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2021 Board of Directors Elections

Voting for the Regional Directors will be open from October 6 until October 13.

Members in good standing as of the voting notice date will receive a personalized email voting link to cast their ballot. Please look for this email from our elections platform – Simply Voting (vote@simplyvoting.com). If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your junk or spam folder. For assistance, please email Elections@MyMPC.ca

The successful Directors will be announced at the Annual General Meeting, held via Zoom, on Thursday, October 28. Register here.

Here is a brief overview of candidates and the regions/provinces in which they are running: 

British Columbia (1 Seat Available)
- Catherine Ellis
- Monica Parkin

Alberta (Acclaimed)
- Doug Farmer

Manitoba (1 Seat Available)
- Denis Brunet
- Shirl Funk

Ontario (2 Seats Available)
- Grant Armstrong
- Carmen Costa
- Leigh Graham
- Frances Hinojosa
- Eric Poblete

Quebec (Acclaimed)

-Eric Chamelot

Atlantic Canada (Acclaimed)

- Jennifer Burrage

To view the candidates who are running and their self-submitted bios in regions/provinces where there is an election, please select below.  

To view the director who was acclaimed in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, or Alberta, please select below:

Atlantic Canada (Acclaimed

Douglas Farmer

Jennifer Burrage

Jennifer Burrage started working in the mortgage industry in Newfoundland and Labrador with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in 2008. New to the industry during the global economic crisis, she hit the ground running during a critical time of change across the Canadian mortgage landscape. Jennifer quickly developed strong, trusting relationships with her lender and broker clients, industry partners and mortgage organizations including Mortgage Professionals Canada (MPC).

Jennifer is a knowledgeable, dedicated and enthusiastic Regional Business Manager (BDM) at Equitable Bank, servicing brokers throughout Atlantic Canada. As the first representative for Equitable Bank in the region, she has continued to develop solid relationships with her broker clients and industry partners both locally and nationally.

With her deep passion for the mortgage broker profession, Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association (CMBA), was nominated as Best Newcomer BDM at the 2016 CMA Awards and is an active member of Women in the Mortgage Industry (WIMI).

Jennifer is currently pursuing her MBA in Financial Services at Dalhousie University.

If elected to the Board of Directors for MPC, Jennifer plans to ensure the organization is present and active in all four Atlantic provinces. This will enable broker networks throughout Canada to be able to access necessary resources MPC can provide. These include educational and professional development sessions, workshops and inspirational speakers that in turn will bring value to the mortgage industry.

Jennifer is also committed to being present at all industry events within her role at Equitable Bank. By actively engaging brokers, lenders and other industry partners to join and participate in MPC activities, her aim is to strengthen the mortgage broker community nationwide.

Quebec (Acclaimed

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Eric Chamelot

I am building on the momentum that Mathieu Lebrun and Claude Girard have started in recent years and represent you on the MPC Council. I think Maxime Stencer and I would make a great and effective duo.

I already have experience serving on this Board because for the past year I have served as Director-at-Large. Not elected in the 2020 election, I was chosen for a one-year term by the rest of the Board. This is a testament to the good relationships I have with many members of the mortgage brokerage industry in Canada.

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I believe in the continuity of the efforts already initiated to represent the interests of the brokerage industry in Quebec. We have some hot issues with the AMF (inter-provincial brokerage, referencing of real estate brokers, lobbying to government authorities, etc.) and I believe that the knowledge that I have of these issues and of the regulations in force make me a good representative.

Continuing education is essential for us today. Consumer profiles and behaviors are changing. As mortgage brokers, it will be more important to stand out as the best advisers and experts for financing. We will have to invest time and money in continually improving our knowledge. I intend to promote “relevant” continuing education to members.

Regardless of firm, only one logo matters on this forum, that of MPC.

Ontario (Election - 2 Seats Available

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Grant Armstrong

Grant has been working in the Mortgage industry for over 20 years. Working with such organizations as Scotiabank, GE Mortgage Insurance, MCAP, Xceed, National Bank, RBC, CIBC and most currently as the Director of National Sales for Community Trust.

