In May last year, Colliers announced our new global Environmental, Social, & Governance strategy, which set the goal of having 40% female employees overall and in manager+ roles by 2025. We are proud to share that our Canadian business has already surpassed this goal, with women representing 41.4% of our employees and 42.3% of our senior leaders (manager level and above). Achieving this milestone further drives us to support and advance women in CRE and lead our industry in taking steps to close the gender gap.
Recognition as diversity leaders in CREWe are honoured to be included in The Globe and Mail’s 2023 Report on Business magazine’s Women Lead Here list recognizing organizations that lead the way in promoting gender diversity. This annual editorial benchmark identifies top-notch Canadian businesses with the highest executive gender diversity. Among the 90 organizations on the list, Colliers is the only CRE firm included.
Earlier this year, Forbes Magazine also named us one of The World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies Worldwide. This annual list honours 400 companies at the forefront of championing women at work. Colliers is one of only two CRE firms included on the list.
Celebrating International Women’s Day throughout MarchOn March 8, we joined organizations across Canada in commemorating International Women’s Day, an annual global observance raising awareness of women’s issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and abuse.
Throughout the month of March, we also launched several initiatives to recognize just a few of the exceptional women in our organization: their professional experience, their personal stories, and their valuable contributions to our company and industry.
Our Women’s Network Employee Resource Group (ERG) , hosted a fireside chat with one of our partner organizations, Catalyst, a non-profit group committed to accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. During the event, our ERG leaders and representatives from Catalyst discussed how inclusion can be further promoted in the workplace and what steps must be taken to elevate women in corporate environments.
Mary Mowbray, Senior Vice President of our Canadian Retail Group, also participated as a speaker in CREW’s Women's Empowerment Panel: Celebrating Women, where female industry leaders gathered to share their experiences and insights on how women can empower themselves, and each other, to achieve their ambitions.
Female leaders from across the business were profiled in business and industry publications, sharing their views on what the CRE landscape currently looks like for women, how companies can help women achieve work-life balance, and the importance of authentic diversity and inclusion programs.
- “Diversity isn’t a plug-and-play” featuring Amy Clark, Senior Vice President, People Services| North America on Human Resources Director
- “Ferial Sheybani leads charge for women in CRE data tech” featuring Ferial Sheybani, Vice President, Technology & Data on RENX
- “Making Work Work: Some Women Find Balance Through Real Estate” featuring Ferial Sheybani, Vice President, Technology & Data and Anna Wray, Vice President, Brokerage | Victoria on Storeys
- “11 Women New to Real Estate Who Are Doing Big Things” featuring Tonya Lagrasta, Head of ESG, Real Estate Management Services on Storeys
To learn more about the state of gender diversity in CRE and further initiatives we have enacted to embrace equity in the workplace, read our earlier article “Gender Diversity in the Canadian Commercial Real Estate Industry: Where do we Stand?”