NRTEE's National BF Strategy

CBN's Review of the National Round Table on the Environment & Economy (NRTEE)'s Canadian Brownfields Recommendations: A study of perceptions of progress, a fifteenth anniversary.
Consent to Participate in Research
My name is Reanne Ridsdale. I am a PhD Student at Ryerson University working with my supervisor, Dr. Chris De Sousa in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. I would like to invite you to take part in a research study that will be tracking the 2003 brownfield recommendations of the National Round Table of Environment and Economy (NRTEE).

You are being asked to voluntarily complete this web based survey that is based on the 2003 NRTEE document called Cleaning up the past, Building the Future. This survey involves 6 parts: part 1, demographics & expert opinions; part 2, strategic focus; part 3, brownfield (BF) motivations; part 4, BF barriers; part 5, NRTEE recommendations; and, part 6 NRTEE suggested policy toolkit.

The survey should take about 20-45 mins to complete.

In order for all of your answers to be collected you must go to the end of the survey and click 'submit survey'. This will demonstrate your full consent to participation.

You may withdraw your participation at any time by closing the browser.

Possible benefits of participating in this study include that we aim to identify methods for increasing brownfields redevelopment activity in Canada, and encourage more involvement in brownfield redevelopment through comprehensive understanding of existing plans and policies.

The risks to participating in this study are minimal. However, potential risks may arise from the fact that some of the questions ask you to provide information on your attitudes toward brownfields redevelopment generally and towards the actions taken by your organization and by other stakeholders. While this information might pose a professional risk if released publicly, the principal investigator will make every effort to mitigate such risk by keeping the survey results confidential and not linking you to your responses in any published material. The only information that could be published relates to the fact that your province has participated in the survey. If you are not comfortable answering a question you may skip it, or withdraw from the survey at any time.


You will be asked for your geographical location, the sector you work in. You will also be asked for your email for the sole use of the researcher for tracking survey responses and to follow up with you (you will be asked for permission for any future follow ups).

The survey is not anonymous, and as such will not be collecting information that will easily identify you, like your name or other unique identifiers. Although your Internet Protocol (IP) address can be tracked through the survey platform, the researcher/s will not be collecting this information.

This survey uses OpinioTM which Ryerson University has purchased the rights to use. All survey data collected by Opino will be stored on Ryerson University Servers on site in Toronto, Ontario. If you would rather participate with an email or paper-based survey please contact the researchers.

To further protect your information, data stored by the researcher will be password protected and encrypted. Once data analysis is complete, results will be kept in an encrypted folder on a password protected data stick in a locked filling cabinet in a locked office at Ryerson University.
Only the researchers named in this study will have access to the data as collected. Any future publications will include collective information (i.e., aggregate data). Your individual responses (i.e. raw data) will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team.

When the research is completed, the researcher/s will keep the data for up to 1.5 years after the study is over.

Participation in research is completely voluntary and you can withdraw your consent by closing the browser.

Once you have reached the end, by clicking submit, this submits the survey to the researchers. However, if you click the submit button at the end of the survey and you would like to withdraw your results. Please contact the researchers, and we will remove and destroy your responses.

Please note that by clicking submit at the end of the study you are providing your consent for participation. By consenting to participate you are not waiving any of your legal rights as a research participant.

If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to contact the researcher/s.

Christopher De Sousa
Director, Professor
School of Urban and Regional Planning
Faculty of Community Services
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2K3
Phone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6764

Reanne Ridsdale
Environmental Applied Sciences and Management
Yates Graduate School
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2K3
Phone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6773

If you have any questions about your rights or treatment as a research participant in this study, please contact the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board at (416) 979-5042.

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