How We've Grown

Our story

The partnership with Colliers International began in 2005. A consistent organizational structure was established in Germany with the founding of Colliers International Deutschland Holding GmbH in 2006. The service portfolio was then expanded to include corporate solutions, valuation and hotel properties. Colliers International became a majority shareholder of the German Colliers companies in spring 2013. Colliers International Group Inc. became an independent listed company in June 2015 (Nasdaq: CIGI) (TSX: CIGI). We have 15,400 employees worldwide in 69 countries. The company’s global headquarters is located in Seattle, Washington, USA. The executive head office is located in Toronto, Canada.

We trace our roots back to 1898, when Macaulay Nicolls was founded in Vancouver, Canada as a real estate, property management and insurance agency. At that time, there were 50 registered real estate companies in the two-year-old city—more than the number of grocery stores! J.P. Nicolls opened bank account No. 8 with the Royal Bank of Canada.
In 1904, 16-year-old Ronald Maitland, a junior bank clerk with the Royal Bank of Canada, is hired as a clerk for Macaulay Nicolls. He became a partner in 1922, and the firm posted a profit of $57,000 in 1927. Macaulay Nicolls Maitland is the only real estate firm to survive Vancouver’s tumultuous property rush due to conservative financial management and diversified services including maritime insurance.
Our name originated in Australia, where Colliers International was founded through the collaboration of three property services firms in 1976. We are named in honor of Ronald Collier, who was a chartered surveyor and respected mentor to the founders, Robert McCuaig, Bill McHarg and George Duncan. This photo was taken in the late 1970s at our first national sales conference. Duncan, in the middle of the front row, wears a T-shirt with the proposed early Colliers International logo.
In 1984, Colliers International joined forces with Macaulay Nicolls Maitland, leading the shift in our industry from regional real estate companies to global services organizations. This prompted MNM to change its name to Colliers Macaulay Nicolls and later to Colliers International. CEO John McLernon led the charge to form partnerships worldwide; Colliers is now in 522 offices in 62 countries.
In 2004, FirstService Corporation invests in the CMN, Inc., the former Colliers Macaulay Nicolls portion of Colliers International, enabling us to expand our platform to offer clients complementary services such as project management, hospitality consulting and valuation and appraisal services. CMN grows to become become the largest member-owner of Colliers International.
The Colliers International brand is united in 2010, with all partner firms committed to working under a single brand name, mission and business principles. All offices are accountable to a clear corporate structure with six regional CEOs (in Asia, Australasia, Canada, EMEA, Latin America and the US).
FirstService becomes Colliers International Group Inc. and spins off its residential property management and property services business. Colliers International Group Inc. begins trading on the NASDAQ (CIGI) and TSX (CIGI) on June 2, 2015 as one of the top publicly traded commercial real estate services firms with global operations in more than 60 countries across the world.

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