Bringing the Wildlife to Glen Abbey

A new vision of sustainable development

Argo’s Bronte Green site, and future Glen Abbey community, is now home to the first replicated wildlife pond of its kind in the GTA! Beginning as a shared vision of reproducing and enhancing an existing habitat for wildlife, Argo and our team of environmental and engineering experts have worked closely in collaboration with the Town of Oakville and Conservation Halton for several years to bring this vision to fruition. Extensive efforts include developing conceptual and detailed designs for a pond incorporating a range of habitat elements, such as sandy mounds for turtle nesting, and the incorporation of native plants such as the Blue Flag Iris to provide cover and food for insects and local wildlife.

The introduction of this new ecosystem on a former agricultural field, adjacent to the 14 Mile Creek, is a protected part of the Town of Oakville’s Natural Heritage System. It will provide refuge for a diversity of local wildlife known to live in or move through the area, such as turtles, frogs, snakes, muskrats, beavers and deer.

Above photos show progression of work starting in late Fall 2018 with pre-grading, followed by final grading and application of a clay liner and organic base. Over the spring and summer 2019, the installation of two LID (infiltration trenches) structures and landscaping around the Wildlife Pond were completed to help promote stabilization of the area.

The wildlife pond was designed to support groundwater infiltration, which will help sustain the endangered Redside Dace fish population that lives in the nearby Fourteen Mile Creek. Argo has also implemented LID (Low Impact Development) Measures in order to assist in maintaining water levels within the pond and the overall system. Once freshly planted vegetation in and around the pond edges are able to establish, it will further assist in filtering out nutrients and reducing algae growth.

Argo’s commitment to the ongoing monitoring of water levels, and native plant and wildlife diversity, will further ensure the success of the pond for years to come and serve as a model for sustainable and responsible development through vital partnerships between developers, local Municipal and conservation authorities.

Morphology 2019

Argo and Lakeview Community Partners are proud to be a lead sponsor and partner for Morphology 2019, a photographic exhibition depicting an emerging new landscape on the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Morphology was born from a vision championed by the late Jim Tovey and community members during early construction of the conservation area. The new Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area lies adjacent to our Lakeview Village development in Mississauga, Canada’s next generation waterfront community that will connect business, education, culture, residences and recreation along the waterfront.

When completed, the shared community dream of restoring public access to the entire Lakeview area will be fulfilled after more than a century of military and industrial use. As Councillor Tovey often repeated, “It is time to bring the lake to Lakeview.”

Lakeview Village Community Event Highlights

On Wednesday, October 24th, Lakeview Community Partners Limited hosted the third Community Engagement Meeting for Lakeview Village. With over 375 guests, this event was aimed at providing residents with an in-depth experience of what life could look like at this new mixed-use community on the lakefront, with opportunities to engage and provide feedback on the proposed plans for Mississauga’s latest waterfront development. Please click here for further information on Lakeview Village.

ARGO Tees Off in Support of United Way

For the second year in a row, ARGO was one of the proud sponsors of the 30th Annual Oakville Mayor’s Golf Tournament in support of United Way Halton & Hamilton.

The tournament, which took place at the Glen Abbey Golf Club on June 20, raised $127,000 which will go towards improving lives locally in Oakville. From removing barriers for easier access to counselling and support, and after-school programs for children and youth, to providing access to affordable and nutritious food to families in need, the United Way is making a positive difference in the Oakville community.

Lakeview Village Community Re-Engagement Event

In order to refine its Development Master Plan for Lakeview Village in Mississauga, the Lakeview Community Partners (LCPL) held a community re-engagement event open to the public on April 18 at the Waterside Inn. This session provided LCPL an opportunity to share details on the vision of how the Lakeview Master Plan is being implemented and to seek feedback from the community.

LCPL is a partnership of the Greater Toronto Area’s leading community builders that includes TACC Construction Limited, Greenpark Group, CCI Development Group, Branthaven Homes, and Argo Development Corporation. For further information on Lakeview Village, please visit

Habitat for Humanity

ARGO, along with other Mayfield area developers, collaborated with the town of Caledon and Habitat for Humanity to help create affordable housing for well-deserving families.

