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Lack of Availability in the Market Leads to an Off-Market Solution


A Desire to Locate with no Available Options 

Unifor National was looking to relocate its head office to accommodate growth following a large merger. The company hadspecific and challenging space and location requirements – it needed to relocate within its existing neighbourhood, but there were no suitable options on the market.

Creating an Opportunity where it Didn’t Exist

Matthew Johnson provided a broad perspective and saw an opportunity where none previously existed. He got creative and looked to a location very close to Unifor’s existing head office, which was not on the market for sale. Matt reached out through various channels and began a dialogue with the property owner. His approach to the owner provided them an opportunity, as they were in the process of determining which direction to take with this particular asset. This approach resulted in a closed negotiation, successful relocation and quick sale.

Surpassing the Client’s Expectations

Unifor subsequently listed its existing head office for sale. Thanks to Matt’s marketing strategy and networking skills, the property generated multiple offers and ultimately sold at above market rates, exceeding the client’s expectations.

We see beyond what’s directly in front of us. 
At Colliers, we don’t see what is. We see what could be.


For More Information, Please Contact:

Matthew Johnson

Senior Vice President I Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

​Throughout my career, I have been passionate about the development of real estate strategies and helping significant organizations optimize their facilities.  Each entity that we advise is unique, and our strategies are tailored to meet the business and operational requirements of each individual client.  We understand our clients have unique facility and property needs, and we have developed extensive technical knowledge as a result. 

Working with many organizations in the med-tech and life sciences field, as well as prominent charitable and insitutional organizations with sensitive populations  - we prioritize understanding the busines and operational needs of our clients and the needs of their clients.  We understand that the people whom drive the success and productivity of our client organizations are their most important assets.  Our strategies are built to ensure that our clients' people thrive and enjoy their work environments.

I have had the privilege to work with talented people at leading organizations in various sectors including:  Think Research ,Synaptive Medical, eSight, Perimeter Medical Imaging, Ronald McDonald House, Plan International Canada, Unifor, Toronto Lands Corporation, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, Durham District School Board, Toronto United Church Council, and many others.  My team's diverse experience with occupiers in both the private and public sector provides me with a broad perspective built upon an extensive foundation of real estate knowledge, allowing me to deliver the highest level of service to my clients. 

To learn more about our team's specialized service offering, and technical knowledge, please contact me at (416) 643.3754, or feel free to email me any time at


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