Kitchener senior business development officer named ‘Brownfielder of the Year’
KITCHENER With extensive experience in brownfield remediation in his portfolio, earlier this week Terry Boutilier, the city’s senior business development officer and brownfield coordinator, was awarded the 2010 Individual Achievement and “Brownfielder of the Year” award by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI).
“This award recognizes Terry’s incredibly long history as a passionate promoter of brownfield redevelopment,” the CUI jury noted. “His years of experience have made him known as a “go-to guy” in the field, and his creativity has been essential in building support for brownfield projects in Kitchener.”
Brownfields are properties that contain environmental contamination either in the ground or in buildings due to the operational activities of a previous land use, where the extent of the contamination rendered the site vacant, under-used, unsafe, unproductive or abandoned.
Redeveloping these lands opens the door to:
* New economic and residential growth
* Creation of additional recreational spaces
* Strong financial opportunities for property owners, developers, the city and the public.
To encourage more brownfield redevelopment, Kitchener developed an attractive program consisting of a set of financial incentives coupled with personal professional service. With this combination, the city has been able to find investors and successfully renew a number of local properties, including:
* Kaufman Lofts - a national-award-winning redevelopment
* In-towns Condominium - a national-award-winning redevelopment
* The Tannery District
* Rockway Seniors Housing
Boutilier, who has been with the city for 28 years, has been instrumental in these local projects, while also sharing his knowledge and experience internationally, working with CUI and the Canadian International Development Agency in Bosnia-Herzegovina (2004), the Philippines (2006) and the Ukraine (2007) on a range of municipal planning, brownfield and economic development matters.
“Facilitating the redevelopment of former brownfield sites into thriving new residential and commercial spaces is one of the key components of our economic development strategy, and one of the main ingredients in the revitalization of our downtown,” said Rod Regier, Kitchener’s executive director of economic development. “A great deal of the ongoing success we continue to enjoy in the field of brownfield redevelopment is a direct result of Terry’s expertise and commitment to bringing these lands back to life.”
The Brownie Award also recognizes Boutilier’s work in generating more understanding of brownfield issues with new student planners; University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College; community groups; and local media.
“Terry was one of the first planners in Ontario to recognize and understand the potential of brownfield redevelopment,” said Karen Hammond, manager of urban design with the University of Waterloo. “With his many years of experience, he certainly has become the primary source for any questions on the subject, and his advice is held in high regard. He is a tireless champion for brownfield redevelopment.”
Now in its 10th year, the CUI Brownie Awards program recognizes leadership and innovation in a number of key categories, including sustainable remediation technologies and excellence in project development at the neighbourhood scale.
The CUI Brownie Awards jury is comprised of representatives from ten professional and industry associations. In addition to the Canadian Urban Institute and Canadian Brownfields Network, the jury includes representatives from the Canadian Institute of Planners/Ontario Professional Planners Institute; About Remediation; Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement; Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario; Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Building, Industry and Land Development; Ontario Association of Architects; and Natural Resources Canada.