Franklin Holtforster | Colliers International | Ottawa - Project Leaders

Franklin Holtforster


President | Colliers Project Leaders

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Professional Summary

Entrepreneur and business leader Franklin Holtforster founded Colliers Project Leaders in 1989. As President he has grown the company into a leading real-property and infrastructure project management firm with offices across Canada and the Middle East. An engineer and Project Management Professional, Franklin has directed major capital projects for private- and public-sector clients, nationally and internationally.  

Franklin serves on the Board of the Real Property Institute of Canada, is a recipient of the Order of Honour of Professional Engineers Ontario and the Province of Ontario Volunteer Award, a Warden of the Iron Ring, and a Canada’s Clean50 honouree. 

An in-demand speaker on the topics of business, leadership and sustainability, Franklin has delivered variations of his Intentional Leadership workshop to a wide range of audiences.


Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering), University of Waterloo

Memberships & Involvements

Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Association of Professional Engineers Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, Project Management Institute, Canada Green Building Council


Asset Management, Construction Management, Sustainability Services
Service Lines
Project Management

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Featured News
Oct 26, 2020
Communication and Collaboration Facilitated the Creation of a Pop-Up Rapid Response Hospital Unit to Support the Pandemic’s Front Line
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Oct 26, 2020
Inclusive Living and Social Spaces to Address Housing Shortage and Promote Campus Community
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Oct 26, 2020
Partnering with Growing Communities to keep residents safe.
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Oct 26, 2020
Prompt Action Results in Safe, Sustainable Patient Space to Address Flu Season and any Subsequent Waves of COVID-19
We don’t see a temporary health structure unable to operate through the winter months. We see a Pandemic Response Unit ready to accommodate any patient overflow or subsequent waves of COVID-19, year-round.
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