Best in brownfield rehabilitation celebrated at 2017 Brownie Awards

The best in Canadian brownfield rehabilitation and redevelopment was celebrated at the 18th annual Brownie Awards, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel on November 22 and proudly presented by the Canadian Brownfield Network and Actual Media.

In total, 10 awards were handed out to projects, people, and organizations from across the country in recognition of the efforts made to transition contaminated lands into the best possible end use. The awards include six for individual categories, three recognizing overall project excellence, and one recognizing the national Brownfielder of the Year, Lisa Fairweather (see below for a full list of this year’s award winners).

“I’m really honoured to receive the Brownfielder of the Year award,” said Fairweather, who is the director of the Brownfield Coordination Office at Alberta Environment and Parks. “This award is a super acknowledgement of their (the team’s) work, and the Alberta government’s decision to invest in a brownfields office.”

The evening included a keynote presentation from David Kusturin, chief project office for Waterfront Toronto. Kusturin and his team have led the redevelopment of the Toronto Port Lands, a 400-hectare site with multiple individual properties that include contaminated soil. The reclamation and rehabilitation project was the recipient of $1.25 billion in combined municipal, provincial, and federal government funding.

The Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media/ReNew Canada magazine would like to congratulate the finalists and winners of the 2017 Brownie Awards, and would like to thank their generous sponsors for their ongoing support of the event.

The winners of the 2017 Brownie Awards are:

Category 1: REPROGRAM – Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

  • Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals Society, B.C.

Category 2: REMEDIATE – Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

  • BC Hydro Rock Bay Project, Victoria, B.C.

Category 3: REINVEST – Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

  • Port Credit West, Mississauga, Ont.

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

  • New Eva’s Phoenix, Toronto, Ont.

Category 5: RENEW – Redevelopment at the Community Scale

  • East Bayfront/Bayside Development, Toronto, Ont.

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

  • Inspiration Port Credit, Mississauga, Ont.

Category 7: Brownfielder of the Year

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

Category 8: Best Small Scale Project

  • The askîy Project, Saskatoon, Sask.

Category 9: Best Large Scale Project

  • SunMine, Kimberley, B.C.

Category 10: Best Overall Project

  • Toronto Port Lands Due Diligence

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For more information about the awards, please visit www.brownieawards.ca or contact:
Canadian Brownfields Network
David Petrie
Operations Management
(416) 491-2886 ext. 249, davidp@canadianbrownfieldsnetwork.ca

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 www.brownieawards.ca 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 www.brownieawards.ca or contact:

Canadian Brownfields Network
David Petrie
Operations Manager
(416) 491-2886 ext. 249
davidp@canadianbrownfieldsnetwork.ca

Actual Media Inc. (Publisher of ReNew Canada)
Elena Langlois
Director of Business Development
(416) 444-5842 ext. 151
elena@actualmedia.ca

Announcing the 2017 Brownie Awards

The Brownie Awards are an annual celebration recognizing excellence in the remediation and redevelopment of brownfield sites across Canada. The Brownie Awards are hosted by the Canadian Brownfields Network, in partnership with Actual Media.

Founded in 2001 by the Canadian Urban Institute, the Brownie Awards recognize the innovative efforts of professionals who rehabilitate sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized, and undeveloped by remaking them into productive residential and commercial projects that contribute to the growth of healthy communities across Canada.

The 17th annual Brownie Awards, being held Wednesday, November 22nd at the Delta Toronto Hotel, will feature 10 awards for industry excellence. There are six categories of recognition: reprogram, remediate, reinvest, rebuild, renew and reach out. There are three additional awards recognizing the best small-scale project, best large-scale project, and best overall project. There is also a special award that recognizes an outstanding individual in the industry as Brownfielder of the Year.

Nominations for the 2017 Brownie Awards will officially open on June 15th as part of the Canadian Brownfields Network’s annual conference. Nominations will run until September 15th, with finalists announced on November 3rd.

