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Colin Scarlett | Colliers | Vancouver

Colin Scarlett

Executive Vice President | Personal Real Estate Corporation

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Professional Summary

Learn more at www.colinscarlett.com

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

Accomplishments

- 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

Education

B.A. in Economics, University of Western Ontario

Memberships & Involvements

NAIOP, Vancouver Enterprise Forum, BCTech Association

Clients

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

Testimonials

"...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

Services

Skills

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

Office

Featured Research

Aug 10, 2021

Vancouver Law Firm Report

In this annual law report by Colin Scarlett and Dan Jordan they highlight various law firm metrics in Vancouver including square foot per lawyer, costs per lawyer/ per partner, gross rent per square foot and their footprint in downtown.
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May 7, 2021

Workplace Strategies, Practices and Layouts that Help Drive EDI

Jennica and Colin discuss Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the workplace, providing research and statistics from surveys and international headquarters.
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May 7, 2021

Workplace Strategies, Practices and Layouts that Help Drive EDI

Jennica and Colin discuss Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the workplace, providing research and statistics from surveys and international headquarters.
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Featured News

Aug 11, 2021

Demand for Vancouver office space from tech sector showing signs of resurgence and urgency

Vancouver’s urban office market is poised for resiliency as companies jostle for space in preparation for what we can expect to be a robust return-to-office movement in the coming weeks and months – but there are questions for both employers and employees that remain unanswered as some of us approach this return with excitement and purpose.
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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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