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Colin Scarlett | Colliers | Vancouver

Colin Scarlett

Executive Vice President | Personal Real Estate Corporation

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For over 23 years, I’ve specialized in finding real estate solutions for business challenges, with a focus on technology and professional services firms. I use an exclusive methodology to truly understand my clients’ businesses and industries, giving them unique insights into their operations and positively impacting business drivers, including productivity, culture, engagement, retention/attraction, brand and operational efficiency. Not only that, I do it on the very best financial terms. 

By following this approach, I have provided business-driven real estate solutions to some of Metro Vancouver's largest companies, including:

- IWG (Spaces/Regus) - 600,000 SF (various projects)
- Technicolor/MPC - 200,000 SF (various global projects)
- Fortinet - 282,000 SF
- Royal Bank of Canada - 140,000 SF
- Global Relay Communications - 100,000 SF (various global projects)
- McCarthy Tetrault LLP - 82,000 SF
- University of British Columbia - 81,397 SF
- Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP - 67,369 SF
- Ernst & Young - 66,510 SF
- Immigrant Services Society - 54,620 SF
- Miller Thomson LLP - 48,000 SF
- Gowling WLG - 43,000 SF
- Microsoft - 37,096 SF
- Harper Grey LLP - 36,948 SF
- Relic Entertainment - 35,112 SF

I’ve traveled to 20 cities around the world to research the future of office space, and to study workplace design trends that increase employee engagement. I speak regularly at conferences about my findings, and contribute to reports and white papers. 

I am one of five people on Colliers' National Advisory Board which advises Colliers' Canadian CEO on key national business issues, am a regular faculty member at Colliers University in the Netherlands where I teach Colliers' leading professionals from around the world and have been awarded the Business In Vancouver Top Forty under 40 Award.

Specialties: Lease Renewal Negotiation
Office Relocation / Expansion
Office Sublease / Disposition
Corporate Strategy Development
Market Analysis
Financial Analysis
Lease vs. Own Analysis
Vancouver Office Space
Employee Satisfaction and Location Surveys
Technology / Tech Firms
Law Firms
Professional Services Firms


- Business in Vancouver Top Forty under 40 

- 2 tIme winner of the NAIOP "Lease Deal of the Year" award recognizing a significant leasing transaction that involved a high degree of complexity and creativity.

- Winner of the NAIOP "Investment Deal of the Year" award  recognizing a significant investment transaction that involved a high degree of complexity and creativity.

- Colliers Ambassador Award - Awarded to an individual who embodies the spirit and values of Colliers International

- BOMA "Leasing Deal of the Year" award recognizing a significant leasing transaction that involved a high degree of complexity and creativity.

- Colliers "Outstanding Achievement" award

- Colliers "Rookie of the Year" award


B.A. in Economics, University of Western Ontario

Memberships & Involvements

NAIOP, Vancouver Enterprise Forum, BCTech Association


Microsoft Electronic Arts Royal Bank of Canada Ernst & Young Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP Relic/SEGA Molson Technicolor


"...I have worked with real estate advisors from around the world.  We have high performance expectations for our service providers, including real estate advisors.  Colin has exceeded these performance expectations.  He has a thorough understanding of the market and is a skilled negotiator."

Microsoft - Barney Kinzer, Group Manager, Real Estate & Facilities

"I have worked with a number of advisors around the world and I must say you would rank at the top!  Your willingness to listen to our ideas and then offer advice based on this made the process work for all of us.  There are not many advisors out there that are willing to leave their ego at the door and be a partner in the process..."

EMC - Dan Ryan, Director of Real Estate

"As the process evolved your depth of market knowledge and trends became evidently apparent.  I was also impressed by the fact that you gave considerable thought to the strategy and execution of the negotiation which comforted me in knowing that we had chosen the right person for the assignment.  Accountability is paramount and you did exactly what you said you were going to do to complete our leasing requirements."

Technicolor - Jon Robertson, VP Vancouver Operations

"Your ability to understand and position the gap between the Landlord's expectations and the Tenant's ability to pay was very perceptive and assured that discussions were always solution-based. Not only did you create the right strategy for our successful end goal but your positive work style, experienced advice and negotiation insights were invaluable to the successful outcome. You clearly bring a joy and a dynamic approach to your work and we look forward to working with you again in the future."

The University of British Columbia - Stephen Owen, QC, PC Vice President External, Legal and Community Relations


Law Firm Services, Portfolios, Data Centres, Workplace and Interior Design, Change Management, Corporate Transaction and Portfolio Management, Cost Management, Demographic Mapping, Lease Advisory, Startups, Tech Advisory, Transactions Services
Service Lines
Occupier Representation, Law Firm Experts, Tech Advisory
Property Type
Expert/Featured Research
Feb 25, 2021
The Future of Office Space
Colin Scarlett approached executives from international award-winning architectural firms and Canada’s largest landlords to discuss their opinions of effects on the pandemic on workspaces.
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Jul 9, 2020
Work From Home Survey Results
Office workers in Metro Vancouver were asked about their recent work from home experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including their pre-COVID work life, their concerns about returning to the office, and their post-COVID preferences in terms of working from home versus the office
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Jun 2, 2020
100 Years of Office Trends
Since the development of modern office, companies have been trying to determine the optimal layout for efficiency, productivity and employee retention. Since there are only so many ways to arrange office furniture, it's no surprise that office trends cycle through the same theories again and again, from open plan to cubicles to flexible spaces and back again.
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Expert/Featured News
May 30, 2019
What's Happening in Tokyo
Colin Scarlett has traveled to over 20 cities around the world researching the future of space.
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May 30, 2019
Spaces Rapidly Taking Over Vancouver’s Skyline
Spaces, an Amsterdam-born creative workspace, announces three large office lease deals in the Vancouver market, working in partnership with Colliers International.
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May 29, 2019
2018 Commercial Real Estate Awards of Excellence
Colliers International took home two awards during the 2018 Commercial Real Estate Awards of Excellence, presented by NAIOP Vancouver and Business in Vancouver.
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May 15, 2019
Spaces Officially Opens First Co-working Location in Vancouver
Today, Amsterdam-born creative workspace pioneer, Spaces, is opening the doors to its first location in Vancouver. Read more.
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