This award is given to individual landscape architects or a landscape architectural group to recognize and encourage special or unusual contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment. This award is named in honour of Carl Borgstrom who of all OALA’s founders, was the most actively in tune with the natural landscape.
Throughout his career, Norman has made a significant contribution to the protection, enhancement and sensitive restoration of the natural environment of the ravines, forests and watercourses of the City of Toronto and surrounding municipalities. In his position as the City of Toronto’s Supervisor of Ravine and Natural Feature Protection, Norman leads a team with the challenging responsibility for managing Toronto’s 18,000 acres of ravines, enforcing the City’s Ravine and Natural Feature Protection Bylaw and developing management plans for ravine restoration. He was a key contributor to the development of a number of leading edge initiatives for Toronto: the Ravine and Natural Feature Protection Bylaw which protects and promotes stewardship of ravines and natural areas; a city-wide study of approximately 100 Environmentally Significant Areas; and guidelines for implementation of Natural Heritage Impact Studies which guide restoration and enhancement of abutting natural areas through new development applications. Norman has been instrumental in developing restoration plans for numerous ravines, involving removal of invasive species to open up the canopy and replanting, resulting in healthy ravines. He understands the importance of working in partnership with others, including developers, agencies and institutions, to achieve protection and enhancement of natural areas. Norman is a passionate advocate for the natural environment, investing time and energy to ensure that the City’s remaining natural heritage and urban forest are not just protected, but flourish and grow so that they can continue to be enjoyed by future generations. .