Catherine Luzena to Lead Actual Media agency division

After months of searching for the ‘right fit’ leader who can take Actual Media’s growing agency business to the next level, we are excited to announce that Catherine Luzena has joined our team in the new role of Agency Director.  She begins in her role on Feb. 15.

Catherine comes to us from Practical Marketing Group and has 25 years of experience as a marketing professional in B2B. She brings us capacity and depth to provide our existing agency clients with Actual’s full-service customized marketing and creative solutions, strategic direction, communications and campaign execution. Catherine will be working closely with Todd Latham and Corinne Lynds as we continue to build the Actual Media Agency division.

We are thrilled to welcome Catherine to the team as we continue to grow and evolve our agency division.

Remembering Lee Scarlett

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Lee Scarlett, Water Canada’s former associate publisher. Lee lost his courageous 19-year battle with brain cancer on Friday, February 4, 2022. An advocate for the environment and a warrior for all things water, Lee was a familiar friendly face at industry water conferences and tradeshows for eight years until 2016 when he left Actual Media to focus on his health. “Water Canada magazine needed a business development champion in 2008, so I reached out to the energetic and affable Lee, whom I worked with previously at ERIS. He immediately embraced the water sector and the many wonderful people in it,” shares Todd Latham, President of Actual Media. He was like a brother to many of us who worked with him—fun and engaging, and keenly interested in helping water technology, consulting, and engineering firms advance their businesses. Despite his diagnosis, Lee was always positive and kind, and continued to stay engaged with the water industry and ‘his baby’ Water Canada magazine as its Water Ambassador. “I will miss his fishing stories and the many business strategy discussions we’d have at the pub. Lee was one of the bravest men I’ve ever known: never complaining and always looking to the future,” added Todd.

He will be missed by many.

Lee leaves behind his wife, Taline and children Taveen and Darren. An intimate celebration of life for Lee took place in Bradford, Ontario on February 11, 2022. Donations can be made in his name to the Sunnybrook Foundation. His obituary is here.

Editorial Director Departs Actual Media

Andrew Macklin, the editorial director of Actual Media and editor of ReNew Canada, Water Canada and the Top100 Projects Report, is leaving the company at the end of the year to pursue an executive communications role in the private sector.   Macklin was hired by Actual Media in June 2016 and over the last four […]

Actual Media Celebrates the Winners of the 2020 Brownie Awards

Close to 200 industry professionals joined Actual Media and the Canadian Brownfields Network for the 2020 Brownie Awards. The ‘Brownies’ were presented in a digital format for the first time, a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The event was co-hosted this year by Actual Media’s Todd Latham and Andrew Macklin. The event included introductory remarks from CBN chair Christopher De Sousa of Ryerson University, a live keynote panel discussion on breaking the stigma around brownfields, and live presentations of 10 awards. Each of the 10 awards featured a live presentation from both the sponsor and the award winner. In total, there were 26 different occasions where people were brought to the screen to appear live.

Behind the scenes at the 2020 Brownie Awards, as Actual Media CEO Todd Latham helps present the award for Brownfielder of the Year.

The 2020 Brownie Awards was a show like no other, showcasing the best and brightest in brownfield remediation and rehabilitation through a virtual format. Not being able to gather in person is never ideal, but the show must go on. Thanks to everyone on our Actual Media team, the fine folks at the Canadian Brownfields Network, our sponsors, the award winners and finalists, and all of the industry stakeholders who joined us. We hope to see you all in 2021.


For more details on the 2020 Brownie Awards, visit:


Have an event that you need to move to a digital platform but don’t know how best to do that? Reach out to our Sales Manager, Nick Krukowski, for more details on how Actual Media can help you with your event needs. Nick can be reached at 416-444-5842 ext. 0101 or via email at

Actual Media to Host Excess Soils Symposium

The team from Actual Media is proud to announce that it will be the new event host and organizer of the annual Excess Soils Symposium. The event, previously organized by the Canadian Urban Institute, will now be a part of Actual’s environment industry content portfolio.

