Brownie Awards 2021 Champions Announced

Brownie Awards 2021 Champions Announced

The best that Canada has to offer in the redevelopment of brownfield properties across the country were honoured as part of the 22nd Annual Brownie Awards, presented by Actual Media in collaboration with the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN). The event was held at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Toronto.

Dedicated to the rehabilitation and revitalization of sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized, and undeveloped, the Brownie Awards provide annual recognition and celebration of brownfield projects, people, and policies across the country. These renewed residential and commercial projects contribute to the growth and resilient recovery of healthy cities and communities.

This year, the Brownie Awards committee, composed of a range of senior-level industry stakeholders, has elected to introduce the new award category of Refocus in order to highlight the efforts of brownfield projects or programs that demonstrate alignment with broader social initiatives and mandates.

“The redevelopment of brownfields provides important economic and environmental opportunities to create cleaner, safer, and more socially vibrant communities,” said Christopher De Sousa, chair of the Brownie Awards jury and past president of the board of directors of the CBN. “We’re proud to honour this year’s well-deserving award finalists, and to celebrate their outstanding achievements at this year’s Brownie Awards gala.”

REPROGRAM: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives
2020 Community Improvement Plan – St. Catharines, Ontario

The City of St. Catharines has one of the oldest community improvement plans in the Province of Ontario. The City of St. Catharines Community Improvement Plan (2020CIP) is a set of financial incentive programs offered by the municipality to the private sector, to help offset a portion of project costs related to redevelopment, reuse, and rehabilitation of the built environment and brownfield remediation.

REMEDIATE: Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation
Marwell Tar Pit Remediation – Whitehorse, Yukon   

           

The Marwell Tar Pit, located in an industrial area adjacent to the downtown core of Whitehorse was the largest single‐source hydrocarbon contaminated site in the Yukon. In the 1940s, it was used as a disposal location for waste tar generated from a decommissioned World War II oil refinery and later as an unpermitted dump site for liquid wastes remaining exposed until the early 1960s when it was capped with gravel and cleaned up to commercial/industrial standards. Remediation involved an innovative cost-effective environmental soil treatment called enhanced thermal conduction.

REINVEST: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships
Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation Project – Hamilton, Ontario

The Randle Reef Remediation project is an example of successful partnership and collaboration to move economic and ecological regeneration of a contaminated brownfield site forward through to cleanup. As the largest contaminated sediment remediation project in the Canadian Great Lakes, funding for it took shape through a shared vision to regenerate the harbour and agreement by multiple parties to contribute to the projected $139 million cost of the remediation.

REFOCUS: Alternative Benefits to Brownfield Remediation
150 Harrison Street Modular Housing Initiative – Toronto, Ontario

The project property is the location of a former police station. Given the presence of known contaminants, the project and design team assembled specifically included environmental consultants to ensure the modular housing development plan including identifying an approach that would fully address the contamination issues but also allow the project to be completed as quickly as possible. This brownfield development involved employing innovative modular construction techniques, resulting in the construction of a three-storey building containing multiple units offer support services to provide permanent, affordable housing to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

REBUILD: Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale
Tower Automotive Building Adaptive Re-Use/Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) – Toronto, Ontario

The Auto Building was the subject of numerous development schemes prior to the decade during which it was vacant. A high level of public concern surrounded the site, and there was significant community interest in seeing a commercially viable solution that would also offer housing, employment, and amenity to the Lower Junction community. This project serves as a model for other architects and developers, whether working with vestigial industrial buildings or new-build structures, in the application and interpretation of municipal guidelines for preserving employment land and significant heritage assets.

RENEW: Development at the Community Scale
Historical North Vancouver Shipyards – North Vancouver, British Columbia

Activities from historical use as a shipyard produced metal and hydrocarbon contamination on a waterfront site in North Vancouver which required a multi-year environmental clean-up to bring the brownfield site up to numerical standards with removal of contaminated soil and risk assessments to protect human health and the environment to prepare the site for redevelopment.  The area has transformed into a vibrant residential area around the site and residents are able to utilize the various restaurants, cafes, shops, and public spaces that offer outdoor seating and year-round programming.

