TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2011) - Newmark Knight Frank Devencore is proud to announce that Rob Renaud, Vice President, Advisory & Corporate Services in the firm's Toronto office, has been chosen as the 2010 SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) Canadian Office Broker of the Year. The award recognizes the superior performance and achievement of a real estate brokerage advisor, based on the size, value and volume of transactions completed in a single calendar year. SIOR is the leading professional industrial and commercial real estate association in the world.

"We are delighted that Rob has been recognized by SIOR with this prestigious award," said Allan Schaffer, President/Broker of Record of Devencore Realties Corporation Canada Limited, Brokerage. "Newmark Knight Frank Devencore takes great pride in the expertise of its professional team, and this honour highlights the firm's ongoing commitment to excellence." 

A graduate of Queen's University, Mr. Renaud has over 15 years experience in the international corporate real estate services arena. He has specialized expertise in portfolio and transaction management for corporate real estate users globally, with involvement in over 15 million square feet to date. In 2010, Mr. Renaud was also recognized as the Top Producer at the Newmark Knight Frank Devencore Toronto office. He provides insights into the corporate real estate markets weekly on CP24 News, broadcast both on television and radio, and has been featured on CTV's Business News Network (BNN). Mr. Renaud has also been elected as the 2011 Vice President of SIOR's Canadian Board.

About SIOR

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR, is a global professional organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR designation. Individuals who earn their SIOR designation adhere to the highest levels of accountability and ethical standards. Only the industry's top professionals qualify for the SIOR designation. Today, there are more than 3,000 SIOR members in 580 markets in 28 countries—2,800 of whom hold the SIOR designation.

About Newmark Knight Frank Devencore

Devencore is the Canadian partner of Newmark Knight Frank, one of the largest independent real estate service firms in the world. Newmark Knight Frank Devencore is Canada's largest corporate real estate advisor and brokerage exclusively representing corporate, industrial and retail space users. With offices across the country, Newmark Knight Frank Devencore offers its global clientele comprehensive services that are individually designed to ensure executive real estate decisions are supported by effective strategies and professional execution.

Headquartered in New York, Newmark Knight Frank and London-based partner Knight Frank operate from over 200 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents. Last year, transactions were valued at more than $32 billion with annual revenues of over $811 million. With a combined staff of more than 6,300, this major force in real estate is meeting the local and global needs of owners, tenants, investors and developers worldwide.

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