By Mark Rose (Toronto)
For the past three and a half years, every person associated with Avison Young has been working toward the goal of creating the leading global real estate services company in our industry. From our Principals to our property teams and our managers to our administrative staff, each individual has powered our growth and proudly waived our flag. We have recruited top talent and won major mandates and…… we have stayed true to our culture and believed in our mission.
We are now the largest (and I believe the best) privately held, Principal led, Canadian company in North America. And it is with extreme pride that we announce the distinction of being recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for 2011. The prestigious national award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, and Queen’s School of Business. The announcement was made by the national sponsors and in a special report in the National Post.
Established in 1993, Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies national awards program recognizes Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applications are reviewed by an independent judging panel that evaluates how companies address various business challenges, including new technologies, globalization, brand management, leadership, leveraging and developing core competencies, designing information systems, and hiring the right talent to facilitate growth.
This recognition would not have been possible without our incredible roster of clients and their commitment to Avison Young. As our pristine reputation, cutting edge solutions and superior execution continues to be noticed throughout the global commercial real estate services industry, we are even more committed to listening to "The Voice of Our Clients." We hear that they want solutions, not just services. We are listening when they want the teams servicing their accounts to have both direct financial and reputational risk as owners of the Company. And we pay attention when clients demand a service provider who has a clear cut vision and the balance sheet stability that comes with no debt and strong profitability.
We believe these are the foundations for a well-managed organization and are honored that we were recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best managed Companies for 2011.