A new batch of Brownies awarded

MONTREAL – The 7th annual Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) Brownie Awards celebrated 2007 with over 300 conference participants at Le Palais des congrs in old Montreal. The CUI Brownie Awards, sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, are awarded annually to projects and programs that reflect leadership and innovation in brownfield redevelopment.

The 2007 “Brownfielder of the Year” was awarded to Mark Brickell, vice-president of Smart Growth and Partnerships, with the Niagara Economic Development Corporation. His role in brokering partnerships has created a positive relationship between the region, its constituent municipalities and many private sector companies, resulting in numerous city-building initiatives throughout Niagara, Ontario.

The top CUI Brownie Award for best overall project went to the Oshawa General Motors Centre. “The project is a model of public-private partnership for redeveloping a downtown Oshawa brownfield site into a significant community asset that is in turn encouraging redevelopment of surrounding brownfield sites,” said the committee.

Two Quebec projects won CUI Brownie Awards: Faubourg Boisbriand for the best large-scale project and the LAVO Bleach Plant redevelopment for the best medium-scale project. Faubourg Boisbriand is a 230-acre mixed-use redevelopment on the former General Motors assembly plant in Boisbriand, Quebec. The redevelopment of the former LAVO Bleach Plant, completed in 2006 in partnership between the City of Montreal and the Province of Quebec, has provided a significant boost to an underprivileged district in the heart of the city. The best small-scale project for 2007 went to the 100 Highland Road East building in Kitchener, Ontario.

A Special Recognition CUI Brownie was awarded to Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Hon. John Gerretsen, MPP, in recognition of his support and personal commitment to brownfield redevelopment.

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