With ten townhouses built so far and another six to be completed by 2019, we are proud to support Habitat for Humanity and honoured to be a part of bringing people and communities together.

In December 2017 we celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony that welcomed the first 4 families moving in – watch the video below to see what the Mayor of Caledon had to say and the reactions of the families seeing their new homes for the first time.

From Concept to Completion at Stephen Lewis

As part of a community mapping class project, the students at Stephen Lewis Secondary School in Peel Region discovered an opportunity to develop unused green-space right in their own school yard. Through discussion and brainstorming, they came together with a theoretical design for an outdoor amphitheatre that ARGO was happy to help bring to fruition. Best of all, the project became part of Ontario’s EcoSchools program, redeveloping our educational institutions with a more environmentally conscious vision. The amphitheatre is not only an outdoor classroom for creative learning but an active green space where students congregate at lunch and after school. It’s a space where they can come together enjoying each other’s company and the friendships they made at Stephen Lewis. ARGO is proud to have been a partner in this very special project helping to enrich the space at Stephen Lewis.

Meaghan Zaremba, Caledon’s Unsung Hero Shares the Magic of Music

After being involved in a serious car accident at the age of 5, Meaghan found strength in music and it was a vital part of a long healing process. Her desire and determination to help others with disabilities lead to the birth of The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room.

The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room is a resource for those with physical and mental challenges. It’s a fun and safe place where individuals can freely express themselves through music and experience its therapeutic benefits.

The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room currently supports over 55 special needs individuals across three community groups.

Meaghan has had a positive effect on the community of Caledon and was recognized as an Unsung Hero, carrying the torch for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

Just this year, CityTV’s Breakfast Television stopped by The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room to bring awareness to their mission and encourage fundraising for this worthy community program.

If you want to find out more about The Meaghan Zaremba Music Room or help them reach their fundraising goals by offering a donation, please visit

The Good Ol’ Hockey Game

Nothing brings Canadians closer together like hockey.

We love the passionate fans, the energy of the players, and the excitement of the game. It’s exhilarating to be sitting in the stands of a good ol’ hockey game; a youthful memory that many cherish.

ARGO has helped young hockey fans in Mississauga make some memories of their own by providing them an opportunity to see their hometown hockey heroes: The Mississauga Steelheads. With a generous donation of 500 tickets to the Steelheads’ final game of the 2014 regular season at the Hersey Centre, the community got to share in the experience. ARGO’s contribution made it possible for Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services to provide their clients with the wonderful experience of enjoying a hockey game with their peers and the community in general. Since its inception in 1992, Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services, a charitable and not for profit organization has been providing community based rehabilitation and life-long support for adults who live with the effects of acquired brain injury. As well, the Halton Canadian Cancer Society Office used the tickets to support their Relay For Life Campaign.

Even though the Kingston Frontenacs left the game victorious, the spirit of Steelheads fans remained high. The Hershey Centre recorded this game as the fifth highest in attendance of the season.

Double the Park, Double the Fun at McCracken

Parks are a focal point of our community and a place for us to enjoy our family, friends, and nature. Working alongside the City of Mississauga in our Churchill Woods project, we helped double the park space at McCracken Park in Mississauga. With an additional 1.3 acres, the new space offers more features and area for everyone to enjoy.

The new features include:

  • A multi-use pad and half basketball court
  • Hop-scotch line painting and drop shot basketball
  • Two cool misters
  • An informal free play area
  • Additional benches
  • A new walkway to connect the existing play area to Stoney Crescent and Ozzie Drive

Local Mississauga Ward 10 Councillor Sue McFadden hosted a celebration with her constituents to officially open the newly-expanded McCracken Park with a community barbecue.

“We were a strong supporter in expanding the park and opening it on time so that the community had a space to come together and celebrate their neighbourhood,” said Gord Buck, Principal, ARGO.

ARGO has a strong focus on opening park space at the beginning of their developments opposed to near its completion. It’s a testament to our commitment of building liveable communities and neighbourhoods.