Avison Young wins 2009 BOMA awards for management of 11 King Street West and 70 University Avenue, Toronto

    TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - Peter Leroux, Executive Vice-President, Avison
Young Real Estate Management Services, is pleased to announce that Senior
Property Manager Susan Vertes Dutton and her property management team have
been awarded Certificates of Building Excellence for the management of 11 King
Street West and 70 University Avenue (Toronto, ON) by the Building Owners and
Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto).
    BOMA Toronto celebrated building and management excellence at its 11th
annual awards dinner on April 23, 2009 at the Liberty Grand Entertainment
Complex. More than 500 real estate professionals recognized their peers at the
commercial real estate event of the year. President Jonathan Fleischer
presented the Association's prestigious awards.
    "We are very proud of Susan and her team's achievements. Avison Young is
honored to receive the Certificates of Building Excellence as they reflect the
quality of the people throughout the Avison Young organization, which has
enabled us to deliver superior service to our valued clients and tenants over
the years. This industry recognition is an affirmation of our service
commitment," comments Leroux.
    BOMA Toronto's Certificate of Excellence program recognizes excellence in
property and facility management. Certification acknowledges performance
quality and the people behind it. Buildings must meet standards in building
management, operations, environmental/energy/emergency management, design,
tenant and community relations, tenant satisfaction and personnel training.
Every building submitted for certification is subject to a building
    In addition, Susan and her team were recognized with a Certificate of
Management Excellence for ensuring this high standard of excellence is
    "Winning these awards amongst a field of very strong competitors shows
the level of capability and dedication the Avison Young team brings to its
projects," comments Dutton. "It is a great honour for us to be recognized by
our peers who know the daily effort and commitment it takes to meet the high
standards that BOMA sets out in this program. We will continue to work to
provide the best possible services to our tenants."
    11 King Street West comprises 165,807 square feet (sf) over 19 floors at
the centre of the Toronto financial district. The building, which opened in
1965 as the Toronto headquarters for Montreal Trust, was designed by Page and
Steele- one of Toronto's foremost architectural firms. The building's
connection to the PATH (Toronto's 27-km downtown walkway) and proximity to the
subway and Union Station provide tenants with the amenities and service
offerings of larger class A buildings without the additional costs.
    Built in 1982, 70 University Ave is a 14-storey, 235,530-sf class A
office building located near the subway, Union Station and the class AAA
towers that define the financial core. The building's design incorporates
outdoor terraces that allow many tenants access to a patio environment that is
part of their leased premises.

    Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada is the voice of
the Canadian commercial real estate industry with more than 2,500 members in
regional associations across Canada. On behalf of the building owners,
managers, developers, facilities managers, asset managers, leasing agents,
brokers, and the product and service providers to over 1.9 billion square feet
of commercial real estate in Canada, BOMA Canada addresses issues of national
concern, and promotes excellence in the industry through information,
education advocacy and recognition.

    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.

    -   Photos of 11 King Street West and 70 University Avenue (Toronto, ON)
        for Media Use:
    -   Photo of Avison Young Property Management Team for 11 King and 70
        University for Media Use:
    Top Row/Left to Right: Irene Gonsalves, Punit Verma, Joe Cardoso
    Bottom Row/Left to Right: Mike Tedesco, Susan Vertes Dutton, Stevan David


For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: Sherry Quan, (604) 647-5098,
or (604) 726-0959, email: squan@ay-bc.com; Peter Leroux, Executive
Vice-President, Avison Young Real Estate Management Services, (416) 673-4027;
Susan Vertes Dutton, Senior Property Manager, Avison Young Real Estate
Management Services, (416) 979-6576

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