Chief Executive Officer, Canada
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.
Under David’s tenure, Colliers has been recognized one of Canada’s Top Brands, the only Canadian commercial real estate services firm in the Brand Top 100 and is an Aon Best Employer, achieving gold or platinum status for the past several years. Colliers Canada is consistently recognized for excellence in property marketing and advisory services and has a leading client loyalty score using the Net Promoter Score (NPS) Index of 72. In 2019, Colliers Canada was awarded top honors by two of the industry’s leading associations, the International Property Awards and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada.
Bachelor of Commerce Urban Land Economics University of British Columbia
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