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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

Senior Director, Communications I Canada


As the Senior Director, Corporate Communications I Canada, Pamela  leads and motivates the team responsible for executing external and internal communications, ESG  and diversity and inclusion strategies. She provides leadership to the communications team and advises senior leadership to ensure the successful execution of communications strategies and objectives. With more than 20 years of experience working with national and global media outlets, Pamela understand the importance of building relationships and developing consistent messaging to elevate and protect Colliers' brand.

A key part of the National Marketing and Global Brand & Communications teams, Pamela  is responsible for developing & implementing internal and external communications strategies for Colliers Canada to: 

• develop and ensure consistent messaging across all business lines - brokerage, real estate management services, Colliers Project Leaders, Valuations and Advisory, Strategy and Consulting Group, and shared services; 
• enhance and protect the Colliers brand and reputation through proactive media relations, issues management, and crisis communications, serving as a spokesperson for the company with media;
• engage our people from coast to coast - developing creative communications plans, and communicate cohesive messaging across internal channels to foster a diverse culture based on inclusion and equality. 

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