For information about award nominations, please contact:
David Petrie
Canadian Brownfields Network
(416) 491-2886

For event and award category sponsorships, or to book your corporate table for eight ($1,500), please contact:
Elena Langlois
Actual Media
(416) 444-5842 ext. 151

Awards celebrate the best in brownfield redevelopment

(November 30, 2016, TORONTO, ON) – The winners of the 16th annual Brownie Awards were announced at last night’s gala event, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel.

 

With more than 120 brownfield industry professionals in attendance, 10 awards were given out to the builders, innovators and visionaries behind the brownfield rehabilitation projects that has revitalized communities across Canada. More than 30 nominations were received for brownfield redevelopment projects across Canada.

 

“There is a benefit to celebrating so many great projects,” said Eric Pringle, president of the Canadian Brownfields Network. “There is a strong connection to the brownfield awards.”

 

The 2016 Brownie Awards included six categories of recognition: REPROGRAM, REMEDIATE, REINVEST, REBUILD, RENEW and REACH OUT. There were also separate awards given to the best small, large, and overall project from across Canada. Lastly, the winner of the coveted Brownfielder of the Year award was recognized. This year, Nathan Richard, Project Manager for Brownfields for the City of Kingston, was acknowledged for his contributions to the brownfield industry.

 

“I am honoured to be receiving this award, I am humbled to get it,” Richard said following his acceptance of the award. “It is great to be in the company of all of these brownfield practitioners. I know everyone is working hard to make things happen in this field.

 

In addition to the awards presentations, the event also featured a keynote address from Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray. Murray addressed the crowd on the benefits of brownfield redevelopment, and the benefits these projects provide for strategic urban renewal.

 

The Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media, partners in the presentation of the 2016 Brownie Awards, would like to thank all of the nominees, sponsors, judges, and gala attendees for their continued support of this year’s event.

 

The date and location for the 2017 Brownie Awards will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned to brownieawards.ca for details.

 

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For more information about the 2016 Brownie Awards, please contact:

David Petrie
Operations Management, Canadian Brownfields Network
(416) 491-2886

 

Elena Langlois
Director of Business Development, Actual Media
(416) 444-5842 ext. 151

 

 

 

2016 Brownie Award finalists revealed

(November 18, 2016, TORONTO, ON) – The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. are proud to officially announce the finalists for the 2016 Brownie Awards.

Twenty-three projects have been named as finalists for six categories. The 23 projects include work in 18 different municipalities throughout Canada. The Brownie Awards include six categories of recognition: REPROGRAM, REMEDIATE, REINVEST, REBUILD, RENEW and REACH OUT. There is also a special award that recognizes an outstanding individual in the industry as Brownfielder of the Year. Finally, there are three additional awards given out in recognition of best small-scale project, best large-scale project, and best overall project.

Also included in today’s announcement is the winner of the 2016 Brownfielder of the Year, which will be presented to Nathan Richard of the City of Kingston at the 2016 Brownie Awards. Richard is the Project Manager for Brownfields for the City of Kingston, a role he has held since September of 2012. Two Kingston-based Brownfield redevelopment projects under Richard’s watch, the Belle Park Project and the Emma Martin Park Project, have received FCM Sustainable Communities Awards in 2013 and 2015 respectively, and Richard presented information on several projects undertaken through Kingston’s Community Improvement Plan at this year’s CBN Conference.

The 2016 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 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 2016 Brownie Awards will be held at the Delta Toronto Hotel on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016. Individual tickets and tables are still available. Please visit www.brownieawards.ca for details.

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For more information about the awards, please contact:

David Petrie
Operations Management
Canadian Brownfields Network
(416) 491-2886 ext. 249
davidp@canadianbrownfieldsnetwork.ca

Elena Langlois
Director of Business Development
Actual Media
(416) 444-5842 ext. 151
elena@actualmedia.ca

The finalists for the 2016 Brownie Awards are:

Category 1:  REPROGRAM – Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

  • Brownfield Redevelopment Program Policy/Grant, Town of Mayerthorpe, Alberta
  • Excess Soils Model By-law, Ontario Soil Regulation Task Force, Ontario
  • Guidelines for Development of Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Sites, City of Guelph, Ontario
  • Kingston Failed Tax Sale Redevelopments, City of Kingston, Ontario

