Matt Carlson

Matt Carlson

As a past founder of a technology startup, Matt is passionate about entrepreneurship; he is currently an investor in technology companies and has advised young entrepreneurs about their products and strategies. Matt lives in North Vancouver with his wife and two young children. He is an avid road cyclist and trail runner. In 2020 he completed his biggest trail run, an ultramarathon from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove over the North Shore mountains.

In his current role at Colliers, he is the co-chair of the Canadian Tech Group, where he oversees a team of advisors in major markets. During his tenure, he has completed more than 500 real estate projects for startups, Canadian unicorns and multi-national public companies, accounting for more than $1 billion in aggregate value.

Posts by Matt Carlson

First Movers Vancouver – 10 Notable Office Leases in Q4 2021

Q4 2021 was a busy quarter in Metro Vancouver with leasing activity (absorption) of approximately 400,000 square feet downtown and 280,000 square feet in the suburbs – an increase since Q3 2021. With this increase in activity, the office market saw its first decline in vacancy since the beginning of the pandemic. Vancouver continues to […]

The Stay Interview – a Secret Weapon in the War for Talent

In this intensely competitive talent landscape, employers in the tech industry are using every tool at their disposal to retain top talent. Exit Interviews Many people have participated in an exit interview during their careers – typically by providing their employer with feedback when they leave a company. With employees reconsidering their jobs en masse […]

W45 by Rendition: A modern take on post-modernism in Mount Pleasant

Rendition Developments recently submitted their development application to the City of Vancouver for a new office and light-industrial development W45, located at 37-45 West 7th Avenue in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The future 4-storey, mixed-use building will replace a dated commercial building. The project, designed by FRANCL, is inspired by mid-century modern architecture. The development […]

First Movers Toronto – 8 Notable Office Leases in Q3 2021

In the first installment of our quarterly update on notable office leasing activity in Toronto, we’ve highlighted the First Movers over the past quarter – companies who made a commitment to move, sublease, expand their footprint or renew their leases. The downtown Toronto and GTA office markets remain relatively soft due to the effects of […]

First Movers Q3 2021 – 10 notable office leases in Vancouver

In the first installment of our quarterly update on notable office leasing activity in Vancouver, we’ve highlighted the First Movers over the past quarter – companies who made a commitment to move, expand their footprint or renew their leases. Q3 2021 was a busy quarter in Vancouver for leasing activity. Most large commercial real estate […]

An Interview with Jason Fried: The Man Who Wrote the Book on Remote Work

Basecamp’s Jason Fried in a Special Interview with Matt Carlson, about the evolution of remote work and where Jason sees it heading. Long before Covid and the words “work from home” entered our collective lexicon, Jason Fried was an expert on the subject of remote work. Having co-founded legendary software company Basecamp, Jason and his […]

Canadian Unicorns and the Future of Work: an Interview with Ada

Part 2 of our interview series with Canadian Unicorns about the future of work: Matt Carlson catches up with Ada’s Chelsea MacDonald to see how the busy tech enterprise is charting its course for a post-pandemic workplace. Canadian chat bot company Ada is no stranger to innovation. Pioneers in the AI space, Ada helps companies […]

Canadian Unicorns and the Future of Work: an Interview with Clio

In Part 1 of our interview series with Canadian Unicorns about the future of work, Matt Carlson sat down with Clio’s Kimberly Whyman to discuss the company’s remote work transition and the exciting new vision for their team.  Like most companies, Clio’s workplace has been dramatically transformed by the pandemic. Once a primarily on-site work […]

LaSalle College – Canada’s #1 Game Design School – Breaks Ground on their Future Campus in Vancouver

LaSalle College Vancouver hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last week for their new campus on Kaslo Street in Vancouver, steps from the Renfrew SkyTrain Station. As one of the leading art and design schools in Canada, LaSalle offers a variety of media arts, graphic design, culinary and film programs to their students. In 2021 they were […]

Salesforce bought Slack last week. What will happen to Slack’s global offices?

In late-2020 Salesforce made headlines by announcing they would acquire Slack for nearly $28 billion USD; last week they completed their acquisition. While the tech community awaits news about the integration of the businesses, the real estate community is eager to see what will happen with Slack’s global offices. An unintentional success story A homegrown […]

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