Veteran industrial sales and leasing specialist Russ Bougie has been named a principal of Avison Young. Based in the company’s Vancouver office, he will focus on industrial sales and leasing in Metro Vancouver, working with investors, owner users, landlords and tenants on building and land sales as well as lease transactions.

Prior to joining Avison Young, he spent 17 years with Colliers International in Vancouver, most recently as a senior vice president in the company’s industrial division.

“We’re extremely pleased to have a proven industry leader and mentor like Russ Bougie join our team in Vancouver,” says Michael Keenan, Avison Young principal and managing director of the office. “Russ is a highly respected industry veteran who is well known for his skills, professionalism and dedication to his clients – but he is best known for his integrity and depth of character. Russ will assume a leadership role in our burgeoning industrial division and is a perfect fit for our team-oriented, familial culture.”

Bougie brings 20 years of commercial real estate brokerage and appraisal experience to Avison Young. Before moving into the brokerage field he spent three years as an appraiser and consultant at Collingwood & Associates, where he worked mainly with oil companies in an advisory role valuing land and service stations.

During his career, Bougie has negotiated more than $ 550 million worth of sales transactions and five million square feet of leasing deals.