2012 CUI Brownie Awards recognize excellence in Brownfield Redevelopment across Canada

October 4, 2012; Niagara Falls, Ontario — The 12th annual CUI Brownie Awards were presented at a Gala Dinner at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls yesterday evening . Held in conjunction with the CUI’s Canadian Brownfields conference – Making Great Places – the awards are sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and celebrate excellence in brownfield redevelopment by transforming contaminated sites into “great places.”

Winners in seven categories from across Canada were recognized for their leadership, innovation and commitment to building sustainable communities.

“Regardless of their size or scale, successful brownfield projects are a truly collaborative effort, requiring commitment, persistence and an ability to overcome complex challenges,” said Glenn Miller, Vice President, Education and Research with the CUI. “The extraordinary range of projects and programs represented by the finalists are a tribute to the high quality of design and technical expertise across the country. Selecting the winners gets harder every year.”

The CUI Brownie Award for best overall project went to Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project in Sydney, NS, which through extensive public consultation and stakeholder engagement, has helped develop a future landuse for largest contaminated site in the country that is comprehensive and includes both short-term and long-term development strategies. This project has, and will continue to have, an important impact on the local economy, in addition to the health and environmental benefits.

Awards were also presented to the SOLEfood Farm – Interim Brownfield Use as Urban Agriculture from Vancouver, BC for Best Large Scale Project; Underpass Park from Toronto, ON for Best Small Scale Project; and Flood Protection Landform from Toronto, ON for Public Realm. The award for Brownfielder of the Year went to Lois E. Jackson, Mayor of the Corporation of Delta, BC who has been a tireless and vocal advocate for brownfield issues as Mayor of Delta, as well as in her capacity as Chair of Metro Vancouver.

Category-specific awards were awarded to the following projects:


Category 1: Legislation, Policy and Program Development

Smarter Niagara Incentives Program (SNIP)
Niagara Region, ON

Category 2: Sustainable Remediation Technologies and Technological Innovation

Sustainable Remediation of Former Aerospace Manufacturing Facility for Future Residential Use in Montreal Suburb
Montreal, QC

Category 3: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

Villiage Suites Oshawa
Oshawa, ON

Category 4: Excellence in Project Development: Building Scale

CCOC Beaver Barracks Redevelopment
Ottawa, ON

Category 5: Excellence in Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale

George Brown College Waterfront Health Sciences Campus
Toronto, ON

Category 6: Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

FCM Brownfield Capacity Building Tools
Ottawa, ON

Category 7: Individual Achievement

Lois E. Jackson – Mayor
The Corporation of Delta, BC

The CUI Brownie Awards jury is comprised of representatives from ten professional and industry associations. In addition to the Canadian Urban Institute and Canadian Brownfields Network, the jury includes representatives from the Canadian Institute of Planners/Ontario Professional Planners Institute; Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario; Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Ontario Association of Architects; Natural Resources Canada; and ReNew Canada.