Canada is excited to continue our partnership with CN and Communities in Bloom to bring CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up to deserving communities across Canada,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “With this program, CN is creating a lasting legacy of sustainability for present and future generations, providing funding and much-needed awareness to the value of trees and green spaces to our health and wellbeing as well as the environment.”

“Communities in Bloom is proud to partner with CN and Tree Canada in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation through the 2017 edition of the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program,” said Raymond Carrière, Founding President of Communities in Bloom. “We are looking forward to witnessing projects throughout Canada made possible by community engagement, environmental awareness, civic pride and dedication to the natural environment.  CN’s contribution enables these communities to enhance their green spaces and their urban forests for generations to come.”

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About CN
CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries — serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information, visit www.cn.ca.

 

About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments.  Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. Since 1992, more than 80 million trees have been planted, over 580 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. The next Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Laval, QC in 2016. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

About Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces.  The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. The 2017 Symposium and Awards will be held in Ottawa-Gatineau, National Capital Region from September 13 – 16, 2017.  For more information about the Communities in Bloom program, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.

For further information, please contact:

Nuria Pérez de León
Manager Community Partnerships and Events
Tel: 514-399-4418
nuria.perezdeleon@cn.ca

Richard Walker
Director of Communications & Program Development
Tree Canada
Tel: 613-567-5545 ext. 224
rwalker@treecanada.ca

Vivian Shum
Marketing & Communications
Communities in Bloom
Tel:  514-694-8871 ext. 2
communication@cib-cef.com

 


NEWS RELEASE

 

Fifth Edition of CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program

MONTREAL, April 22, 2016 — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced the successful candidates for its 2016 From the Ground Up community tree-planting program. Thirty one communities in Canada were selected amongst the 92 applications to receive grants of up to $25,000 each in this fifth year of the program.

The objective of the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program is to promote community sustainability, through the greening of municipal and community properties across Canada.  CN and its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom help Canadian municipalities and community groups establish tree planting and green space enhancement initiatives in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner. The program aims to enhance environmental and social health of communities.

“CN is committed to making a positive impact on the communities along our network, and we are proud to be part of a program that helps to make these communities better places to live, work and play,” said Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of CN. “Since we started this program, more than 50,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in 120 communities across Canada, which not only add beauty, but is another way we positively contribute to a sustainable future one community at a time, as planting trees improve air quality and offset carbon emissions.”

Successful candidates were chosen on the basis of rigorous selection criteria developed and overseen by CN’s program partners, Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom. The program partners rated each application on those criteria and presented a ranked list of programs from which final candidates were selected.  Communities in Bloom and Tree Canada will provide guidance in the development of the chosen projects.

“Tree Canada is thrilled to continue to work with CN and Communities in Bloom bringing CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up to deserving communities across Canada,” says Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “This program not only provides funding, but much needed awareness to the value of trees and green spaces to our health and wellbeing as well as the environment. I have personally witnessed the impact this program has had and can honestly say that CN has created a lasting legacy of sustainability for present and future generations.”

“Communities in Bloom is proud to partner with CN and Tree Canada in delivering the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program.  The enhancement of green spaces and tree planting provide economic, social and environmental stewardship benefits to the communities for generations to come” said Raymond Carriere, Founding President of Communities in Bloom. “The projects are a demonstration of civic pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment through community engagement”.

Civic support for the tree-planting program has been strong since CN initiated it in 2012, with over 700 communities applying for funds.  This year’s recipients bring the total to 170 communities across Canada and the United States that have benefited from funding through the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program.  Details on the program are available at www.cnfromthegroundup.ca.

 

CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up 2016 successful applicants

 

Canada:

District of Hope, BC – 6th Avenue Rail Crossing Beautification
District of Lillooet, BC – Lillooet Gateway Revitalization
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, BC – Gates Lake Community Park Enhancement Project
City of Vancouver, BC – Restoration of Native Forests
City of Edmonton, AB – Nature to 91st street
Town of Fahler, AB – Trees for Life
County of Vermilion River, AB – Community Trees
Kneehill County, AB – Three Hills Creek Recreational Area
Town of Kinistino, SK – Walkway through Town
Wakamow Valley Authority, SK – Community Food Farm / Orchard
Grandview & District Recreation Commission, MB – Wilson Park Renewal
Rivers Train Station Restoration Committee, MB – Loco Labyrinth & RV Park
Town of Ste.-Anne, MB – Tree Planting
Town of Atikokan, ON — Root for Trees
Town of Fort Erie, ON – Emerald Ash Borer Replanting Project
City of Hamilton, ON – Woodlands Literacy Trail
Township of King, ON – Greening Metrus Community Park Development
City of Sarnia, ON – Gateway Project – Howard Watson Nature Trail
City of Sault Ste-Marie, ON – Etienne Brule Orchard Project
Ville de Contrecoeur, QC – Reboisement du développement des Faubourg
Ville de Longueuil, QC – Revitalisation du Parc Christ-Roi
Ville de Mont-Joli, QC – Vert une Jolie Ville
Ville de Pointe-Claire, QC – Protection et restauration du Parc Naturel Terra-Cota
Ville de Rimouski, QC – Parc Gilles-Vigneault et Dominique-Savio
Ville de Saint-Félicien – Landscaping of the « Gare du Meuble »
Municipalité de Sainte-Marie-Salomé, QC – Sentier le Rassembleur
Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC – Corridor de verdure Floralies
Village of Belledune, NB – Veterans Memorial Park
Ville d’Edmundston, NB – Création d’un parc d’entrainement en plein air
Town of Sackville, NB – Sackville Urban Forest Revitalization Project
Village of Salisbury, NB – Highland Park Revitalization

 

Click here to view a description of each project.
Click here to access a map of the projects.

About CN
CN transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the company’s website at www.cn.ca

About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments.  Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, nearly 80 million trees have been planted, over 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. The next Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Laval, QC in 2016. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

 

About Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces.  The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. The 2016 Symposium and Awards will be held in Regina, SK from October 27 to 29.  For more information about the Communities in Bloom program, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.

 

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Contacts:

For CN
Nuria Pérez de León, Manager Community Partnerships and Events
(514) 399-4418 / Nuria.PerezDeLeon@cn.ca

For Tree Canada
Richard Walker, Director of Communications and Program Development
(613) 567-5545, ext.224 / rwalker@treecanada.ca

For Communities in Bloom
Vivian Shum, Marketing & Communications
(514) 694-8871, ext. 2 / communication@cib-cef.com