The annual event has welcomed over 250 people to venues around the Greater Toronto Area for the past several years to discuss important issues surrounding the disposal of excess construction soils from jobsites throughout Toronto. Last year’s event featured a capacity crowd packed into the main ballroom at the Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility in Ajax, Ont.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be held virtually, with a half-day presentation planned. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th from 1:00p.m. to 4:30p.m. EST.

More details, as they are announced, will be available online at:

Thank you to our friends at the Canadian Urban Institute for their commitment to keeping this important conversation going in Ontario.

ReNew Canada Presenting U.S. Election Discussion

Canada’s source for news and information on public sector infrastructure, ReNew Canada, will host a discussion on the impact of the U.S. election result on infrastructure development in Canada.

With key issues surrounding binational project development, skilled labour, and the materials supply chain, the results of the November 3rd national election south of the border could have serious repercussions here in Canada.

Actual Media Editorial Director and ReNew Canada Managing Editor Andrew Macklin will host the conversation, which is being presented with the support of Global Public Affairs. The panel will be comprised of experts on the U.S. market, binational projects already under development, and experts in Canada-U.S. relations.

This free, fully-interactive discussion will take place on Thursday, November 26th from 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. EST. To register, visit:

2020 Brownie Awards Goes Virtual

Actual Media is working with our partners at the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) to present a virtual edition of the Brownie Awards.

Last year’s gala event brought together close to 300 industry leaders in celebration of the greatest achievements in Canadian brownfield rehabilitation and remediation. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to welcome the industry to an in-person presentation, instead welcoming everyone online for a virtual edition of the awards gala.

The event will be held on the same date, Tuesday, November 24th, however the presentation will be shifted from the evening to the afternoon. The e-gala will begin at 3:00pm EST and run for approximately two hours. The event will include presentation of all ten awards live, as well as a fully-interactive panel discussion.

The panel discussion, Celebrating Brownfields – Removing the Stigma from Vital Urban Redevelopment, will engage a national conversation on the stigma that still exists around the use of the term brownfield, and what can be done to overcome this. Government officials at all levels will be engaged as part of the conversation, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live discussion.

Keeping in line with the in-person event, details on the keynote presentation will be announced in early October, with an announcement of this year’s award finalists to follow in early November.

Tickets for the 2020 Brownie Awards e-gala are available for $55 each (includes HST). For more information, or to purchase your tickets, visit:

To learn more about the Brownie Awards, visit:

Actual Media Welcomes Stephanie Woodburn

Stephanie Woodburn is the newest member of Team Actual, coming on board as a member of our events management team.

Stephanie brings over a decade of events management experience to Actual Media, with extensive knowledge of strategies and best practices for executing both in-person on online events. From concerts and festivals to online conferences and networking events, she brings an innovative and organized approach to every event she executes.

Stephanie joins Natasha Mawji on the Actual Media events team, delivering a growing roster of monthly online events in the Canadian water, environment and infrastructure sectors and beyond. The team will help our company to grow its event portfolio both nationally and internationally.

Do you have an industry event that your company or organization wants to deliver but need technical or creative expertise to do so? Reach out to Stephanie to get the conversation started at

CWWA/Water Canada Present Window on Water Webinar Series

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association and Water Canada are joining forces to present the Window on Water webinar series.

Water professionals have counted on the Window on Ottawa for over 20 years to hear the latest updates from the federal government. Not to hear what each department did last year, but rather to learn what they are working on right now and what is coming next year. For over 10 years, Water Canada and the Canadian Water Summit have hosted in-depth panel discussions on the most critical issues affecting the industry. Together, we hope to reach an even wider audience through these new online opportunities.

Each conversation will provide a keynote presentation from senior staff at a federal government ministry on work being done that impacts the Canadian water sector. We will then convene a utility leaders’ panel to generate thoughtful dialogue that will build on the initial conversation.

For more information, please visit: