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Mark Lester | Colliers | Vancouver

Mark Lester


Senior Vice President

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Professional Summary

Since 1991 Mark Lester has represented some of Canada’s most spectacular properties. With an educational background in city planning and professional experience as a planner and real estate market analyst in Vancouver and Toronto, Mark entered the real estate brokerage world with a unique and informed perspective.  Mark’s level of expertise in the marketing and valuation of complex and high profile properties has been recognised by a diverse and discerning client base. 

To bring his clients a refined expertise in the sale of unique real estate assets, Mark founded the Unique Properties practice at Colliers International in the late 1990s.  Part of his approach was to ensure that the practice established a strong digital presence, yet maintained a pro-active approach to marketing.   Since that time, Mark has led the sale of over 20 private islands, Canada’s largest cattle ranch, numerous resorts and development sites, and  long list of other unique properties throughout Canada and globally, with a combined value of over $1 billion.  Both clients and the real estate industry recognize Mark’s business acumen, his thoughtful and creative approach, his discretion, his commitment to relationships, and his relentless pursuit towards a successful outcome.

Mark is widely recognized as a foremost expert in the marketing and sale of unique assets such as:

·        Private Islands

·        Ranches

·        Agricultural Lands and Agri-Businesses

·        Rural Land

·        Development Properties 

·        Resorts, Lodges and Hospitality Assets

·        Golf Courses

·        Marinas

·        Waterfront Estates

·        Forestry and Resource Lands

·        Foreclosure Properties 




Mark has  been involved in the sale of numerous unique properties in British Columbia and internationally.  Some of Mar's more prominant and recent sales include:

  • The Douglas Lake Ranch, Nicola Valley British Columbia
  • Mago Island, Fiji
  • Seebe Lands, Southern Alberta
  • Pope and Talbot Portfolio (Forestry and Recreational  Lands) West Kootenays, British Columbia
  • Westen Forest Products forestry portfolio, Vancouver Island British Columbia
  • Over 20 private islands in British Columbia
  • Numerous Court Ordered Sales
  • Mount Baldy Ski Resort
  • Shames Mountail Ski Resort
  • Silva Bay Marina
  • Port Sidney Marina
  • Bowen Island Marina
  • Saturna Island Estate Winery
  • Decourcy Island Hostoric Farm
  • Camp Columbia
  • Colebrook United Church


Bachelor of Arts (Geography), University of British Columbia

Master's of Environmental Studies (Urban Planning and Development), York University

Memberships & Involvements

Task Force Volunteer - Brightside Collunity Housing Foundation

Urban Development Institute (UDI)


Consultancy Services, Golf Courses, Insolvency and Restructuring, Investment Properties, Land Marketing, Land Sales, Marinas, Operational real estate, Portfolios, Receivership, Recreational Properties, Residential Development Sales, Residual Land Value, Resorts, Rural and Agribusiness, Site Sales, Institutional Capital Markets, Mixed-Use Properties
Service Lines
Property Sales
Property Type
Land, Multifamily-Apartment
Expert/Featured News
Nov 1, 2019
Mark Lester's Private Island Listings Featured in National Post
Mark Lester, Senior Vice President of Unique Properties, was recently featured on National Post highlighting his current six listings of private islands located off the coast of British Columbia and Ontario.
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