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Calgary Industrial Market Report Q1 2021

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The Calgary industrial market continued to see an influx of activity as we transitioned from a resilient final quarter of 2020 into one that saw some of the strongest leasing and sales that have been experienced in recent years.

  • One of the most notable trends that have been evident is the emergence of the film industry and the significant focus on Calgary and the surrounding area as a film and television production hub.
  • Absorption this quarter almost equivalated to the total amount of absorption that was experienced in 2020. This significant positive absorption, combined with pent-up demand in the large-bay segment, and compression in Canada’s other core markets, has driven vacancy down 82 basis points to 5.35% from 6.17%.
  • The lack of new supply and speculative development currently under construction within the city limits, alongside the shortage of development-ready land opportunities, will force users to continue to look for space in Balzac or the 84th Street corridor.

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Calgary Industrial Market Report Q1 2021

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Matt Rachiele

Senior Vice President, Investment Sales

Calgary

Senior Vice President, Investment Sales based in Calgary. Formerly Managing Director, Calgary leading Colliers' Southern Alberta Brokerage business from Q1/19 - Q1/21.  2020 Interim Canadian Chair, Colliers Global Capital Markets Leadership Team.  2020 Co-Chair of the Alberta Real Estate Forum.  Previously, Investment Banker for 12 years, including eight with TD Securities in Calgary covering Global Energy and two years in Toronto as a Mergers & Acquisitions specialist covering all industries for National Bank Financial.

BIO:
Matt is a Senior Vice President, Investment Sales and previously lead the Southern Alberta Commercial Brokerage operations for Colliers as Managing Director in Calgary, including 75 professionals focused on Office, Industrial, Retail, Multi-Family and Development Land Sales, Leasing & Development transactions. He was the 2020 Canadian Chair on Colliers' Global Capital Markets leadership team, a group of 11 executives that coordinate that activity across the 68 countries we operate within. Matt was also Co-Chair of the 2020 Alberta Real Estate Forum.

He assumed his role at Colliers in April 2019 upon leaving TD Securities, the capital markets division of the Toronto Dominion Bank Group. He was an investment banker for twelve years in total, during which time he provided financial and strategic advisory services to a broad range of corporate and institutional clients, including two years as a Mergers & Acquisitions specialist in Toronto and the past eight years with TD’s Global Energy Group based here in Calgary.  

Matt has closed on ~$40Bn of lead transactions through the course of his career, including several of the largest IPOs and M&A transactions in Canadian history. These included mandates spanning domestic and international Oil & Gas, Energy Infrastructure, Power & Utilities, Mining, Financial and Diversified companies. He has unique, real-time insight into what’s happening in the Western Canadian Oil & Gas sector and is often tapped by our Institutional and Private Clients to brief them on how those dynamics dovetail into CRE.

He is a CFA Charterholder, is licensed under RECA to practice in commercial real estate, is ASC (ARGUS Enterprise) Certified, has a BComm, Finance from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and was previously qualified under FINRA as an investment banking representative in the U.S. 

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Roelof van Dijk

Senior Director, National Research & Analytics | Canada

Toronto Downtown

As Senior Director, Research & Analytics | Canada, Roelof leads the strategy and operation of Colliers Canada Research, delivering market intelligence initiatives that give Colliers and its clients a competitive advantage. He focuses on developing a high-performance national research team that leverages Colliers’ best-in-class market intelligence to produce relevant insights on local and national market and industry trends that inform client decisions, address market needs and support Colliers’ growth strategies.

Roelof has 15 years of experience covering the Canadian commercial real estate market. Prior to his career in commercial real estate, he also worked as a project manager and urban planning consultant for residential developers across the Greater Toronto Area.

Roelof is regularly cited in national publications, such as The Globe & Mail, CBC News, Bloomberg, Reuters, Maclean’s Magazine and the National Post, as well as in local outlets across Canada.

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