James McNeil is the Founder and Managing Principal at JJMcNeil Commercial Inc., which provides the full spectrum of commercial real estate advisory services. With 25 years experience, James is one of the most knowledgeable and effective commercial real estate professionals in Ottawa. He is recognized internationally as a leading expert in green buildings and sustainable workplaces. James specializes in tenant representation for office, industrial and retail clients and has successfully sourced commercial space and negotiated hundreds of leases for private and public sector corporations. He has represented landlords and tenants alike.
James has received the Leadership in Business Award from Earth Day Ottawa for his commitment to the environment and was nominated as Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Kanata Chamber of Commerce. He has lectured on green buildings, leasing and market-related topics to industry stakeholders and holds the designation of Real Property Administrator (RPA) and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
James has held senior positions with major investors, institutional and government real estate organizations. He creates value for his clients from his direct experience and in-depth knowledge of industrial, office and retail markets, extensive experience in administration, leasing, accommodations strategies, portfolio management, building systems, maintenance, design and construction, building retrofits, leasehold improvements, development, property law, contracts, green buildings and sustainable workplaces.
Prior to forming JJMcNeil Commercial Inc., James held a senior position at Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa as a Broker, Vice President & Ottawa Green Real Estate Practice Lead. He is a Co-Founder, Co-Host and Presenter at Ottawa Better Buildings Breakfast Series and the Catalyst and Board President at Ottawa Centre Eco-District – Greening the core, advancing the economy.