Kate North joins Colliers as managing director of workplace innovation

Colliers International today announced that industry thought leader, Kate North has joined the firm as Managing Director of Workplace Innovation, Corporate Solutions. Kate will lead the Colliers Workplace Innovation Advisory Services in Chicago and the central region.  Her passion and focus is to help clients fully leverage their workplace as a strategic asset by maximizing human performance while achieving real estate objectives.  
“We are thrilled to welcome Kate to the Colliers International team,” said Chris Zlocki, Head of Innovation within the Corporate Solutions. “Kate’s thought leadership, expertise and innovative spirit will bring unique value to the clients we serve”. 

For more than 25 years, Kate has been helping organizations create innovative workplaces and adopt new ways of working. Her global expertise includes:  workplace strategy, change management, training, research, sustainability, design and leadership.  Previously, Kate led global development for e-Work.com, helping organizations globally prepare their workforce for a new way of working using highly interactive e-learning.  She was also the Director of Global Ideation, a workplace consultancy and research group within Haworth Inc.; and Vice President, Strategic Business Group within Herman Miller Inc., supporting organizational workplace transformation.  

Keith Perske, leader of Workplace Innovation Consulting for the Americas at Colliers, said “Because of Kate’s extensive background in working successfully with Real Estate, HR and IT, she brings an holistic approach to creating compelling workplace experiences for employees that will help our clients attract and retain the best talent, enable productivity, connect employees to corporate culture and empower well-being.”

In 2012, Kate co-founded the “Workplace Evolutionaries” (WE), a vibrant community of practice within the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and continues to serve as the Global Chair. In 2011, she co-authored the IFMA Foundation best-selling book “Work on the Move” which is used extensively by IFMA members and associated academic institutions. In 2014, she was the proud recipient of the prestigious International Associate Award for her contributions within IFMA.  In 2016 she co-authored the newest edition of the book called “Work on the Move 2”. 

Kate was also a founding leader of the CoreNet Workplace Community of Practice, the CoreNet Chapter Chair for New Zealand, served as an Advisory Board Member to New Ways of Working and also the New Zealand Green Building Council.