August 2-9, 2004

Canadian Brownfield Network appoints advisory panel

Eighteen specialists representing key economic sectors dedicated to brownfield redevelopment have been appointed to the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) Advisory Panel. Panel chair Angus Ross said the new appointees include insurance industry representatives, financiers, lawyers, real estate brokers, consultants, educators, developers and owners of brownfield properties. Representatives from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the municipal sector been appointed to the panel as well.

A representative from the Washington-based International City Managers Association, also named to the panel, will provide a key channel of communication between the United States and Canada on innovations in brownfield redevelopment. Future appointments will establish links with the United Kingdom. The new panel members are listed below.

Janet Bobechko, a partner with the law firm of Goodman & Carr LLP

Marguerite Ceschi-Smith, a Brantford city councillor who also serves on numerous brownfield committees, including that of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Jacques CÙtÈ, director general of the SociÈtÈ du Havre de MontrÈal

Robert Daigneault, a Montreal lawyer

Kate Dobson-Parks, regional manager of AIG Environmental in Toronto, a firm specialized in underwriting risks associated with brownfield properties

Jamie Evans, manager of risk assessment for the Royal Bank of Canada and a member of the Canadian Bankers Association

Sylvestre Fink, a project officer with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Peter Friedmann, Ontario general manager for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Hector Jacques, chairman of Jacques Whitford's Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office

Louise Millette, a director of Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique

Daniel Morin, director, contaminated sites, for the Montreal consulting firm Dessau-Soprin

Adrien Pilon, vice-president of the Montreal Centre of Excellence for Brownfields Restoration and director, environment sector, NRC-BRI

Ron Shishido, a partner with Dillon Consulting and president of the Canadian Institute of Planners

John Stevens, president of Devon Estates in Toronto and Calgary, which owns sites operated by Imperial Oil

Joe Van Belleghem, president and CEO of Buildgreen Developments in Victoria, BC

Brian Villemaire, a realtor with the firm JJ Barnicke and a past recipient of the Brownfielder of the Year award, presented as part of the Canadian Urban Institute's annual Brownie Awards.

Danielle Miller Wagner, director of the brownfields program for the International City Managers Association, based in Washington DC.

Angus Ross, principal of L&A Concepts, most recently headed a task force on brownfield redevelopment set up by the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE).

The Advisory Panel's mandate is to act as the organization's "brain trust" and provide direction to the CBN as it works to co-ordinate national interests and strengthen the Canadian brownfields redevelopment industry. Specific objectives for the Advisory Panel include:

1. promoting national and regional interests;

2. helping to implement the recommendations made by the NRTEE in its National Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy for Canada;

3. acting as a liaison between government, stakeholders and practitioners;

4. determining and conducting research on key Canadian issues relating to site remediation and brownfields redevelopment; and

5. promoting discussion of these key issues and solutions throughout Canada using the online brownfields forum and directory (, regional events and workshops, and a national Brownfields Conference.

Co-founded by, Canada's premier education/outreach platform on brownfields redevelopment and site remediation and the Canadian Urban Institute, the CBN is a member-funded network of brownfield practitioners committed to supporting the regeneration of Canadian communities. Brownfields 2004, organized by the CBN and the Canadian Urban Institute, will take place in Toronto at the Liberty Grand on October 21, continuing at the University of Toronto on October 22.

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