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Phil Ainlay

Phil Ainlay*

Vice President, Office Leasing


Global Workplace Solutions

License: *Broker

Phil Ainlay* Vice President, Office Leasing
Global Workplace Solutions *Broker
Toronto Downtown Commercial Real Estate 145 King Street West
Suite 1100
Toronto, Ontario M5H 1J8

Professional Experience


Phil Ainlay is a Vice President Office Leasing. His experience with CBRE covers the full spectrum of tenant advocacy and strategic occupancy planning, including developing, in concert with his major clients, workplace strategies to ensure that his clients maximize their real estate facilities.

Phil has developed considerable expertise in the insurance and financial services sector, healthcare sector and government sector. He has represented the provincial government in negotiations for major lease transactions in Toronto and he has represented a major hospital client in Toronto for several significant lease transactions.

Phil has 35 years direct experience in the real estate industry, including 17 years in brokerage, 2 years as an independent real estate consultant, and 16 years in progressively more responsible roles at a major Canadian financial institution where he led a team of 12 real estate professionals in optimizing a 300 branch network in Ontario. Phil’s team was responsible for identifying new branch sites, and relocation sites to ensure market competitiveness. He was also responsible for preparing business cases for alterations to the branch network (i.e. for new branches/relocation opportunities/branch closure candidates), demographic studies, handling all lease renewals for the network, and executing property dispositions.

Phil also brings to his current CBRE role, and to his clients, a broad based business background. He was a District Manager for a major financial institution for 7 years, where he was responsible for the development and execution of financial and business plans for a group of 15 branches (with 325 staff) in Midtown Toronto. He led the key focus areas of sales management, business development, human resources, risk management, marketing and audit functions.

During the past 5 years (2015-2019), Phil has handled on behalf of his tenant clients, transactions in excess of 1.5 million sq. ft. of office space.


Professional Affiliations/Accreditations


  • Member, Toronto Real Estate Board
  • Member, Ontario Real Estate Association
  • Member, Canadian Real Estate Association




  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Urban and Economic Geography, York University  





  • Infrastructure Ontario (800,000 sq. ft.)
  • Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (150,000 sq. ft.)


Health Care

  • McMaster Innovation Park
  • University Health Network (250,000 sq. ft.)
  • Cancer Care Ontario (150,000 sq. ft.)
  • Merck
  • CBI Health
  • Canadian Orthodontic Partners (45 locations)
  • Dynacare
  • Emkiro Health Services


National Mandates

  • Extended Stay Hotels
  • Wellpoint Health (15 locations)
  • Canadian Orthodontic Partners (60 locations)
  • Teranet (14 locations)


Insurance and Financial Services

  • Intact
  • Cumis
  • MD Financial
  • FirstOntario Credit Union
  • Global Maxfin Capital
  • Alterna Savings and Credit Union
  • The CUMIS Group Limited
  • E-L Financial Corporation Limited
  • Globeinvest Capital Management Inc.
  • Teranet (14 locations)


  • Tech Mahindra


  • Futurpreneur
Phil Ainlay* Vice President, Office Leasing
Global Workplace Solutions *Broker
Toronto Downtown Commercial Real Estate 145 King Street West
Suite 1100
Toronto, Ontario M5H 1J8

Available Properties