CMP is pleased to announce the winners from the 13th annual Canadian Mortgage Awards brought to you by the Coalition of Independent Mortgage Brokers of Canada.
Industry professionals came from across the country to attend the biggest ever Canadian Mortgage Awards night at The Liberty Grand ballroom in Toronto. All eyes were fixed on the stage as the honourees took home the industry’s most coveted prizes.
Tuxes, cocktail dresses and a few adventurous dance moves were spotted at the event. So, too, were hundreds of the industry’s top professionals, who eagerly anticipated the announcement of this year’s lucky winners, which included CanWise Financial, winner of Brokerage of the Year (25 or More Employees), and Centum Home Lenders’ Clinton Wilkins, who won Broker of the Year (Fewer than 25 Employees).
“Competing at the national level from Halifax, which is considered a small market, is amazing,” said Wilkins, who did 402 transactions last year. “We’re doing a lot of good things in Halifax and bringing an award like this home is amazing.”
It was a night of rapturous celebration, especially for Dominion Lending Centres, the winner of National Broker Network of the Year for three consecutive years.
“Relentless devotion to having excellence being served at all levels, whether it’s broker engagement, our ownership engagement, delivering tools and technology, our advertising and marketing, it’s about being excellent,” said DLC’s Dave Teixeira. “Good is not good enough in 2019 and it’s about getting to the next level. Winning this award three years in a row is exciting, but when we’ve won it 33 years in a row we’ll know we’ve hit it.”
Added, DLC President Eddy Cocciollo: “If we keep differentiating ourselves from the competition, we’ll keep winning.”
Overall, the awards cut a wide swath across the financial industry, with winners in 22 categories drawn from all over Canada. It was produced by KMI Publishing and Events – the organization behind CMP.
Canadian Mortgage Awards Project Director Jessica Duce said: “Mortgage professionals are absolutely paramount to the overall success of the industry, and it’s wonderful to see their hard work and innovative ideas rewarded on such a special night.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners who are all a reflection of the very high standard of business excellence and leadership right.
It’s fantastic to see how excited the winners are when they receive this career-defining award. The energy in the room is always phenomenal with hundreds of brokers, underwriters and lenders from across the country making long-lasting connections.”
Photos and video coverage of the event will be available shortly at www.canadianmortgageawards.com and a commemorative spread will be featured in the May issue of CMP.
And the winners are...
The Avison Young Award for Broker of the Year – Commercial
Michel Durand - Mortgage Alliance Commercial
The Canada Mortgage & Financial Group Award for Lender Underwriter of the Year
Traci Merkel – MCAP
The Canadian Mortgages Inc. Award for Broker of the Year (25 Employees or More)
Collin Bruce - DLC Mortgage Mentors - The Collin Bruce Mortgage Team
The Centum Award for Industry Service Provider of the Year
The CIMBC Award for Lender BDM of the Year
Ut Yue - CMLS Financial
The Community Trust Award for Alternative Broker Specialist of the Year – Business for Self
Reza Ghazi - GreenFlow Financial Corp.
The Dominion Lending Centres Award for Woman of Distinction
Veronica Love - TMG The Mortgage Group
The Haventree Bank Award for Digital Innovator of the Year
Centum Financial Group
The Home Trust Award for Broker of the Year – Alternative Lending
Darlene Vilas - The Mortgage Centre - MOS Mortgageone Solutions
The Manulife Bank Award for Outstanding Customer Service by an Individual Office
Verico Streetwise Mortgages
The TransUnion Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Mortgage Industry
Boris Bozic - Merix Financial
Alternative Broker Specialist of the Year – New to Canada
Rakhi Madan - Key Mortgage Partners
Broker of the Year – Private Lending
Shawn Allen - Matrix Mortgage Global
Broker of the Year (Fewer than 25 Employees)
Clinton Wilkins - Centum Home Lenders
Brokerage of the Year – Diversification
Millennial's Choice Mortgages Inc.
Brokerage of the Year (25 Employees or More)
Brokerage of the Year (Fewer than 25 Employees)
Loewen Group Mortgages
Excellence in Philanthropy & Community Service
Sabeena Bubber - Verico Xeva Mortgage
Mortgage Industry Employer of Choice
CWB Optimum Mortgage
National Broker Network of the Year
Dominion Lending Centres
New Brokerage of the Year
Centum The Pocket Mortgage
Young Gun of the Year
Cole Hennig - Plan B Mortgage Services