Avison Young unveils new Capital Markets team in Ottawa as part of Canadian growth strategy
November 8, 2023
Ottawa, ON – Avison Young today unveils a new Capital Markets team in Ottawa with the arrival of three seasoned experts, led by Principal Graeme Webster, Sales Representative, Senior Associate Benjamin Burns, and Senior Associate, Brokerage Services Jessica Thalen. Together, this team will round out the firm’s already strong Capital Markets group across Canada.
“Establishing a Capital Markets team in Ottawa is a critical part of our growth strategy in Canada, and having industry leaders like Graeme, Benjamin, and Jessica join the fold further enhances our service offerings in key markets across the country,” said Joe Almeida, Principal and Managing Director of Ontario for Avison Young. “This formidable team boasts an impressive track record of leveraging their client-first mentality and applying a solutions-driven approach to deliver superior service to clients – so I am thrilled to partner with them.”
“We are thrilled to be joining Avison Young and look forward to partnering with the firm’s strong Capital Markets team as we work together to grow our service offerings across Canada,” said Webster. “Avison Young’s holistic services present unrivalled growth opportunities and these are among the things that attract me to the firm.”
With more than 30 years of combined experience, the trio will focus on transactions involving office, industrial and retail properties in the Ottawa area, and will also partner with Avison Young’s other Capital Markets teams on opportunities in regions across Canada.
“The addition of Graeme and his team unlocks new opportunities for us in Ottawa and will enable us to expand our already robust service offerings,” said Michael Church, Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young in Ottawa. “Over the years, I’ve crossed paths with Graeme and his team and have been impressed by their deep industry knowledge, expertise, and professionalism. It’s exciting to have them join our team.”
For more than 19 years, Webster has been focused on helping clients successfully facilitate transactions with a large portion coming from off-market and unlisted opportunities. He is a respected leader in the community and is known for his abilities to assemble teams with the right mix of industry knowledge and operational excellence to plan and execute seamless transactions for clients. Prior to joining Avison Young, Webster held positions at Colliers and District Realty, and most recently was Partner and co-founder at Ottawa boutique firm, KOBLE Commercial Real Estate Inc.
With more than five years of experience, Burns brings a wealth of knowledge of the Ottawa market. Throughout his career, he has focused on forging strong relationships with clients by delivering expert advice and industry insights that drive critical business decisions. His experience in guiding clients through transactions to maximize value has earned him the reputation as someone to turn to for actionable insights.
Thalen brings more than 11 years of experience in commercial real estate. Her relentless approach and perceptive mind give her the ability to uncover insights that add value for clients. She is laser-focused on client success and works to ensure clients have the necessary information to make the best business decisions. Her experience and expertise will be a major asset to Avison Young.
Avison Young creates real economic, social and environmental value as a global real estate advisor, 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 2023 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for 12 consecutive years.