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Celebrating the #WomenOfColliers

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At Colliers, we are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that offers all professionals meaningful opportunities to advance   their careers and make a positive impact on our business, investors, and clients. An important part of this commitment is ensuring gender diversity in our workforce. We recognize that while progress has been made in this area, within our organization and the commercial real estate (CRE) industry as whole, there is more work to be done.

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 CRE
We 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 March
On 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.

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In addition to these insightful pieces, we launched our #WomenOfColliers series on LinkedIn, highlighting female professionals  representing various service lines across our business, what they have learned from their career journeys in CRE, and their advice to young women aiming to enter the industry. Click here to view this social media series on LinkedIn.

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?”