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Susan Thompson

Associate Director, Research

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Professional Summary

Susan is a long-standing analyst and commentator on the commercial real estate market.  Her continuing work with local, national, and international media as a commentator for the commercial real estate sector has given her recognition within the industry as one of the preeminent sources of information and knowledge for leasing and transaction analysis and market trends.

Susan was previously with Avison Young working as their Research and Insight Manager over the course of nine years  (a boomerang employee: with them for four years, away for five years, then back for five years). She was responsible for dozens of reports on the Calgary commercial real estate market, covering office, retail and industrial leasing as well as business condominium properties and commercial property sales. More recently she focused on data-driven storytelling through reports, media work, and client engagement utilizing techology and analytics to help make better-informed decisions. 

In between periods with Avison Young, she spent over five years with Calgary Economic Development; first as their Business Development Manager specializing in Real Estate, helping companies bringing their business to Calgary navigate the local commercial real estate market, then as their overall Research Manager providing economic analysis and commentary on the Calgary market.

In prior years, after starting her career in assessment, Susan spent over seven years with RealNet Canada, the leading provider of third-party commercial real estate sales information. Working her way up from Research Analyst to Manager for the Calgary office, Susan analyzed thousands of commercial real estate transactions and is extremely knowledgeable about the commercial real estate market in Calgary. 

Susan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Management Science from the University of Alberta. Well recognized in the industry, Susan’s name is often seen in the media as she provides commentary and insight on current commercial real estate topics. Susan's breadth of knowledge across the commercial real estate market and in data analytics is an asset across the industry.


Collaborated with the Globe and Mail to create the initial pieces in a series called The Void in Calgary

Interviewed in dozens of media pieces, including two front page articles in the Calgary Herald


Panel participant and post secondary industry volunteer work

Featured Research

Feb 1, 2023

Vancouver Retail Report Fall/Winter 2022

Vancouver retail saw a divergence between urban and suburban locations in the latter half of 2022 as changes in consumer behavior and the toll of pandemic-related challenges forced more businesses to close. The impact of rising interest rates and inflation, alongside the continued prevalence of working from home in 2022, has resulted in a retail sector - that while still strong - is now entering a period of recalibration.
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Jan 12, 2023

National Market Snapshot Q4 2022

Return to office momentum continued to be slow throughout the final quarter of 2022, with many companies implementing full-time hybrid work models. The federal government—one of the last remaining large occupiers working fully remote—announced a return-to-the-workplace model of at least three days per week on site starting in 2023.
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Nov 2, 2022

Why the Broadway Plan?

Vancouver’s Broadway Plan is a 30-year strategy for the redevelopment of West Broadway between Vine Street and Clark Drive and 1st through 16th avenues.
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Featured News

Oct 26, 2022

As seen on Vancouver Sun

Approved this summer by Vancouver City Council, the Broadway Plan represents a visionary approach to a 30-year framework to integrate new housing, commercial and office developments, job space and amenities on 500 city blocks around the Broadway Subway.
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