2017 Brownie Award Winners

The winners of the 18th annual Brownie Awards were announced at the Brownie Awards Gala, held November 22, 2017 at the Delta Toronto Hotel.

The Awards Gala attracted more than 120 brownfield industry professionals, who shared in the presentation of 10 awards to those whose vision and passion drove the brownfield rehabilitation projects that have helped Canada achieve a better triple bottom line.

“The idea of a triple bottom line – addressing social, environmental and financial goals – is built into brownfields,” said Grant Walsom, president of the Canadian Brownfields Network. “Brownfield renewal can address social needs through projects such as last year’s New Eva’s Phoenix.  Environmental goals are achieved by brownfields being part of infill development, helping to take greenhouse gases out of the air.  Financially, brownfields contribute to the economy by creating direct employment during the remediation and development stages, and providing places for people to work afterwards.” 

The 2017 Brownie Awards were given in six categories: REPROGRAM, REMEDIATE, REINVEST, REBUILD, RENEW and REACH OUT. Awards were also presented 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, Lisa Fairweather, the first Director for Brownfield Redevelopment at Alberta Environment and Parks, received the award for her work in pioneering the regulatory framework for brownfields in that province.

“I’m really honoured to receive the Brownfielder of the Year award,” said Fairweather “This award is a super acknowledgement of [the team’s] work, and the Alberta government’s decision to invest in a brownfields office.”

The keynote address was delivered by David Kusturin, Chief Project Officer for Waterfront Toronto.  While Kusturin gave an overview of several of Waterfront Toronto’s projects, he focused on the innovative plan to redevelop the mouth of the Don River.  This initiative will see creation of a natural river mouth in an area of the portlands which, in addition to its value as a brownfield redevelopment and as parkland, the project will provide protection against “100-year floods”.

The Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media, partners in the presentation of the 2017 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 2018 Brownie Awards will be held Wednesday, November 21 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto, and nominations are now open.  To nominate a project for a 2018 Brownie, please see the main Brownies page on the CBN website or brownieawards.ca.

List of Winners
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:  Best small-scale project

  • The askîy project, Saskatoon, Sask.

Category 8:  Best large-scale project

  • SunMine, Kimberley, B.C.

Category 9:  Best overall project

  • Toronto Port Lands Due Diligence.

Category 10:  Brownfielder of the Year

  • Lisa Fairweather, Alberta Environment and Parks, Edmonton, Alta.

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