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Workplace Strategies, Practices and Layouts that Help Drive EDI

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Jennica Palecek and Colin Scarlett discuss Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the workplace, providing research and statistics from surveys and international headquarters.


Workplace Strategies, Practices and Layouts that Help Drive EDI

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Jennica Palecek

Senior Associate

Vancouver - Rogers Tower

Jennica is a Commercial Real Estate Advisor at Colliers, specializing in office leasing and sales across Canada. With a strong background in global finance, she leverages her expertise in advising over 300 startups in New York and Brazil, employing a data-driven approach to help companies achieve their business goals through real estate. 

With a track record of success, she has been recognized as a finalist for esteemed accolades such as the Women in Commercial Real Estate's Rising Star Award and Colliers National Rising Award. Her exceptional work has caught the attention of reputable publications at local, national, and global levels, including Canada’s second largest business organization and prominent venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.

As an active member of Colliers' Developing Leaders Council and National Tech Advisory Council, Jennica actively contributes to shaping the future of the industry and remains at the forefront of emerging trends. 

With a passion for advancing women, she previously supported over women founders in scaling their businesses in New York, while serving as a 6x mentor to women in business. Currently, she serves as Vice President of Western Canada with Colliers North America Women’s Council, where she actively promotes women in real estate. Her efforts have been recognized as a finalist for national diversity awards such as Colliers' EDI Award.

Jennica serves on the Boards of The Canadian Mental Health Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has also served as Co-Chair for Community Volunteer Connections and as a Board Member for My Artist's Corner and MADD Canada.

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Colin Scarlett

Vice Chairman | Personal Real Estate Corporation

Vancouver - Rogers Tower

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For over 23 years, I’ve specialized in finding real estate solutions for business challenges, with a focus on technology and professional services firms. I use an exclusive methodology to truly understand my clients’ businesses and industries, giving them unique insights into their operations and positively impacting business drivers, including productivity, culture, engagement, retention/attraction, brand and operational efficiency. Not only that, I do it on the very best financial terms. 

By following this approach, I have provided business-driven real estate solutions to some of Metro Vancouver's largest companies, including:

- IWG (Spaces/Regus) - 600,000 SF (various projects) 
- Technicolor/MPC - 200,000 SF (various global projects)
- Fortinet - 282,000 SF
- Royal Bank of Canada - 140,000 SF
- Global Relay Communications - 100,000 SF (various global projects)
- McCarthy Tetrault LLP - 82,000 SF
- University of British Columbia - 81,397 SF
- Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP - 67,369 SF
- Ernst & Young - 66,510 SF
- Immigrant Services Society - 54,620 SF
- Miller Thomson LLP - 48,000 SF
- Gowling WLG - 43,000 SF
- Microsoft - 37,096 SF
- Harper Grey LLP - 36,948 SF
- Relic Entertainment - 35,112 SF

I’ve traveled to 20 cities around the world to research the future of office space, and to study workplace design trends that increase employee engagement. I speak regularly at conferences about my findings, and contribute to reports and white papers. 

I am one of five people on Colliers' National Advisory Board which advises Colliers' Canadian CEO on key national business issues, am a regular faculty member at Colliers University in the Netherlands where I teach Colliers' leading professionals from around the world and have been awarded the Business In Vancouver Top Forty under 40 Award.

Specialties: Lease Renewal Negotiation
Office Relocation / Expansion
Office Sublease / Disposition
Corporate Strategy Development
Market Analysis
Financial Analysis
Lease vs. Own Analysis
Vancouver Office Space
Employee Satisfaction and Location Surveys
Technology / Tech Firms
Law Firms
Professional Services Firms

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