First female managing direct of an Avison Young office in Canada
Garnered AIC's 2021 Top Appraiser Award
In April of 2023, Jessica Toppazzini made history as she became the first woman appointed as managing director of an Avison Young office in Canada.
As a result of Michael Keenan’s retirement, she took the helm in Vancouver, where she strives to foster a culture of mentorship and professional development. In addition to being managing director, she is a principal of the global full-service commercial real estate firm. Avison Young principals comprise the company’s ownership group and steer the firm’s strategic direction across all markets.
Toppazzini was promoted to managing director after leading the Vancouver office’s valuation and advisory services team.
Toppazzini moved to Avison Young in January 2022 following seven years with Vancouver-based Garnett Wilson Realty Advisors. In 2021, she won the Appraisal Institute of Canada’s Top Appraiser Under 40 Award.
She is active with the institute as well as the Vancouver chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women as it strives to advise and advance women across the industry and bring new female talent into it.
Toppazzini also serves on the board of the B.C. Expropriation Association, a non-profit volunteer-based association of professionals who are engaged in the field of expropriation. She leads The membership comprises lawyers, real estate appraisers, property negotiators, planners, business valuators and others.
Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s.
In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star.
Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.