In 2013, Ecclesiastical began sponsoring building heritage awards by Heritage Canada Foundation (since called the National Trust for Canada). The awards recognize excellence in infill and the adaptive reuse/rehabilitation of heritage sites across Canada. To be considered for the award, architects, developers, builders, designers and owners from across the country submit nominations, and an independent jury of experts chooses the winners.
Having insured historical sites for over 125 years, and with a focus on protecting and preserving Canada’s distinct communities, cultures and heritage, the awards were a superb fit for our company. We’re proud to be a continuing sponsor, with the 2017 awards presented on October 13 at the Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts in Ottawa, as part of the National Trust’s annual conference:
Eva’s Phoenix (Toronto)
Conversion of a former waterworks building into housing and training facilities for homeless youth.
The Royal Botanical Garden (Hamilton)
Restoration and expansion of their signature rock garden, including a new visitor centre.
Monastère des Augustines (Ville de Québec)
Transformation of a seventeenth-century monastery into a holistic retreat.
Denis Robitaille accepting the Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award for Monastère des Augustines, with Richard Moorhouse, chair, board of governors, National Trust for Canada and Rui Taborda, Ecclesiastical Insurance.
Read more about this year’s award-winning projects on the National Trust for Canada website.
Each of the winners respected the heritage of their properties, while reimagining them for future community purposes. We look forward to sponsoring the 2018 awards!