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Momentum builds as two more Algonquin communities sign Letters of Intent, affirm they are open for business

Gatineau, April 27, 2017 – Algonquin-owned Decontie Construction Inc., from the community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (KZA), started rolling in its trucks and excavators onto the Zibi property earlier this month to begin the extensive process of preparing the site for construction.

This is the culmination of a two-year initiative by Decontie and developers Windmill Development and Dream Unlimited to overcome systemic labour barriers, build capacity and hire First Nation workers for Zibi, a $1.2B redevelopment project to transform a contaminated industrial parcel into the world’s most sustainable mixed-use community.

The construction start is an important project milestone and proof that this partnership – unprecedented in this part of Canada – between private developers and First Nations companies, communities and people is delivering benefits.

Eighteen months ago, Decontie Construction and the development team began the process to build capacity by helping indigenous workers obtain the necessary training, permits and licensing to work at Zibi. A call-out for indigenous workers interested in being added to a list of available construction workers yielded over 250 names.

First Nation workers are onsite because of Windmill, Dream and Decontie’s unwavering determination to surmount multiple barriers, and the willingness of the Commission de Construction du Québec (CCQ), and the municipal, provincial and federal governments to change the status quo and to support First Nations’ right to self-determination. Discussions are ongoing with all levels of government — in Quebec and Ontario — to help train and hire more First Nation workers, and to ensure that the Algonquin Anishinabe culture is represented throughout the future community.

 

Long Point and Timiskaming Algonquin First Nations sign Letters of Intent with Zibi to benefit their communities

Momentum is building as two additional Algonquin Anishinabe communities announced that they are joining the partnership with Windmill and Dream Unlimited: Long Point and Timiskaming First Nations both signed separate Letters of Intent (LOI) last week outlining how Zibi will create opportunities in the region for their members, raise awareness about their people and culture in Canada’s capital region and build stronger connections back to their communities. They join Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and the Algonquins of Ontario as signatories of LOIs with the Zibi community.

Zibi is a 37-acre development located on the downtown Gatineau riverfront as well as on Ottawa’s Albert and Chaudière Islands. The areas along the Ottawa River are significant in the history of the region’s First Nations, and Windmill/Dream have made concerted efforts to collaborate with and provide tangible benefits to local Algonquin Anishinabe people and communities.

Benefits to the Algonquins and First Nations, however, extend far beyond jobs and labour. Zibi is intended to act as a catalyst to highlight and celebrate Algonquin Anishinabe history, culture and people in the National Capital Region. Through arts, heritage, jobs, training, youth mentorships, and the formal recognition that this site and the region is on unceded Algonquin territory, Zibi will be a meaningful and authentic manifestation of the Algonquin Nation in the heart of the nation’s capital.

 

Quotes

Andy Decontie, President, Decontie Construction: “My vision when I launched Decontie was to create opportunities for my community and my people. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, my family and members of my community were forced to leave Canada to find work in the United States. But today, I’m seeing our partnership with Zibi result in jobs and benefits for Algonquin Anishinabe right in the heart of our ancestral territory. This is our people, exercising our right to self determination, and taking steps to close the economic gap.”

Chief Kirby Whiteduck, Pikwàkanagàn First Nation: “This opportunity stood out to us as Windmill was the first private developer to ever reach out to the Algonquin communities and we believe their intent and commitment to be true and honest. We now have concrete proof that the partnership is delivering tangible and sustainable benefits for our People, with more to come.”

Chief Wayne McKenzie, Timiskaming First Nation: “The Zibi project is a pillar upon which the Algonquin Nation is uniting across provincial boundaries, and an assertion that Timiskaming, Long Point and Pikwàkanagàn First Nations are open for business. Seeing Algonquin Anishinabe workers on this site, cleaning up the contaminated soil, naturalizing the river banks and improving the River is proof to me that this partnership is real and that Zibi will deliver the economic, cultural and environmental benefits set out in our Letter of Intent.”

Jeff Westeinde, Chairman, Windmill Developments: “Since the beginning of this project in 2013, we’ve been committed to making Zibi a model of collaboration with First Nations in our region. Today is proof that that collaboration is delivering the benefits it promised. And with the communities of Long Point and Timiskaming now on board, we are gaining momentum for a tangible and beneficial Algonquin presence in the National Capital Region. We continue to extend an open invitation to all Algonquin communities to join us.”

