FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2019 (Burlington, ON) – On May 28, 2019, Tree Canada will recognize IKEA Canada for its environmental leadership. In honour of IKEA Canada’s continued commitment to growing better places to live and providing $1 million in funding towards creating a greener Canada, Tree Canada will award the organization with its Ultimate Award.

Who:
City of Burlington: Mayor Marianne Meed Ward; Councillor Kelvin Galbraith, Ward 1
IKEA Canada: Melissa Mirowski, Sustainability Coordinator; IKEA employees
Tree Canada: Michael Rosen, President

What:
Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada, will present IKEA Canada with the Ultimate Award. A ceremonial tree will be planted to commemorate the occasion, followed by a planting activity with IKEA employees.

Tree Canada’s Ultimate Award acknowledge sponsors who have committed to the Tree Canada cause and who have provided over $1 million in funding.

Where:
LaSalle Park
50 North Shore Boulevard
Burlington, ON

When:
Tuesday, May 28, 2019; 10 a.m. to noon

Why:
At a time when invasive insects, like the emerald ash borer (EAB), are continuing to rapidly spread across communities in Canada, corporate partners, such as IKEA are playing an important role with Tree Canada in increasing the resiliency of urban forests through their support of community planting initiatives.

In an effort to plant a diversity of species to increase resilience to potential diseases and other invasive pests, the City of Burlington is one of nineteen communities, where IKEA employees will participate in its annual employee engagement activities, planting a total of 331 native trees and shrubs.

 About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is the non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Through our programs, research and educational efforts, we have helped restore tree cover in areas hit by natural disasters, guided communities in managing their urban forests, helped green 660 schoolyards and organized annual urban forest conferences. To date, with our community partners and sponsors, we have planted more than 82 million trees. Get involved or learn more about us at treecanada.ca.

For interviews, photos and more information:

Media Inquiries
Cristiane Doherty
Manager of Communications and Marketing, Tree Canada
cdoherty@treecanada.ca
613-567-5545 ext. 224

Partners in Planting Program
Sarah Quann
Lead Program Manager, Tree Canada
squann@treecanada.ca
613-567-5545 ext. 229