Team

Audit Dennis Sykora – Chair Ron Gratton Chris Kayat Trevor Bruno
Corporate Governance Kingsley Ward – Chair Ron Gratton Trevor Bruno
Compensation Ron Gratton – Chair Kingsley Ward Trevor Bruno

DLC Co-Founders & Corporate Leaders

Gary Mauris

Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO

Mr. Mauris is the co-founder and President & CEO of Dominion Lending Centres; CEO of Mortgage Centre Canada; and Chairman of Mortgage Architects. Together, these companies account for almost 40% of all broker originated mortgages in Canada. Mr. Mauris is a serial entrepreneur, having sold two prior companies to the public market. Mr. Mauris has been recognized as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and earned the 2016 Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year. His companies have also won multiple industry awards and have been recognized by Profit Magazine as among Canada’s fastest growing companies. As a business leader, Mr. Mauris is called upon to share his views with media throughout Canada; as part of the 2011 Pre-budget Consultation process with the Federal Minister of Finance at the time, Mr. Jim Flaherty; and selected to be part of CBC’s “Face the Nation” in 2016 and have an open and frank discussion with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a variety of economic topics. Mr. Mauris has led multiple socially conscious initiatives as the co-founder and President of the I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society and recently co-founded “Bikes for Kids”, a National program that collects new bicycles for underprivileged children across Canada.

Chris Kayat

Co-Founder, Executive Vice Chair

Mr. Kayat is the co-founder and Executive VP of Dominion Lending Centres (DLC).  Prior to co-founding DLC, he was the largest Royal LePage owner in Western Canada by market share and overall agent count before selling such franchises to Royal LePage Corporate in 2014 to focus on growing DLC.  Before acquiring his real estate companies in 1997, Mr. Kayat was one of the most productive realtors in British Columbia.  While owning his real estate business, he owned and operated a productive mortgage brokerage which became DLC’s first franchise.

Mr. Kayat has also undertaken many community and social initiatives, such as co-founding “Bikes for Kids” and serving as the President of the North Coquitlam United Soccer Club.

Management Team

Eddy Cocciollo

President - DLC Inc.

Eddy began his mortgage and lending career over 25 years ago at Canada Trust before becoming a Mortgage Specialist at CIBC in 1997.  In 1999 Eddy joined CMHC in Business Development, learning the ins and outs of the insurance side of the industry.  Eddy became a mortgage broker with Assured Mortgages in 2004 where he quickly grew a successful book of business before being presented with an opportunity to help GE Money enter the Canadian market in 2005 Eddy was instrumental in growing the GE Money business, as his role was heavily focused on both sales and product development.  Further, as VP of Sales, Eddy effectually represented the Canadian business at GE Money’s International Mortgage Conferences held in London England, Florence Italy and Burbank California, alongside over 22 other countries.  Eddy’s career then moved back to CIBC as VP of Sales, Firstline Access before accepting the Presidents role at The Mortgage Centre in 2008. With his exceptional leadership of MCC for more than 10 years, Eddy proved he can lead a high-caliber network and moved into his current role as President of Dominion Lending Centres. His focus is on the growth of DLC and implementing the tools, products, services and technology that the over 3,000 mortgage professionals count on to help grow their businesses.

James Bell

President - Corporate

Mr. Bell has been a Director of the Corporation since February, 2016.  He became President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 30, 2019.  Prior thereto he served as Interim Chief Financial Officer (from October 1, 2018 to January 30, 2019), General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (from April, 2016 to January 30, 2019) and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation (from November, 2016 to January 30, 2019).  Mr. Bell is a corporate and securities lawyer with over 19 years of experience. Mr. Bell has served as General Counsel for Olympia Financial Group Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Olympia Trust Company (a non-deposit taking trust company) for six years prior to joining the Corporation and was a partner of an international law firm prior thereto.  In addition, Mr. Bell serves as a director, audit committee member and chair of the compensation committee of Paramount Resources Ltd. (a publicly traded energy company). Mr. Bell graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1999.

Geoff Willis

President - Newton Connectivity Systems

Geoff Willis was appointed President of CEO of Newton in January 2017 after being immersed in the acquisition of Marlborough Stirling in the Fall of the previous year, and its subsequent renaming and transition to becoming a DLC Group enterprise. Geoff has over a 32 year career in the mortgage origination and technology business held progressively expansive roles with TD Canada Trust and his Vancouver based brokerage Origin Mortgages.

One of Newton’s key IP assets, Velocity, was conceived and built by Origin contracted developers. Geoff has served on many industry committees, and is a previous board member with the Mortgage Brokers Association of BC (MBABC) now referred to as CMBA – BC. Geoff completed a Bachelors of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, a Marketing Management Diploma from the BC Institute of Technology and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University.

