Westerners challenged Ontario dominance at the 2012 Canadian Mortgage Awards Friday, the industry celebrating that excellence in Roarin’ 20s style at Toronto’s historic Carlu.
Winners at the 2012 Canadian Mortgage Awards cut a wide swath across the industry, with B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan mortgage professionals claiming the lion’s share of the 21 awards at the gala event sponsored by Home Trust.
While the night of awards focused on acknowledging excellence, it also served to provide a pat on the back to the industry as a whole,” said KMI Publishing and Events president Tim Duce. “This is our sixth annual event, and it continues to attract the brokers, the lenders and the insurers that are driving this industry and setting the course for its growth.”
Ron Swift, CEO of Pacific Mortgage Group, accepted the Lifetime Achievement award Friday, pointing to the growth of the industry yet to come.
“I got this award, but I’m hoping this doesn’t mean it’s over,” he said. “I’m as excited about the industry as I’ve ever been. I think that there are going to be lots of changes coming our way.”
The celebration comes as the industry waits on a host of mortgage lending guidelines expected to hit the Canadian market later this month. Those more stringent underwrting standards come courtesy of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.
Still, mortgage brokers are well positioned to weather those changes, with the awards a testament to their professionalism, said Duce.
Increasingly, property investors are themselves taking note of the Canadian Mortgage Awards, using it as an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the industry’s leaders and the expertise more and more investors are relying on.
Hosted by Canadian comedian Jessica Holmes, the themed evening featured Charleston-dancing flappers, live music and sponsorship from both Radius Financial and Merix Financial, other key mortgage lenders.
2012 Canadian Mortgage Awards Winners:
The Search Engine People Award for Best Internet Presence: Canadian Mortgage Trends, Vancouver, BC
The FNF Canada Award for Best Branding: Dominion Lending Centres, Vancouver, BC
The CHIP Home Income Plan Award for Employer of Choice: Paradigm Quest, Toronto, ON
The Genworth Financial Award for Best Newcomer, Individual: Ron Lefebvre, Invis / MI, Edmonton, AB
The First Canadian Title Award for Best Newcomer, Mortgage Broker Firm: Quantus Mortgage Solutions, Calgary, AB
The Vanguard Law Group Award for Best Community Service Effort of the Year: Deb White, DLC - White House Mortgages, Vernon, BC
The Vector Financial Services Limited Award for Best Commercial Mortgage Broker: Sandy Harrington, IC Funding, London, ON
The Invis / Mortgage Intelligence Award for Best Industry Service Provider: Superstar Mortgage Broker/Power of Choice Coaching Inc., North Vancouver, BC
The Merix Financial Award for Best Customer Service from An Individual Office: DLC West Coast Mortgages, Coquitlam, BC
The National Bank Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Mortgage Industry: Ron Swift, Pacific Mortgage Group
The MCAP Eclipse Award for Best Alternative Lending Broker of the Year: Fred Testa, Invis –Mortgage Intelligence, Toronto, ON
The Award for Best Advertising: Dominion Lending Centres, Vancouver, BC
The Strategic Information Technology Award for Best Newcomer, Lender Underwriter: Michelle Wise, Paradigm Quest, Toronto, ON
The CMHC Award for Best Lender Underwriter of the Year: Jason Galea, AGF, Toronto, ON
The Radius Financial Award for Best Newcomer, Lender BDM: Cathy Godin, Home Trust, Calgary, AB
The Mortgage Centre Award for Best Lender BDM of the Year: Rachelle Gregory-Marshall, Merix Financial, Toronto, ON
The Syndicate Mortgages Award for Mortgage Broker of the Year, Fewer Than 25 Employees: Karen Gibbard VERICO: Gibbard Hoffart Financial Group, North Vancouver, BC
The Bridgewater Bank Award for Mortgage Broker of the Year, 25 Employees or More: Collin Bruce, Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Mentors, Edmonton, AB
The ING Direct Award for Mortgage Brokerage of the Year, Fewer Than 25 Employees: Mortgage Intelligence – TMF: The Mortgage Firm, Regina, SK
The Home Trust Award for Mortgage Brokerage of the Year, 25 Employees or More: Mortgage Architects: Sherwood Mortgage Group, Mortgage Architects, Toronto, ON
The D + H Award for National Broker Network of the Year: Dominion Lending Centres, Vancouver, BC