REACH OUT: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement
Arbutus Greenway Design Vision and Implementation Strategy – Vancouver, British Columbia

The Arbutus Greenway Design Vision envisions the transformation of a 9km decommissioned rail corridor compromising 42 acres of open space into a destination which fosters movement and rich social interaction inspired by nature and the stories of the places it connects. By planning for a streetcar, the greenway makes way for future transit investment and transit supportive land uses in some of Vancouver’s lowest density neighbourhoods. When the design vision is realized, the greenway will make space for native planting, songbird and pollinator habitat, rainwater management, rolling and walking, and a series of public space destinations.

BEST SMALL PROJECT
Richards Complete Streets – Vancouver, British Columbia

Richards Street is Vancouver’s first example of a blue-green system, an eight-block system that incorporates rainwater tree trenches and permeable pavement alongside an all ages and abilities separated bike lane.  This blue-green system adds more than 100 new street trees that help manage and treat 15 million liters of rainwater runoff annually, diverting 11 million liters of urban rainwater from the sewers each year.

BEST LARGE PROJECT
Environmental Remediation of the Turcot Site – Montreal, Quebec

Stemming from a complex contamination heritage, an incredible volume of 3.2 million cubic meters of contaminated soils was remediated, from which a vast majority was kept safely on-site through a risk-assessment approach. While maintaining a daily traffic of an average of 300,000 vehicles, the construction crew rebuilt four interchanges and 145 km of roadways including bike paths creating additional space for public transit, pedestrian transportation, and green space.

BEST OVERALL PROJECT
Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project: Treatment Technology Evaluation Program – Toronto, Ontario

The treatment technology evaluation program for this brownfield project was part of a larger initiative to unlock 356 hectares of contaminated land for transformation into a vibrant mixed-use community in close proximity to Toronto’s core. The program involved the selection, assessment, and documentation of 11 innovative technologies which have the potential to be part of the ultimate remedial action plan for the Port Lands project as well as other brownfield redevelopment sites across Canada.

BROWNFIELDER OF THE YEAR
Monisha Nandi

Monisha Nandi is the environmental director at Kilmer Brownfield Management and a champion for brownfield redevelopment, both as a volunteer and practitioner.  Monisha is a long-time member of the board of the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and served for many years as the chair of CBN’s technical advisory committee and the Brownie Awards judging committee. She is also an active participant of the Ontario Environmental Industry Association’s Brownfield Committee, supporting outreach, advocacy, and cross-collaboration activities between ONEIA and CBN.

Monisha possesses a range of professional experience in the public and private sectors, having represented industry, legal, consulting, and development elements of the brownfield revitalization process. She is uniquely qualified to approach brownfield redevelopment holistically, recognizing all the various factors that can impact a brownfield project and dictate its likelihood of success. Monisha frequently shares this knowledge through public speaking opportunities, demonstrating an exceptional ability to communicate technical, legal, project management, and other business issues to a diverse audience. Through her outreach work and engagement with CBN and ONEIA, Monisha actively promotes the use of brownfields as part of strategic urban revitalization planning.

Announcing the 2021 Brownie Awards Finalists

Brownie Awards 2021 Finalists!

Dedicated to the rehabilitation and revitalization of sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized, and undeveloped, the Brownie Awards provide annual recognition and celebration of brownfield projects, people, and policies across the country. These renewed residential and commercial projects contribute to the growth and resilient recovery of healthy cities and communities.

The Brownie Awards are presented through the partnership of the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. This year, the Brownie Awards committee, composed of a range of senior-level industry stakeholders, has elected to introduce the new award category of Refocus in order to highlight the efforts of brownfield projects or programs that demonstrate alignment with broader social initiatives and mandates.

“The redevelopment of brownfields provides important economic and environmental opportunities to create cleaner, safer, and more socially vibrant communities,” said Christopher De Sousa, chair of the Brownie Awards jury and past president of the board of directors of the CBN. “We’re proud to honour this year’s well-deserving award finalists, and we look forward to celebrating their outstanding achievements at this year’s Brownie Awards gala.”