Rich Spence

President - Mortgage Centre Canada

Rich Spence has been the President of Mortgage Centre Canada (MCC) since September of 2018.   Prior to MCC, Rich has 22 years of experience in the Canadian Financial sector starting as the Founder and Chief Operating Office of inContact Inc, for 12 years.  inContact was the first and leading CRM productivity suite for Mortgage Brokers and Bankers from its inception to today. After an acquisition of inContact by Benesure, Mr. Spence become the Vice of Mortgage Protection Plan (currently a division of Manulife). Mortgage Protection Plan is the number one offered mortgage creditor insurance in the Canadian Financial Industry.

Dustan Woodhouse

President - Mortgage Architect's

Leading up to his appointment in March of 2019 as the President of Mortgage Architects Dustan personally processed 1,695 completed mortgage transactions over a ten year period developing a deep sense of understanding of the clients experience, as well as the Brokers. Much of that experience and knowledge was transcribed through the four part Be The Better Broker book series, as well as numerous in person coaching, mastermind, and workshop settings since 2014. It could be said that Dustan has Brokering embedded into his DNA at this point.

Geoff Hague

CFO - DLCG

Mr. Hague has been a Chartered Professional Accountant since 2008, and has over 17 years of professional accounting experience.  He’s been the accounting and finance lead for the DLC Group for approximately 10 years, and had worked with Chris Kayat for several prior years in other businesses.  He has experience in a wide variety of areas including ‘nuts-and-bolts’ accounting, ERP (and other) software systems, taxation, public-company reporting, and acquisitions.  Mr. Hague graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Robin Burpee

CFO - Corporate

Ms. Burpee is a Chartered Professional Accountant and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation on May 27, 2019 (previously serving as Controller of the Corporation since September, 2017). Prior to joining FAC, she worked at a major international accounting firm as a team member in the assurance group and spent several years preparing financial reporting for an international TSX listed company. Ms. Burpee holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary (2010).

Dong Lee

COO - DLCG

Mr. Lee was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer for the DLC Group of Companies in 2018 and been with the DLC Group of Companies since 2016 serving as President and Vice President of Operations at Mortgage Architects after joining MA in 2005. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Lee has built a diverse professional career in the financial services industry with senior positions held at TD, CMHC and Scotiabank. Mr. Lee is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors at Mortgage Professionals Canada – Canada’s national mortgage industry association. Mr. Lee completed his Bachelors of Commerce from Queen’s University (1996) and his MBA from Dalhousie University (2008).

Dave Teixeira

Executive VP DLCG

Dave Teixeira is a seasoned executive who has been with the DLC Group of Companies since February 2015. During this time, he has been a key lead in various strategic, operational and marketing initiatives which has earned DLC various mortgage industry awards. Previous to DLC, Dave was President of Dave.ca Communications Inc. where he provided communications and public relations consulting services for a wide range of clients from politicians to combat sports companies to non-profit organizations. Over the last 20 years Dave has served on the Boards of and/or worked with numerous community organizations including the Terry Fox Foundation, SHARE Family Services, Adoptive Families Association of B.C., Douglas College, and others. In 2012, Dave received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community contributions. Dave is a sought after speaker on the influence and impacts of digital communication and can be heard regularly on various radio and television programs discussing the influence of social media and online engagement.

Amar S. Leekha

Senior Vice President

Amar leads FAC’s investor relations and capital raising initiatives, participates in transaction related due diligence and helps build and maintain relationships to source investment opportunities. Prior to joining FAC, Amar worked in Investment Banking with Scotiabank’s Diversified Industries Group where he had senior roles on the execution of numerous mandates with both strategic operators and financial sponsors across debt and equity financings and Mergers & Acquisitions. Amar also spent several years in Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking and Corporate Credit with both Royal Bank of Canada and ATB Financial.

Amar holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Finance & International Business) from Simon Fraser University.

Board of Directors

Gary Mauris

Chairman

Mr. Mauris is the co-founder and President & CEO of Dominion Lending Centres; CEO of Mortgage Centre Canada; and Chairman of Mortgage Architects. Together, these companies account for almost 40% of all broker originated mortgages in Canada. Mr. Mauris is a serial entrepreneur, having sold two prior companies to the public market. Mr. Mauris has been recognized as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and earned the 2016 Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year. His companies have also won multiple industry awards and have been recognized by Profit Magazine as among Canada’s fastest growing companies. As a business leader, Mr. Mauris is called upon to share his views with media throughout Canada; as part of the 2011 Pre-budget Consultation process with the Federal Minister of Finance at the time, Mr. Jim Flaherty; and selected to be part of CBC’s “Face the Nation” in 2016 and have an open and frank discussion with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a variety of economic topics. Mr. Mauris has led multiple socially conscious initiatives as the co-founder and President of the I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society and recently co-founded “Bikes for Kids”, a National program that collects new bicycles for underprivileged children across Canada.

