History

History

A history of entrepreneurship and collaboration

With more than 15,800 employees in 63 countries, Colliers International has evolved from an enterprising local business to a Top 2 global provider of real estate services in less than 40 years. Colliers International is Australia’s only locally-founded real estate services company with professionals across the globe.

Colliers' namesake

Ronald Collier

      

Our brand's namesake is Ronald Collier, a chartered surveyor and heavyweight within the Australian real estate industry.

Collier encouraged those who worked for him to take an enterprising approach to everyday problems, a value that is still highly regarded by the leadership of the company today.

The Colliers International story begins

Colliers National Conference
 

A vision of entrepreneurship brought the founders of Colliers International in Australia together in 1976, when three independent and well-established professional real estate services firms located in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide decided to join forces.

The founders, Robert McCuaig, Bill McHarg, George Duncan, Roger Cook, Des Glynn, David Collier and Peter Lynch, named the newly created partnership “Colliers” in honour of their respected mentor, Ronald Collier.

International expansion

International Expansion  

Just two years later, the partnership began down the road of international expansion, partnering with and creating new offices in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and South East Asia (Malaysia), before opening an office in the United Kingdom in 1980.

In the early 1980s, Colliers International joined forces with Macaulay Nicolls Maitland in Canada, leading the shift in the industry to global service organisations. The brand’s rapid expansion throughout the United States, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America ensued.

A strong capital partner

FirstService
           
 

In 2004, Colliers International obtained a new majority shareholder in FirstService Corporation, who continues to help the company accelerate its vision of providing the best property services in the world.

FirstService Corporation is a Canadian-based, institutional grade, public company that has an exclusive focus on the services sector.

 

Building our expertise in Australia

PRDnationwide
           
 

In Australia, 2006 and 2007 saw two major acquisitions of market-leading companies, PRDnationwide and Roberts Weaver Group, positioning Colliers International as the strongest and most dominant real estate services provider in Australasia.

PRDnationwide is one of Australia’s largest suburban and regional residential real estate brands located in cities and towns throughout Australia and now reaching into international markets.

Roberts Weaver Group were leading and well-respected workplace strategy experts in the Sydney market and are now Colliers International’s industry awarded project management, design and technology solutions teams.

2014 saw the acquisition of McKenzie Hall, a specialised retail management and leasing business operating across the east coast of Australia.   This has provided Colliers International with deep and market-leading expertise in large format retail.

A refreshed, powerful brand

Colliers International
 

A new evolution of the Colliers International brand was launched in 2010, accelerating the success for our people, our customers and our clients worldwide. The Colliers International brand is now a “global partnership”.

This cohesive and aligned corporate structure provides a more unified platform than a network, and vastly more flexible than a fully-owned operation.  A unique and competitively differentiating corporate structure in the global real estate industry.

Major global acquisitions 

Major Global Acquisitions  

In 2012 and 2013, further acquisitions for FirstService Corporation and Colliers International take place in New York, London and throughout Europe bringing major-market operations closer together.

What was once a local operation in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide; is now a Top 2 global leader in real estate services with significant presence and highly respected expertise in every major market around the world.

 

Delivering expertise locally and globally

Delivering expertise locally and globally  

Today, the foundations of what the Colliers International brand were built on are stronger than ever – enterprising people, collaborating across borders and cultures to provide memorable experiences through the delivery of service and expertise.  We are passionate about what we do and the results we achieve for our clients and customers.

 

Colliers International Group Inc: one of the top publicly traded commercial real estate firms

Colliers Group thumbnail  

In June 2015 FirstService became Colliers International Group Inc. and spun off its residential real estate business. Colliers International Group Inc. began trading on the NASDAQ (CIGI) and TSX (CIG) as one of the top publicly traded commercial real estate firms in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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