Avison Young has hired Antonio Bellano as a principal and practice leader, BC, Project Management.

He joins the firm in Vancouver with more than 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate, most recently with Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd., where he was VP of property development.

His new role will focus on expanding Avison Young’s project management service line offering throughout BC and beyond.

"We are committed to building out the broadest-based, most client-focused project management service line in Canada, and Antonio will play a significant role in accelerating this mandate across and beyond BC," explains Michael Keenan, Avison Young principal and managing director of the company's Vancouver, BC office.

"Antonio has hands-on experience in more than $1 billion of new builds, renovations, refurbishments and special projects, and he has deep and strong industry relationships,” he adds.

Bellano’s career has included leadership roles in Canada, the US, and Mexico; overseeing project management, development, planning and delivery of resort, hotel, restaurant, retail and casino properties.

"I can sum up my reasons for joining Avison Young in one word – culture," says Bellano. "In speaking with colleagues, clients and associates throughout the industry, it was clear to me that Avison Young has a reputation for having a collaborative and supportive culture that many companies profess to have, but only a rare few truly possess.

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