Brownie Awards 2017 - Acknowledging Excellence!
Congratulations to our 2017 Brownie Award winners! Once again this year, we had an outstanding group of programs, projects and people nominated for the Brownies. The Awards were presented November 22, 2017 at the Awards Gala at the Delta Hotel Toronto in front of a record crowd. Thanks to everyone who nominated a program, project or person and to all who attended the Gala.
The 2017 Brownies are over, but it's never too soon to begin thinking about 2018! Meantime, see who won by clicking here.
Did You Know...
The CBN is a knowledge-based national network of passionate, multi-disciplinary industry professionals, focused on uncovering, understanding and sharing brownfield barriers and solutions.
That brownfield property reuse be the preferred solution by developers.
To be recognized as the go to source for brownfield redevelopment.
Provide research, engagement, and clarity on issues related to brownfields.
CBN and Actual Media, publishers of ReNew Canada magazine, made their first joint presentation of the Brownie Awards. The Awards, presented by the Canadian Urban Institute since 2001, are given to projects, programs and individuals that have moved the Canadian brownfields agenda forward. The Brownies, which celebrate excellence, innovation and leadership in the industry, were presented at the Awards Gala November 29, 2016.
CBN presented its inaugural HUB (Heroes Underpinning Brownfields) Awards. The Awards, given in three categories (Foundation, Pillar and Vision) recognize individual achievement in, and contribution to, brownfields in Canada. The 2016 winners were Janet Bobechko (Foundation), Michel Poirier and Alan McCammon (Pillar) and Stephanie Bohdanow (Vision). For information on the Awards, and to nominate someone, visit the HUB Awards page.
CBN Past-President and long-time member Bonnie Prior received the Brownfielder of the Year award at the 2013 CUI Conference "Still Making Great Places". Bonnie is Executive Director of the Ontario Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada and is very active with CBN's Government Relations Committee, particularly in arranging support for brownfield tax initiatives with allied associations.
CBN's own Dave Harper received the CUI Brownfielder of the Year award at the recent "Making Great Places". Dave, a managing partner with the Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund was profiled, along with some of the award-winning projects, by the Globe and Mail in an article posted to the CTV News website. In the article, Dave discusses the challenges and triumphs of brownfields development.
Submission to The Premier of Ontario
CBN submitted a letter to The Premier of Ontario in regards to renewable energy for electricity and brownfield redevelopment.
Submission to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment
CBN submitted a letter to the Ontario Minister of the Environment in regards to how the CBN could assist the MOE in its brownfield objectives. This letter is a follow-up to the April 27, 2009 meeting between the CBN and the Minister of the Environment (view meeting agenda) and includes a summary of four issues regarding taxation and incentives with respect to brownfields.
Meeting with Minister Gerretsen, Ontario Ministry of the Environment
CBN met with Minister Gerretsen to discuss how the CBN could assist the MOE in its brownfield objectives (view meeting agenda).
Submission to the Province of Ontario
CBN submitted a letter to the Province of Ontario in response to Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Posting #010-4642 - Proposal for Amending Ontario Regulation 153/04
CBN Governance and Revenue Model and Dissolution of the CBN Advisory Panel
The CBN is now operating under a new Governance and Revenue Model with three levels of membership including Executive, Corporate, and Individual. The Executive members form the basis of the Executive Committee and subcommittees will be created as required. Under this new Model, there is no longer a role for an Advisory Panel so it has been officially dissolved.
The CBN Executive would like to thank each of the Advisory Panel Members for their dedication and commitment to the CBN. As recognized leaders in the brownfields industry, their participation and input to the CBN were extremely valuable in assisting the CBN to meet its mandate. Their contributions are greatly appreciated.
Special Pre-Conference Workshop: Brownfields 101
The Canadian Brownfields Network presented brownfields 101 in Toronto prior to HOT PROPERTIES: Canadian Brownfields 2008. Brownfields 101 looked at Brownfield redevelopment as an opportunity to build a community’s economic base. Through interactive discussions between the panel and audience, local government, property owners and developers learned how to optimize their under-utilized brownfield sites.
A Review of Canada's Progress in Response to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy's 2003 National Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy
OCETA, on behalf the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and in collaboration with the NRTEE conducted a market research study to identify the actions that have been undertaken in response to the recommendations in the NRTEE Brownfield Strategy including initiatives and activities since 2003, current market leaders, and relevant barriers.
A summary of this report is available here (PDF). View the full report here (PDF). A summary of Tools and Resources is available here (PDF).