2023 Brownie Awards celebrated the innovative achievements of environmental professionals who rehabilitate contaminated sites into productive residential and commercial sites. We need more land to develop housing and there is a great need to clean up polluted sites!
This sold out gala of 250 environment industry colleagues networked and toasted the winners at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Toronto for the 24th Annual Brownie Awards on Friday, November 24th, 2023. Todd Latham, president of Actual Media Inc. elegantly and humorously emceed the Brownie Awards. The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc., Environment Journal’s parent company, presented the Brownie awards. The CBN is a non-profit National Network for Brownfield Practitioners and Stakeholders.
Guests in attendance included a combination of Brownfield champions, visionaries, practitioners, and professionals working to cleanup and revitalize sites across Canada.
Keynote Presentation on Indigenous partnerships
Eric Pringle, CEO, Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc., delivered a comprehensive presentation on how to complete projects with Indigenous partnerships. It was entitled: “Toughest jobs done right with Indigenous partners.”
The Award Winners:
The awards covered a variety of projects and programs, from smaller-scale community initiatives to once-in-a-generation infrastructure developments. For a complete list click on the Brownie Awards. Two awards caught the attention of TorontoArtsandEvents:
CATEGORY: REACH OUT: Communication, Marketing and Public Engagement Award:
The Toronto Port Lands Flood Protection is the winner:
This project involves treating approximately over a million cubic meters of contaminated soil. Much of it is treated and reused on site. Waterfront Toronto’s communications department won the award by executing an excellent outreach strategy to build support for the Port Lands Flood Protection project and keep the public informed. The Project Team is Waterfront Toronto; Bespoke Collective; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; and, Agency Partners (Ports Toronto and CreateTO).
Category: BEST LARGE PROJECT: Gordie Howe International Bridge – Windsor, Ontario
The Gordie Howe International Bridge $ 5.7 Billion dollar P3 project wins this award by “transforming multiple Canadian Brownfield sites into a symbol of progress, sustainability, and cross-border cooperation.” The Gordie Howe bridge is a stunning engineering achievement that will be the longest cable stay bridge in North America, at 853 meters in length, with a tower height of 220 meters.
The Project Team consists of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and consultants (Parsons, WSP, GHD and Jacobs); Clayton Sereres (WDBA Senior Director, Environmental); Bridging North America (BNA); and, and consultant (Mannik & Smith Group).
Brownie Awards 2024
The Brownie Awards 2023 was an elegant and interesting celebration of environmental professionals who rehabilitate contaminated sites into livable sites. Special thanks to Corinne of Actual Media for an invite to cover this event. Check back here for next’s year’s Brownie Awards 2024.
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