Celebrating the winners of the 2019 Brownie Awards

Over 230 “brownfielders” gathered in Toronto earlier this week to celebrate the winners of the 20th annual Brownie Awards, which recognizes excellence among the people, programs, and projects involved in the redevelopment of brownfield properties across Canada.


The annual event, hosted by Actual Media in association with the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN), provides a forum to celebrate the accomplishments of those who are transforming under-utilized properties across Canada (brownfields) into thriving community assets.


“As in-fill becomes a higher priority for Canadian municipalities, it’s important to recognize the hard work and dedication of the architects, consultants, developers and contractors who turn these unoccupied and often derelict properties into valuable developments,” said Andrew Macklin, member of the 2019 Brownie Awards Jury and the CBN board of directors.


There are 10 awards presented as part of the annual event. The first six awards recognize project and program excellence in the categories of: Reprogram, Remediate, Rebuild, Reinvest, Renew, and Reach Out. There are three additional awards for Best Small-Scale Project, Best Large-Scale Project, and Best Overall Project, which are selected from all of the nominations received. The final award recognizes the “Brownfielder of the Year”. Overall, this year’s winners represented six different Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.


The list of winners of each of the awards can be found below. For additional information about the awards, visit brownieawards.ca or send an inquiry to the contacts in the signature below. High-resolution images of each award presentation and others from the evening are available upon request.


Find the full lists of winners here.

8th Annual Canadian Water Summit

Collaboration to Action — Leadership and Investment in Canada’s Blue Economy

The Canadian Water Summit attracts hundreds of professionals from water industry groups across all orders of government, manufacturing, industry associations, cleantech, local communities, academia, and NGOs. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th, delegates will explore opportunities to collaborate on water technology and infrastructure finance, blue economy growth and climate change resilience through progressive policies, smart business and bold investment leadership.

Only two months away, join us in Toronto for the 8th annual Canadian Water Summit on June 22, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Mark your calendars, sign up for the email alerts, and stay tuned to CWS social media feeds – more details to come!

And don’t miss the Water’s Next Awards Gala where we will honour the achievements and ideas of individuals and companies that successfully work to change water in our country.

Water Canada Team Attends 2017 Waterkeeper Gala

On April 20th, the Water Canada team, Todd Latham, publisher and CEO; Jane Buckland, associate publisher; Katherine Balpataky, editor; and Todd Westcott, content and marketing manager, attended the 6th annual Waterkeeper Gala.

A Lake Ontario Waterkeeper event, the Waterkeeper Gala raises funds and awareness for water issues locally and globally. An independent charity, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper/ Swim Drink Fish Canada works for a day when every person in the Lake Ontario watershed can safely touch the water, when the water is pure enough to drink, and when the lake is clean and wild enough that you could toss in a line anywhere and pull out a fish.

Todd Latham and Katherine Balpataky.

Their programs bring together law, science, culture, and digital media in order to connect and empower people to restore polluted places, protect human health, and promote thriving natural spaces.

Todd Westcott and Jane Buckland.

The program showcases musical presentations, this year featuring Hannah Georgas, Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), and Sarah Harmer; inducts new Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors, individuals who have “demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to creating a future where every Canadian can swim, drink, and fish.” This year’s inductees included Dave Bidini, Denise Donlon, Sarah Harmer, and Stephen Ranger.

Eric Whan, director of GlobeScan; Robert Haller, executive director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association; and Todd Latham.

This year’s art auction featured work from Michael Adamson, Richard Ahnert, David T AlexanderJohn Brown, Michael BurkeEdward Burtynsky, Ian Busher, Adam ColangeloBarbara Cole, Laura Culic, Steve Driscoll, David Grieve, Frank GrisdaleJohn HartmanDaniel HughesJoshua Jensen-Nagle, Mendelson JoeStewart Jones, Nicole Katsuras, James LaheyPaul Mantrop, David Marshak, Kent Monkman, Finn O’HaraVictoria Piersig, Kay PlanteAndrew RucklidgeJoseph Sampson, Su Sheedy, Daniel St-Amant, and Michael Toole.