Daniel Marinovic, SVP, Dream: “Dream is honoured to be a part of this significant and transformative redevelopment of our nation’s capital that also serves as a model for partnering with First Nations communities. We feel privileged to be involved in a project of this scale that will also create meaningful and inclusive employment opportunities for First Nations and honour Algonquin Anishinabe history and culture.”

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Brand new show VOLTA to be presented at Zibi starting August 2017

Gatineau, December 7, 2016 – Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp., in partnership with La Ville de Gatineau and Place des Festivals are pleased to announce they have signed an agreement to host the Cirque du Soleil at Zibi starting in August 2017.

The Cirque du Soleil will bring its brand new touring show to the Ottawa-Gatineau region, VOLTA, which will take place this summer coinciding with Gatineau 2017 ‘s exciting activities to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“We are proud to welcome this international cultural icon to Zibi, and the thousands of visitors and tourists who will come to experience VOLTA,” said Jeff Westeinde, Executive Chairman of the Windmill Development Group. “It has been a shared vision for us and la Ville de Gatineau to see Zibi play a central role in the revitalization of downtown Gatineau and its riverfront.”

“We are extremely excited about this announcement and believe that having a relationship with such an important cultural icon such as Cirque du Soleil is vital in redefining the Ottawa-Gatineau region as a culturally thriving metropolis,” said Daniel Marinovic, Senior Vice President, Dream Unlimited Corp.

After welcoming over 60 landmark socio-cultural events such as MEGAPHONO, Latin Sparks Island Edition, and the RBC Bluesfest, Zibi is proud to reinforce its position as an important cultural hub.

From August 3rd to 27th 2017, Ottawa-Gatineau residents and tourists alike will have the chance to attend one of the 31 performances of VOLTA, each with a capacity of nearly 2500 people. 2017 is sure to be a banner year for Ottawa-Gatineau tourism, and VOLTA opens the possibility of more Cirque du Soleil shows to come over the next six years.

Gatineau’s municipal council yesterday approved a $300,000 investment to help transform the site into the Place des Festivals’ new temporary home, and allow it to welcome the Cirque du Soleil in August 2017. Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp.  will be investing an additional $400,000 on the Zibi site to complete the necessary work.

“I am proud to partner with Dream Unlimited Corp. and Windmill Development Group on this announcement today,” said Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin. “We have always viewed Zibi as a cultural and economic partner for our revitalized downtown, today’s announcement cements this role.”

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Zibi receives prestigious international award for planning and design

Becomes one of the most decorated community plans in the world

 

Ottawa, September 16, 2016Zibi, a redevelopment project in the heart of the national capital with aspirations of becoming the world’s most sustainable community, has received the International Society of City and Regional Planners’ (ISOCARP) award of excellence for planning and design.

The award – the highest bestowed by the organization – was presented yesterday to Zibi developers Windmill Developments and Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM), and their partner FOTENN Planning + Design, at ISOCARP’s International Congress in Durban, South Africa.

The ISOCARP Award For Excellence rewards plans with a strong focus on sustainability, innovation, regeneration and resilience. An international jury of ISOCARP members evaluated the submissions, and chose Zibi as the best plan.

The plans for Zibi have also recently received awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners and the American Planning Association, making it one of the most decorated community plans on the planet.

“With this award, our peers from around the world have again confirmed that our plans for Zibi are truly world-class,” said Rodney Wilts, partner at Windmill Developments. “This One Planet urban community, along with LRT and Lebreton Flats, will help propel Ottawa and Gatineau to the next level on the world stage.”

Over the next 15 years, Zibi will transform the long-vacant industrial lands straddling Ottawa and Gatineau into a complete waterfront community that blends low- and high-rise residential buildings, restaurants, pubs, merchants and office spaces, unique plazas and outdoor squares, recreational facilities, a hotel, and much more.

“We are very honoured to have received this award,” said Jason Lester, Senior Vice President of Urban Development at Dream. “ Our team is passionate about realizing the vision of a unique and unparalleled community at Zibi.”

 

About Windmill Development Group

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 Unlimited Corp.

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 has an established track record for being innovative and for its ability to source, structure and execute on compelling investment opportunities.

