Green Practice Group Media Release 040110 (2)


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Green Practice Group Media Release 040110 (2)

  1. 1. Contact: Alain Desmarais (613) 780-1566 Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa Launches Green Real Estate Practice Group Ottawa, January 4, 2010: Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa has launched Ottawa’s first dedicated Green Real Estate Practice Group with the initial appointments of James McNeil Associate, Vice President and Sales Representative as Practice Lead and Scott Brooker, Sales Representative as a valued member. The team forms an integral part of Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa’s Commercial Sales & Leasing division. The Green Real Estate Practice Group (“GPG”) has been formed to advise C&W Ottawa clients on the growing range of environmental, sustainability and energy requirements and considerations associated with the purchase, disposal, occupation and development of commercial land and buildings. The GPG assists clients in navigating Ottawa’s commercial real estate landscape to find workplace solutions that align with their environmental commitments, and help corporate clients establish more sustainable property portfolios. Alain Desmarais, Senior Managing Director at C&W Ottawa said: “Environmental sustainability is not a fad, but a fundamental responsibility that shapes the way we and our clients do business. It is incumbent on us to step to the forefront of this evolving change so that we may continue to provide the very best services to our clients, ensuring that they are well situated to fulfill their sustainability goals while mitigating associated environmental and corporate risks.” James McNeil is a LEED Accredited Professional with over 20 successful years in the commercial ® real estate industry. He has diversified experience in office, industrial and retail properties and extensive experience in portfolio management, development, marketing and leasing. James received a Leadership in Business Award from Earth Day Ottawa for his commitment to the environment and was nominated as Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Kanata Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the board of directors of the Canada Green Building Council Ottawa Chapter and is a member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Environment Committee. He has lectured on leasing, sustainable real estate and market-related topics to industry stakeholders and holds the designation of Real Property Administrator. Scott Brooker sits on the Natural Resources Canada Advisory Committee for Sustainable Reporting in the Commercial and Institutional Building Sector, is a member of the Canada Green Building Council Ottawa Chapter and the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in International Business from Dalhousie University and the Copenhagen Business School, and two diplomas from Algonquin College in Marketing and Business Administration. Page 1 of 2
  2. 2. Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa is an independently owned and operated brokerage and a licensed affiliate of Cushman & Wakefield, the world's largest privately-held commercial real estate services firm. Founded in 1917, Cushman & Wakefield has 230 offices in 58 countries and over 15,000 employees. The firm represents a diverse customer base ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. It offers a complete range of services within four primary disciplines: Transaction Services, including tenant and landlord representation in office, industrial and retail real estate; Capital Markets, including property sales, investment management, valuation services, investment banking, debt and equity financing; Client Solutions, including integrated real estate strategies for large corporations and property owners, and Consulting Services, including business, real estate and property tax consulting. A recognized leader in global real estate research, the firm publishes a broad array of proprietary reports available on its online Knowledge Center at For more information on Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa’s Green Real Estate Practice Group, please contact James McNeil at (613) 780-1567 or at Page 2 of 2