We are excited to introduce our 2021 judging panel, featuring expert professionals, thought-leaders, and partners who work in the redevelopment sectors from across Canada.
Krista Barfoot, Stantec
Krista Barfoot, a Principal in Stantec’s Environmental Services group, has almost 25 years of industry experience with specific expertise in strategic contaminated sites planning, risk assessment, risk management, excess soil, and stakeholder communication. She chairs the Ontario Environmental Industry Association (ONEIA) Brownfields Committee, is an ONEIA Excess Soils Sub-Committee member, and is a member of the board of the Canadian Brownfields Network. Holding a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Guelph, she is a Chartered Chemist (C.Chem.) per the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario and a Qualified Person for Risk Assessment (QPRA) under Ontario Regulation 153/04.
Chris De Sousa, Ryerson University
Christopher De Sousa, RPP, is a Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. De Sousa’s research activities focus on various aspects of brownfields redevelopment in Canada and the United States. He is currently President of the Canadian Brownfields Network, a Steering Committee Member on the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Brownfields/Land Reuse Health Initiative, and on the Executive Committee for Ryerson’s Center for Urban Research and Land Development.
Benoit Dion, Sanexen
Mr. Benoît Dion holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Sherbrooke. After graduating, he quickly joined the ranks of the family business, working on the environmental remediation of abandoned military bases in Canada’s Arctic. In 2010, the company was acquired by Sanexen. Mr. Dion continues to work for Sanexen, where he has held a number of positions, such as Senior Director of the Environment Department. He currently acts as the Senior Director – Business Development, where he oversees the management of large-scale projects and the strategic positioning of the company. Mr. Dion has contributed on numerous significant projects, such as environmental remediations, the management of soils generated by the REM and Turcot Interchange projects, as well as several major real estate projects in Montréal and all across Canada. Mr. Dion is a member of the Board of Directors for Sanexen’s two Indigenous companies, Avataani Environmental Services and Qikiqtaaluk Environmental. The experience he has gained as a member of these boards has contributed to building a solid reputation and credibility with the Ministry and the business network.
Carla Guerrera, Purpose Driven Development & Planning
As a globally recognized real estate development professional, Carla combines the fields of real estate development and urban planning. Carla has delivered over $1 B of complex, mixed-use real estate development across Canada’s top markets over the past 20 years. Notable projects include leading the West Don Lands waterfront revitalization on Toronto’s waterfront, one of the world’s most advanced waterfront revitalization initiatives. Carla has been awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institutes Top 40 Under 40 Global Land Use Professionals Award, as well as Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Carla is the Founder and CEO of Purpose Driven Development and Planning, a company which brings a proven approach to unlocking successful development in our complex urban environments for developers, public sector and First Nations clients to create communities where we can all thrive.
Carla was recently appointed as a Board Member to the Thames Estuary Growth Board helping to lead the revitalization of the world-famous Thames River and the largest growth opportunity in the UK. Locally she also serves on the British Columbia Pavilion Corporation. Carla is an international thought leader and speaker on innovative approaches to development and city building.
Linkedin: Carla Guerrera (https://www.linkedin.com/in/carla-guerrera-0a84171a/)
Meggen Janes, Principal at Geosyntec
Principal at Geosyntec with over 25 years of experience in environmental consulting, risk assessment, and remediation. She has conducted research and development on new and emerging technologies through bench and pilot studies and she has completed and managed property assessments, peer reviews, compliance and environmental management systems evaluations, risk assessments, and contaminant investigation and remediation projects at many public and private sector properties. Meggen directed the environmental requirements and environmental risk management for the Port Lands flood protection project in Toronto’s waterfront.
Pam Kraft, Toronto Transit Commission
Pamela Kraft graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies and Urban and Regional Planning in 1982. Since then, she has worked for the private and public sectors and has held various senior-level positions including, Managing Director for a Brownfield developer, Vice President of Planning and Development for a residential developer/builder and is presently holding the position of Head – Property, Planning and Development at the Toronto Transit Commission.
Glenn Miller, Canadian Urban Institute
Glenn Miller, FCIP, RPP is a Senior Associate with the Canadian Urban Institute and co-founder of Strategic Regional Research Alliance. Glenn launched the Brownie Awards in conjunction with the CUI’s annual brownfield conference when he was Director of Education and Research at the Institute. He was editor of the Ontario Planning Journal from 1986-2011 and is currently a member of Plan Canada editorial board. Glenn has also been a frequent contributor to ReNew Canada.
Monisha Nandi, Kilmer Brownfield Management Ltd.
Monisha Nandi is the Environmental Director for Kilmer Brownfield Management Limited.
