Colliers International

Colliers International

August 03, 2006 08:00 ET

Colliers International Welcomes Mike Harris as Vice Chairman of Canadian Operations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2006) - Doug Frye, President and Chief Executive Officer and Rick Chichester, President, North America of Colliers International (CMN), a leading commercial real estate firm, today announced the appointment of Mike Harris as Vice Chairman of CMN's Canadian operations. Mr. Harris brings more than 25 years of experience in public service with in-depth knowledge of government and business to this new role in which he will provide senior level insight and advice to CMN.

"Mike's strong business instincts and his dedication to public service make him an ideal candidate to contribute to the strategic development of CMN as we continue to grow our Canadian and global operations," said Doug Frye, President and Chief Executive Officer of CMN. "We are pleased to welcome Mike Harris as Vice Chairman of our Canadian operations."

Mr. Harris served two terms as Ontario's 22nd Premier, from June 1995 to April 2002, earning the distinction of being the first Ontario Premier in more than 30 years to form a second consecutive majority government. Prior to his election to the Ontario Legislature in 1981, Mr. Harris was a school teacher, a School Board Trustee and Chair, and an entrepreneur. Mr. Harris is also a Senior Fellow of The Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian economic, social research, and educational organization.

"I'm very pleased to be joining as Vice Chairman of CMN's Canadian operations," commented Mr. Harris. "The company's impressive track record, its growth and its unique management philosophy make this an ideal fit for me. I am looking forward to serving as Vice Chairman and adding value by helping shape the future growth of this dynamic company."

In June, Mr. Harris joined the Board of FirstService Corporation, the company under which CMN operates. He is also a member of other Boards of Canadian corporations, including Magna International Inc. and Canaccord Capital Inc. Mr. Harris Chairs the Boards of Environmental Management Solutions (EMS) and the Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT. Mr. Harris also serves as a Director on the boards of the Tim Horton Children's Foundation and the Mount Royal College Foundation.

About CMN

Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc., which operates as Colliers International, is a leading international real estate services company that provides a full range of services to commercial real estate users, owners and investors worldwide. These services include brokerage, property management, hotel investment sales and consulting, corporate services, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and research. Through greater knowledge and specialization, CMN strives to accelerate the success of all its clients, partners, professionals, management and staff. CMN is based in Seattle. CMN, a FirstService Corporation (TSX: FSV; Nasdaq: FSRV) company, has 100 offices in 21 countries, and is the largest member firm of Colliers International, which is one of the world's top commercial real estate services organizations with revenues of over US$1.2 billion and offices spanning the globe. CMN can be found on the Web at

About FirstService

FirstService is a leader in the rapidly growing property services sector, providing services in the following areas: commercial real estate; residential property management; property improvement; and integrated security services. Market-leading brands include Colliers International in commercial real estate; The Continental Group in residential property management; California Closets, Paul Davis Restoration, Pillar to Post Home Inspections, and Certa Pro Painters in property improvement; and Intercon Security and Security Services & Technologies in integrated security.

FirstService is a diversified property services company with more than US$1 billion in annualized revenues and more than 12,000 employees worldwide. More information about FirstService is available at

For further information or to schedule an interview with a Colliers International representative, please contact:

Stephen Burega
416.979.1120 ext. 305

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    Stephen Burega
    (416) 979-1120 ext. 305