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Ottawa, November 17, 2015

Windmill statement regarding Ontario Municipal Board’s decision to dismiss Zibi appeals

Windmill Development Group welcomes the Ontario Municipal Board’s clear and unequivocal decision to dismiss the appeals that were filed following the City of Ottawa’s approval to change the zoning to accommodate the Zibi project.

Windmill looks forward to proceeding with its plans to transform these contaminated and closed-off industrial lands into the world’s most sustainable community, and to making Zibi a place where the culture and history of the Algonquin Anishinabe is not only present, but celebrated.

“We’re greatly encouraged that the Ontario Municipal Board recognizes that the City and Windmill have ‘consulted and engaged with the public and the First Nations and that aboriginal history and culture will be respected and incorporated into the proposed development plans’”, stated Jeff Westeinde, Chair of Windmill Development Groups.

Windmill also looks forward to the opportunity to highlight the long history and industrial heritage of the site, and to providing public access to the islands’ waterfronts and the Chaudière Falls for the first time in almost 200 years.

“This decision clears the way for us to proceed with the great work of developing Canada’s first One Planet Community, a veritable sustainable showpiece, here in the heart of the National Capital Region,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development. “We know the project is highly anticipated, and we look forward to delivering on our vision.

Windmill has conducted over the last few years the most inclusive and robust engagement program by a private developer with First Nations, certainly in Eastern Canada, and possibly in all of Canada, voluntarily surpassing any legal requirement to do so. As part of its award-winning engagement program, Windmill reached out to all of the Algonquin Anishinabe communities, the majority of whom had never been invited to participate, nor asked to participate, in consultations related to national capital regional planning matters.

Windmill is committed to developing Zibi in friendship with the Algonquin Anishinabe, and to making Zibi as beneficial as possible with and for the Algonquin nation and people.

To view the OMB’s full decision: Click here

For more information on Windmill’s engagement program with the Algonquin Anishinabe, see

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Eddy_Aug15-5Ottawa, Ontario – October 29, 2015. The City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments were announced as the 2015 winners of the QUEST Community Energy Builder Awards at the annual QUEST Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on October 27 in Toronto, Ontario.

The Community Energy Builder Awards are presented annually by QUEST to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Awards are presented in three categories that reflect the key implementing sectors of Smart Energy Communities: Local Government, Real Estate Sector, and Utility and Energy Service Providers.

“Smart Energy Communities are now being recognized as one solution in meeting Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial energy and climate goals,” said Brent Gilmour, Executive Director of QUEST. “QUEST congratulates the 2015 award winners who represent some of the most progressive stakeholders leading the development of Smart Energy Communities in Canada.”

The Winner of the 2015 Community Energy Builder Award for “Local Government” is the City of Guelph, Ontario, for its emerging Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (GEERS) as a major component of its Community Energy Initiative.

“This award is an honour. GEERS is a critical component of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI). With final approval to implement by Council, GEERS will have a critical role is contributing to the targets of the CEI. Thank you QUEST for your valuable support,” said Robert Kerr, Manager of Community Energy at the City of Guelph.

The Winner of the 2015 Community Energy Builder Award for “Utility and Energy Service Providers” is ENMAX Corporation for its plans to integrate Combined Heat and Power (CHP) into its Calgary District Energy Centre.

“ENMAX is extremely excited and proud to have received the 2015 Community Energy Builders Award. The integration of Combined Heat and Power into the ENMAX District Energy Centre is consistent with our strategy of growing our generation and retail portfolios, will benefit Albertans through the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the electricity generation process, and also demonstrates how powering Alberta’s communities can take many forms,” said Patrick Bohan, Director, District Energy and Combined Heat & Power.

The Winner of the 2015 Community Energy Builder Award for “Real Estate Sector” is Windmill Developments for the Eddy Condominium which offers six storeys of green, urban condos that set new standards for architecture, design and smart, healthy living in Ottawa, and which exceeds energy efficiency standards by 50% and incorporates a geo-exchange heating/cooling system.