Grant’s passion for delivering excellence to both clients and partners can be seen throughout his career.  While at RBC, he specialized in working with non-traditional/alternative lending clients and partnering with some of Canada’s top alternative lenders. When he moved to CIBC, he lead the CIBC Mortgage Options Group to record setting sales results, again by focusing on training and development to the team. 

Grant joined Community Trust this year to lead the National Sales team that focuses on supporting the brokers in the alternative lending space, while expanding across Canada. His focus for joining Mortgage Professional Canada Board of Directors is to bring his experience within the industry and focus on areas such as Training and Development, increase awareness of the broker industry, and support technology and innovation within the Mortgage Industry. 

When Grant is not working at the office, he can be found spending time with his family in Orangeville, ON.  Grant also holds a Commission with the Canadian Forces and a current rank of Captain supporting the Canadian Cadet Program and was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 2015.


Carmen Costa

Carmen Costa The Mortgage Broker has established credibility in the mortgage industry with over 20 years experience. She is a qualified woman of influence who believes in full transparency with her team, her clients and her referral partners. As an accomplished business owner, leader and author her vision for a transparent brokerage has drawn new agents to her door growing her team exponentially this past year. For new Agents coming into the industry Carmen Costa is the kind of leader you want to be following, her success comes from surrounding herself with positive agents and partners that look to the future with understanding and integrity.

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Leigh Graham

After beginning his finance career with TD Canada Trust, Leigh was recruited in 2003 by Ian Rundle and Brian Matthey, the founding partners of Kingston’s The Mortgage Professionals.

Leigh worked directly as an assistant to the managing partners for several years, not only learning the business from experienced brokers, but also training his eventual replacement. This training became a mentoring program that has been successfully repeated within The Mortgage Professionals multiple times since.

Leigh opened an office of his own in 2006 with The Mortgage Professionals in Gananoque, Ontario. In 2017, Leigh and 3 business partners successfully transitioned The Mortgage Professionals ownership group to reflect a young, energetic and refreshing face to tackle the future of the industry. Since their acquisition, the company has expanded their agent base to serve Ottawa and Belleville, in addition to growing mortgage volume. 

In addition to the many mortgages he has written, Leigh’s volunteer experience with MPC includes multiple Hill Days, at both the federal and provincial level, along with participation in MPC’s Ontario Chapter. Most recently, Leigh has co-authored a recent addition to MPC’s educational roster. 

Leigh strongly believes in consumer education as a defining factor in the future of the mortgage industry. He is an avid music lover, squash player, and skier. He resides in the 1000 Islands area with his wife and four children.

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Frances Hinojosa

Frances Hinojosa is a seasoned leader in the mortgage industry with over 25 years of success in financial services industry and one of the founding partners of Tribe Financial Group

Tribe Financial Group is an independent boutique mortgage firm in the GTA that specializes in customized mortgage planning with a belief in setting the bar high for mortgage lending excellence through integrity, transparency and heart. Hinojosa’s passion for the industry can be seen not only in her impressive business numbers, but also in her efforts to mentor people, both at the firm and overall mortgage industry. 

As a dedicated member of Mortgage Professional Canada for over 3 decades, apart from running the firm and her own practise, Hinojosa has been a member of the advisory boards at Teranet, Home Trust, Community Trust and charitable organization 100 Brokers Who Cares.  Through her connections in the industry and as a operating broker, she understands the grassroots issues that impact our industry and her experience will allow a greater voice and representation of the mortgage broker on the board.

Frances has been bestowed the following mortgage industry accolades: The Top 75 Mortgage Brokers in Canada Award for 2014 and 2015,  Women of Influence Award in 2015. 2017, 2019, WIMI 2019 Leadership Award and 2016 CMP Top Brokerage Award for Tribe Financial Group.  She has been a trusted resource for mortgage advise and has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Financial Post, Canadian Wealth Magazine, CMP Magazine, Cottage Life, City News TV and CP24.

