John B. Friedrichsen
Mr. Friedrichsen serves as Chief Operating Officer | Global for Colliers International Group Inc., providing executive oversight and leadership at the global level for a number of growth initiatives, as well as key operational support functions including information technology, real estate & workplace strategy and corporate legal matters, all effective January 2020.
Previously, Mr. Friedrichsen served as Chief Financial Officer | Global at Colliers, and Chief Financial Officer of FirstService Corporation (the predecessor of Colliers), since 2002. Mr. Friedrichsen was responsible for the executive oversight and overall financial management of the company, including external and internal financial reporting, budgeting, treasury and procurement of capital, managing relationships with shareholders and lenders, as well as enterprise risk management. He was also closely involved in all corporate communications and capital allocation decisions at the global level.
Mr. Friedrichsen joined FirstService as Vice President, Acquisitions in February 1998, a position that he held until May 2000 when he became Senior Vice President, Acquisitions. Prior to joining FirstService, Mr. Friedrichsen was a Vice President with Ernst & Young Corporate Finance Inc. in Toronto, where he was responsible for advising companies on a range of corporate finance matters, including the raising of capital and acquisitions. Mr. Friedrichsen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and began his career with a predecessor of the chartered professional accounting firm KPMG, based in Toronto.
Mr. Friedrichsen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor.