News release

JLL expands strategic partnership with Manulife Investment Management to provide property management services across its Canadian real estate portfolio

JLL will provide property management services on a 29-million-square-foot portfolio to drive operational efficiencies and advance the net-zero carbon transition

December 15, 2022

Kristen Murphy

Capital Markets, Hotels & Hospitality and Value & Risk Advisory PR
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CHICAGO, December 15, 2022 – JLL announced today that it has expanded its strategic partnership with Manulife Investment Management to assume property management and building operations responsibility at 195 Canadian assets managed by Manulife Investment Management. The portfolio comprises office, industrial, multi-family and retail buildings totaling almost 30 million square feet in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

“JLL has long been a property management partner to Manulife Investment Management in the United States, and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship and partnership into Canada. We aim to drive operational efficiency using technology and best operating practices, and to align all property initiatives and capital expenditures with asset and portfolio strategies by bringing a deep bench of operator and management expertise,” said Jay Koster, President, Americas Investor Services at JLL.

“Manulife Investment Management has been strengthening its asset management platform to scale for growth, and with this property management partnership with JLL, we gain access to an impressive depth and breadth of resources that will help us deliver for our clients,” said Scott Gordon, Head of Real Estate Asset Management, North America, Manulife Investment Management.

In addition to achieving operational efficiencies, JLL and Manulife Investment Management will establish several virtual innovation labs at its assets to accelerate proptech initiatives and sustainability impact assessment. Manulife Investment Management will also adopt PRISM by Building Engines as its standard building operations and tenant experience platform and will engage in strategic pilots with JLL Technologies and its partners for other technology solutions. The partnership will also focus on implementing climate-positive initiatives with a commitment to steer the entire portfolio to achieve net-zero carbon performance by 2050. This will be done in partnership with JLL’s Global Centre of Excellence for Sustainability in Real Estate located in Montreal.

"Through this partnership with JLL, our portfolio will benefit from expanded access to procurement, technology, and sustainability resources that will fuel the expansion of our business," said Marc Feliciano, Global Head of Real Estate, Private Markets, Manulife Investment Management. “By gaining deeper insights in these areas, we enhance our efficiency in staffing, operations, and capital expenditures, and we expand our capabilities to identify sustainable investment opportunities. This allows for focus and acceleration in our core competencies and the ability to drive growth in our investment strategies and meet the needs of our clients.”

“Our Property Management platform has seen exponential growth in Canada, due to our people’s drive to elevate the standard of best-in-class services for our clients and the industry,” said Alan MacKenzie, CEO, JLL Canada. “Joining forces with Manulife Investment Management is a testament to our mutual determination to provide unmatched value to our clients and our people. Through this partnership, we will not only offer real estate services, but solutions and advancements to a more sustainable and brighter future.”

JLL is a leading provider of property management services throughout Canada. JLL’s 4,400 property management experts in Canada and the U.S. provide comprehensive real estate services in more than 4,000 buildings totaling more than 800 million square feet. JLL provides a collaborative culture, diverse expertise and unmatched global infrastructure to help clients achieve results for their real estate portfolio across the full property management spectrum.

Manulife Investment Management develops and manages commercial real estate around the globe as part of its comprehensive private markets’ capabilities. As of June 30, 2022, it managed on behalf of clients over 63 million square feet of office, industrial, retail, and multifamily space strategically located in markets across Canada, the United Stated, and Asia Pacific. The group leverages its global platform and local expertise to provide market-leading solutions and deliver results for its investment clients.

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About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $19.4 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 102,000 as of June 30, 2022. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

About Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management is the global brand for the global wealth and asset management segment of Manulife Financial Corporation. We draw on more than a century of financial stewardship and the full resources of our parent company to serve individuals, institutions, and retirement plan members worldwide. Headquartered in Toronto, our leading capabilities in public and private markets are strengthened by an investment footprint that spans 19 geographies. We complement these capabilities by providing access to a network of unaffiliated asset managers from around the world. We’re committed to investing responsibly across our businesses. We develop innovative global frameworks for sustainable investing, collaboratively engage with companies in our securities portfolios, and maintain a high standard of stewardship where we own and operate assets, and we believe in supporting financial well-being through our workplace retirement plans. Today, plan sponsors around the world rely on our retirement plan administration and investment expertise to help their employees plan for, save for, and live a better retirement. Not all offerings are available in all jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit