Organization, Governance, Committees & Volunteers

Chair

Kevin Clark

Members

Kevin Clark - Lendified

Kip Daechsel - Dentons

Steve Goertz - GoEasy

Jeff Mitelman - Thinking Capital

David Gens - Merchant Advance

Michael Burke - Blakes

Romit Malhotra - Deloitte

Gary Fearnall - OnDeck

President

Gary Schwartz

Members

Kevin Clark

Kip Daechsel

Michael Burke

Chair

Tim Lorimer (Lendified)

Members

Gary Schwartz

Chair

Michael Wendland (Refresh)

Members

Sabrina Anzini (goeasy)

Elizabeth Sale (Blakes)

Tracy Molino (Dentons)

Melissa Soper (Curo)

Tim Murphy (McMillian)

Committee Details

CLA's Advocacy and Regulatory Principles

Through advocacy with all levels of government and with other trade associations in the marketplace, the Canadian Lenders Association's Advocacy and Regulatory Committee supports the following principles:

  • We support transparency throughout the Canadian marketplace and will support changes to legislative and regulatory frameworks that encourage and enhance transparency for borrowers.
  • We advocate for balanced regulatory frameworks that meet the needs of borrowers, as well as provide stable, strong and consistent environments for businesses of all sizes to successfully operate in Canada by minimizing the administrative and compliance costs for lenders.
  • We support an open marketplace - one which encourages innovation, the use of technology and healthy competition to advance the needs of borrowers and provide products and services to meet 21st century needs.

We support an open marketplace - one which encourages innovation, the use of technology and healthy competition to advance the needs of borrowers and provide products and services to meet 21st century needs.

Members of the CLA Advocacy and Regulatory Committee agree to build these key messages into messaging shared with government and other decision makers to promote a cohesive and united approach to major regulatory issues in the Canadian marketplace that impact or may impact - whether directly or indirectly - the business operations of CLA members.

Chair

Gary Fearnall

Members

Michael Burke (Blakes)

Elizabeth Sale (Blakes)

Tim Lorimer

Committee Details

Our Tools and Services Committee is responsible for partnerships that drive incremental value for our lenders. An example is our SMART Box, capital comparison standard, launched in partnership with the ILPA

Chair

Brent Houlden (Dealnet)

Members

Andrea Fiederer (goeasy)

Gary Fearnall (OnDeck)

Committee Details

Our Communications & Media Committee is responsible for our annual Canadian Lenders Summit as well as our Thinkwire.com thought leadership panel series.