“We are incredibly honoured to have received the QUEST award. We like to view The Eddy as a model for green intensification: energy efficient, low carbon footprint, appropriate for the community, stylish, fun and healthy,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development Group Ltd. “Awards like QUEST’s help incentivize the development community to strive to do better, and recognize those projects that help raise the bar.”


QUEST is a non-profit organization that conducts research, engagement and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the help of 8 provincial and regional Caucuses, QUEST brings together key stakeholders from government, utilities & energy providers, the real estate sector among others to transform Canada’s 5400 communities into Smart Energy Communities. Follow us: @QUESTCanada

For additional information

Tonja Leach
Director, Communications & National Affairs QUEST
Tel.: 613-627-2938 x706

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DecontielogoFirst off-reserve project for First Nations company slated to work at Windmill’s Zibi

Kitigan Zibi, October 8, 2015 – Kitigan Zibi’s only general contracting company, Decontie Construction, has been awarded a $4.5 million contract by Hydro-Québec to dismantle the abandoned Corbeau Hydroelectric Station adjacent to the reserve, which is located near Maniwaki, Quebec.

The project, which is the company’s first off-reserve project, will create 20 new jobs for Algonquin Anishinabeg tradespeople.  Positions include carpenters, labourers, truck drivers, shovel operators and security personnel.

“Kitigan Zibi, like many reserves, has a very high unemployment rate,” said Andrew Decontie, President and founder of Decontie Construction. “We’re very proud to be able to bring new opportunities and work to our community.”

Because of existing systemic barriers, on-reserve Algonquins and other First Nations experience difficulties in obtaining trade certifications and securing work off-reserve despite having the necessary schooling and work experience.  Until now, Algonquin tradespeople from the community have been limited to working on construction projects within Kitigan Zibi.

Given the proximity of this project to the reserve, and the fact that the land on which the hydro station sits is in the process of being retroceded to the community of Kitigan Zibi, a special administrative zone was created by la Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) to enable Algonquin Anishinabe workers to be employed on this project.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for our company to create real jobs outside the reserve,” said Andrew Decontie. “With this contract and work at the Zibi redevelopment project about to get underway, we’re building momentum for our People.  It’s a concrete example of self-determination in keeping with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

The Corbeau demolition project is expected to begin immediately and to continue until the spring. Unique to this project, Decontie Construction is the lead contractor and will be engaging two non-First Nation companies – Milestone Environmental Contracting and DemoPLUS – to conduct specialty services such as the decontamination work and asbestos and lead removal.

The three companies will also work together on the Zibi redevelopment project about to start in Ottawa and Gatineau, which will follow the same model of recruiting, hiring, training and certifying an Algonquin workforce.  A similar special administrative zone that will be used at Corbeau is currently in discussion with the CCQ.

Ottawa-based Windmill Developments announced this summer it has partnered with Decontie Construction on the Zibi project. In addition to remediation and construction work on this 15-year, $1.2 billion project, Decontie will have the specific mandate of assisting interested Algonquin workers in obtaining the necessary training and certification to ensure they meet all of the required labour regulations and standards to be able to work off reserve.

“Together, we’re working on initiatives that will bring tangible and lasting benefits to present and future generations of Algonquin Anishinabe,” said Jeff Westeinde, Chairman of Windmill Developments and a director at Milestone Environmental Contracting.  “It’s more than the creation of jobs — which in itself is a big deal.  It’s about creating a sustainable model of employment and self-determination that other companies can emulate.  Industry needs a rethink.  We want to prove that it’s advantageous to collaborate with the Algonquin community. ”

About Decontie Construction Inc.

Decontie Construction Inc. is licensed as a General Contractor (Level 1.3) under the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, allowing the company to construct any type of development, residential or commercial, on or off-reserve.  Its founder Andrew Decontie, a First Nation Algonquin Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, has worked in the construction sector for over 20 years.  His passion for the construction industry and the betterment of his People originates from a legacy of family and community members who were forced to leave Canada in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to find work throughout the United States.

