Jun 07, 2010 at 03:32 PM
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Rio Tinto Renews with Montreal Jazz Fest

Rio Tinto Alcan has extended its longstanding sponsorship of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal through 2015. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to continue our support of Montreal's signature cultural event," said Jacynthe Côté, Rio Tinto Alcan's chief executive. "This sponsorship extension is a demonstration of our commitment to the social and economic vitality of Montreal, our home town. It demonstrates Rio Tinto Alcan's determination to ensure that the true cultural treasures of the city of Montreal and the province of Quebec continue to flourish." "The Festival is once again very proud to be able to count on its prestigious ally, Rio Tinto Alcan," said Alain Simard. "Twenty-three years after our first collaboration together, this global organization is still supporting our ambitious projects: including the Maison du Festival, named after Rio Tinto Alcan, and the carbon neutral project, which the Festival achieved in 2008. Thanks to the support from our partner, we will continue to be able to offer rich and diverse musical programs in the future. On behalf of all festival-goers, I thank Rio Tinto Alcan."

For the third-consecutive year, Rio Tinto Alcan will ensure that the Festival is carbon neutral by purchasing Gold Standard certified carbon offsets through Planetair to compensate for Festival emissions. As in previous years, Rio Tinto Alcan also supports the Festival's recycling and waste reduction program that collects approximately 30 tons of material per year.