Ryan Cunningham joins Avison Young in Mississauga

Leading GTA West industrial player becomes Principal

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Martin Dockrill, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the company's Toronto West region, announced today that Ryan Cunningham, one of the Greater Toronto Area's (GTA) foremost young leaders, has joined Avison Young in Mississauga.

Effective immediately, Cunningham, an 11-year industry veteran, joins Avison Young as a Principal and will continue to specialize in industrial real estate. His primary initiative will be to assist in the continued growth of Avison Young's industrial platform in the GTA. Cunningham was most recently a Vice-President with CBRE in Toronto West.

"This is a strategic hiring on Avison Young's part. We are excited to be bringing Ryan into the fold, as he will be a valuable addition to an already strong, experienced Toronto West industrial team," comments Dockrill. "Ryan will complement our existing Toronto West professionals and further establish our qualitative focus. We look forward to leveraging his talents with our global resources and client relationships."

Dockrill continues: "Ryan's extensive real estate experience and past successes, coupled with his enthusiasm and goal-oriented personality, will lead to exciting opportunities in the marketplace. Moreover, his demeanour and desire to collaborate with the larger team will fit in well with our culture."

As one of the GTA's leading young industrial brokerage professionals, Cunningham will continue to focus on the acquisition, expansion, leasing, relocation, disposition and industrial-development needs of owners, tenants, investors and developers.

"Avison Young's Principal-led, entrepreneurial and collaborative culture attracted me to the firm," says Cunningham. "I am looking forward to being a part of this successful company that is attracting some of the industry's most talented and experienced commercial real estate experts. I see this move as an ideal opportunity to expand on my knowledge and the relationships that I have worked hard to develop and grow over the years. Avison Young will provide me with the platform and tools to accomplish this with integrity, exceptional client service and professionalism."

Cunningham began his real estate career in 2004 with CBRE. His past and current clients include Alcan Aluminum, Estée Lauder, Leon's Furniture, Magna International, Mitsubishi, UAP Auto Parts, Flags Unlimited, Rabba Fine Foods, KingSett Capital, Bentall Kennedy, and Sorbara among others. Cunningham was one of the youngest people in CBRE brokerage history to achieve the Toronto West Top 10 award, and was honoured with Orlando Corporation's Broker of the Year Award for 2012. In addition, in 2012, Cunningham was part of the team that won the GTA NAIOP REX (Real Estate Excellence) Award for Industrial Development of the Year.

Also joining Avison Young from CBRE is Charmaine Brooks. During her 18-year tenure at CBRE, Brooks held various administration and marketing roles. At Avison Young, she will serve as a client services co-ordinator in the Mississauga office.

Over the past five years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 58 offices and from 300 to more than 1,500 real estate professionals across Canada, the U.S., and in Europe.

Today's announcement comes on the heels of Avison Young opening a new office in Fairfield/Westchester in the New York Tri-State area on Monday.

Avison Young is the world's fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 1,500 real estate professionals in 58 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.

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