 For more information or to request an interview:

Wanda Thusky
Algonquin Liaison Officer

Annie Boucher

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September 1, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Windmill Developments and the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE) have teamed up to conduct a feasibility and planning study for the demonstration, trial and deployment of fully automated, electric mini shuttle buses at Zibi.

Zibi is the highly anticipated re-development of the industrial lands linking Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. It is being developed in a partnership between Windmill Developments and Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM) and aims to become the world’s most sustainable community. This waterfront community will be inclusive of shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment in support of a vibrant and healthy social life.

The concept being studied for transportation at Zibi is the use of fully automated, electric mini shuttle buses to transport people both between locations at Zibi and between Zibi and transit stations in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Jonathan Westeinde, Chief Executive Officer of Windmill Developments, said: “We are very excited about exploring the options for automatic vehicles and shuttles on the Zibi site to help reduce car traffic and assist us in achieving our goal of being one of the most sustainable communities in the world”.

Barrie Kirk, Executive Director of CAVCOE, added: “We at CAVCOE are pleased and proud to manage this project in association with Windmill and Dream. If successful, this trial, the first of its kind in Canada, will give Canada and many Canadian stakeholders an opportunity to learn first-hand the details of deploying and operating automated vehicles.”

About Windmill

Windmill is a visionary company dedicated to transforming conventional development practices by ensuring that exemplary ecological, social and financial returns are achieved in all their projects. Every Windmill development is conceived, designed and constructed to protect and enhance the local community and our ecosystem. Windmill is the only developer in North America to have achieved LEED Platinum on all its mixed-use projects. Completed projects include The Currents, a performing arts centre and modern condominium tower in Ottawa’s Wellington West neighbourhood, and Dockside Green, a model sustainable community in Victoria that was named one of 16 Clinton Climate Initiative Climate Positive developments.

About Dream

Dream (TSX:DRM) is one of Canada’s leading real estate companies with approximately $15 billion of assets under management in North America and Europe. The scope of the business includes residential land development, housing and condominium development, asset management for three TSX-listed real estate investment trusts and one TSX-listed diversified, hard asset alternatives trust, investments in and management of Canadian renewable energy infrastructure and commercial property ownership.  Dream’s development projects include Toronto’s Distillery Historic District as well as the 2015 Pan Parapan American Athletes’ Village.  Dream has an established track record for being innovative and for its ability to source, structure and execute compelling investment opportunities.


The Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE) is dedicated to helping public and private sector stakeholders prepare for the arrival of automated vehicles.  CAVCOE’s clients include two major Canadian cities, and companies involved in transit, transportation equipment, fleet management, and technology. CAVCOE recently teamed with the Conference Board of Canada and the Van Horne Institute to prepare a report on Automated Vehicles: The Coming of the Next Disruptive Technology.  A free copy is available here.

For more information:

Jonathan Westeinde
Chief Executive Officer
Windmill Developments
613-820-5600 exn 158

Barrie Kirk
Executive Director

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Windmill Development Group and Build Green Solutions are looking for small entrepreneurs with a “green” focus who are interested in sharing workspace in our new studio at 401 Richmond Street West, in Toronto. We currently share the space with TABC, the Architects Builders Collaborative and have additional space available for 3 or 4 individuals whose practice is grounded in a sustainable, healthy approach to design, building, energy modeling, marketing, finance, or development.

Shared facilities include use of boardroom, kitchen, wi-fi, and a creative co-working environment that could lead to collaborations on future projects. The building at 401 Richmond is itself a creative hub of professional offices, social enterprises, artists, and non-profits with a café, daycare facility, and green roof terrace.

Cost is $525 per month for a dedicated desk space. Available July 2015.

If interested, please contact Alex Speigel at

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By Tom Pechloff of OBJ – Published on May 29, 2015

A “microcosm” of Windmill Development’s Zibi development at Chaudiere Falls went on sale this weekend.

“Tragically for a developer, Ottawa has never been the kind of town where people camp out and line up down the block and sell out in three hours,” Mr. Wilts said. “That has not been an Ottawa phenomenon, but I definitely expect demand to be very strong and I fully expect we’re going to move a fair number of units.”

