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.
James has worked directly with clients such as Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Brookfield Residential, and Cities across the country, providing expertise in retail market analysis, retail demand projections and strategic planning. James consults on the subjects of retail trends, demographic forecasting, retail tenant strategy, and market research. Presenter to the International Council of Shopping Centers, on Retail Trends, 2004-2007 and 2019. Organizing Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers Whistler Conference, 2004-2014 (Co-Chair in 2013 and 2014).
Business in Vancouver 40 under 40 in 2011
Colliers International Awards of Excellence, 2012/2013, 2015
Canadian Urban Institute 2013 Brownie Award for City of Langley Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy
Bachelor of Arts, Urban Geography from The University of British Columbia
Memberships & Involvements
ICSC - International Council of Shopping Centers
- Property Development Group
- City of Edmonton
- City of Vancouver
- Mountain Equipment CO-OP
- Qualico Communities
- Brookfield Commercial
- Brookfield Residential
- City of Calgary
- City of Surrey
"Jim, the location study that you prepared for us on behalf of Colliers International Consulting has proved to be a very valuable resource during our capital review and planning analysis. The report is comprehensive, very well written and clearly summarizes the content required to define future requirements and options that assist in the decision making process going forward. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you on this project and wanted to let you know that the work you did continues to be appreciated. "
- Provincial Liquor Retailer
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.