Strategy & Consulting Group
A successful real estate outcome starts with a sound strategy.
What do you want to get out of your real estate?
Work with real experts in real property
Our domain expertise is real property. We have the largest dedicated real property strategy and consulting practice in Canada, supported by the country’s largest real estate services company.
Assisting in the development of your portfolio or project strategy is our top priority and focus. We spend considerable time understanding your main objectives, risk tolerances and investment criteria to determine how the real estate strategy can positively impact your primary business strategy.
We help organizations maximize performance and productivity by creating a functional workplace design that supports their business and employee engagement objectives. We augment our strategy with location analyses and recommendations on the best working arrangements, be it the use of satellite offices or flexible workspaces, or the adoption of work-from-home solutions. We then apply the optimal capital structure to create the most cost-effective solution.
We also create value by reimagining the highest and best use of portfolio assets, validating our recommendations using our proprietary data analytics; working to secure the most favourable zoning entitlements; and determining the ideal capital structure. As well, we offer monetization strategies for clients with latent real estate assets.
Need us to execute the strategy? We can do that, too.
Not only do we have the expertise and proprietary data to provide strategic advice, we also have the integrated capability to make the seamless transition from strategy to execution, ensuring the nuances of the plan are not lost in its realization.
Colliers Canada has the country’s largest third-party property management group with over $20 billion of assets under management; the largest real property project management team with over 600 project and program managers; a brokerage business that transacts more than 6,000 projects annually; as well as a number of other offerings including property appraisal and tax services.
Our integrated solution is available from coast to coast. We are active in 33 markets in Canada, with expertise in all asset classes including office, industrial, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, technical facilities, multifamily residential and mixed-use.
Experience the power of the best data in the industry.
One of the challenges in developing effective real estate strategies is the lack of accurate and available supply/demand information. This issue is even more pronounced on the demand side. And understanding tenant and employee preferences for both corporations and investors is more critical than ever in the COVID-19 environment.
We use our proprietary databases and information sources to help validate a strategy and assess feasibility and risk. Colliers Canada manages over 65 million square feet of property with 8,700 tenants; has unparalleled visibility into material and labour costs as a result of completing $8 billion in capital projects annually; and sells 1,200 commercial properties with a value in excess of $8 billion and completes 5,000 leases with a value of over $7 billion every year – so we have unrivaled access to information, the back stories and depth of market demand. We engage experts across the country to obtain local information and insights.
- Colliers’ Strategic Advisory practice works with you to create value amidst rapidly changing market conditions, analyzing, evaluating and advancing decision-making on complex issues informed by the unique drivers of your business.
- We help you understand the impacts of strategies and decisions on financial returns. We enable you to make go-no-go decisions based on better risk-adjusted analysis.
- We provide tailored and actionable real estate and workplace recommendations that stem from high-level observation, surveys, focus groups, interviews and research.
- The Planning & Placemaking practice applies a holistic approach to creating innovative, data-driven project solutions to help you create thriving mixed-use projects. We are passionate urban planners and land economists, striving towards the development of inclusive, equitable, and sustainable communities.
Leading Organizations Choose Colliers
Vice Chairman, Head of Strategy & Consulting Group
Vancouver - Rogers Tower
With more than 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, including serving as CEO I Canada at Colliers International for 14 years, David assumed the role of Vice Chairman and Head of Strategy and Consulting I Canada on March 31, 2020. In this role, David integrates Colliers’ existing consulting practices into a national Real Estate Strategy & Consulting entity, building on operations to deliver the best real estate solutions for investors, institutions and corporate clients with significant real estate assets and portfolios.
David is highly regarded for his deep connections and innovative business perspective, providing strategy and guidance on best practices in corporate leadership, change management and innovation.
David holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia and is a member of REALPAC. Consisting of fewer than 100 members, REALPAC is the national industry association dedicated to advancing the vitality of Canada’s real estate sector.
Senior Vice President, National Lead, Development Advisory
Randy Gladman has more than 17 years of experience in commercial real estate development, leading projects from initial acquisition through the design, approval, site servicing, construction, and disposition processes. In every project he undertakes, Randy focuses on ensuring project objectives are met in conformity with the client’s strategic goals, thereby building a successful client relationship throughout the project lifecycle. Throughout his career, Randy has assembled and managed development design and approval teams made up of external consultants including civil engineers, planners, architects, surveyors, and lawyers. He is skilled in pursuing required entitlements, including official plan amendments, rezoning, site plan approvals, minor variances, and building permits, to ensure projects proceed to construction. Additionally, Randy has earned a reputation in the industry for fostering strong relationships with municipal staff, community stakeholders, and politicians to expedite project approvals.
