2009 CUI Brownie Awards recognizes Brownfield Projects that are “Going for Gold” across Canada

October 27, 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia — This past Monday evening, awards were presented in seven categories at the 9th annual CUI Brownie Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Todd Latham, Publisher of ReNew Canada, was the Master of Ceremonies for the awards, which are held every year at the Canadian Brownfields Conference.

Dino Chiesa, Chairman of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, announced winners from five provinces across Canada, representing the national scope of the redevelopment and remediation of Canadian communities. The Chairman underlined the importance of the evening’s theme: “Like gold medal-winning performances, brownfield developments are the result of years of dedication and hard work. And like Canadian athletes who we know will bring home gold this winter, brownfield projects create a legacy for future generations”.

The CUI Brownie Awards are sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and are awarded annually to projects and programs that reflect leadership and innovation in brownfield redevelopment. The Brownie Awards jury was once again impressed with the high calibre of finalists’ projects, as well as their commitment to sustainable design, overall community revitalization and renewal of the public realm.

For the first time ever, a Jury’s Choice Award was awarded to La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain from Quebec, Quebec. This 2.5km promenade is an exemplary model of sustainability and has become one of the city’s cultural hubs.

Pearl District from Portland, Oregon won a Special Recognition CUI Brownie for the comprehensive revitalization of the Pearl District through the systematic redevelopment and realignment of brownfield sites to create a walkable, attractive downtown neighbourhood. Mr Lew Bowers was pleased to accept the award on behalf of Mayor Sam Adams.

Glen Murray, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute was encouraged by the leading example brownfield redevelopers are setting, saying, “you are the architects of our new Canada; you are the architects of our new cities”.

Southeast False Creek, the outstanding Olympic project which is targeting LEED Gold certification on the neighbourhood scale, brought home the CUI Brownie Award for Best Overall Project.

Other winners included the Collingwood Shipyards project in Collingwood, Ontario for Best Large-Scale Project; and both Somerset Square from Saint John, New Brunswick and Grey Bruce Health Unit from Owen Sound, Ontario for Best Small-Scale Project. The award for Brownfielder of the Year went to Tammy Lomas-Jylhä, the VP of Sustainable Remediation and Brownfield Services at OCETA for her contribution to sustainable development on brownfield sites over the past decade.

Category-specific awards were awarded to the following projects:

Category 1: Legislation, Policy and Program Development

BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy
BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Victoria, British Columbia

Category 2: Sustainable Remediation Technologies and Technological Innovation Sustainable Remediation of a Former Petroleum

Products Depot
Golder Associates Ltd., Victoriaville, Quebec

Category 3: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

Redevelopment at Hamilton General Hospital
CH2M HILL, Hamilton, Ontario

Category 4: Excellence in Project Development: Building Scale

Manitoba Hydro Place
Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Category 5: Excellence in Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale

E&N Roundhouse
Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects, Victoria, British Columbia

Category 6: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

Joint Winners:

Identification of Niagara’s Top Brownfield Redevelopment Opportunities
Niagara Economic Development Corporation and Region of Niagara, Ontario


Redevelopment Framework for Former Service Stations in Ontario
OCETA with CPPI and Province of Ontario, Ontario

Category 7 – Individual Achievement

Tammy Lomas-Jylhä

Best-in Class Awards

Best Small-Scale Project

Joint Winners:

Grey Bruce Health Unit
Salter Pilon Architecture Inc., Owen Sound, Ontario


Somerset Square
Commercial Properties Limited, Saint-John, New Brunswick

Best Large-Scale Project

Collingwood Shipyards
FRAM Building Group/CSL Equity Investments/Terraprobe Consulting Engineers, Collingwood, Ontario

Jury’s Choice Award

La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Quebec, Quebec, Quebec

Special Recognition Award

Pearl District
City of Portland & the Portland Development Commission, Portland, Oregon

Best Overall Project

Southeast False Creek
City of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia