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Avison Young appoints its first female managing director in Canada

Avison Young has announced the appointment of Jessica Toppazzini as the first female managing director for its Vancouver office.

The commercial real estate company says Toppazzini first joined Avison Young in January 2022 to build the Valuation & Advisory team as senior vice president and practice leader in B.C.

“I am proud to have become the first female managing director for Avison Young in Canada—it’s a great accomplishment,” said Toppazzini, “I am thrilled to embark on a new journey and use this opportunity to showcase my dedication to empowering women in their careers. I look forward to leading the team and collaborating with them on new perspectives and opportunities.”

Toppazzini takes the helm from retiring managing director Michael Keenan. She will focus on business development, prioritizing initiatives that expand the firm’s reach and brand in the marketplace and increase revenue.

“(Toppazzini) represents a new wave of leadership at Avison Young, demonstrating an exceptional laser-focus on exceeding goals and thinking critically and strategically – which makes her a natural successor for Michael Keenan,” said Mark Fieder, principal and president of Avison Young in Canada.

“I look forward to watching Jessica leverage her expertise to support the Vancouver brokerage team and work with our non-brokerage service lines to deliver positive results.”