The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. are proud to officially announce the launch of the 2017 Brownie Awards.  The Brownies, which have been awarded since 2001, recognize excellence in the remediation and redevelopment of brownfield sites across Canada.  

The Brownies are awarded in seven categories:

Category 1:  REPROGRAM - Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

Projects or programs that:

  • Remove barriers and/or facilitate brownfield redevelopment, reinvestment and regeneration
  • Provide models of excellence that can be applied or replicated by provincial, regional or municipal governments
  • Stimulate new investment or facilitate collaborative partnerships to implement vision for intensification and improved ROI for public funds
Category 2:  REMEDIATE - Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

Projects or programs that:

  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in environmental soil remediation
  • Promote economic in-situ solutions that avoid broader environmental impacts
  • Incorporate ecological principles through pilots designed to go mainstream
  • Encourage use of innovative, cost-effective technologies that shift perceptions in the marketplace
Category 3:  REINVEST - Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

Projects or programs that:

  • Rely on innovative approaches to obtain capital financing for the purposes of economic and ecological regeneration (i.e. use of public/private partnerships), public incentives to leverage investment
  • Facilitate innovative solutions to mitigating process risk
Category 4:  REBUILD - Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale

Projects or programs that:

  • Demonstrate excellence in site specific responses to public policy initiatives that accelerate the pace of regeneration resulting from development
  • Promote an enhanced public realm; successfully leverage opportunities for collaboration and policy integration across different sectors
  • Combine imaginative adaptive reuse of heritage structures that promote health and well-being
Category 5:  RENEW - Redevelopment at the Community Scale

Projects or programs that:

  • Stimulate neighbourhood-scale reinvestment
  • Use adaptive reuse of heritage and other structures to encourage integrated multi-phased redevelopment
  • Demonstrate high levels of collaboration; inspire many land owners and investors to engage with community support of a shared vision
  • Promote comprehensive neighbourhood transformation by re-envisioning the public realm, and improving functionality, liveability and character
Category 6:  REACH OUT - Communication, Marketing and Public Engagement

Projects or programs that:

  • Successfully package municipal reinvestment plans and programs for regeneration and/or brownfields redevelopment in support of a community’s competitiveness and long-term sustainability
  • Demonstrate innovative approaches to build support for public/private investment and development designed to achieve intensification through redevelopment, regeneration and other reinvestment strategies
  • Introduce a brand that enhances acceptance and understanding of brownfield redevelopment, regeneration and reinvestment
Category 7:  Brownfielder of the Year

Nominations are open until Monday, October 13, 2017.

Finalists will be announced November 3, 2017.

The judges also gave three additional Awards - best large project, best small project and best overall project.  All nominated projects are eligible for these categories.  

Submit a Nomination Now!

Click to download the nomination form for a program/project or Brownfielder of the Year. Nominations deadline extended to Friday, October 13, 2017.

Brownie Awards Gala

The 2017 Brownie Awards Gala will be held at the Delta Toronto Hotel Wednesday, November 22.  Building on the success of last year's event, we expect the evening will again be a huge success.

2016 Brownie Awards Judging Panel

The Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media would like to thank the 2016 Brownie Awards judging panel:

  • D. Grant Walsom, XCG Consulting Limited, Chair of the Judging Panel
  • Eric K. Pringle, Milestone Environmental Contracting
  • Isaël Poirier, Canadian Brownfields Network, Vice President
  • Chris de Sousa, Ryerson University
  • Pamela Kraft, Toronto Transit Commission/Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • Krista Barfoot, CH2M
  • Stéphanie Bohdanow, Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Green Municipal Fund
  • Glenn Miller, Canadian Urban Institute
  • Bill Birdsell, J. William Birdsell Architecture (Ontario Association of Architects Immediate Past President)
  • Bill Stiebel, Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • Alan McCammon, British Columbia Ministry of Environment
  • Todd Latham, Actual Media
  • Toon Dreesen, Dreesen Cardinal Architects Inc. (Ontario Association of Architects President)

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors!

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our sponsors, without whom we could not have had such a successful awards program.


2016 Brownie Awards – Presented by:
Dinner Sponsor

Ontario Association of Architects

Category Sponsors


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