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Colliers Advising YMCA on Seeking Expressions of Interest for Cherished Geneva Park Property

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Colliers Advising YMCA on Seeking Expressions of Interest for Cherished Geneva Park Property

YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka (the Owner) has engaged Colliers as its advisor on seeking Expressions of Interest for YMCA Geneva Park, a cherished and storied 140-acre waterfront destination for children, youth and adults alike, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, just north of Lake Simcoe.

Located at 6604 Rama Road, Ramara, Ontario, Geneva Park has been an important part of the Simcoe County community for over a century and has welcomed over 18,000 visitors per year. With its nearly 8,000 feet of primarily southern and western lake frontage; 85 buildings (including 41 cottages, a conference facility, two main blocks of hotel rooms, a boathouse and more); recreational facilities (including tennis courts, playing fields, pathways, beaches and docks); as well as pristine walking trails through a preserved forest area, Geneva Park provides a serene retreat and a range of services for agencies, associations and families, 364 days of the year.

A 90-minute drive from Toronto and a short drive from Highway 11, Geneva Park is in close proximity to Canada’s economic heartland and is within Southern Ontario’s recreational hub, providing a readily accessible environment wherein commerce and leisure can effectively converge. The property is situated near universities, colleges and a regional hospital, and within a community boasting a labour market centred around retail, health care and manufacturing: Its strategic location lends it the prime advantage of enabling convenient access to essential resources and amenities, and catering to the business and recreational needs of key sectors.

YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka is seeking a solution that would preserve the organization’s legacy at Geneva Park and honour and maintain the property’s heritage, allowing it to endure for generations to come. Consideration will be given to interested parties whose proposal allows for the Owner’s continued use of either a portion of or the entirety of the site. Various forms or partnership, joint venture, partial sale, co-ownership, equity investment and property sharing will be considered.

Colliers is now accepting Expressions of Interest for the property with a deadline of 3pm Eastern Daylight Time on September 15th, 2021.

Please contact Matthew Johnson, Peter Davies, or Mark Lester for enquiries.

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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Peter Davies

Senior Vice President, Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

Peter Davies is a Senior Vice President and has been with Colliers for over 20 years. He is a commercial real estate investment and office leasing specialist, and he holds the CCIM designation working out of Colliers downtown Toronto office.

Since early 2002, Peter has worked with a wide diversity of non-profit and for-profit organizations, investors, developers, and office tenants across the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, the U.S., and numerous global markets.

Peter has led over 110 investment sale and purchase transactions totaling over $520 million in asset value plus over 400 office leasing (tenant representation) transactions.

Recent sale projects he has led include an array of development sites, multi-family apartment buildings, community centers, schools, churches, camps, resorts, townhouse complexes, breweries, and numerous land sites and office buildings.

Peter's advisory work with tenants on office leasing transactions extends to both small firms and international corporations in all major Canadian markets.

Peter’s key strengths lie in his ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with the diverse stakeholders involved in long term projects.  He employs a strategic focus of advising his clients on how to minimize real estate costs, reduce risk, and maximize flexibility regardless of the transaction type. He provides defensible real estate solutions which support the mission, values, and vision of the organizations he represents.

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Mark Lester

Senior Vice President l Unique Properties l Personal Real Estate Corporation


Since 1991 Mark Lester has represented some of Canada’s most spectacular properties. With an educational background in city planning and professional experience as a planner and real estate consultant in Vancouver and Toronto, Mark entered the real estate brokerage world with a unique and informed perspective.  Mark’s level of expertise in the marketing and valuation of complex and high profile properties has been recognised by a diverse and discerning client base. 

To bring his clients a refined expertise in the sale of unique real estate assets, Mark founded the Unique Properties practice at Colliers International in the late 1990s.  Part of his approach was to ensure that the practice established a strong digital presence, yet maintained a pro-active approach to marketing.   Since that time, Mark has led the sale of over 25 private islands, Canada’s largest cattle ranch, numerous resorts and development sites, marinas, golf courses, forestry lands and  long list of other unique properties throughout Canada and globally, with a combined value of over $1 billion.  Both clients and the real estate industry recognize Mark’s business acumen, his thoughtful and creative approach, his discretion, his commitment to relationships, and his relentless pursuit towards a successful outcome.

Mark is widely recognized as a foremost expert in the marketing and sale of unique assets such as:

·        Private Islands

·        Ranches

·        Agricultural Lands and Agri-Businesses

·        Rural Land

·        Development Properties 

·        Resorts, Lodges and Hospitality Assets

·        Golf Courses

·        Marinas

·        Waterfront Estates

·        Forestry and Resource Lands

·        Foreclosure Properties 



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