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 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 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
[email protected]

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

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 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 [email protected].