Organization, Governance, Committees & Volunteers

Chair & Vice Chair

Kevin Clark – Lendified
Jason Mullins – goeasy

Members

Kip Daechsel – Dentons
Jeff Mitelman – Thinking Capital
David Gens – Merchant Advance
Michael Burke – Blakes
Romit Malhotra – Deloitte
Amar Ahluwalia – OnDeck
Gary Fearnall – Independent

President

Gary Schwartz

Members

Kevin Clark – Lendified
Kip Daechsel – Dentons
Michael Burke – Blakes

Chair

Tim Lorimer – Independent

Members

Gary Schwartz

Committee Details

Please go to the membership page to apply for membership:

Chairs

Michael Wendland – Refresh Financial
Ali Pourdad – Progressa

Members

Sabrina Anzini – goeasy
Elizabeth Sale – Blakes
Tracy Molino  РDentons
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 – Independent

Members

Michael Burke – Blakes
Elizabeth Sale – Blakes
Tim Lorimer РIndependent
Gary Schwartz – President

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

Andrea Fiederer – goeasy

Members

Gary Fearnall – OnDeck
Brent Houlden – Dealnet
Gary Schwartz – President

Committee Details

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

The Canadian Lenders Association is committed to sharing ideas nationally to help educate borrowers and share best practices with lenders. We use online panel technology provided by Thinkwire.com to host informative discussions and fireside chats. These ideas are shared via Linkedin to reach a wide social audience. See our Leaders-in-Lending Series We host private dinners for our members as well as workshops and an annual Summit. All public content is filmed and available to the public. See our recent 2018 Summit Video Series. Please sign up for workshop at www.canadianlenderssummit.com and join the lending discussion today.