Avison Young hires Marie-France Benoit as director of insights

07 January 2022 Consulting.ca 2 min. read

Avison Young, a global commercial real estate services firm, has hired Marie-France Benoit as director of insights for the Canadian market.

Benoit, who is based in Montreal, will work with Avison Young’s professionals locally and across the country to provide insights and thought leadership on commercial real estate trends and opportunities. She will also be tasked with developing and implementing the firm’s insight and analysis program across Canada.

Benoit is a real estate intelligence and communications specialist with over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. She spent the last 15 years at Altus Group, a provider of software, data, and advisory solutions to the commercial real estate industry. She most recently served as senior director of strategic development and before that was a product manager in the data solutions practice.

Before Altus, Benoit was general manager of Espace Publications, a leading commercial real estate publication for the Montreal region.

She holds an executive MBA in real estate from Université du Québec à Montréal and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Concordia University.Avison Young hires Marie-France Benoit as director of insights“As an integral part of the Avison Young team, Marie-France will build upon our comprehensive picture of the current state and outlook for commercial real estate,” said Mark Fieder, principal and president of Avison Young in Canada. “Marie-France is among the best at reporting on trends and opportunities – and our leading-edge technology will further enable her ability to deliver valuable thought leadership for clients making critical, strategic decisions.”

Avison Young’s consulting practice, which was launched in 2020, offers services in valuation, due diligence, occupancy cost review, and lease evaluation, as well as feasibility, optimum use, and market studies. The firm in October announced “X Factor,” a workplace strategy guide for the future of work.

“I’ve been captivated by technology-driven, data-enriched market insights throughout my career – and knowing how uniquely positioned Avison Young is as a thought leader, I couldn’t be more excited to join,” said Benoit.

The Toronto-based firm last month bolstered its consulting practice with a trio of hires. The company welcomed Maria Tran, associate director, real estate consulting; Jasmine Prachter, manager, workplace consulting; and Nicole Collard, manager, workplace change management.