Brownie Award Winners

Montreal's La Cite des Arts du Cirque and Richmond's London Landing were two of the outstanding and innovative brownfield redevelopment projects recently recognized at Canada's premier brownfields conference.

"Brownfields 2004: Turning up the Heat!", held in Toronto on October 21 to 22, 2004 offered special panels and workshops focussed on best practice case studies and a Brownfields Marketplace for deal making and information exchange. In addition, the Canadian Urban Institute "Brownie Awards" were presented to projects and individuals from across the country.

Todd Latham, general manager of media sponsor Ecolog Information Resources Group, announced the award finalists.

"A lot has happened since last year's conference," said Mr. Latham. "Brownfield development is being acknowledged on many different fronts." He said the biggest step forward has been the formation last March of the Canadian Brownfields Network, a partnership between and the Canadian Urban Institute.

The Brownie Award winners in the various categories are as follows:

Policy and Program Development at the National or Provincial Scale:
Remediation & Redevelopment of a former Highway Maintenance Yard (Grand Prairie, Alberta) -- A model of public-private cooperation that has used the auspices of the Province of Alberta to facilitate the remediation of a strategically located site and preserve its function for employment uses.

Programs, Communications, Education and Marketing at the Community Scale:
TEDCO Environmental Management Program & Brownfields Redevelopment Strategy (Toronto, Ontario) -- An area-wide environmental management and remediation strategy required by the Province of Ontario as the prerequisite to the development of individual sites. 

Green Design and Technological Innovation:
TOHU, La Cite des Arts du Cirque (Montreal, Quebec) – A model for an organic approach to community renewal that utilizes green technology and materials re-use to establish a unique new character around a former municipal landfill.

Capital Financing and Risk Management:
Wallaceburg Industrial Mega-Center (Wallaceburg, Ontario) –The rehabilitation of a former glass factory relied on an innovative financial partnership to preserve the building's market viability and help create hundreds of jobs.

Heritage/Adaptive Re-Use:
London Landing (Richmond, British Columbia) -- Imaginative reworking of former industrial properties to create mixed use and "new urbanist" residential themes that complements historical setting and creates new public amenities.

University of Waterloo School of Architecture (Cambridge, Ontario) - The transformation of a former silk mill in Galt's downtown core to establish University of Waterloo's relocated School of Architecture, designed to spark revitalization and create a new focal point for the interaction of "town and gown."

Brownfielder of the Year (Individual Achievement):
Councilor Marguerite Ceschi-Smith (Brantford, Ontario) – An advocate for brownfields involved in the field for more than a decade, active in committees at the national, provincial and municipal levels, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Brownfields Network and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. 

Best Small/Medium Scale Project:
The Currents (Ottawa, Ontario) – A development group breaking ground on Canada's greenest residential high-rise recognised for its high quality urban design and attention to public space, good integration into the urban fabric, innovative remediation and stimulation of broader economic regeneration.

Best Large Scale Project:
The Distillery District (Toronto, Ontario) – The historic Distillery District redevelopment into a multi-use commercial and residential complex that comprehensively addresses economic, environmental and social sustainability with high quality urban design and attention to public spaces.

Best Project Overall:
TOHU, La Cite des Arts du Cirque (Montreal, Quebec) – Superior performance in all aspects of urban design, public space, innovation and contribution to the environment and advancing the public interest through support of public policy.

The two-day conference also featured keynote presentations by Toronto Mayor David Miller of Toronto, Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell, Ontario Minister of Environment Leona Dombrowsky and Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing John Gerretsen.

Interestingly, Minister Gerretsen commented that Ontario's new Brownfields Statute Law Amendment Act (which came into effect on October 1, 2004) is merely a "first step" and that more work needs to be done to fortify the effect of the legislation. Attendees were surprised to hear a senior official publicly acknowledge the shortfall on liability protection and financial incentives in the province. 

Sponsors of this event included:; Canada Lands Company; EcoLog Information Resources Group; Gowlings, Marsh Canada Ltd.; CH2MHILL; Jacques Whitford Limited; XCG Consultants Ltd.; and, EcoLog ERIS. 

For further coverage and photos of this event, see the Event Report in the December/January edition of HazMat Management magazine.

For further information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for next year's conference, contact Carol Bell-LeNoury, General Manager, EcoLog Information Resources Group, at