 

About FOTENN

Fotenn is an award-winning planning and urban design firm with offices in, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto. Established in 1992, Fotenn now has more than 35 planning, landscape architecture, architecture and urban design staff engaged in projects across the country.

We maintain a balance of public and private work ranging from individuals and large private sector firms to all three levels of government. Fotenn is committed to providing a responsive and personal approach and honest and fair treatment to our clients as well as the community at large.

While our projects are all diverse in nature, they share one thing in common: a need for practical, high-quality and attractive results. With our wealth of experience in the field, knowledge of current trends and innovative vision, we have added and continue to add immense value to all the spaces we have created across Canada. As we apply our expertise in site planning, land usage, policy development, urban design and landscape architecture, we continue to guarantee high-quality, market-based results appropriate to their environmental settings.

 

About ISOCARP

ISOCARP is the international Society of City and Regional Planners. Founded in 1965, and based in The Hague, we are a global association of experienced professionals, brining together recognized and highly qualified planners from more than 80 countries worldwide.

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Ottawa, January 25, 2016 – As part of its bid for the Lebreton Flats redevelopment, the RendezVous LeBreton Group has developed a bold vision for sustainability, one that will see it become one of the largest sustainability-driven urban developments in North America.

RendezVous LeBreton, which is backed by the Ottawa Senators, has developed a sustainability plan based on the One Planet Living framework; the same aggressive standard being used by Windmill Development’s Zibi project located a stone’s throw away on Chaudière Island. Located between Zibi and the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict, RVLG’s sustainability plan is poised to create one of the largest, and most sustainable, urban districts in North America, if not globally.

Guided by the One Planet Living framework, the Group has created a development plan that is based on ten principles, ensuring the project is sustainable socially, environmentally, and economically. With as much focus on people as the environment, RVLG aims to create a community where it is easy, attractive, and affordable for people to lead happy and healthy lives using a fair share of the earth’s resources.

“Many redevelopment projects tend to focus on environmental issues, such as reducing construction waste, but this team decided at the outset that to create a world-class development we needed a project that people would benefit from, and feel connected to,” said Steve Dulmage of BuildGreen Solutions, the sustainability advisors to the project.

RVLG acknowledges that achieving all principles within the One Planet Framework will be a challenge on a project of this size, particularly zero carbon, but as Dulmage points out: “The history of this site includes innovation and entrepreneurialism, so why shouldn’t we set ambitious targets that will require a similar mindset to achieve them?”

This attitude has already resulted in a number of novel ideas. The project team has identified a potential partner that could see the Event Centre become one of the first net-zero energy stadiums in the world; and a “purple pipe” system will be explored to reduce the amount of precious tap water used to flush toilets.

In addition to pursuing One Planet endorsement, the team’s sustainability plan also commits to meeting the NCC’s mandated goal of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction for all new buildings. However, RVLG has gone a step further and has committed to meeting LEED’s community standard as well, LEED for Neighbourhood Development.

Initiatives demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility include planned affordable housing, vibrant gathering spaces for residents and visitors, recreational opportunities through the Sensplex and Abilities Centre, and programming that will help businesses and residents alike make healthier, and greener decisions. Of course, it all begins by decontaminating LeBreton Flats, and revitalizing a site that can be transformed from a brownfield into a community that adds value to the local economy, and enriches the city’s social and cultural fabric.

About Build Green Solutions

Build Green Solutions Inc. specializes in bringing the principles of sustainability – environmental, social, and economic – to bear on urban land development.

Since 1999, Build Green Solutions has worked on some of the most innovative projects in Canada: green buildings, sustainable infrastructure, and green community projects. By bringing a solutions-oriented and market-based approach, we have helped clients stretch for ambitious yet achievable sustainability goals by incorporating innovative strategies and technologies. These projects have included Windmill Development’s “Zibi”, “The Currents”, and “the Eddy” in Ottawa, “Aqua + Vento” in Calgary, and “Dockside Green” in Victoria.

About One Planet Living and One Planet Communities

One Planet Living is the vision of a world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.
The One Planet Living framework is based on ten easy-to-grasp principles covering areas such as carbon, waste, transport, food and water, and enables us to plan for, deliver and communicate sustainable development. The framework provides a clear, practical route map for a better way to live and do business.

Windmill Development’s Zibi project was recently named the world’s tenth One Planet Community.

