Ottawa-based Colonnade BridgePort has announced two new appointments to further guide the full-service real estate company’s expansion in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Chris Coleman has been named director of asset management, and Colin Ross has been named director of GTA leasing. Colonnade BridgePort chief executive officer Hugh Gorman affirms the moves signify confidence in the commercial real estate sector.
“Although 2020 has been a challenging year in our industry, we believe that our industry is resilient, the sector will rebound and will continue to be a key driver for the economy,” he says. “We also believe that private and institutional investors will continue to pursue real estate as a crucial investment vehicle for their investment portfolio.”
Coleman comes to his new role with more than 20 years experience in investment and asset management, property acquisition, development financing and property management. Previous positions as senior vice president, investments and asset management at LaSalle Investment Management, and as vice president, investments, portfolio management at SmartCentres REIT herald his grounding in retail, office, mixed-used and industrial portfolios with both listed real estate and property funds.
Ross brings 25 years of experience in marketing and leasing properties, navigating complex lease negotiations, handling operations and managing high-profile accounts. Previously, he was director of leasing with Brookfield Properties, president of DTZ Canada and owner-operator of the GTA-based boutique real estate brokerage firm, Mohr Partners.
Colonnade BridgePort currently manages more than 8 million square feet of space in 120 properties in Ontario. The company is headquartered in Ottawa with additional offices in Toronto and Mississauga.
“We have seen encouraging results and are looking forward to expanding our presence in the GTA even further,” Gorman says. “Welcoming industry-leading experts Colin Ross and Chris Coleman to our team is a major milestone. Having these two leaders join our team means we can bring the highest quality leasing, investment and management services to our customers throughout the region.”