How We've Grown


Colliers International has evolved from enterprising, independent local business owners to an organization of more than 15,000 skilled professionals around the world with global executive headquarters in Toronto, Ontario and corporate shared services centers in Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. As we grew, we continued to seek out partners who shared our common values and spirit of enterprise.

Colliers History Timeline

Client Services Strengthens


The Colliers platform now boasts 15,000 professionals and spans 68 countries.

Colliers boasts revenue* of:


* All statistics are for 2016, are in U.S. dollars and include affiliates.


Colliers acquires dominant French business AOS group, strengthening key operations in Europe.


Colliers acquires Briant Champion Long, a UK retail property specialist. Colliers acquires H2SO, one of London's leading independent commercial property specialists.


The Colliers International brand is united, with all partner firms committed to working under a single brand.


Colliers expands into Panama. Colliers International operates in over 290 offices in 61 countries, with over 11,000 employees.


Colliers expands into Costa Rica.


Colliers expands into Peru.



For the first time, revenue of Colliers tops $1 billion. Colliers ranks first in the world in terms of global reach, second in revenue, third in employees, and fourth in property under management.



Colliers International sponsors an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. Canadian climbers Alan Hobson and Jamie Clarke reach the top on May 23, 1997.


Colliers expands into Brazil.


Colliers begins Latin America expansion with the additon of Colliers Lomelin.

The real estate operation of the Jardine Matheson Group merges with the Australian and New Zealand offices of Colliers International, giving the company a major step into a key market.


Colliers expands into South America, adding partners in Latin America as expansion into Eastern Europe flourishes.


Pioneers in Eastern Europe, Colliers reconfigures its European coverage by establishing offices throughout the region while exporting and developing talent in the new markets of the former Eastern bloc.



Colliers now operates in 20 markets worldwide.


Colliers International officially joins forces with Macaulay Nicolls Maitland, accelerating the shift towards a global approach.


Colliers expands into the UK.


International expansion swells between 1978 and 1980. New offices open in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia.



John McLernon takes the helm of Macaulay Nicolls Maitland in 1977. Over the next 25 years he builds the company into a global enterprise.


Tony Petty & Associates, based in Hong Kong, joins Colliers to create Colliers International.


Colliers Group is founded from the collaboration of Collier McCuaig Lty Ltd, Collier Glynn Lynch & McHarg Pty Ltd, and Collier Duncan & Cook. The name is a tribute to Ronald Collier, a pioneer in the Australian real estate industry and mentor to the firms' owners. Colliers Property Consultants rapidly grows throughout the Asia Pacific and Canada on an independently owned referral platform.


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Ronald Maitland becomes a partner, and the name becomes Macaulay Nicolls Maitland (MNM).


A small group of entrepreneurs found Macaulay Nicolls, a real estate, property management and insurance agency in Vancouver, 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 12 years straight, Colliers has made the International Association of Outstanding Professionals’ “Global Outsourcing 100” list.


What unites and defines

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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