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Webinar: Liability or Opportunity? Strengthening Local Economies Through Brownfield Redevelopment

Part 4 of GMF’s Brownfield Bootcamp webinar series

Thursday, March 28, 2013

12:00–1:30 p.m. EDT

Session summary

The benefits of brownfield redevelopment go well beyond improvements to soil and water quality. Restoring contaminated sites reduces urban sprawl and the need for new municipal infrastructure, and  gives new life to derelict sites by revitalizing public spaces and increasing public safety. But beyond these social and environmental benefits, what can brownfield redevelopment do for a local economy?

Join experienced "brownfielders" from the municipal and academic sectors as they discuss the economic benefits of redeveloping brownfield sites. Speakers will showcase success stories from Canadian communities, such as the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns project in Toronto, winner of a 2010 FCM Sustainable Communities Award in the brownfields category. They will share their thoughts on how thriving neighbourhoods and local prosperity can be cultivated when municipalities and the private sector work on brownfield development.


  • Sandy Blue, Manager, Strategic Economic Initiatives, Invest Maple Ridge
  • Christopher De Sousa, Associate Professor and Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
  • Lori Martin, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, Culture Division, City of Toronto, ON



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