Mr. Wilts said Windmill has around 3,500 registrants – those interested in the properties for sale – signed up online. Sixty-five condos will be available Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and Mr. Wilts said Windmill will also be “taking interest” in between 15,000 and 20,000 square feet of commercial and retail space that will go in existing, repurposed buildings. Mr. Wilts said more commercial space will be available soon.

A commercial tenant will have to fit the Windmill vision, Mr. Wilts added.

“We’re looking a lot at of local operators, locally owned and operated independent businesses,” he said. “We’re inspired by examples like Granville Island (in Vancouver), like the Distillery District in Toronto that is very heavy into those kinds of businesses.”

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By Tom Pechloff of OBJ – Published on May 21, 2015

Windmill Developments marked a couple Canadian firsts Thursday, announcing collaborative agreements with the Algonquin-Anishinabe community that will ensure that community has a strong presence in the development of the former Domtar Lands.

Windmill Developments and members of the Algonquin community mark letter of intent, One Planet sustainable community designation

Windmill founding partner Jeff Westeinde signed a letter of intent with Pikwakanagan chief Kirby Whiteduck that will see several collaborative initiatives, including ensuring Algonquin tradespeople work on the company’s $1-billion Zibi mixed-use development, youth mentorships are put in place and economic development partnerships and small business opportunities are created.

Mr. Whiteduck said he was also happy Windmill and Bioregional want to work to create a sustainable community around the area of the Ottawa River, which has been contaminated by years of industrial use.

“We think that’s something the Algonquins want to be a part of and continue that legacy that we’ve always had with the territory, the land and the waters,” he said.

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London, May 21, 2015 – UK-based sustainability charity Bioregional has endorsed
Ottawa-Gatineau’s Zibi project as Canada’s first One Planet Community and the world’s

One Planet Living PR Event May 2015

One Planet Living PR Event May 2015

One Planet Community status is the gold standard in sustainability ambition for
development projects, representing not just endorsement of green building standards
but an ongoing commitment to all aspects of sustainable development through the
lifetime of a project.

Zibi, which means ‘river’ in the Algonquin language, is a waterfront area located in the
downtown cores of Ottawa and Gatineau overlooking both the Ottawa River and
Chaudière Falls. The name of the development was chosen as a public commitment to
the Algonquin-Anishinabe people, on whose unceded land the Ottawa Valley, and parts
of Ontario and Quebec are situated.

Redeveloped from industrial brownfield land once dominated by a paper mill, the 37-acre
site will include a blend of commercial and retail properties, condominium developments,
a hotel, waterfront parks and open spaces and a network of pedestrian and cycling

Over three million square feet of development is planned. Zibi will provide a unique
opportunity for people to live, work, play and learn in one of the National Capital
Region’s most picturesque and historic areas.

Working with Bioregional, developers Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp. have used the 10 principles of the One Planet Living framework to help guide sustainability and eco-friendly planning for Zibi. Its One Planet Community status is underpinned by a sustainability action plan based on these 10 principles.

Zibi’s plan highlights include:

  • A district-wide energy system, which aims to provide Zibi with zero carbon energy
    by 2020
  • A target for only 2% or less of the waste generated by the completed development to go to landfill
  • 90% reduction in transport greenhouse gas emissions compared to the regional average, thanks to prioritising walking, cycling and charging points for electric vehicles
  • Cutting water use by more than half compared to the regional average – waterusing appliances will be super-efficient and non-potable water will be used for irrigation of green spaces and toilet flushing
  • Radically increasing biodiversity (by 400%) above existing levels on the site
  • Housing opportunities for a diverse range of renters and buyers, and preferential allocation in some of the commercial space to local and socially responsible businesses
  • Working together with the Algonquin-Anishinabe community in ways that generate lasting and tangible benefits to present and future generations; creating a new model for how private developers engage with First Nations in Canada

A strong point of Windmill and Dream’s commitment with First Nations and to the One Planet Community framework is the creation by the Algonquin-Anishinabe of an Advisory Council on Integrity. The Committee is made up of individuals who believe in the importance of sustainability, and who wish to ensure the integrity and appropriateness of the Zibi development on issues of First Nations culture, heritage and socio-economics.