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Eric Poblete

Eric Poblete is a sales professional with over 30+ years experience working with all vertical markets. In the last 10 years Eric has worked with Equifax Canada with a focus on the mortgage, rental and housing industries. As the Equifax ambassador for the mortgage broker market, he has provided extensive support and education to all the varied stakeholders. During his tenure at Equifax, Eric has provided hundreds of presentations and seminars to tens of thousands of brokers, lenders, underwriters, real estate agents, and insurers helping them to understand credit, compliance, financial trends and fraud directly and indirectly related to the mortgage market. Eric's goal is to educate all members in credit so that they are then able to assist their own end customers in understanding this sometimes misunderstood, but key component during the mortgage process.

As an employee of Equifax, Eric also brings a strong awareness and expertise in the field of compliance and credit to MPC. Proactively being aware and acting upon current and upcoming legislation and compliance changes for the industry will help all stakeholders be more efficient and productive. I can bring that knowledge to the board. Also being aware of and transferring strategies from other vertical markets, will help lead to innovation and success for the mortgage industry.

Eric works closely with all stakeholders, delicately balancing the agenda for each of these groups as well as the needs of all the competing entities within. His professionalism, tact, and high level of integrity permits Eric to be respected and openly received by all individuals regardless of position or title. These skills and experiences will allow Eric to be able to support and provide significant and meaningful input to the Mortgage Professionals Board of Directors to help improve mortgage brokering in Canada.

Manitoba (Election - 1 Seat Available

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Denis Brunet

Denis entered the mortgage industry as a lender in February 1989. The Manitoba market had very little broker activity in the early years and with branch downsizing, Denis entered the broker market in November 1993. In 1996, Denis became the first Manitoba Director of MPC and held the position for seven years. Over the years he has served on various MPC committees as well as the Manitoba Broker council. Denis was also very active in assisting with Mortgage Broker legislation and licencing in 2011. For the past 15 years, he has been with Mortgage Architects, and currently has over 20 brokers under his umbrella. He also handles administration of two local Mortgage Investment Corporations, along with acting as a trustee for several private lenders in the private mortgage space. Denis is looking forward to helping increase mortgage broker benefits and awareness to the public, as well as building a strong and vibrant mortgage broker community.

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Shirl Funk

Shirl started her career in the mortgage industry 11 years ago under the DLC Group of Companies and in May of 2017 Shirl branched out and opened her own brokerage under The Mortgage Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba and now has a team of 5 mortgage agents she is constantly training and mentoring. Shirl is a strong believer in hard work and doing the best for her clients. She has built her book of business based mainly on referrals.  She prides herself on providing professional ethical and honest advice with a high level of customer service to all of her clients. Funk has become a successful Mortgage Broker by adapting quickly to changing trends and markets.

She has expanded her business to now have 5 additional Mortgage sales agents working for her, at present time that would make it ten (10) Mortgage sales agents working for her under Shirl Funk Mortgages.

For the last Three years Shirl has been the Manitoba Director of Mortgage Professionals Canada and is looking forward to serving a second term on the board. She is also a strong supporter of Winnipeg Harvest and volunteers with a local soup kitchen in her hometown as often as her spare time permits.

On a personal level she married my soul mate, Glenn Bergen in 2016. Together they have six children and 15 grandchildren that they have brought together to form into one wonderful family. The foundation of what she has is the driving force of what continues to motivate her to ensure she does everything possible to assist her clients in achieving their goals and helping them make their dreams a reality.

Alberta (Acclaimed)

Mathieu Lebrun

Doug Farmer

Doug Farmer has been working directly in the Mortgage Broker channel since 1991.

As Director, Residential Mortgage, Prairie region with First National Financial LP (FNFLP), Doug’s team leads the FNFLP Calgary office that serves the broker network in the three prairie provinces. He is also the broker of record for FNFLP in Alberta and Manitoba.

In 2005, Doug graduated with an Executive MBA from Queens University.

One of the high points of his career so far was receiving the CMA Lifetime Achievement award in 2013. He maintains that you don’t win one of those on your own; it’s a group award received because he has been blessed with so many tremendous people in life - family, co-workers, peers, mortgage industry professionals, mentors, and friends are all responsible for helping achieve your goals, not just the award.

British Columbia (Election - 1 Seat Available

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Catherine Ellis

Catherine has been a Licensed Mortgage Professional since 2013. She commenced her career in private lending back in 2010, owning and operating her own private lending business and she became a licensed broker three years later fulfilling a passion for assisting clients with their real estate goals.

