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Colliers Strengthens Workplace Advisory Offering with Co-Managing Directors


Colliers Canada hires Cathy French and promotes Robyn Baxter to bolster Workplace Advisory offering under Strategy & Consulting practice. 

Colliers Canada announced that Cathy French joined the firm as SVP and Co-Managing Director of the Workplace Advisory team, and Robyn Baxter has been promoted to SVP and Co-Managing Director. Cathy and Robyn will work with the Colliers Strategy & Consulting leadership team to strengthen Workplace Advisory practice nationally.

Cathy joins Colliers most recently from RBC, where she was the Director of Global Workplace Strategy and Design for the Corporate Real Estate group. In her role, she led the global transformation of the RBC work environments. Using a research-based and insight-led approach, she supported business strategies, drove innovation and cultural change, enhanced employee experience and wellbeing, and optimized real estate.

“Colliers is a global leader in Workplace Strategy and Change and has made its mark on the industry by specializing in strategic solutions to respond to the shifting needs of the workplace,” says Cathy French. “I’m thrilled to be joining the team and working with Robyn to build on the success of the practice and drive the business forward.”

Robyn joined Colliers in 2019 as Vice President, Workplace Strategy and Innovation. In this leadership position, Robyn quickly demonstrated her expertise developing effective workplace, change and engagement strategies. She has led her teams to help clients make workplace investments that will accelerate their business processes, enhance employee experiences, and strengthen culture in measurable ways.

“I’m excited to step into this new role and continue to build capabilities that help organizations develop and execute results-oriented workplace strategies,” says Robyn Baxter. “I look forward to working alongside Cathy to define the vision of the Canadian Workplace Advisory practice, spearhead growth and build our team nationally.”

“We are pleased to welcome Cathy as part of the Workplace Advisory leadership team as she brings a deep expertise in workplace strategy and has proven herself as an effective builder and leader of high-performance teams,” says David Bowden. “As we continue to build a robust team of Strategy and Change experts, we know that Cathy and Robyn’s dedication as dynamic, inclusive and motivated business executives will advance the Workplace Advisory team and generate new business for the practice across the country, reinforcing Colliers as an industry leader.”

Cathy and Robyn will assume their new roles effective Monday, January 11.


For More Information, Please Contact:

Pamela Smith

Director Communications I Canada


As the National Director, Corporate Communications, Pamela covers national corporate communications for Colliers Canada and is responsible for the strategic development of internal and external communications to:

•                     Communicate Colliers’ strategic vision and priorities;

•                     Facilitate and ensure consistent messaging across service lines and among shared services;

•                     Enhance and protect the Colliers brand and reputation;

•                     Develop internal & external communications programs for senior leaders, including thought leadership, sponsorships and speaking opportunities.

Reporting to the VP, Marketing and Communications and collaborating closely with the Senior Manager, Content and key leaders across the business, Pamela is a key member of National Marketing and Communications team and the Global Communications team at Colliers International. 

Along with Executive Sponsor Lex Perry, Pamela manages the Communications Pillar for the North American Diversity and Inclusiveness program at Colliers.

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