Colliers International team receives Community Service Award and Office Lease of the Year Award at 2016 NAIOP Real Estate Excellence Awards Competition
Toronto, ON, April 7, 2017 – Colliers International took home the Community Service Award and the Office Lease of the Year Award at the 2016 Real Estate Excellence (REX) Awards gala that took place on April 3 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The Office Lease of the Year Award recognizes the work on Shopify Inc.’s new Toronto headquarters at King Portland Centre. Shopify is a Canadian company providing a leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform. In early 2016, the company decided to relocate to one of the largest and most innovative buildings in Toronto, becoming an anchor tenant for the King Street West property. The Colliers International team, led by Tim Bristow, contributed to the lead tenancy of the 112,000-square-foot headquarter office space on behalf of Allied Properties REIT.
“I am extremely proud of our team and the Office Lease of the Year award win,” said Tim Bristow. “Shopify presented a number of challenges; they were looking for a space that would meet their innovative design requirements, offer opportunities for periphery markets, and accommodate immediate and future business expansions. They also wanted a location that would suit their corporate culture. The team delivered on all accounts, and this award solidifies that.”
Graeme Young, Senior Vice President at Colliers International, was awarded the 2016 NAIOP Community Service Award for the Greater Toronto Chapter. Graeme Young has been with Colliers International for 25 years. His community award is most significantly connected to Eva’s Initiatives, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk youth. Additionally, Graeme is a past recipient of the Colliers President’s Community Award.
NAIOP is the North American Commercial Real Estate Development Association. The Real Estate Excellence (REX) Awards is a recognition program established to celebrate the achievements of the office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate industry in Toronto and surrounding areas. The awards focus on results, skills and values, including community and environmental awareness.
Graeme Young accepting the 2016 NAIOP Community Service Award