CLA Governance & Policy Committees

Chair & Vice Chair

Neil Wechsler – OnDeck Canada
Jason Mullins – goeasy

Members

Lyla Kanji – BMO
Jerome Dwight – COX Automotive
Kip Daechsel – Dentons
Stephane Marceau – Thinking Capital
David Gens – Merchant Growth
Kevin Clark – Lendified
Michael Burke – Blakes
Karanjit Bhugra – Echelon
Nathan Slee – Progressa
Mark Ruddock – BFS Capital
Brent Houlden – Dealnet Capital
Amar Ahluwalia – Independent

President

Gary Schwartz

Members

Neil Wechsler – OnDeck Canada
Jason Mullins – goeasy
Kip Daechsel – Dentons
Michael Burke – Blakes

Chair

Michael Burke – Blakes

Members

Gary Schwartz

Committee Details

Committee is responsible to setting and monitoring CLA membership values and standards.

Please go to the membership page to apply for membership.

Chair

Michael Wendland – Refresh Financial
Jess Weiser – Equifax

Members

Sabrina Anzini – goeasy

Nathan Slee – Progressa

Bonny Murray – Blakes

Colin Grosskurth – PayBright

Melissa Soper – LendDirect

Sandro Muzzo – OnDeck Canada

Dominique Samson – Flinks

Lloyd Evetts – Inverite Verification

Andrew Bowgen – Simply Group

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

Gary Schwartz – President

Committee Details

Our Tools and Services Committee is responsible for partnerships that drive incremental value for our lenders.

A recent example initiative of the CLA is the SMART Box, a pricing disclosure model and comparison tool that will enable Canadian small businesses to better assess and compare their debt finance options.

The SMART Box was introduced to the U.S. by the Innovative Lending Platform Association (ILPA) in October 2016 in response to a need for common language and standardization in pricing disclosure in small business finance. It includes clear and consistent pricing metrics, metric calculations, and explanations to help small businesses understand and assess the costs of their finance options. The SMART Box was developed in consultation with key small business stakeholders, including lending platforms, policymakers, not-for-profit organizations, small business owners, and small business advocates.

Chair

Andrea Fiederer – goeasy

Members

Clinton Hosannah – LM Credit

Melanie Bufo – OnDeck

Philipp Postrehovsky – goeasy

Rich Elliott – Marble Financial

Jacob Watson – Simply Group

Committee Details

Our Communications & Media Committee is responsible for steering events, promoting borrower advocacy, and our lending thought leadership.

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 Regulatory Leadership 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 2019 Summit Video Series. Please sign up for workshop and join the lending discussion today.

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