Ms. Nandi is responsible for providing strategic direction on environmental assessment, remediation and risk management activities for Kilmer Brownfield’s portfolio of real estate developments and potential acquisitions. Ms. Nandi is also responsible for implementing environmental projects, and obtaining environmental approvals for the Funds’ developments. Prior to joining Kilmer Brownfield, Ms. Nandi worked for more than a decade in the brownfield industry. Ms. Nandi spent 8 years at Imperial Oil managing environmental risk and implementing complex remediation projects on a portfolio of more than 300 surplus and operating properties in Ontario. In other advisory roles, Ms. Nandi evaluated environmental due diligence considerations for mergers and acquisitions in commercial real estate and manufacturing industries.
Ms. Nandi holds a Masters Degree in Applied Sciences in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, a Project Management Professional designation, and is a co-chair of the Canadian Brownfield Network Technical Advisory Committee.
Pauline Pingusson, Green Municipal Fund at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Pauline Pingusson completed her literary background with a diploma in management and a specialized master’s degree in Strategic Management of Sustainability in France. After a mission in an NGO in the United States, she worked at Utopies, the first French sustainability consultancy. She developed her expertise in responsible consumption, socio-economic impact and sustainable higher education by running the network Campus Responsables (Sustainable Campuses) +40 universities in France and in Belgium. She offered her expertise in sustainability on multiple projects in Europe, as well as in Morocco, Tunisia, the UK and the USA. After moving to Canada, she joined the Green Municipal Fund at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to develop knowledge products and peer learning activities to help Canadian cities share best practices and become more sustainable. Pauline is in charge of managing a national network of local governments for the Leadership in Brownfield Renewal (LiBRe) program. She also explores circular economy and sustainable procurement opportunities for Canadian municipalities and designs and delivers capacity building activities, such as the pan-Canadian pilot “Circular Cities and Regions Initiative”
Eric Pringle, Milestone
Eric Pringle is the Managing Partner / CEO for Milestone Environmental Contracting, a Canadian remediation contractor. We’re the “cooperative” contractor. With more than 30 years of experience in the environmental and remediation industry, he leads a dedicated group that focuses on the tough assignments and excels at partnering.
As a professional engineer, Eric is well known for his extensive experience in brownfield redevelopment and environmental / remedial design solutions. Eric also serves as a senior technical peer reviewer for the entire Project Management team. Under his leadership, Milestone has experienced exponential growth, and has led to Milestone being ranked and listed as one of Canada’s 500 fastest growing company in 2019, by the Canadian Business and Maclean Magazines GROWTH 500.
Eric is also active in our community; he is past President of the Canadian Brownfields Network and past Chair of the HR MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver. He has held leadership roles across Canada in Brownfield groups and environmental firms. He led the development of the BC Toolkit for former Service Stations; including delivery of a series of Brownfield Design Charettes for six BC municipalities with the BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy. He was recognized by the Canadian Urban Institute as the Brownfielder of the Year for his work.
He is responsible of several private and public accounts for environmental remediation projects and initiatives for various industries, indigenous communities, all levels of government and agencies throughout Canada. He is Director for serval Indigenous joint ventures with Milestone. He served as a member of the BC Ministry of Environment task force on soil relocation for large receiving sites.
Dianne Saxe, SaxeFacts
Dianne Saxe, Ph.D. in Law, is one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. She ran an environmental law boutique for 25 years, and was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario 2015 – 2019, reporting to the Legislature on environment, energy and climate. Now heads SaxeFacts, focussing on the climate crisis. Substantial board and media experience. Hosts Green Economy Heroes podcast. Senior Fellow, Massey College. Law Society Medal 2020. Clean50 honouree. Deputy leader of the Ontario Green Party and Green Party candidate in University-Rosedale. Featured on Wikipedia.
Grant Walsom, XCG Consulting Limited
A senior remediation engineer with over 26 years of experience and a Partner at XCG Consulting Limited. Mr. Walsom is a Professional Engineer registered in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Alberta, and a registered Consulting Engineer in Ontario. In addition, Mr. Walsom is a Qualified Person as defined by the Ontario Regulation 153/04.
Mr. Walsom’s expertise includes Environmental Site Assessments, Site Remediation, and Environmental Compliance Audits. He has completed numerous Brownfield redevelopments and soil and groundwater remediation projects with virtually all contaminants.
Mr. Walsom currently is the Past-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Environment Industry Association and is the co-Chair for the Excess Soils Working Group. He has recently participated in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Excess Soils Engagement Group.
Mr. Walsom also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Brownfield Network as past-President. He was proudly named the CUI 2015 “Brownfielder of the Year.”