Our board of directors have in excess of 100 years of combined experience in the private mortgage market. Furthermore, unlike most investment funds, our directors hold a significant investment in their own fund – aligning their interests directly with the shareholders of the fund.
Kurt Wipp, President & Managing Director
Kurt has over 20 years experience in finance, marketing and business operations including roles involving private equity investments, structured finance, capital allocation and investment banking. He holds an MBA from studies at the University of British Columbia and Universita Bocconi (Italy), a Joint Honors degree in Economics and Business from Simon Fraser University and has studied at various world class business schools including the Wharton School of Business, Columbia University, Chicago School of Business and the Oxford Said Business School (United Kingdom).
Brent Wipp, CFO & Managing Director
Brent has been involved in the Western Canadian private mortgage market and consumer finance business since 1983 and has been on Ryan Mortgage’s board as a director since its inception in 1984. He holds a mortgage brokers license in Alberta and British Columbia and received his Diploma of Technology from Selkirk College.
Graham Sawrey, Director
Graham has been the Chief Compliance officer of the Company since June 10, 2013. Graham is a Chartered Investment Manager and has worked in the private mortgage industry since October of 2009. Prior to his involvement with the Company and the private mortgage industry, Graham worked as a financial advisor for four years. Graham holds a mortgage broker’s license in Alberta and British Columbia and has a bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics Exercise Science from the University of British Columbia.
Kevin Budd, Director
Kevin is President of Pacific Southshore Ventures Inc., with investments in a number of private businesses. Kevin is also President of Monashee Capital Corp.; a firm that provides M&A advisory and general corporate finance advisory. Prior to this, Mr. Budd was a Senior Officer and Vice President of Methanex Corporation whose responsibilities were leading transaction and capital markets activities. He holds an MBA from studies at the University of British Columbia and the London Business School (United Kingdom). He is a professional engineer and received an honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Waterloo University.
Victor Yates, Director
Victor Yates has 46 years of financial, appraisal, real estate, building and development experience. He was a mortgage manager/appraiser for The Royal Trust Company before starting his own appraisal and development company. He is a retired AACI appraiser and is currently a director of Inter-Continental Mortgage Corporation, Continental Appraisals Ltd. and Hycroft Realty Limited. He is an entrepreneur having experience in the financial, building and development fields of residential and multifamily, manufactured homes, care facilities, commercial and tourist facilities throughout the province of British Columbia. He presently sits on the board of a publicly traded TSX exchange company.