Category 2:  REMEDIATE – Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

  • Atlas Landfill Remediation, Welland, Ontario
  • Brantford’s Sydenham Pearl Brownfield Remediation and Urban Renewal, Brantford, Ontario
  • Lac-Mégantic Remediation, Lac-Mégantic, Québec• Lehigh Cement Contaminated Soil Reclamation/Reuse, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Use of Phytoremediation to Rehabilitate Former Industrial Sites, Eastern Montréal, Québec

Category 3:  REINVEST – Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

  • Centre Suites on 3rd Avenue, Owen Sound, Ontario
  • Brantford Greenwich Mohawk, Brantford, Ontario
  • Atlas Landfill Remediation, Welland, Ontario

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

  • New Eva’s Phoenix, Toronto, Ontario
  • St. Michael’s Hospital Redevelopment, Toronto, Ontario
  • Orillia Recreation Facility, Orillia, Ontario

Category 5:  RENEW – Redevelopment at the Community Scale

  • Inspiration Lakeview, Mississauga, Ontario
  • ION: Light Rail Transit in Waterloo Region, Region of Waterloo, Ontario
  • The Barrel Yards, Waterloo, Ontario• The Metalworks, Guelph, Ontario
  • Zibi – Ottawa-Gatineau, Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Québec

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

  • Inspiration Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario
  • John Hart Generating Station Replacement, Campbell River, British Columbia
  • Leadership in Brownfields Renewal, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Ottawa, Ontario

Category 7:  Brownfielder of the Year

  • Nathan Richard, City of Kingston

The 2016 Brownie Awards Continue with CBN and Actual Media

By Glenn Miller

After more than 15 years helping to grow the Brownies into Canada’s premier awards program for remediation and renewal in brownfields redevelopment, the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is thrilled to pass responsibility for the Brownies to long-time partners Actual Media and the Canadian Brownfields Network.

“The idea for the Brownies came up during lunch at our first-ever brownfields conference in 1999,” recalls Glenn Miller, long-time staffer with CUI.  “We had turned a graphic used for our brochure into little statues, which we handed out to the conference presenters. Bob Onyschuk (a sponsor and conference chair) called me up on stage to ask what these statues were called. ‘Brownies’ was the spontaneous reply. Then Todd Latham (who at the time was working with AboutRemediation.com) pointed out that the nascent brownfields industry needed something inspire people to constantly raise the bar. That led to a collaborative vision for what became the Brownie Awards.”

The evolution of the Brownies to an awards program that represents excellence in renewal, regeneration and reinvestment through creative city building owes a debt to many individuals and organizations.

For the first decade, the principal sponsor for the Brownies was CMHC, led by CMHC’s then president, Dino Chiesa, who took great pleasure in engaging with the winners as they came up to receive their award. On one occasion, he was asked when CMHC was going to provide mortgage loan insurance to brownfield projects. He famously took out a notebook to record his commitment to take up the idea with his staff, and returned the following year to announce that a pilot program had been launched.

Another important attribute of the Brownie Awards is that criteria for the awards evolve to keep pace with the growing maturity of the industry itself. This is due in large part to the role played by the eight individuals on the jury, who collectively represent the diverse range of professional and practical experience required to make brownfields redevelopment a reality.

“The different perspectives and candid viewpoints expressed during the jury deliberations are an important part of what makes the awards process so vibrant,” says Glenn Miller. “The jury members not only provide continuity from year to year but are also able to reflect the ever-expanding knowledge base of consultants to the industry and their influence on developers and municipalities.  The capacity building role of organizations like CBN and FCM is key.”

The reputation of the Brownies ramped up quickly following their formal launch in 2000, and the program has consistently attracted quality nominations from across the country. “We know from the feedback we get that the desire to have one of Hamilton artist Floyd Elzinga’s hefty hand-crafted awards on display in your corporation’s boardroom is a motivating factor to excel,” says Miller. “But it could also have something to do with the opportunity to get roasted by Todd Latham from the podium!”

After more than 20 years in charge of CUI’s research and seminars, Glenn Miller is now a senior associate with CUI. He can be reached at gmiller@canurb.org.