Brownie Awards 2018

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.

The winners were selected from the 44 projects from across Canada that 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.

Legislation, Policy & Program Initiatives

Presented by: Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Projects or programs that:

  • Remove barriers and/or facilitate brownfield redevelopment, reinvestment and regeneration
  • Provide models of excellence that can be applied or replicated by provincial, regional or municipal governments
  • Stimulate new investment or facilitate collaborative partnerships to implement vision for intensification and improved ROI for public funds


  • WINNER: Excess Soils Bylaw Tool, Ontario
  • ERASE CIP 2018, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Kingston Failed Tax Sale Properties, Kingston, Ontario

John Georgakopoulos, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, presents the Reprogram award to Amanda Smith, Canadian Urban Institute.

Sustainable Remediation & Technological Innovation

Presented by: Jacobs

Projects or programs that:

  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in environmental soil remediation
  • Promote economic in-situ solutions that avoid broader environmental impacts
  • Incorporate ecological principles through pilots designed to go mainstream
  • Encourage use of innovative, cost-effective technologies that shift perceptions in the marketplace


  • WINNER: Cates Landing, North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Avenir Centre Sustainable Remediation, Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Petremont-Gerled Project, Varennes, Quebec
  • Smouldering Combustion Demonstration Project (Toronto Port Lands), Toronto, Ontario

Krista Barfoot, Jacobs, presents the Remediate award.

Financing, Risk Management & Partnerships

Presented by: XCG Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Projects or programs that:

  • Rely on innovative approaches to obtain capital financing for the purposes of economic and ecological regeneration (i.e. use of public/private partnerships), public incentives to leverage investment
  • Facilitate innovative solutions to mitigating process risk


  • WINNER: Bentway, Toronto, Ontario
  • ERASE CIP 2018, Hamilton, Ontario

Kevin Shipley, XCG, presents the Reinvest award to Julian Sleath, Bentway Conservancy.

Project Development: Building Scale

Presented by: Milestone Environmental Contracting

Projects or programs that:

  • Demonstrate excellence in site specific responses to public policy initiatives that accelerate the pace of regeneration resulting from development
  • Promote an enhanced public realm; successfully leverage opportunities for collaboration and policy integration across different sectors
  • Combine imaginative adaptive reuse of heritage structures that promote health and well-being


  • WINNER: Pier Development by Pinnacle International
    North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Broadview Hotel
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design
    Vancouver, British Columbia

Eric Pringle, Milestone Environmental Contracting, presents the Rebuild award Pier Development in absentia.

Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale

Presented by: Ontario Association of Architects

Projects or programs that:

  • Stimulate neighbourhood-scale reinvestment
  • Use adaptive reuse of heritage and other structures to encourage integrated multi-phased redevelopment
  • Demonstrate high levels of collaboration; inspire many land owners and investors to engage with community support of a shared vision
  • Promote comprehensive neighbourhood transformation by re-envisioning the public realm, and improving functionality, liveability and character


  • WINNER: Greystone Village, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Kip District, Toronto, Ontario
  • Zibi, Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec

Kathleen Kurtin, OAA, presents the Renew award to Erin O’Connor, The Regional Group, and Paul Smolkin, Golder.

Communications, Marketing & Public Engagement

Presented by: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Projects or programs that:

  • Successfully package municipal reinvestment plans and programs for regeneration and/or brownfields redevelopment in support of a community’s competitiveness and long-term sustainability
  • Demonstrate innovative approaches to build support for public/private investment and development designed to achieve intensification through redevelopment, regeneration and other reinvestment strategies
  • Introduce a brand that enhances acceptance and understanding of brownfield redevelopment, regeneration and reinvestment


  • WINNER: Carcross-Tagish Management, Carcross, Yukon Territory
  • ERASE CIP 2018, Hamilton, Ontario

Rachel Deslauriers, FCM, presents the Reach Out award to Liz Van Warmerdam, Jacobs.

Best Small Scale Project

Selected from all nominations.

  • WINNER: East Village Junction
    Calgary, AB

Best Large Scale Project

Selected from all nominations.

  • WINNER: Zibi

Todd Latham, Actual Media, presents the Best Large Project award to Jeff Westeinde of Zibi.

Best Overall Project

Presented by: Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund

Selected from all nominations.

    Hamilton, ON
  • WINNER – TIE: Kingston Failed Tax Sale Properties
    Kingston, ON

David Harper, Kilmer Brownfield Management, presents the Best Overall Project award to Nathan Richard of the City of Kingston, Judy Lam and Meredith Plant of the City of Hamilton.

Individual Achievement Award:

Brownfielder of the Year Award:

Recognizing and individual who:

  • Has a reputation as a champion for brownfield redevelopment
  • Promotes a better understanding of brownfields as strategic assets
  • Invests exceptional personal effort to further the cause of brownfield redevelopment

The Brownfielder of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an outstanding individual in the industry. This year’s winner is Chris De Sousa, a professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, and a member of the CBN’s board of directors. He is currently finishing a three-year research project examining how brownfield properties are redeveloped in Ontario. This research, as well as previous studies he has undertaken in both Canada and the United States, has been instrumental in the development of policy and governance for brownfield remediation and rehabilitation. De Sousa has also been instrumental in completing the 2018 Review of the Status of Brownfields in Canada study, with the results to be released at the Brownie Awards.

Chris De Sousa
Brownfielder of the Year, 2018

Special thanks to our judges

CBN and Actual Media extend our deepest thanks to the judges.

  • Krista Barfoot, Jacobs
  • Stephanie Bohdanow, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Chris de Sousa, Ryerson University
  • Pamela Kraft, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Andrew Macklin, ReNew Canada
  • Glenn Miller, Canadian Urban Institute
  • Monisha Nandi, Kilmer Brownfield Management
  • Michel Poirier, New Brunswick & Atlantic PIRI
  • Eric Pringle, Milestone Environmental Contracting
  • John Stephenson, Ontario Association of Architects
  • Grant Walsom, XCG Environmental Engineers & Scientists