Avison Young (Canada) appoints Robert Armstrong Managing Director, Toronto Leasing Group

    - Editors: please click on link to view and download photo of Rob

    TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Mark E. Rose, chair and CEO of Avison Young
(Canada) Inc., announced today the appointment of one of Canada's top leasing
brokers, Robert Armstrong, as Managing Director, Avison Young (Canada) Toronto
Leasing Group.
    Effective immediately, Armstrong will represent the company's Toronto
office on Avison Young's national tenant representation team, helping to
develop and service major corporate real estate clients across Canada. He will
be based in Avison Young's downtown Toronto office.
    Armstrong joins Avison Young from global real estate services firm Jones
Lang LaSalle where he was most recently Managing Director of its Canadian
operations, based in Toronto.
    "The client is the driving force behind what we do at Avison Young, and
by employing the best operators in our markets, we are meeting our goal to
provide the highest degree of satisfaction to clients," comments Rose. "We are
very fortunate to have Rob joining our local and national team at Avison
Young. He is one of the top brokers in Canada and his background fits in well
with Avison Young's commitment to focusing on clients' objectives. Through his
leadership skills, track record and extensive real estate experience, Rob will
bring a wealth of knowledge and talent to our team and, most importantly, to
our clients."
    Armstrong has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real
estate industry. He has been responsible for many "signature" transactions,
having leased more than 15 million square feet in his career, primarily with a
focus on tenant representation both locally and nationally. Armstrong began
his real estate career in Calgary specializing in office, industrial and
retail leasing. After moving back to Toronto and opening the GH Lennard
brokerage office, he subsequently spent 20 years at Cushman & Wakefield LePage
where he was one of the company's top brokers in Canada. He joined Jones Lang
LaSalle (JLL) in 2003 and became Managing Director in 2006, overseeing the
"Law Firm Practice" and "Headquarter Practice" areas for JLL in Toronto.
Armstrong's key to success has been his commitment to client retention.
    "Avison Young's vision for growth and its focus on the client is
completely parallel to my goals," says Armstong. "The company's plans to grow
its Toronto operations and penetrate the global markets are very exciting, and
I am looking forward to being part of a team committed to excellence on both a
national and global basis. It is what our clients are demanding."
    "We are very pleased to have Rob join our operations in Toronto and take
a role in developing business for Avison Young across the nation," adds Mark
Fieder, President and Managing Director, Avison Young (Canada)-Ontario. "Our
national team looks forward to working with Rob and helping to deliver on
Avison Young's commitment to provide a truly integrated client-centric for our
global, national and local clients."

    Founded in 1996, Avison Young (Canada) Inc. is Canada's largest
independently-owned commercial real estate services company, with offices in
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Mississauga, Toronto, Ottawa,
Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax. Ranked among Canada's leading national
commercial real estate organizations, Avison Young is a full-service
commercial real estate company and the only national, Canadian,
principal-owned real estate brokerage firm in the country. 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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    For further info/comment/photos:
    -   Sherry Quan, Director of Corporate Communications,
        Avison Young (Canada) Inc.: (604) 647-5098 or cell: (604) 726-0959
    -   Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young (416) 673-4028
    -   Robert Armstrong, Managing Director, Toronto Leasing Group,
        Avison Young: (416) 673-4024
    -   Mark Fieder, President & Managing Director, Avison Young
        (Canada)-Ontario: (416) 673-4051


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

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