TORONTO: Avison Young
For Avison Young CEO Mark Rose, Toronto remains the primary driver of activity. AY's roots there date back to 1989 when the company was born (further back, actually, since the founding partners worked together at Knowlton Realty). "Toronto is a stable, global city and culturally our home," Mark tells us. But AY has offices across North American and Europe. "Whereas our competition is headquartered in the US and behaves in a US-centric way, we believe in 'walk the talk' by operating from a truly global city." Mark points to the $9B in Canadian investment in the US real estate market in 2013 as another factor in basing its global HQ in Toronto.