Grant Walsom at the podium accepting his award.


At the Canadian Urban Institutes 16th annual Brownie Awards Gala, Grant Walsom of XCG was honoured with the 2015 Brownfielder of the Year award on October 8th.

Brownfielder of the Year nominee criteria included:

  • Reputation as champion for brownfield redevelopment
  • Promotes a better understanding of brownfields as strategic assets
  • Invests exceptional personal effort to further the cause of brownfield redevelopment.

Grant’s recent advocacy activities locally with the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) and nationally with the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) combined with his ongoing daily environmental consulting services to valued clients, demonstrates his spirit and devotion to promoting the Brownfield industry and advancing redevelopment best practices.  His positive, can-do approach to environmental property concerns and remediation projects has greatly influenced colleagues, regulators, clients and peers in the industry to look at brownfields not as a problem, but as an opportunity.

Grant is a Partner at XCG Consulting Limited and in his capacity as an Environmental Consulting Engineer is keenly interested in promoting Brownfield Sites as the primary development option. Over his 20-year career, he has served many developers and property owners in the redevelopment of Brownfield sites through his technical expertise and practical business acumen.  Recent projects have included the remediation and Record of Site Condition for the redevelopment of a former printing plant into residential condominiums, as the engineer for the design of a vapour barrier and management system for a former dry-cleaning store in a historical mall to a new big-box retail store and as the engineer for the site remediation and excess soil management at a former industrial property to a commercial retail plaza.  Click here to view more of XCG’s project experience.

_DSC2791 (resized)As a member of the Board of Directors of ONEIA and through his participation on the Brownfield Advocacy Committee, Grant continues to advocate for improved regulatory processes in Ontario for Brownfield sites.  He is also co-chair/leader of the excess soils working group for the Brownfield Advocacy Committee and has established the ONEIA Excess Soils working group as a leader for establishing regulatory reform for the best management practices for excess soils in Ontario (a significant part of Brownfield redevelopment).
This work has included collaboration with the MOECC for industry listening sessions for the Policy Review currently underway.  Grant was instrumental in arranging and hosting an informational ½ day workshop session on excess soils in Ontario in September 2014 and continues to work on this file with partners such as the RCCAO.  He also has acted as an industry co-chair for the Brownfield Excess Soils roundtable discussions at the ONEIA Business and Policy Forum in 2014 and 2015, and most recently represented ONEIA on an Excess Soils panel discussion at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in August 2015.

Grant is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Canadian Brownfield Network and has been a Board Member for the past 2-½ years. Specifically during the past two years, he has represented the Canadian Brownfield Network in delivering out-reach across Canada, including:

  • CUI Still Making Great Places 2013 – Brownfield Plenary panelist;
  • 2014 CBN Conference – Organizing Committee Member;
  • Remtech 2014 – CBN Panel and presentation stream organizer and co-moderator;
  • Americana 2015 – Panel participation and Presentation on Update on Brownfield and related Regulations across Canada;
  • 2015 CBN Conference – Organizing Committee Member and Moderator; and
  • Remtech 2015 – CBN presentation stream organizer and technical presentation.

Through his extensive experience, Grant has gained a wealth of varied site remediation experience, ranging from the standard dig-and-dump methods to oxygen enhanced bioremediation and in-situ chemical oxidation and has completed projects in eight Canadian provinces and Ten U.S. States.

This was one of a number of awards presented on the evening and XCG would also like to congratulate all the winners in the other categories