Celebrating the winners of the 2018 Brownie Awards

The winners of the 2018 Brownie Awards were revealed during on November 21st at the Delta Toronto hotel at an awards gala hosted by the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc.

In total, 44 projects from across Canada were nominated in six categories of recognition: REPROGRAM, REMEDIATE, REINVEST, REBUILD, RENEW and REACH OUT. The evening also included awards for Best Small, Best Large, and Best Overall Project, the winners for which were chosen from the 44 nominated projects. The event culminated with the awarding of the Brownfielder of the Year, which recognizes individual excellence in the industry.

“Because of the quality of the nominations we received, the judging committee had a difficult task on their hands picking the winners of this year’s awards,” said Grant Walsom, chair of the Canadian Brownfields Network. “This is a testament to the incredible work being done in municipalities across Canada in brownfield redevelopment.”

Among the winners were projects from four provinces and one territory. That includes the community of Carcross, located 75 kilometres south-southeast of Whitehorse, which captured the REACH OUT award for its community stewardship program. The program is helping to make the community part of the reclamation process, transforming contaminated sites into positive, reclaimed lands.

The 19th annual Brownie Awards was a celebration of the hard work and dedication shown in the rehabilitation and remediation of sites across Canada. Founded in 2001 by the Canadian Urban Institute, the Brownie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of these professionals to turn around sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized and undeveloped into productive residential and commercial projects that contribute to the growth of healthy communities across Canada.

The winners of the 2018 Brownie Awards are:

REPROGRAM: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

  • Excess Soils Bylaw Tool – Ontario

REMEDIATE: Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

  • Cates Landing – North Vancouver, BC

REINVEST: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

  • The Bentway – Toronto, ON

REBUILD: Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale

  • Pier Development – North Vancouver, BC

RENEW: Development at the Community Scale

  • Greystone Village — Ottawa, ON

REACH OUT: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

  • Carcross-Tagish Management – Carcross, YT


  • East Village Junction – Calgary, AB


  • Zibi – Ottawa/Gatineau


  • TIE: ERASE CIP 2018 – Hamilton, ON
  • TIE: Kingston Failed Tax Sale Properties – Kingston, ON


  • Chris De Sousa, Ryerson University – Toronto, ON

To learn more about the Canadian Brownfields Network, please visit https://canadianbrownfieldsnetwork.ca.


For more information about the awards, please contact:
David Petrie
Operations Management, Canadian Brownfields Network
(416) 491-2886 ext. 249
E-mail: [email protected]

Elena Langlois
Director of Business Development, Actual Media
(416) 444-5842 ext. 151
E-mail: [email protected]