The winners of the 17th annual Brownie Awards were announced this week at a gala event, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel.

With more than 120 brownfield industry professionals in attendance, 10 awards were given out to the builders, innovators and visionaries behind the brownfield rehabilitation projects that has revitalized communities across Canada. More than 30 nominations were received for brownfield redevelopment projects across Canada.

“There is a benefit to celebrating so many great projects,” said Eric Pringle, president of the Canadian Brownfields Network. “There is a strong connection to the brownfield awards.”

The 2016 Brownie Awards included six categories of recognition: REPROGRAM, REMEDIATE, REINVEST, REBUILD, RENEW and REACH OUT. There were also separate awards given 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, Nathan Richard, Project Manager for Brownfields for the City of Kingston, was acknowledged for his contributions to the brownfield industry.

“I am honoured to be receiving this award, I am humbled to get it,” Richard said following his acceptance of the award. “It is great to be in the company of all of these brownfield practitioners. I know everyone is working hard to make things happen in this field.

In addition to the awards presentations, the event also featured a keynote address from Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray. Murray addressed the crowd on the benefits of brownfield redevelopment, and the benefits these projects provide for strategic urban renewal.

The Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media, partners in the presentation of the 2016 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 date and location for the 2017 Brownie Awards will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned to for details.

The 2016 Brownie Award winners

Category 1:  REPROGRAM – Legislation, policy and program initiatives

  • Guidelines for Development of Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Sites, City of Guelph, Ont.

Category 2:  REMEDIATE – Sustainable remediation and technological innovation

  • Brantford’s Sydenham Pearl Brownfield Remediation and Urban Renewal, Brantford, Ont.

Category 3:  REINVEST – Financing, risk management and partnerships

  • Atlas Landfill Remediation, Welland, Ont.

Category 4:  REBUILD – Redevelopment at the local, site scale

  • Orillia Recreation Facility, Orillia, Ont.

Category 5:  RENEW – Redevelopment at the community scale

  • The Metalworks, Guelph, Ont.

Category 6:  REACH OUT – Communication, marketing and public engagement

  • Leadership in Brownfields Renewal, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Ottawa, Ont.

Category 7:  Best small-scale project

  • Centre Suites on 3rd Avenue, Owen Sound, Ont.

Category 8:  Best large-scale project

  • ION:  Light Rail Transit in Waterloo Region, Region of Waterloo, Ont.

Category 9:  Best overall project

  • Lac-Mégantic Remediation, Lac-Mégantic, Qué.

Category 10:  Brownfielder of the Year

  • Nathan Richards, City of Kingston, Ont.


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