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Avison Young appoints Arlene Dedier to lead Canadian Project Management Services
January 11, 2022
Canadian leadership team expansion to accelerate Americas platform growth
Toronto, ON – Avison Young continues to grow its consultative solutions capabilities, today announcing the appointment of Arlene Dedier as Principal and Executive Vice President and Canadian Practice Leader, Project Management Services.
“Arlene is a remarkable talent and will be a valuable part of our team of more than 160 project managers in markets across North America,” said Sheila Botting, Principal and President Americas, Professional Services, Avison Young. “In this newly created role, Arlene will substantially increase our overall market offering of consultative solutions, showing why she’s best in class at providing sage, forward-looking counsel to occupier and investor clients navigating their evolving real estate, development and construction requirements.”
In her oversight of Canadian Project Management Services, Dedier will be responsible for developing and building optimal real estate solutions for office, industrial, retail or institutional clients as a part of Avison Young’s strategy to deliver consultative, holistic offerings. She will accelerate growth through acquisitions, recruitment and new business development, with a focus on building upon existing talent, to help scale up Project Management as part of Avison Young’s real estate enterprise solution.
Dedier brings three decades of experience in project management, commercial real estate and architecture – including, most recently, 11 years at Colliers Project Leaders in roles of increasing seniority. While at Colliers, she served as the North American Executive Champion of Diversity and Inclusion, and was awarded the 2020 Catalyst Canada Honour, Business Leader Award for building an inclusive and diverse Canadian team.
For the past eight years, Dedier has been a member of the CREW Network and has participated in the Sponsorship Committee as well as the Inclusion, Equity, Diversity and Allyship (IDEA) Committee. She is a member of NAIOP, an Associate Member of American Institute of Architects, and a Green Associate CaGBC LEED. Dedier is a graduate of Carleton University’s School of Architecture and has her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute.
“I’ve watched Avison Young’s phenomenal growth in recent years, demonstrating a desire to build upon its solid foundation, including a team of high-quality talent,” says Dedier. “I’m looking forward to helping expand upon this success, and on honouring the firm’s commitment to putting people first, by motivating and inspiring others to reach their full potential and to exceed client expectations.”
Dedier’s recent appointment is part of Avison Young’s commitment to grow its consultative real estate solution offerings – including Project Management – as expansion continues across North America. Recently, Avison Young also announced the acquisition of Dowling Houy, a well-established owner’s project management services firm in Boston.
Avison Young creates real economic, social, and environmental value, powered by people. As a private company, our clients collaborate with an empowered partner who is invested in their success. Our integrated talent realizes the full potential of real estate by using global intelligence platforms that provide clients with insights and advantage. Together, we can create healthy, productive workplaces for employees, cities that are centers for prosperity for their citizens, and built spaces and places that create a net benefit to the economy, the environment, and the community.
Avison Young is a 2021 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for ten consecutive years.