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Calgary Suburban Office Market Report Q1 2021

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With Q1 2021 marking one year since the pandemic began, the Suburban office market continues to endure the effects of the resulting economic turmoil. Calgary’s Suburbs experienced another significant contraction in Q1 with just under 200,000 square feet of office space returning to market.

  • Leasing activity was relatively slow through the first half of Q1, with momentum picking up towards the end.
  • The majority of transactions completed this quarter were the result of organizations downsizing as an increase in market activity did not foster overall growth.
  • Just as the contraction from major oil and gas companies is shaping Calgary’s Downtown office market, so too is this happening in the Suburban market’s engineering sector.

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Calgary Suburban Office 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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