Driving Reinvestment into Community Housing

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Lack of awareness led to missed opportunities to maximize value

WoodGreen Community Services is a prominent social service agency in Toronto and one of the city’s largest non-municipal providers of affordable housing. Contributing more than 200 units of affordable housing to people who are commonly referred to as “hard to house” WoodGreen owns, manages and provides service at twelve housing sites, reaching more than 37,000 people each year through outreach support services.

At the onset of the Not-for-Profit Advisory Group’s relationship with the organization, WoodGreen was unaware of some key common standards and facility requirements, which was affecting their ability to provide services efficiently and cost-effectively.

Cost savings generate more support for constituents

The Not-for-Profit Advisory group has worked alongside WoodGreen for more than six years using proven negotiation strategies to create defensible solutions, and leveraging internal and external resources to advise the organization.

WoodGreen and Colliers’ Not-for-Profit Advisory Group is proud to help WoodGreen maximize the value of property by providing complex real estate solutions for an equally complex portfolio. Over the years, WoodGreen has realized tremendous cost efficiencies for the organization, allowing them to funnel critical resources back into their missional objectives.


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Matthew Johnson

Vice President, Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

​MATTHEW JOHNSON Vice President & National Practice Leader, Not for Profit Advisory Group (Canada) -Matthew founded the Colliers Not For Profit Practice Group over 12 years ago, and has developed tremendous insight into the internal workings of charities, associations, institutions, educational groups, religious organizations and agencies through multiple similar mandates.  Matthew has built the most successful Not for Profit Group in the country and has been involved in real estate acquisitions/dispositions for such groups as Wellspring, Ronald McDonald House, The Ontario Lung Association, CAW, Renascent Foundation, The York School, and the Salvation Army.  Matthew has also provided leasing related services to such organizations as Plan Canada, VON, UNICEF, The Salvation Army, to name a few.  In addition to the above, Matthew is also actively engaged in projects on behalf of both the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board as well as the United Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada.  Matthew is a member of the Colliers International Educational Services Group that provides advisory services to organizations within the educational field across North America.

Matt is a frequent speaker within the nonprofit community, is a host of a webinar series providing real estate and operational insights to the nonprofit sector, and he has been an presenter to RBC’s National Nonprofit Group and is soon to be a presenter to BDO’s National Nonprofit Group.  Matt’s team also collaborated with other nonprofit industry specialists in the legal, accounting, fundraising and other fields, providing a comprehensive and unparalleled range of tailored services to nonprofit organizations.

 

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Peter Davies

Vice President, Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

Peter Davies is a Vice President and Co-Chair of Colliers Not-for-Profit Advisory Group.  He is an office leasing (tenant representation) and real estate investment specialist at Colliers with the CCIM designation working out of the downtown Toronto office since early 2002. His focus is working with a wide array of non-profit and charitable clients in the Toronto area and across Canada including small to large charities, local and national health providers, associations, foundations, housing, educational groups and places of worship. He has extensive experience working with a wide diversity of public and private clients across the Greater Toronto Area, throughout Canada, the U.S. and numerous global markets.

As Co-Chair of Colliers Not-for-Profit Advisory Group, he provides defensible real estate solutions which support the mission, values, and vision of not-for-profit organizations. Peter has published numerous unique articles on issues surrounding commercial real estate and the non-profit sector.

As a graduate of McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Peter joined Enterprise in 1994 in a training program where he rapidly advanced to manage two of Toronto’s largest offices.  Subsequently, Peter joined GE Capital where he remained for approximately 5 years progressing through a variety of sales and finance positions, ultimately as the Senior Manager of Southwestern Ontario overseeing a $105 million dollar portfolio of industrial based leases and loans.

Peter’s key strengths lie in his ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with the diverse stakeholders involved in long term projects. Also, he is often commended by his clients for his extensive risk mitigation efforts and in overall successful project execution.

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