David Bowden has served as Chief Executive Officer, Canada, of Colliers International since 2009. Colliers is the largest commercial real estate services company in Canada, helping maximize the power of property for real estate occupiers, developers and investors. With more than 2,300 professionals in 43 offices, Colliers Canada has more than $16 billion of assets under management, comprising over 60 million square feet of high-quality office, retail and industrial real estate. Annually, Colliers Canada oversees $7 billion in development and capital projects, transacts in excess of $7 billion of commercial property sales and $6.5 billion in lease contracts and completes more than 5000 appraisals and property tax appeals.
A leading authority in the commercial real estate industry with over 30 years of senior level experience, David is responsible for the execution of Colliers’ national business strategy while working in conjunction with national divisional leaders across the country. Prior to becoming CEO, David worked in progressively senior roles at Colliers, including Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions for North America and President of Canadian Brokerage Operations. Under David’s leadership the Canadian business has grown by more than 300%. Known for his deep connections and innovative business perspective, David is a sought-after speaker at industry and business conferences, sharing his perspective on the Canadian commercial real estate sector, best practices in corporate leadership and change management. David has served as a mentor to the Colliers Proptech Accelerator program, championing innovation in the commercial real estate industry.
As Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Business, Brian is responsible for partnering with the National and Global Senior Leadership teams to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Colliers’ position as the leading real estate services firm in Canada. Responsible for business development in addition to the day-to-day operations of the Canadian business and the long-term strategic planning process, Brian builds internal and external client relationships and leads teams to be enterprising, accountable and collaborative.
Brian has spent his career fostering innovation and driving change, solving complex problems and continuously challenging and improving operations. An experienced General Manager, Corporate Strategist, Sales Leader and Marketer, Brian brings a wealth of senior leadership experience from Iron Mountain, the global leader in storage and information management services, with 1,400 facilities and more than 87.5 million square feet of storage space under management in over 50 countries. After working in increasingly senior roles with the firm, Rosen most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Iron Mountain Canada, responsible for both Sales and Operations nationally. Throughout his decade plus at Iron Mountain, he successfully turned around operations, accelerated growth in mature businesses, and created new teams and management processes.
Scott Addison is the President of Brokerage Services at Colliers Canada, Canada’s leading commercial real estate services firm. Scott has been working in commercial real estate for more than 30 years and is passionate about industry leadership and maximizing potential for Colliers people and its clients. Since joining Colliers Management Team, Scott has gone on to create a distinct culture of leadership, collaboration and superior client service.
Appointed to the position of President of Brokerage Services in October 2015, Scott has been instrumental in driving both organic and strategic growth of the brokerage business in Canada. Scott oversees 28 offices across the country, motivating teams to accelerate success and be leaders in Canada's real estate services industry. Committed to providing value-enhancing strategies and solutions, Scott champions Colliers’ robust CRM platform and data solutions to deliver timely market intelligence to clients.
John Duda is the President of Real Estate Management Services, Canada. John began his career as Director of National Property Services at CIBC, joining Colliers in 2010. Appointed as head of Real Estate Management Services in 2017, John has driven significant growth both organically and strategically through the development of new service lines and markets. In his role as president, John a oversees 14 offices across Canada, working closely with local teams to create value-driven strategies in support of clients’ goals.
Entrepreneur and business leader Franklin Holtforster founded Colliers Project Leaders in 1989. As CEO, he has grown the company into a leading real-property and infrastructure project management firm with offices across Canada and the Middle East. An engineer and Project Management Professional, Franklin has directed major capital projects for private- and public-sector clients, nationally and internationally.
Franklin serves on the Board of the Real Property Institute of Canada, is a recipient of the Order of Honour of Professional Engineers Ontario and the Province of Ontario Volunteer Award, a Warden of the Iron Ring, and a Canada’s Clean50 honouree.
An in-demand speaker on the topics of business, leadership and sustainability, Franklin has delivered variations of his Intentional Leadership workshop to a wide range of audiences.
Andrew is the Senior Vice President, National Operations, Valuations and Advisory at Colliers International, the leading commercial real estate firm in Canada. Andrew currently manages a team of more than 90 experienced professionals across the country, including commercial real estate appraisers, property taxation experts and analysts who provide valuations, appraisals and expert advice based on proprietary market information.
Andrew began his career at Colliers in 2003 as an assistant appraiser and has made a natural transition from an advisory role to leadership and management over the past 15 years. Passionate about technology and employee engagement, Andrew has grown the valuations and advisory services team through the attraction and retention of highly skilled and engaged professionals and the implementation of best-in-class technology platforms.
As Interim VP People Services for North America, Kerris provides senior HR leadership to support all business units across the US and Canada, approximately 7000+ professionals. She is responsible for leading the North American People Services team of more than 80 professionals, overseeing all aspects of talent management. Prior to this, Kerris was the Director of Talent Acquisition for North America leading all Talent Acquisition activity for the region. She coached, mentored and managed a high performing team of 18 Talent Acquisition specialists with a focus on strategic business partnerships, candidate experience excellence, employment brand championship, diversity & inclusion and continuous process improvement
Before joining Colliers in 2017, Kerris worked at Catalyst Paper and was HR business partner to all corporate staff and the executive leadership team in Canada and the USA, including the Distribution Centres, Finance, Sales & Marketing, Customer Solutions, Sourcing & Technical Services, HR and Corporate Services which involved regular visits to mill and manufacturing operations and offices in BC, Maine, Wisconsin and Ohio. In addition she was responsible for leading a team of 3 talent acquisition specialists in recruiting and enabling the selection of operations, trades, technical, professional, managerial and executive talent across the company in both the US and Canada – approximately 2,600 permanent staff (80% hourly & unionised).
Lex has a demonstrated track record of successfully designing and implementing effective marketing programs for Colliers and for properties in all property types. One of Lex's greatest strengths is his understanding and passion for the Colliers business. Lex can usually help you find what you're looking for within Colliers. Lex is well-versed in corporate strategy, marketing strategy communications, digital marketing, coaching and advertising.
2018 - Current Vice President Marketing and Communications - Canada
2009 - 2018 Director Marketing and Communications - Canada
2007 - 2009 National Marketing Manager - New Zealand
2003 - 2007 National Marketing Manager Office & Retail Leasing - Australia
As a member of the Canadian leadership team, Rob has national responsibility to develop and lead strategic initiatives centered on service delivery optimization, business development strategy, and multi-disciplinary collaboration.
- Brokerage Executive Leadership Team
- North American Technology Advisory Board
- Leader, Multi-Market Occupier Services Canada
- Americas Referrals Committee, Past Chair
- Faculty, Colliers University
Rob joined Colliers in 1998 and has worked and traveled extensively in North America, Europe and Asia providing transaction and portfolio management services for a broad range of corporate clients.