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NORR Group appoints Brian Gerstmar as president/CEO

July 2, 2019

Gerstmar has been a part of the business for over 30 years, starting his career at NORR in 1986.


Brian Gerstmar, NORR CEO

The NORR group of companies has announced the appointment of Brian Gerstmar as president and CEO. Gerstmar succeeds Victor Smith, who is stepping down as CEO after 15 years in this position with the employee-owned consulting practice that has offices in Canada, the U.S., UK and UAE.

Founded in 1938 and headquartered in Toronto, the firm now employs more than 750 professionals in 14 diverse market sectors.

Gerstmar has been a part of the business for over 30 years, starting his career at NORR in 1986 and remaining with the practice until 2006, at which time he established Cion (now Cion Coulter), a sister company specializing in consulting services for property managers and building owners.

In 2008, he was promoted back to NORR as vice president of operations for its Eastern Canada offices, followed by five years of service as president of its U.S. division.  Most recently in 2017, he was appointed as president and Chief Operating Officer for all NORR divisions.

“Recently, we have spent considerable time re-envisioning our business development approach, developing our centres of excellence and strategizing on how we can maximize the potential of our diversified practice, both in terms of services and market sectors. Now I want to share these ideas with our clients so that they can realize the true potential of selecting NORR as their business partner,” said Gerstmar in a company release announcing his appointment.

The NORR group of companies has also appointed three new members to its Board of Directors: Bruce McKenzie, vice president (Calgary), Peter Dubin, vice president (Chicago) and Jonathan Hughes, executive vice president (Eastern Canada).

NORR’s latest signature projects include:  The New Toronto Courthouse bringing the first Renzo Piano designed building to Canada; West Village Towers (Calgary), the proposed tallest residential tower in Calgary’s Beltline district; and Brodick Ferry Terminal (Scotland), a new terminal building for one of Scotland’s busiest ferry routes.


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