Brownie Award Categories

Reprogram: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

  • City of St. Catharines Community Improvement Plan
  • City of Guelph Contracting Strategy for Excess Soil
  • 77 Wade Avenue
Remediate: Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation 
  • Marwell Tar Pit Remediation
  • Environmental Remediation of the Turcot Site
  • Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project
  • Sustainable Management of the Former Sambault Landfill
  • Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation Project
Reinvest: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships
  • High Arctic Site Remediation Project
  • GO Expansion Union Station Enhancement Project (USEP)
  • Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation Project
Refocus: Alternative Benefits to Brownfield Remediation
  • 150 Harrison Street Modular Housing Initiative
  • Richards Complete Streets
  • Bloor-Annex Parkettes
  • KEL,SET (Reay) Creek Remediation
Rebuild: Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale
  • Loblaws Groceteria Adaptive Reuse
  • Tower Automotive Building Adaptive Re-Use/Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Vista Condos on Charlton
Renew: Development at the Community Scale
  • Historical North Vancouver Shipyards
  • Redevelopment of Former Retail Property, Churchill Park
  • KEL,SET (Reay) Creek Remediation
Reach Out: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement
  • Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project
  • Galleria on the Park (formerly known as “Reimagine Galleria”)
  • Arbutus Greenway Design Vision and Implementation Strategy

Three additional awards are presented for the Best Small-Scale ProjectBest Large-Scale Project, and Best Overall Project, selected from all of the nominations received. The final award recognizes the prestigious Brownfielder of the Year.

The award-winning brownfield projects, people, and programs will be announced at: The Brownie Awards Gala on November 23, 2021 in Toronto. 

Champions in Brownfield Redevelopment Celebrated at 2020 Brownie Awards

(November 25, 2020 – TORONTO, ONT.) – The best that Canada has to offer in the redevelopment of under-utilized properties across the country were honoured as part of the 21st Brownie Awards, presented by Actual Media in collaboration with the Canadian Brownfields Network.

 

Under-utilized properties, or brownfields, represent a significant opportunity for new development within a community. These sites, some of which pose an environmental risk to the community, can be transformed into valuable municipal assets through remediation and rehabilitation. Taking a ‘Brownfields First’ approach to in-fill development can remove properties that have become an eyesore for residents, improve the quality of life in our communities, and create needed projects without tearing up green space.

 

“Those honoured with Brownie Awards should be celebrated for their dedication to creating stronger, healthier communities,” said Christopher De Sousa, chair of the Canadian Brownfields Network. “On behalf of CBN, I wanted to thank all of our nominees for their tireless dedication to brownfield rehabilitation and redevelopment.”

 

The Brownie Awards includes the recognition of 10 people, projects and technologies that are responsible for moving the industry forward. There are six individual categories, three for overall project/program recognition, as well as the Brownfielder of the Year award. The Brownfielder of the Year recognizes the person or persons having the greatest positive impact on the industry.

 

The 2020 Brownfielder of the Year is Josee Samson of the City of Montreal. Samson has been an environmental engineer with the City for nearly three decades. In that time, she has been the primary advocate for addressing Montreal’s unique brownfield issues, lobbying for provincial and federal support to facilitate site remediation. Josee has been instrumental in the development of innovative tools for tracking and monitoring sites. And she has been instrumental in providing the support needed for the redevelopment of the City’s most challenging, daunting remediation projects.

 

The full list of winners of the 2020 Brownie Awards are as follows:

 

REPROGRAM: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

  • Brownfields Modernization & Excess Soil Regulation – Toronto, Ont.

 

REMEDIATE: Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

  • Parc D’entreprises de la Pointe Saint – Charles Environmental Remediation – Montreal, Que.

 

REINVEST: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

  • Lakeview Village – Mississauga, Ont.

 

REBUILD: Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale

  • 75 Billy Bishop – Toronto, Ont.

 

RENEW: Development at the Community Scale

  • Crosstown Celestica – Toronto, Ont.

 

REACH OUT: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

  • The Meadoway (TRCA) – Toronto, Ont.

 

BEST SMALL PROJECT

  • Bata Shoe Factory – Batawa, Ont.

 

BEST LARGE PROJECT

  • Pier 8 Redevelopment – Hamilton, Ont.

 

BEST OVERALL PROJECT

  • Reunion Crossing – Toronto, Ont.

 

BROWNFIELDER OF THE YEAR

  • Josee Samson – City of Montreal

Brownie Awards – Finalists Media Release

Celebrating the Champions of Brownfield Rehabilitation
Finalists announced for the 21st annual Brownie Awards

(October 30, 2020, TORONTO, ONT.) – The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN), in partnership with Actual Media, have announced the finalists for 2020 Brownie Awards. The 21st annual awards are being presented during an e-gala on Tuesday, November 24th .

The awards provide a forum to celebrate the projects, programs, and people that are transforming under-utilized properties across Canada (brownfields) into thriving community assets.

“The redevelopment of brownfields is vital to the health of our communities. It provides opportunities to create a cleaner urban environment, safer and more secure neighbourhoods, and a chance to create vibrant in-fill assets for the betterment of the entire community,” said Christopher De Sousa, president of board of directors of CBN. “CBN is proud to honour this year’s well-deserving finalists, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at this year’s Brownie Awards.”

There are 10 awards presented as part of the annual event. Six awards recognize project and program excellence in the categories of: Reprogram, Remediate, Rebuild, Reinvest, Renew, and Reach Out. Three additional awards are presented for the Best Small-Scale Project, Best Large- Scale Project, and Best Overall Project, selected from all of the nominations received. The final award recognizes the “Brownfielder of the Year”.

The list of finalists of each of the awards can be found below. For additional information about the awards, visit brownieawards.ca or send an inquiry to the contact in the signature below.

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For more information, please contact:
Andrew Macklin
Editorial Director, Actual Media
o. 416-444-5842 ext. 0118
m. 519-755-7198
e. [email protected]

 

2020 Brownie Award Finalists

 

REPROGRAM: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives
1. Housing Now – Toronto, Ont.
2. Brownfields Modernization & Excess Soil Regulation – Toronto, Ont.
3. Pier 8 Redevelopment – Hamilton, Ont.

REMEDIATE: Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation 
1. Port Lands Area – Block & Adsorb Pilot-Scale Testing – Toronto, Ont.
2. Parc D’entreprises de la Pointe Saint – Charles Environmental Remediation – Montreal, Que.
3. Remediation of former firearm firing range, Mission, B.C.
4. Former Retail Outlet Soil Treatment Program, Lethbridge, Alta.
5. Sambault Landfill Remediation Project – St-Lsidore-de-Laprairie, Que.

REINVEST: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships
1. Lakeview Village – Mississuaga, Ont.
2. City of Guelph Snow Management Facility – Guelph, Ont.

REBUILD: Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale
1. Reunion Crossing – Toronto, Ont.
2. 75 Billy Bishop – Toronto, Ont.
3. West Niagara Secondary School & New Ridgeview Garden Centre – Beamsville, Ont.
4. Bata Shoe Factory – Batawa, Ont.

RENEW: Development at the Community Scale
1. Crosstown Celestica – Toronto, Ont.
2. Barrel Yards – Waterloo, Ont.
3. Garrison Crossing – Toronto, Ont.
4. Midtown Gateway Project – Nanaimo, B.C.

REACH OUT: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement
1. Community Wellbeing Framework – Toronto, Ont.
2. The Meadoway (TRCA) – Toronto, Ont.
3. Port Lands Flood Protection – Toronto, Ont.

BROWNFIELDER OF THE YEAR
Josee Samson – City of Montreal

Nominations Open for 2020 Brownie Awards

The Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media Inc. are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 21st annual Brownie Awards, scheduled to be presented on Tuesday, November 24th at the Delta Toronto Hotel.

The awards recognize Canada’s best in the rehabilitation and remediation of the country’s
under-utilized, under-developed, and contaminated sites. The Brownie Awards celebrated the
innovation, ingenuity, and investment that have come together to clean up brownfields, turning
them into sites to live, work, and play within our communities.

There are six individual categories that are open for nominations, as well as the Brownfielder of
the Year award:

  • REPROGRAM – Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives
  • REMEDIATE – Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation
  • REINVEST – Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships
  • REBUILD – Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale
  • RENEW – Redevelopment at the Community Scale
  • REACH OUT – Communication, Marketing and Public Engagement

Three additional awards are given for overall project success, and are based on the information
provided in the nominations process:

  • Best Small Project
  • Best Large Project
  • Best Overall Project

Nominations are now open. There is no cost associated with any part of the nomination
process.

Preliminary nominations must be submitted no later than end of business on Friday, September
18. Those chosen as finalists will be sent a request for secondary information to support the
nomination.

