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CBM offers public look at Sunderland Sand & Gravel Pit

May 30, 2017  By Forests Ontario

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May 29, 2017 – On May 27, Canada Building Materials (CBM) hosted their annual open house at its Sunderland Sand & Gravel Pit. The event offered the public a behind the scenes look at the facilities and operations at the Sunderland Pit, which has provided raw materials for construction projects in the Greater Toronto Area for decades, including the iconic CN Tower.

CBM also recently partnered with Forests Ontario to convert 25 acres of the Sunderland Pit into productive forest through the Durham 5 Million Tree Program (Durham 5 MTP) by planting 20,000 trees on the property.

The Durham 5MTP was launched as part of the Durham Region Climate Change Local Action Plan, which established key objectives to reduce emissions by 20 per cent, including the planting of five million trees across Durham’s eight municipalities by 2023.

“We’ve had more than 4,000 landowners across Ontario join us to plant trees on their property through our various programs,” says Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario. “This event is a chance to show the program in action and connect with Durham residents to build awareness of how the Durham 5 Million Tree Program can serve as an important resource and opportunity for landowners and businesses in the region.”


“Our open house is a way to bring together a family-friendly event and a way to meet our neighbours. Attendees can see what we do, how we do it, ask questions about our operations, and understand first-hand how we contribute to stewardship and respect the needs of our communities in the present and for the future,” added Mike LeBreton, land and resource manager for CBM’s Aggregates Division.

To learn more about the Durham Region 5 Million Tree Program and other tree planting programs, as well as local tree planting workshops, visit:

About CBM
CBM is a leading provider of aggregates and ready-mixed concrete to customers in Toronto and the Canadian great lakes region. Along with St Marys Cement, CBM operates as part of the North American operations of Votorantim Cimentos, one of the world’s top providers of building materials for the construction industry. Providing enduring products for new construction and infrastructure improvements and promoting sustainability are part of the company’s vision to make a long-term positive impact on people and our planet. Visit us at

About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit or follow us @Forests Ontario.

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