Newly Launched Commercial Real Estate Company Answers Industry Need

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – February 22, 2023, it has been announced today that a new commercial real estate company, Royal LePage Commercial East, has been established in Atlantic Canada with Tom Carpenter and Jennifer Cann assuming the leadership roles. Tom and Jennifer are experienced commercial real estate veterans, with over 40 years servicing national and local corporate customers, and will be spearheading the operations and growth of the company.

The company will service national, regional and local commercial real estate clients in the marketplace. Identifying gaps in how the industry currently services the real estate needs of corporate and business clientele, Royal LePage Commercial East is taking a fresh approach to the changes that are occurring in the industry.

An advantage to Royal LePage Commercial East is their experience working with national commercial brokerages. The company brings national connections and relationships to the local level. Since they are not corporately owned and driven, they can connect with any industry member regardless of banner in order to service clients, with complete trust and confidentiality. They can service national brokers and their clientele on the local level, as well as servicing local clients by introducing them to national tenants and investors – they are not conflicted or constrained.

Jennifer says “working in national commercial brokerages for over two decades, between the two of us, has allowed us to realize the restrictions the national brands impose on local partners when servicing clients both national and local. Our belief is that these corporate strategies sometimes do not allow us to evolve with clients or the industry, which can in turn diminish the trust and loyalty between both. This opportunity allows us to take the ‘lessons learned’, have the flexibility to adapt to the needs of clients, and put a focus back on building strategic partnerships rather than focusing on short term economic gain”.

The company is owned by Matt Honsberger and Ralph Stephen. Honsberger says “embarking on a new venture to provide advice and expertise to the Atlantic commercial real estate marketplace only needed the right leadership and vision. When Jennifer Cann and Tom Carpenter discussed with us what a commercial venture under Royal LePage might look like – it was clear that we had a great fit; both in terms of culture and with shared goals. The determined focus to always put the needs of the client first, to work as a team of specialists and to have a lifetime learning mentality were a few of the shared characteristics that have come to define the company. We’re proud to have launched Royal LePage Commercial East to serve all types of commercial real estate needs across the Atlantic region.”

Royal LePage Commercial East’s vision is to establish long term working relationships through aligning the company with those that share the same core values of our team. Creating a conflict free environment when fulfilling all our duties will be an integral part of the company’s growth strategy in building important relationships with all members of the industry.

Carpenter says “the commercial real estate industry has to be less transactional than it is currently trending and the focus should go back to creating those relationships on which the industry has been built.”

About Royal LePage Commercial East
Royal LePage Commercial East is an Atlantic Canadian based commercial real estate company, with their head office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company’s focus is to provide real estate advisory services for both large and small organizations including investors, developers, business owners, occupiers, tenants and financial intermediaries. Full details on the company’s services and staff, including updated contact information, can be found at

Jenn Cann
Vice President & Managing Director – Royal LePage Commercial East

Tom Carpenter
Broker of Record / VP Client Advisory Services – Royal LePage Commercial East