Toronto-based Avison Young, Canada’s largest independently owned commercial real estate services company, has opened a new San Diego office at 4225 Executive Square in University Towne Center.

A company statement said this is Avison Young’s sixth office in Southern California and its 22nd outside of Canada. The San Diego opening is part of an ongoing growth and expansion by the company, which operates 44 offices in 36 markets, employing more than 1,200 in the U.S. and Canada.

Jerry Keeney has joined Avison Young as principal of the San Diego office. Keeney was most recently a managing director with Cassidy Turley San Diego, and will be working to expand Avison’s landlord agency leasing, tenant representation and investment sales practice.

Avison Young was founded in 1978, and since 2011 has acquired two commercial brokerage firms in the Los Angeles area, the statement said.

-- SDBJ Staff Report