Finalists Revealed for 2017 Brownie Awards

A celebration of the transformation of underutilized and impacted properties into productive residential and commercial projects in Canada.

November 3, 2017, TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media Inc. are pleased to announce the finalists for the 17th Annual Brownie Awards. A signature national event for anyone involved in urban renewal and revitalization, the Brownie Awards will take place at the Delta Toronto on Nov. 22, 2017.

Sixteen projects, representing municipalities from across Canada, have been named as finalists for six main categories. The six Brownie Awards categories for which nominations are accepted are: REPROGRAM, REMEDIATE, REINVEST, REBUILD, RENEW and REACH OUT. There are three other awards that acknowledge the best small-scale project, best large-scale project, and best overall project for 2017; all projects are eligible for these three awards.

There is also a special award given out each year which recognizes an outstanding individual in the industry as Brownfielder of the Year. The 2017 Brownfielder of the Year Award goes to Lisa Fairweather. Lisa Fairweather is the director of the Brownfield Coordination Office at Alberta Environment and Parks and is the Alberta government’s first Brownfield Coordinator. She leads the Alberta Remediation Certificate Regulation review which will consider amendments to the regulation to add closure mechanisms and more clearly define reporting and remediation requirements. Lisa also leads a cross-government steering committee conducting an analysis of contaminated sites management and brownfield redevelopment in the province. This group ensures linkages with other related initiatives in Alberta, such as City Charter work and Municipal Government Act changes to permit multi-year tax relief for brownfield sites.

The 2017 Brownie Awards continue a long tradition of providing national recognition of the builders, innovators and visionaries who are dedicated to the rehabilitation of brownfield sites that dot cities and municipalities around the country. Founded in 2001 by the Canadian Urban Institute, the Brownie Awards acknowledge the innovative efforts of professionals to turn sites that were once contaminated, underutilized and undeveloped into productive residential and commercial projects that contribute to the growth of healthy communities across Canada.

The 2017 Brownie Award winners will be announced during a gala dinner at the Delta Hotels Toronto on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017. The keynote speaker for the evening will be David Kusturin, chief project officer at Waterfront Toronto. Please visit for details.

The finalists for the 2017 Brownie Award Finalists are:


Category 1: REPROGRAM – Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

  • Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals Society, British Columbia
  • Excess Soils Bylaw Tool, Ontario
  • Toronto Portlands Due Diligence, Ontario


Category 2: REMEDIATE – Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

  • New Calumet Mine, Ile-du-Grand-Calumet, Québec
  • BC Hydro Rock Bay Project, Victoria, British Columbia
  • Triovest Block M, Hamilton, Ontario


Category 3: REINVEST – Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

  • Port Credit West, Mississauga, Ontario
  • SunMine, Kimberley, British Columbia


Category 4: REBUILD – Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale

  • New Eva’s Phoenix, Toronto, Ontario
  • Broadview Hotel, Toronto, Ontario


Category 5: RENEW – Redevelopment at the Community Scale

  • 4th Avenue Flyover, Calgary, Alberta
  • The askiy Project, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • East Bayfront/Bayside Development, Toronto, Ontario
  • East Village Junction, Calgary, Alberta


Category 6: REACH OUT – Communication, Marketing and Public Engagement

  • Inspiration Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario
  • North Pacific Cannery Conservation Master Plan, Municipality of Port Edward, British Columbia


Category 7: Brownfielder of the Year

  • Lisa Fairweather, Alberta Environment and Parks, Edmonton, Alberta


For more information about the awards, please visit or contact:

Canadian Brownfields Network
David Petrie
Operations Manager
(416) 491-2886 ext. 249
[email protected]

Actual Media Inc. (Publisher of ReNew Canada)
Elena Langlois
Director of Business Development
(416) 444-5842 ext. 151
[email protected]