Catherine completed a Bachelor of Management, specializing in Finance, in the Spring of 2013 from UBC, jointly obtaining her Sub-Mortgage Broker License in the Province of British Columbia through UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

Catherine has contributed to the sector in many ways throughout her career continuing to find innovative ways to connect with her industry partners, clients, and community. She focuses on remaining at the forefront of the industry, by staying up to date on lender panels, educational sessions, and conferences, and putting a strong focus on personal growth & development.

She has most recently recognized as one of CMP’s Rising Stars and Women of Influence for 2020, CMP’s Women of Influence in 2019 and 2018, 2019 as a CMA Top Young Gun Finalist, awarded in 2018 the WIMI of the Year in BC, and served as a MPC BC Chapter Member in 2020 & 2021.  She has been recognized as Top Producer XEVA Verico in 2020 and 2019, she was also recognized by Verico for Presidents Club in 2020, 2019 and  Executive Club for 2018. 

Catherine’s goal and passion has always to be an agent of change, education, and client experience first, she is passionate, caring, detail oriented and hardworking which has resulted in her business to continue to grow year on year. This year Catherine re-branded her mortgage business as Cultivate + Evolve Financial – focusing on cultivating a plan for her clients for an ever-evolving financial future – focusing on education, transparency, and a solution-based approach to encourage her clients to strengthen their financial literacy and result in a more prosperous future in all areas.

Her vision moving forward is to create a greater sense of community, internal leadership, team building and education – also knowledge and marketing within our local communities for greater awareness of what brokers do, how we can help and the benefits of working with an independent professional. Her hopes are that we can all work together, lift each other up, better our systems, challenge ourselves and our peers and continue to educate one another to be better as an industry.

She is a proud member and supporter of WIMI, MPC and CMBABC. She is a volunteer with Junior Achievement BC – providing financial literacy within the provincial school system to kids aged 7-18 years of age. She and her puppy Tawny are BARK Volunteer – providing pet therapy to students within the community focused at the UBC Okanagan Campus. She provides Financial Literacy Initiatives in Seniors Centers’ and within the community to youth, investors and first-time homeowners.

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Monica Parkin

Monica decided to enter the mortgage industry after having a phenomenal experience with a mortgage broker herself and has not looked back. She is passionate about the Canadian Mortgage Industry and believes that as brokers and lenders, we are only as strong as our industry and that we rise by lifting each other.

Her past experience with leadership includes:

  • 10 years with the federal gov’t where she was responsible for tracking and balancing a budget in excess of 25 million.
  • Promotion to territory manager for a chain of 15 stores at the young age of 24
  • Successfully owning and running 3businesses in 3 different industries at the same time while raising a family.

Monica also spent 2 years as a mobile specialist with a Federal Credit Union to strengthen her underwriting skills and learn more about construction and equity financing.

Her volunteer activities include:

  • Program director Comox Valley Women’s Business Network
  • Volunteer at large for 100 plus women Comox Valley
  • Speaking Instructor Air Cadet league

She currently serves as Director of Community Engagement at Invis Pacific View mortgages.

She is a award winning international speaker that has presented to audiences in New York, South Africa,  Ireland and London.

Monica is the author of the upcoming book “Upside Down Networking”. She is also the host of the “Juggling Without Balls” Podcast, a show that showcases women that “juggle it all” in their work and personal lives. 

She is an active and engaged participant in industry forums and is excited to be presenting at the fall MPC Virtual Symposium.

She loves animals and lives on a small hobby farm with her family and an assortment of critters. She welcomes any opportunity to serve the industry and to help steer a course that benefits brokers, lenders and the clients they serve.

Returning Directors

Megan McDonald, MCAP   Dong Lee, Dominion Lending Centres1

  Joe Pinheiro, Newton Connectivity Systems1
ALBERTA / NWT a  Veronica Love, TMG
Joe Jacobs, Mortgage Connection1   Kuljit Singh. Akal Mortgage2
Bud Jorgenson, TMG   Max Stencer, Manulife

1 Part of the DLC/MCC/MA business group of companies
2 Part of the M3 business group of companies