John McLernon is co-founder of Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Group of Companies (now Colliers International) and currently serves as its Honorary Chair. He served as CEO from 1977 to 2002 and Chair from 1985 to 2004. Over two decades, Mr. McLernon guided Colliers through some 60 acquisitions, mergers, and start ups in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe. By his retirement in 2004, Colliers had grown from a single city, province, and country business to a global business operating in 65 countries. Mr. McLernon started his career with Canadian Pacific in Montreal before moving to Vancouver in 1970 to eventually head the Western development arm of its real estate subsidiary, Marathon Realty. He joined Macaulay Nicolls Maitland in 1977.
Mr. McLernon is currently Chair of A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund, City Office REIT and Village Farms International, all public companies. Mr. McLernon was also Chair of BC Rail (2001-2010) and BC Lottery Company (2006-2013) both Provincial Crown Corporations. He is Director and Advisor to many private companies including Canadian Urban Limited and the Mark Anthony Group as well as non profit organizations. He is currently Chair of Streethome Foundation, and is a past vice Chair of the Vancouver Foundation and a past Chair of Brentwood College School. Mr. McLernon has been awarded two Queen Elizabeth Jubilee medals and the Province of BC Community Achievement Award for his work with StreetoHome Foundation. He is a graduate of Bishops College School and McGill University.