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​Current Responsibilities
Hugh O’Connell is a Executive Vice President and Practice lead for JLL Canada’s National Retail Investment Group (NRIG). Mr. O’Connell’s primary focus is providing strategic leadership for Canada's NRIG group while delivering best-in-class service to capital market clients across the country. Clients range from public to private, institutional to developer, local to foreign.

During his 15 years of commercial real estate experience, Mr. O’Connell has specialized in the acquisition and disposition of retail properties across Canada. Prior to joining JLL, Mr. O’Connell was a founding partner in CBRE’s Smith O’Connell Retail Investment Team which was the top retail investment advisor in Canada for over a decade.  Together with his business partner Mr. Matthew Smith, Mr. O’Connell has completed over 400 transactions in over 120 markets across the Canada.

Education and Affiliations
Mr. O’Connell graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec with an honours degree in economics.  He is licensed under the Real Estate Council of Ontario and he is a member of the Toronto Real Estate Board and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centres.

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