James Smerdon

James Smerdon

VP & Director

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Professional Summary

James Smerdon is a retail consultant and strategic planner with Colliers Consulting in Vancouver. James joined Colliers in 2007 and has been a consultant since 1997.  James has worked on projects throughout North America, for a wide variety of public and private sector clients.


James has worked directly with clients such as Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Brookfield Residential, and Cities across the country, providing expertise in retail market analysis, retail demand projections and strategic planning. James consults on the subjects of retail trends, demographic forecasting, retail tenant strategy, and market research. Presenter to the International Council of Shopping Centers, on Retail Trends, 2004-2007 and 2019. Organizing Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers Whistler Conference, 2004-2014 (Co-Chair in 2013 and 2014).


Business in Vancouver 40 under 40 in 2011

Colliers International Awards of Excellence, 2012/2013, 2015

Canadian Urban Institute 2013 Brownie Award for City of Langley Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy


Bachelor of Arts, Urban Geography from The University of British Columbia

Memberships & Involvements

ICSC - International Council of Shopping Centers


  • Property Development Group
  • City of Edmonton
  • City of Vancouver
  • Mountain Equipment CO-OP
  • Qualico Communities
  • Brookfield Commercial
  • Brookfield Residential
  • City of Calgary
  • City of Surrey
  • Melcor
  • Ronmor


"Jim,  the location study that you prepared for us on behalf of Colliers International Consulting has proved to be a very valuable resource during our capital review and planning analysis.   The report is comprehensive, very well written and  clearly summarizes the content required to define future requirements and options that assist in the decision making process going forward.    I thoroughly enjoyed working with you on this project and wanted to let you know that the work you did continues to be appreciated. " 

- Provincial Liquor Retailer


Service Lines
Property Types
Multifamily-Apartment, Retail

My Team

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Featured Research
May 31, 2019
National Retail Report Fall 2017
Retail sales growth across the country continues to build on the positive performance of 2016, with national retail sales predicted to grow by 7% to reach approximately $590 billion by the end of 2017.
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May 31, 2019
National Retail Report Spring 2018
Despite growth throughout 2017, 2018 has started off at a relatively slower pace. When compared to Q1 2017, retail sales growth slowed across the nation.
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May 31, 2019
National Retail Report Fall 2018
Based on data to September 2018, we forecasted full-year retail sales in Canada would increase by 3.44% over 2017, fueled by Ontario (4.23%) and Quebec (4.17%).
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Featured News
May 31, 2019
Colliers Consulting engaged as Market Analyst
Colliers Consulting engaged as Market Analyst to redefine retail in Calgary’s Seton Urban District.
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