Avison Young appoints John M. Ross Managing Director, Edmonton

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young,
announced today the appointment of commercial real estate veteran John M. Ross
as Managing Director of Avison Young-Edmonton.
    Effective immediately, Ross will oversee Avison Young's operations in
Edmonton. As Managing Director, he will be responsible for the overall
operation and direction of the Edmonton office, coordinating the efforts of
the office, industrial, retail and investment teams to optimize Avison Young's
delivery of service to its clients. Ross will also take on the role of
Investment Team Leader, directing Edmonton's investment team and liaising with
clients and team members to ensure that the best possible real estate platform
is put forward.
    "We are pleased to be recruiting someone of John's caliber to manage our
team and to lead our investment division in Edmonton. With a strong background
in management and capital markets, John will be instrumental in identifying
and developing new business opportunities in the marketplace," comments Rose.
"Furthermore, his leadership skills and operational and strategic expertise
will be invaluable as he works in conjunction with Avison Young's other
regional Managing Directors to maintain client satisfaction across all the
regions in which we serve. John will also assist in driving Avison Young's
next phase of growth, both domestically and internationally."
    Ross has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate business,
specializing in investment sales and acting on behalf of pension funds, REITS,
publicly traded companies and private sector clients. For the past three
years, Ross was Vice-President, Real Estate Investments for Alberta-based WAM
Development Group, focusing on the Alberta and Southwestern US markets. Prior
to that, he was a partner with J.J. Barnicke in Edmonton from 2000 to 2006.
Over his career, Ross has been involved in real estate transactions totaling
more than $1.25 billion.
    "I am excited to be joining the Avison Young team and to be associated
with a reputable and sound company that is moving forward and not just running
in place," says Ross. "I look forward to working with the members of Avison
Young in Alberta and at the national level to continue delivering a superior
level of service, to foster a strong, loyal customer base, and to satisfy the
real estate needs of our clients now and in the future."

    Founded in 1978, Avison Young is Canada's largest independently-owned
commercial real estate services company and the only national, Canadian-owned,
principal-managed real estate brokerage firm in the country. Headquartered in
Toronto, Ontario and ranked among Canada's leading national commercial real
estate organizations, Avison Young is a full-service commercial real estate
company comprising more than 500 real estate professionals in 12 offices
across Canada and in Chicago, IL. The company provides value-added,
client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management and financial
services to owners and users of commercial, industrial and multi-residential
real estate properties.

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    version. Thank you.

    For further information/comment/photos:
    - Sherry Quan, Director of Corporate Communications (B.C.), Avison Young:
    (604) 647-5098 or (604) 726-0959 (cell)

    - Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: (416) 673-4028

    - John Ross, Managing Director, Avison Young-Edmonton: (780) 428-7850

For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: Sherry Quan, (604) 647-5098,
or (604) 726-0959, email: squan@ay-bc.com

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