CMA preview: A roundup of categories

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Nominations for the Canadian Mortgage Awards (CMA) are now open and here is a quick glimpse at some of the awards you can now vote on.

Our platinum sponsor, FDS Broker Services, first came on board last year as sponsor of Best Community Service Effort Of The Year Award  and we are now thrilled to welcome them back as our Platinum Sponsor and Award Sponsor for 2014.

"What brokers do for clients is important, but it's the ability of some brokers to place as much focus on how they give back to their own communities that sets them apart.” Glenn May-Anderson, president of FDS Broker Services told MortgageBrokerNews.ca “We at FDS feel it is essential to recognize those from our industry who aren't just good brokers, but are also examples of how we should all give back."

The Best Community Service of the Year Award recognizes the business, group, office or individual broker who has demonstrated exemplary community service or contributions over a sustained period of time and has gone beyond normal expectations, or who has had a significant impact on their local community through their volunteer or fundraising efforts. Last year’s winner was Angels In The Night, Invis MI, who do amazing work to provide support to the homeless.

The Best Alternative Lending Broker of the Year -- which over the years has been won by Brokers from Multi-Prets Hypotheque, Centum, Alta West and MCC -- recognizes the best in Alt-A lending. Home Trust have partnered with the Canadian Mortgage Awards since 2008 and this year will sponsor the Best Alternative Lending Broker of the Year.

Returning for their 7th year as sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement In The Mortgage Industry are National Bank. Previous winners of the award have included Colin Dreyer, Gord Dahlen, Ron Swift and, most recently, Doug Farmer. This award recognizes outstanding contribution to the Canadian mortgage industry as a whole so please ensure you place nominations to help determine the most deserving recipient of this award for 2014.

“We see this award as an opportunity for the brokerage community to nominate a peer who has had an impact on this industry,” Sebastian Kuperhause, National Sales Manager, Mortgage Broker Services at National Bank told MortgageBrokerNews.ca. “It is also someone who has made the brokerage industry their life passion (and) over the years we have seen recipient from virtually every aspect of our amazing industry, from industry founders and lenders to brokers.

“This is what makes this award so great to sponsor – it’s a celebration of everything that makes our industry great.”

BridgewaterBank are also returning for their 7th year as an Award sponsor, and 2014 will be their 5th year sponsoring the Mortgage Broker Of The Year, 25 Employees Or More category. Since 2010 when BWB became the sponsor of this Award, it has been won by Brokers from DLC, Urban Mortgage and MCC.

D+H are sponsoring the National Broker Network of the Year Award for the 4th consecutive year. This award has been won by TMG, Verico and DLC in the last 3 years. Please ensure you nominate any outstanding national broker network for its commitment to the brokers, agents and support staff in its network and to the mortgage industry as a whole.

Centum are sponsoring Best Industry Service Provider for the 2nd year. Last year this Award was won by Doren Aldana, Power of Choice Coaching. Make sure you nominate in this category, to acknowledge the contributions of a company or individual with a proven track record of providing brokers with the superior service and assistance needed to satisfy client needs within the mortgage industry.

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