Committees

Organization, Governance, Committees & Volunteers

Board of Directors
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

Executive
President

Gary Schwartz

Members

Kevin Clark
Kip Daechsel
Michael Burke

Membership Committee
Chair

Tim Lorimer (Lendified)

Members

Gary Schwartz

Advocacy & Regulatory
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.

  • Lending Tools & Services
    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

    Communications & Media
    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.

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