Pooran Desai OBE, Co-founder of Bioregional and International Director of its One Planet Communities Programme commented:

“If everyone on earth consumed natural resources at the same rate as the average Canadian we would need four planets to support us. One Planet Communities – like Zibi aims to be – are places where it is easy, attractive and affordable for people to lead happy and healthy lives within the environmental limits of the planet.

“We are thrilled to launch the Canadian flagship in the One Planet Communities network with such an ambitious and innovative project. Zibi sets a new standard for sustainable development in Canada. Windmill is showing leadership at the global level and we are delighted that Zibi is joining our network of the earth’s greenest neighbourhoods.”

Rodney Wilts, Partner of Windmill Development commented:

“This endorsement from Bioregional – and the required planning and monitoring that goes with it – brings us that much closer to our vision of creating one of the world’s most sustainable communities. We are not just focusing on the energy, water and resource saving performance of the buildings; we are equally concerned with encouraging and supporting sustainable behaviours from its residents, visitors and the businesses working out of it.”

Jason Lester, Senior Vice President of Urban Development at Dream commented:

“Becoming a One Planet Community is more than receiving a stamp of approval. It’s a long-term commitment to bring our ambitious plan to life and to continue to work diligently to build a better community through sustainability.”

Brenda Odjick, Chair of the Algonquin-Anishinabe Advisory Committee on Integrity commented:

“Windmill has extended a hand in friendship to the Algonquin-Anishinabe people. Never before has a private developer been as inclusive and collaborative in this part of Canada, and as consistent with the Algonquin-Anishinabe values attached to the environment and to community.”

Background and information:

Zibi’s One Planet Action Plan
About One Planet Living
Bioregional’s existing One Planet communities
Zibi i-site


About Bioregional

Bioregional, a registered charity and award winning social enterprise based in the UK, champions a better, more sustainable way to live. It works with partners to create better places for people to live, work and do business. Its ambition is simple. It wants its practical projects to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. It calls this One Planet Living. The charity has, since it was founded in 1994, established a number of associated enterprises to develop or continue the charitable mission and in which the charity sometimes retains an interest.

About Windmill

Windmill is a visionary company dedicated to transforming conventional development practices by ensuring that exemplary ecological, social and financial returns are achieved in all their projects. Every Windmill development is conceived, designed and constructed to protect and enhance the local community and our ecosystem. Windmill is the only developer in North America to have achieved LEED Platinum on all its mixed-use projects. Completed projects include The Currents, a performing arts centre and modern condominium tower in Ottawa’s Wellington West neighbourhood, and Dockside Green, a model sustainable community in Victoria that was named one of 16 Clinton Climate Initiative Climate Positive developments.

About Dream

Dream (TSX:DRM) is one of Canada’s leading real estate companies with approximately $14.7 billion of assets under management in North America and Europe. The scope of the business includes residential land development, housing and condominium development, asset management for three TSX-listed real estate investment trusts and one TSX-listed diversified, hard asset alternatives trust, investments in and management of Canadian renewable energy infrastructure and commercial property ownership. Dream’s development projects include Toronto’s Distillery Historic District as well as the 2015 Pan Parapan American Athletes’ Village. Dream has an established track record for being innovative and for its ability to source, structure and execute compelling investment opportunities.

About the Algonquin-Anishinabe Advisory Committee on Integrity

The Advisory Committee is non-political and will act as a recommendation body to Windmill Developments on issues of Algonquin-Anishinabe interests, notably to ensure the integrity and appropriateness of cultural, heritage and socio-economic aspects of the Zibi project. The Committee has been created by Algonquin-Anishinabe women and is designed to work in a culturally appropriate way, inspired by ancestral Algonquin-Anishinabe practices.

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