(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