For more information about nominations, please contact Natasha Mawji at
[email protected].

For information on tickets and event sponsorship, please contact Nick Krukowski at
[email protected].

Celebrating the winners of the 2019 Brownie Awards

Over 230 “brownfielders” gathered in Toronto earlier this week to celebrate the winners of the 20th annual Brownie Awards, which recognizes excellence among the people, programs, and projects involved in the redevelopment of brownfield properties across Canada.

The annual event, hosted by Actual Media in association with the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN), provides a forum to celebrate the accomplishments of those who are transforming under-utilized properties across Canada (brownfields) into thriving community assets.

“As in-fill becomes a higher priority for Canadian municipalities, it’s important to recognize the hard work and dedication of the architects, consultants, developers and contractors who turn these unoccupied and often derelict properties into valuable developments,” said Andrew Macklin, member of the 2019 Brownie Awards Jury and the CBN board of directors.

There are 10 awards presented as part of the annual event. The first six awards recognize project and program excellence in the categories of: Reprogram, Remediate, Rebuild, Reinvest, Renew, and Reach Out. There are three additional awards for Best Small-Scale Project, Best Large-Scale Project, and Best Overall Project, which are selected from all of the nominations received. The final award recognizes the “Brownfielder of the Year”. Overall, this year’s winners represented six different Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.

The list of winners of each of the awards can be found below. For additional information about the awards, visit brownieawards.ca or send an inquiry to the contacts in the signature below. High-resolution images of each award presentation and others from the evening are available upon request.

Find the full lists of winners here.

Nominations now open for the 2019 Brownie Awards

Actual Media Inc., in partnership with the Canadian Brownfields Network, is pleased to announce the opening of the 20th annual Brownie Awards. First offered by the Canadian Urban Institute in 2000 and formally established in 2001, the Brownie Awards recognize innovation and excellence among 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 20th annual Brownie Awards, which will be hosted on Tuesday, November 26 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 2019 Brownie Awards open May 1 and submissions will be accepted until Friday, September 20.

For information about award nominations, please contact:
Canadian Brownfields Network
Operations Administrator
[email protected]
647-873-5873

For event and award category sponsorships, or to book your corporate table for eight ($1,800), please contact:
Nick Krukowski
Actual Media
(416) 444-5842 ext. 101

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

BEST SMALL PROJECT

  • East Village Junction – Calgary, AB

BEST LARGE PROJECT

  • Zibi – Ottawa/Gatineau

BEST OVERALL PROJECT

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

BROWNFIELDER OF THE YEAR

  • 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]

Finalists Revealed for 2018 Brownie Awards

Celebrating the rehabilitation and reuse of brownfield properties across Canada.

November 8, 2018, TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. are pleased to announce the finalists for the 18th annual Brownie Awards. A landmark national event for anyone involved in the renewal and revitalization of derelict properties, the Brownie Awards will take place at the Toronto Delta Hotels Toronto on Nov. 21, 2018.

Nineteen projects, representing municipalities from across Canada, have been named as finalists for six primary awards. 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 2018. All of the nominees are eligible for these three awards.

“We are extremely blown away with the quality of submissions of innovative projects and programs that we received again in 2018,” said D. Grant Walsom, chair of the Canadian Brownfields Network. “There were a number of extremely tough decisions that were made by our judging panel. This is why we continue to celebrate this industry and the sustained excellence of all those involved in Canadian brownfields.”

Each year, a special award given out that recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an outstanding individual in the industry; the Brownfielder of the Year. The 2018 Brownfielder of the Year Award goes to Chris De Sousa. De Sousa is a professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, and is 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.

The 2018 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 2018 Brownie Award winners will be announced during a gala dinner at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Jeff Westeinde, president of Zibi.

The finalists for the 2018 Brownie Award Finalists are:

Category 1: REPROGRAM – Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

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

Category 2: REMEDIATE – Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

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

Category 3: REINVEST – Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

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

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

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

Category 5: RENEW – Redevelopment at the Community Scale

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

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

  • Carcross-Tagish Management, Carcross, Yukon Territory
  • ERASE CIP 2018, Hamilton, Ontario
  • FCM LIBRe

Category 7: Brownfielder of the Year

  • Chris De Sousa, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

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For more information about the awards, please 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]

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, [email protected]