Monday, June 6, 2011 – Tree Canada today recognized Shell Canada as one of only two recipients of . The award recognizes a partner who has contributed more than $1 million in support towards the stewardship of trees with Tree Canada.

The award was presented to Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada President and Country Chair, at Shell’s Calgary headquarters by Michael Rosen, Tree Canada’s President.

“We are extremely proud to be working with a partner who is so committed to improving communities all across Canada,” said Michael Rosen. “We thank Shell for all their support over the years. “

Since 1998, Shell and Tree Canada have planted over one million trees across Canada, resulting in an estimated 650,000 tonnes of CO2 sequestered. 

“Shell shares Canadians’ concerns about climate change and is taking action to address CO2 emissions from our own operations and helping customers make smarter mobility decisions,” said Lorraine Mitchelmore.  “In Canada, tree planting and the purchase of carbon emissions offsets are an important and visible part of our CO2 management strategy.”

The presentation recognizes Shell’s contribution to greening Canadian communities and providing residents with benefits such as clean air and increased wildlife habitat.  Together Shell and Tree Canada have:

  • Helped restore habitat when ice storms ravaged Eastern Canada in 1998 and windstorms swept through Vancouver’s Stanley Park in 2006. 
  • Completed schoolyard greening at nearly 70 Canadian schools, which beautify school grounds and provide shelter to children from harmful UV rays.
  • Undertaken urban forest plantings within the City of Calgary
  • Commemorated the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City through tree plantings in 2008

The Ultimate Award is a work of art crafted by Ottawa artist Malcolm Zander from a big leaf maple burl, the largest leafed maple tree in 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. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), 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, more than 77 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

Shell Canada Media Relations

Tel: + 1-877-850-5023

E:mail:  media-desk@shell.com

Melissa Nisbett
Communications Officer
Tree Canada
Tel:  +1 613 567 5545 ext 224
E-mail:  mnisbett@treecanada.ca