A member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centres, and NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Randy has also authored articles about architecture, urban development and the future of transportation. He earned his MBA at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2006, where he first discovered his passion for land development.
Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Workplace Advisory | Canada
Robyn brings her experience from more than 30 years of workplace research, strategy and change engagements with a wide variety of organizations, including government, private and healthcare sectors across multiple geographies.
Robyn is experienced in research and engagement methods that enable her to develop effective workplace strategies within long-term portfolio solutions in large, diverse organizations. She is a recognized for creating simple, complete solutions to complex problems, with recommendations that are meet the needs of the business, that make financial sense, and that are technically possible for the client to build, implement and operate.
Robyn is skilled at facilitating internal discussions and negotiating through competing priorities to create alignment amongst executive teams. As an experienced coach, she facilitates courageous conversations, drives continuous innovation, and builds the necessary knowledge and skills in her client's teams so that they can move forward with confidence.
As the SVP of Workplace Advisory in Canada, Robyn ensures our clients’ expectations are met, our teams are effectively supported, and projects are well managed.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Advisory
Jason provides executive leadership for Collier’s Strategy & Consulting practice, which provides independent Strategy and Advisory services, Portfolio Optimization, Transaction, Process and Financial Advisory services to a wide number of organizations looking at how to thoughtfully accelerate its business operations and results.
Since 2009, he has led the planning, evaluation, and deal execution of just over $2 billion in infrastructure investment through a variety of delivery and transaction models. Prior to joining Colliers in 2018, Jason spent the previous 7 years as CFO / Vice President Finance at two of Toronto’s leading hospitals. Prior to that, he was part of the Infrastructure Advisory and Project Finance team at Deloitte (Toronto).
Jason’s experience in financial management, corporate finance, performance optimization, decision support, and transaction advisory enables him to facilitate thoughtful conversations to define and accelerate the strategic, capital and infrastructure planning with internal / external stakeholders, governance, and funding partners to bring new levels of strategic enablement and success.
He brings to bear the integrated thinking, concise evaluation, quality assurance, internal control, and operational management expertise associated with a professional accountant and experienced finance executive. Jason’s mix of experience and high energy collaborative style helps to bring the right conversations to the forefront.
Senior Vice President, Planning & Placemaking
Vancouver - Rogers Tower
Russell leads the Colliers Planning and Placemaking team based out of Vancouver. Over the years, he has managed development and planning advisory assignments locally, as well as throughout North America, China, and the Middle East. He provides expertise in strategic planning, land capacity analyses, demand modelling, demographic forecasting, and economic placemaking, ultimately with the goal of creating unique and successful destinations within existing urban fabrics.
Executive Vice President, Sales Representative
Scott Addison has been working in commercial real estate for over 34 years. The most recent 18 years in executive leadership at Colliers Canada, recently Scott returned to his roots and passion, working to solve complex problems and completing real estate transactions on behalf of clients . He previously served as the President of Brokerage Services at Colliers Canada, where he focused on client service and exceptional results for our institional and corporate clients.Through Scott's tenure in this role, he demonstrated a history of leading top performing teams enabling him to oversee 28 offices across Canada. Scott has driven organic and strategic growth of the brokerage business by committing to enhancing realtionships , and creating unquie properitory tools to enable Colliers advisors to achieve client objectives.
He is dedicated to building teams that are enterprising, collaborative and inclusive. As an advocate for innovation, Scott has been a mentor to the Colliers Proptech Accelerator program and fostered innovation by improving Colliers technology platform. Scott strongly believes a combination of the right team and industry leading technology and data lead to unique and profitable results.
During his career Scott has been involved in thousands of real estate transactions of all kinds , as a real estate agent, investor , and a tenant, giving hem and extremely well rounded and unique expierence in the Canadian market.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto. Scott currently serve as Director at the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), and previously chaired the industry association’s Broker of the Year nominating committee. He has also been an active member of REALPAC, the industry association committed to the vitality of the Canadian real estate industry.