B.A., MRTPI, ULI
Senior Consultant: Urban Planning and Placemaking Advisory
Chris Kuno joined Colliers as an urban planning consultant following a career in professional baseball and has served as a project manager and analyst on a range of projects related to the reimagining of existing real estate assets into financially sustainable places with unique character and identity. He holds a Master of Urban Planning degree with a specialization in Real Estate and Development from McGill University. Chris provides expertise in policy creation, destination creation, stadium planning, urban design, municipal approvals, development feasibility, and strategic planning for private and public sector clients
Master of Urban Planning - McGill University
Bachelor of Urban Geography - University of Calgary
Memberships & Involvements
Canadian Institute of Planners (RPP, MCIP Candidate)
American Planning Association
Urban Land Institute Young Leader Group
Urban Development Institute
Simon Fraser University Beedie Urban Development Program - Guest Speaker
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, BC United Church of Canada, Anglican Church of Canada, Salvation Army, Options Community Services Society, Non-Profit Housing Co-Operative in Burnaby, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Croatian Cultural Centre
- BC Ferries, City of Surrey, City of Nanaimo, City of Vancouver, City of West Kelowna, City of Penticton, District of West Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI), City of Coquitlam,
- BDO (Binder Dijker Otte), Private Real Estate Portfolios, California based investment fund, Canadian Property Developers (Residential, Office, Industrial)
- McLeod Lake Indian Band, Kwikwetlem First Nation
"Your team’s data-driven approach, and attention to the key diligence questions at hand, enabled us the confidence to validate our investment thesis. We were particularly impressed with the team who spent countless hours with us and really tailored the analysis, approach, and takeaways on our key questions. The flexibility, dedication and data-driven approach that your team showed was exactly what was required to develop the materials that allowed us to leverage your deep understanding of the market for development activity (both commercial and residential, as well as public sector driven) in British Columbia. We very much look forward to the next opportunity to work together."
VP & Director
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.
Associate Vice President, Urban Planning and Placemaking Advisory
Russell Whitehead is an urban planner and development consultant with Colliers Consulting in Vancouver. Russell has served as project manager on a wide variety of complex development advisory assignments locally, as well as throughout North America, China, the Middle East, and South America. Russell provides expertise in strategic planning, market analyses, demand modelling, site location strategies, demographic forecasting, and development feasibility studies for both public and private sector clients.
Vice President - Consulting
My career has focused on Urban Planning and development of a wide range of property types. Work has included feasibility studies, consultant selection and coordination, managing the civic approval process and implementation of construction projects. Working for a variety of client types, my focus is on assiting clients achieve their real estate goals while finding a balance between communiity and private goals. I am a creative problem solver and approach real estate challanges in different ways.
Vice Chairman, Head of Strategy & Consulting Group
With more than 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, including serving as CEO I Canada at Colliers International for 14 years, David assumed the role of Vice Chairman and Head of Strategy and Consulting I Canada on March 31, 2020. In this role, David integrates Colliers’ existing consulting practices into a national Real Estate Strategy & Consulting entity, building on operations to deliver the best real estate solutions for investors, institutions and corporate clients with significant real estate assets and portfolios.
David is highly regarded for his deep connections and innovative business perspective, providing strategy and guidance on best practices in corporate leadership, change management and innovation.
David holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia and is a member of REALPAC. Consisting of fewer than 100 members, REALPAC is the national industry association dedicated to advancing the vitality of Canada’s real estate sector.