Ron Gratton

Lead Independant Director

Mr. Gratton is the President of Strathdale Investment Management Ltd., a private investment firm. He is also a director of the McCaig family office, which administers the McCaig family’s investment in the Trimac group of companies. From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Gratton was a Senior Tax Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Prior thereto, he held senior roles with Coopers & Lybrand as well as various public and private companies. Mr. Gratton is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

James Bell

President & CEO

Mr. Bell has been a Director of the Corporation since February, 2016.  He became President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 30, 2019.  Prior thereto he served as Interim Chief Financial Officer (from October 1, 2018 to January 30, 2019), General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (from April, 2016 to January 30, 2019) and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation (from November, 2016 to January 30, 2019).  Mr. Bell is a corporate and securities lawyer with over 19 years of experience. Mr. Bell has served as General Counsel for Olympia Financial Group Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Olympia Trust Company (a non-deposit taking trust company) for six years prior to joining the Corporation and was a partner of an international law firm prior thereto.  In addition, Mr. Bell serves as a director, audit committee member and chair of the compensation committee of Paramount Resources Ltd. (a publicly traded energy company). Mr. Bell graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1999.

Trevor Bruno

Mr. Bruno is Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for the Belkorp Group of Companies.  He is involved in all aspects of operational, investment, divestiture and management decisions and provides legal support for all business operations at Belkorp.  Mr. Bruno is a corporate lawyer with over 19 years of experience.  Prior to joining Belkorp in 2016, Mr. Bruno spent 10 years at Intrawest where he served in numerous of roles, including President of Intrawest’s hospitality and timeshare division (2012-2016), Vice President of Corporate Development (2009-2012) and legal counsel (2007-2009).   Prior thereto, Mr. Bruno also spent more than 5 years practicing at Sidley Austin LLP in New York.   Mr. Bruno was named on of Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40 in 2015.   Mr. Bruno obtained a Bachelor of Law and B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and is called to the bar in New York and British Columbia.

Chris Kayat

Mr. Kayat is the co-founder and Executive VP of Dominion Lending Centres (DLC).  Prior to co-founding DLC, he was the largest Royal LePage owner in Western Canada by market share and overall agent count before selling such franchises to Royal LePage Corporate in 2014 to focus on growing DLC.  Before acquiring his real estate companies in 1997, Mr. Kayat was one of the most productive realtors in British Columbia.  While owning his real estate business, he owned and operated a productive mortgage brokerage which became DLC’s first franchise.

Mr. Kayat has also undertaken many community and social initiatives, such as co-founding “Bikes for Kids” and serving as the President of the North Coquitlam United Soccer Club.

Dennis Sykora

Mr. Sykora is a lawyer, Chartered Professional Accountant and experienced executive who brings a focus of corporate governance and financial discipline.  Mr. Sykora currently serves as a director of Questerre Energy Corporation, an energy company listed on the TSX and Norway Stock Exchange.  Mr. Sykora served as a senior executive with High Arctic Energy Services (an energy services company listed on the TSX) from April 2007 to July 2014 in various roles including as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President and General Counsel and served on the Board of Directors until November 2016.  Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a senior corporate executive and 15 years as a lawyer and Chartered Accountant with Felesky Flynn LLP and Ernst & Young LLP, specializing in tax planning.  Mr. Sykora is a member of both the Law Society of Alberta and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta

J.R. Kingsley Ward

Mr. Ward is currently a Managing Partner of VRG Capital Corp. and Chairman of the Vimy Ridge Group Ltd. Prior to that he was the President of VRG Capital from 1992 to 2011.  Mr. Ward began his career at the Vimy Ridge Group Ltd., a Toronto based holding company with a portfolio of investments primarily in the healthcare industry.  In 1992, VRG Capital, a division of Vimy Ridge Group Ltd., was formed to develop merchant banking initiatives for Vimy Ridge Group Ltd.  Mr. Ward has over 25 years of experience in initiating, structuring, and monetizing private equity investments.  Mr. Ward is currently Chairman of; Data Group, a business communications firm; Jones Brown Holdings Inc., a privately held Canadian Insurance brokerage and strategic consultancy firm; Clarus Securities, an institutional investment dealer; and Nucro Technics, a pharmaceutical contract support organization.  He was a founder and former Director of IPEC (now Flint Energy Services) and was a founder and former Chairman of Pareto Corporation, a marketing services company until its sale in 2011.  He is a past Director of PLM Group, a commercial printing and direct marketing company. Mr. Ward holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Board Committees

Audit Dennis Sykora – Chair Ron Gratton Chris Kayat Trevor Bruno
Corporate Governance Kingsley Ward – Chair Ron Gratton Trevor Bruno
Compensation Ron Gratton – Chair Kingsley Ward Trevor Bruno