Driving Reinvestment into Community Housing

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Lack of awareness led to missed opportunities to maximize value

WoodGreen Community Services is a prominent social service agency in Toronto and one of the city’s largest non-municipal providers of affordable housing. Contributing more than 200 units of affordable housing to people who are commonly referred to as “hard to house” WoodGreen owns, manages and provides service at twelve housing sites, reaching more than 37,000 people each year through outreach support services.

At the onset of the Not-for-Profit Advisory Group’s relationship with the organization, WoodGreen was unaware of some key common standards and facility requirements, which was affecting their ability to provide services efficiently and cost-effectively.

Cost savings generate more support for constituents

The Not-for-Profit Advisory group has worked alongside WoodGreen for more than six years using proven negotiation strategies to create defensible solutions, and leveraging internal and external resources to advise the organization.

WoodGreen and Colliers’ Not-for-Profit Advisory Group is proud to help WoodGreen maximize the value of property by providing complex real estate solutions for an equally complex portfolio. Over the years, WoodGreen has realized tremendous cost efficiencies for the organization, allowing them to funnel critical resources back into their missional objectives.


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Matthew Johnson

Senior Vice President I Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

​Throughout my career, I have been passionate about the development of real estate strategies and helping significant organizations optimize their facilities.  Each entity that we advise is unique, and our strategies are tailored to meet the business and operational requirements of each individual client.  We understand that most of our clients have unique facility and property needs, and we have developed extensive technical knowledge as a result.  Working with many organizations in the med-tech field, as well as prominent charitable and insitutional organizations with sensitive populations within their facilities requires that our knowledge goes well beyond an understanding of the real estate market - we prioritize understanding the busines of our clients and the needs of their clients.  We understand that the people whom drive the success and productivity of our client organizations are their most important assets.  Our strategies are built to ensure that our clients' people thrive and enjoy their work environments.

I have had the privilege to work with talented people at leading organizations in various sectors including Think Research, Synaptive Medical, eSight, Perimeter Medical Imaging, Ronald McDonald House, Plan International Canada, Unifor, Toronto Lands Corporation, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, Durham District School Board, Toronto United Church Council, and many others.  My team's diverse experience with occupiers in both the private and public sector provides me with a broad perspective built upon an extensive foundation of real estate knowledge, allowing me to deliver the highest level of service to my clients. 

To learn more about our team's specialized service offering, and technical knowledge, please contact me at (416) 643.3754, or feel free to email me any time at matthew.johnson@colliers.com.

 

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Peter Davies

Senior Vice President, Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

Peter Davies is a Vice President and Co-Chair of Colliers Not-for-Profit Advisory Group.  He is an office leasing (tenant representation) and real estate investment specialist at Colliers with the CCIM designation working out of the downtown Toronto office since early 2002. His focus is working with a wide array of non-profit and charitable clients in the Toronto area and across Canada including small to large charities, local and national health providers, associations, foundations, housing, educational groups and places of worship. He has extensive experience working with a wide diversity of public and private clients across the Greater Toronto Area, throughout Canada, the U.S. and numerous global markets.

As Co-Chair of Colliers Not-for-Profit Advisory Group, he provides defensible real estate solutions which support the mission, values, and vision of not-for-profit organizations. Peter has published numerous unique articles on issues surrounding commercial real estate and the non-profit sector.

As a graduate of McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Peter joined Enterprise in 1994 in a training program where he rapidly advanced to manage two of Toronto’s largest offices.  Subsequently, Peter joined GE Capital where he remained for approximately 5 years progressing through a variety of sales and finance positions, ultimately as the Senior Manager of Southwestern Ontario overseeing a $105 million dollar portfolio of industrial based leases and loans.

Peter’s key strengths lie in his ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with the diverse stakeholders involved in long term projects. Also, he is often commended by his clients for his extensive risk mitigation efforts and in overall successful project execution.

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