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San Diego Region

San Diego - Central
4350 La Jolla Village Drive
Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92122
USA
Main: +1 858 455 1515
Fax: +1 858 546 9146

San Diego - North
5901 Priestly Drive
Suite 100
Carlsbad, CA 92008
USA
Main: +1 760 438 8950
Fax: +1 760 438 8925

San Diego - CIVAS
9820 Willow Creek Road
Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92131
USA
Main: +1 858 860 3800
Fax: +1 858 860 3900

Colliers International has evolved from enterprising, independent local business owners to an organization of more than 16,000 skilled professionals around the world with executive headquarters in Toronto, Ontario and global headquarters in Seattle, Washington. As we grew, we continued to seek out partners who shared our common values and spirit of enterprise.

A Few Key Milestones

Welcome to Colliers International Group Inc.

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 (CIG) 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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UK & Ireland business united

In 2012, 90% of Colliers International's revenue is under single ownership, a result of FirstService Corporation's acquisition of the Colliers International business in the United Kingdom and Ireland. New business opportunities soar as a result of referrals from the world's leading financial marketplace.

A refreshed, powerful brand

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).

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A strong strategic and financial partner

In 2004, FirstService Corporation invests in the CMN, Inc., the former Colliers Macaulay Nicolls and founding member 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 the largest member-owner of Colliers International.

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The Everest expedition

Two Canadian mountain climbers, Alan Hobson and Jamie Clarke, reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 23, 1997. It was their third attempt. The expedition was sponsored by Colliers International offices from around the world, helping to unite our team, and several of our professionals joined the climbers at base camp to cheer them on.

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Leading the trend in global services

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. 

The Colliers brand begins

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.

Power in partnership

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.

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A new company in a new city

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.

Did You Know?

Colliers was one of the first global companies to expand operations in Asia, Central Europe and Latin America. We're committed to providing our clients with access to emerging markets around the world.

Recent Recognition

For 11 years straight, Colliers has made the International Association of Outstanding Professionals’ “Global Outsourcing 100” list.

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What unites and defines us

Throughout our history, the core values of service, expertise, community and fun have shaped our approach to new partnerships, selecting our team and growing our company.

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