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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 www.zibi-i-site.ca

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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.”

About QUEST

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
E: tleach@questcanada.org

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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
decontieconstruction@hotmail.com
819-441-6243

Annie Boucher
613-863-3702
boucher@fusecommunications.ca
@aboucherfuse

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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.

About CAVCOE

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
JonathanW@windmilldevelopments.com

Barrie Kirk
Executive Director
CAVCOE
613-271-1657
bkirk@cavcoe.com

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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
tenth.

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
paths.

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

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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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WINDMILL AND DREAM LAUNCH ZIBI, ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES, IN THE HEART OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

Ottawa, February 24, 2015 – Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM), today announced details of one of Canada’s largest urban renewal master-planned projects, the revitalization of the industrial lands on the Chaudière and Albert Islands, and the downtown Gatineau riverfront.

To be known as Zibi (#ZibiIsHere), Windmill and Dream’s redevelopment of the 40-acre site will include a mix of commercial and retail properties, condominium developments, a hotel, numerous waterfront parks and open spaces, and a network of pedestrian and cycling paths.

“Zibi is a once in a lifetime development opportunity for the National Capital Region,” says Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill. “After more than a century, people will finally be able to live, work, play, and learn in one of the Region’s most picturesque and historic areas. We couldn’t be more pleased to be writing this new chapter in the Outaouais’ history.”

“With an anticipated investment value of more than $1 billion, we are committed to working with Windmill on this significant urban renewal project,” says Jason Lester, Dream’s Senior Vice President, Urban Development. “Dream manages and develops real estate across North America and in Europe, each with unique, innovative and exciting characteristics. But as a Canadian real estate leader, this uniquely Canadian project, the dynamic mix of uses and the cutting edge approach to sustainability makes this a truly exceptional project, and a special development within our portfolio.”

The partners plan to transform this industrial brownfield site into one of the world’s most sustainable mixed-use communities.

“I applaud Windmill and Dream for recognizing the rich history, breath-taking geography, and world-class views that combine to make the islands a character-defining place in the Capital,” said Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the National Capital Commission. “We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Windmill and Dream, the municipalities, and Algonquin First Nations to ensure Zibi reflects key Capital interests including improved connectivity, heritage preservation, access to the falls, and inspired public spaces.”

Zibi (pronounced ZeeBee) means ‘river’ in the Algonquin language. It was one of the 200 names submitted for the site as part of a contest Windmill launched last summer. The name was chosen both to recognize the Algonquin people’s rich history in the area, and to acknowledge the importance of the Ottawa River to the community.

With the development of Zibi, the magnificent Chaudière falls and the Ottawa River’s rapids will become accessible for the first time since Philemon Wright established the first sawmill there in 1808.

“This natural wonder and central part of the Region has been not just inaccessible, but unknown to most residents and visitors” said Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson. “The developers’ vision for Zibi stands to enliven a part of Ottawa that has been dormant for far too long and make this central part of our City and Region the kind of destination that everyone can enjoy.”

Windmill expects environmental remediation efforts to begin in the fall, and a sales launch in the months to come. The initial development phase of Zibi will include the revitalization of three existing industrial properties as part of a new retail commercial component, as well as the construction of two new six-storey condominium developments along the Gatineau riverfront.

“This large-scale redevelopment of the lands formerly owned by Domtar is extremely important to the City of Gatineau,” said Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Gatineau Mayor. “Gatineau has been working to revitalize its downtown for many years, and the advent of this major interprovincial project aligns perfectly with our efforts.”

Windmill and Dream are using the One Planet Communities framework to guide sustainability planning for Zibi. The One Planet Communities program is aimed at creating a network of the earth’s greenest neighbourhoods and to creating places where it is easy, attractive, and affordable for people to lead healthy, happy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources.

“As a sustainable community, we will look to create environmentally advanced buildings at Zibi,” says Rodney Wilts. “But, we will also look to provide the services, infrastructure, and design features that make it easy for the people living and working at Zibi to do so in an environmentally friendly way.”

Download backgrounders and images: http://bit.ly/windmill2015

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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 project’s 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 on compelling investment opportunities. For more information, please visit www.dream.ca.

For information:

Annie Boucher                                     or                     Danny Roth
613.863.3702                                                                416. 414.9064
boucher@fusecommunications.ca                            droth@brandoncom.ca

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