More than $2.3-million has been raised to promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water since 2011. Visit Lake Ontario Waterkeeper to learn more about their programming.

The Blue Bash 2013: Bigger, Better, Bluer

Actual Media and its publications, Water Canada and ReNew Canada, happily supported The Blue Bash for the second year in a row. The sold-out event was held on April 24 at Toronto’s historic Steam Whistle Roundhouse. All ticket and raffle proceeds supported WaterCan/EauVive. The Ottawa-based charity works on water and sanitation projects in East Africa.

Special guests Alex and Tyler Mifflin of TVO’s The Water Brothers screened their forthcoming episode “No Woman, No Water,” filmed in part during the 2012 Kilimanjaro Climb for Life. Water Canada’s editor, Kerry Freek, participated in the climb with 20 others Canadians in October 2012. The team collectively raised over $270,000 for the charity.

For information about joining the 2014 climb, email info@watercan.com. For more pictures from the event, join Water Canada’s Facebook group.

L-R: Todd Latham, Actual Media; Andy Manahan, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario; and Kent James, FER-PAL. Credit: Nick Spector Photography

Municipal P3 Learning Symposium – April 30 – Regina, Saskatchewan

Actual Media and Parkridge Consulting joined forces in 2011 to deliver P3 training seminars across Canada. This P3 educational programming has enabled dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals to prepare for the implementation of P3 infrastructure projects. The latest seminar in the series was held (during a freak spring snowstorm) at the Radisson Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina on April 30.

Cynthia Robertson and Stanley Strug led the training session that included expert presentations from Morrison Hershfield and Grant Thornton. Delegates at the full day session engaged in an interactive dialogue on public-private partnerships, project procurement and risk management that used case studies and real-world scenarios to inform and educate. Delegates were also treated to a luncheon address by Rob Penny, the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure & Transportation. We learned that on June 1, Mr. Penny will leave his post in the Saskatchewan government and move to Edmonton as the Deputy Minister of Transportation for Alberta.

SaskBuilds, the newly created provincial infrastructure agency, plans to announce their CEO appointment in September but in the interim, they expect to roll out their infrastructure fund to the municipal sector over the summer. Kyle Toffen of SaskBuilds (who also attended the Regina session) expects strong interest in this funding program from municipalities and First Nations across the province. The P3 event in Regina was the second of the 2013 Municipal P3 series – a similar symposium was held in Toronto this February. Four more full-day sessions are scheduled for the year – visit www.actualmedia.ca/ppptraining for dates, locations, and registration details.

Canadian Water Summit 2015: The Energy of Water – Exploring Nexus Opportunities is Coming to Vancouver

The 6th Annual Canadian Water Summit will be held in Vancouver on June 25, 2015. The conference will offer expert plenary sessions and panel presentations filled with case studies, real world projects and positive examples of nexus opportunities that exist for water and energy which benefit government, industry and first nations. The 250+ water professionals in attendance will be engaged and inspired by the full day program and affiliated tours / workshops. Delegates will network and collaborate with their peers and industry stakeholders to take advantage of the energy of water – in Canada and around the world.

The Canadian Water Summit Advisory Panel would like to hear from you on topics, presentations, or speakers you would like to see included in the Summit on June 25.

Please submit abstracts and presentation ideas to Todd Latham at 416-444-5842 x111 or todd@actualmedia.ca.

Students on Ice Fundraiser

Actual Media is proud to support Geoff Green and the Students on Ice Foundation.  On April 28, we invited a few clients and friends to join us for a wonderful evening at Nota Bene restaurant in Toronto and helped to raise funds to send students on the SOI 2013 Arctic Expedition. The stories from SOI Alumni, supporters, and host of the evening, CBC’s Peter Mansbridge were engaging and inspirational. Our polar regions are the world’s classroom – let’s fill the hearts and minds of youth everywhere of their importance.

Todd Latham, Actual Media’s publisher (third from right), with friends at the Students on Ice fundraiser.