Sponsor Spotlight: Avison Young

March 11, 2021

Sponsor Spotlight: Avison Young

Avison Young, a commercial real estate firm, creates real economic, social, and environmental value as a global real estate advisor, powered by people. Avison Young is built on the belief that commercial real estate isn’t just about the buildings and the square footage and the occupancies. At its best it’s about spaces and places that improve lives and help businesses thrive; for the employees, citizens and communities that make impact matter. We strive to be real estate at its best, helping people be more productive, prosperous, and positive.

What originally drew you to sponsor Edmonton CREW?

Edmonton CREW is known in our industry as the leading organization dedicated to empowering women to transform the future of commercial real estate. Edmonton CREW’s goals and initiatives for leadership development and educational programs closely mirror Avison Young’s key pillars of Talent Development and Operational Excellence. Edmonton CREW is the ideal partner to work with to achieve our shared vision of a more equitable real estate industry.

How does your company support diversity in the CRE industry?

A commitment to Diversity & Inclusion is a priority for Avison Young at every level. This message is communicated from our leadership, through their words and their actions. Here’s what our CEO, Mark Rose has said on the topic in Avison Young’s most recent Global Citizenship Report: “While we’re proud to have increased diversity at our board, executive and Principal levels – to the extent that 44% of our board were people of colour or women as of June 2020 – we are strengthening our overall Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategies and governance, and more deliberately advancing anti-racism and social justice. To this end, we have formalized a global D&I steering committee, reporting into the Chief Human Resources officer and overseen by the Executive Committee.”

In addition, our internal Women's Network counts more than 300 members and provides a collaborative forum for the women of Avison Young to advance their careers and the company's business through leadership development, mentoring, information sharing, education, and business development. "Women in support of women in the pursuit of professional excellence and career advancement."